* Posts by chris 17

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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If I put petrol in my diesel car it'll screw the engine. If I had some kind of electronic sensor preventing the engine from running if it detected petrol it would save me loads in the long run. Same with the fuse in my plug preventing my gear from getting fried. When my credit card breaks I get the issuer to send a new one, there is no way I'd trust some talented Indy to fix it.

This is a safeguard on my precious digital data.

You guys would be frothing at the mouth if iOS security especially fingerprint security could be compremised by just changing the screen. Stolen iPhone with Apple Pay and 5 cards registered, hacked by changing screen or sensor, that'll close apple pay in a heartbeat and sink all mobile pay solutions.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Like a moth to a light

Couldn't resist taking a visit & crashsafari.com crashes my install of firefox on windows 7 too. Is this because chrome and firefox use the safari rendering engine?

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

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Vodafone purchased Cable & Wireless (UK) the other year, expressly for their UK fibre network. This was so they can on net their base stations and save a chunk of money. IIRC Cable & Wireless had the second largest fibre network in the uk.

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Looks as though it requires a high-wing aircraft configuration.

Mainly military heavy lift aircraft like the c-17 Globemasrer, c5 Galaxy, B52 BUFF, c130 Hercules, v22 osprey, ant snob 124 & 225. There all pretty large.

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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@Jonathanb

define internet connection and define reasonable price.

i think dial up is still available and is relatively cheap.

dual diverse leased lines with separate ISP's will give you great reliability but the cost would be prohibitive for a normal household but would be reasonable for a business that needed it like a bank.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: Why you can't abolish corporate tax

How much tax would a company that borrowed to invest or buy another company pay?

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Does anyone know what their broadband costs? The ASA hopes to change that

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Re: "Does anyone know what their broadband costs?"

@ Roland6

the comparison sites are mandated to provide iffy results anyway.

if your deal is set to run out in 6 months they calculate any savings on a new tariff like this

current rate for x months

then providers standard rate for 12 - X months

vs new provider for 12 months.

so if your current tariff is cheaper than the new tariff but the providers standard rate is much worse the calculation will look like you need to swap immediately to save when in fact your best waiting till your current cheap deal expires and swap then.

the cheapenergy club by mse actually shows does 3 calculations for you, 1 assuming your current rates lasts 12 months, 1 following ofgems rules and 1 assuming your cheap deal is ended and your on your providers standard rate.

they really should stop mandating customers roll onto standard rates at the end of the term, instead they should allow customers to perpetually roll onto the providers cheapest rates.

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Pentagon fastens lasers to military drones to zap missiles out of the skies

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Re: I sure hope we never make this work

Fixed site ICBM's are vulnerable to attack and are now the less prefered option. Land based Mobile ICBM's where considered an option for a while, but now they use submarines that can position themselves anywhere in the oceans and launch at a moments notice. Much harder to spot and much harder for laser drones to circle.

Smaller nuclear states like everyone other than USA & Russia are likely still vulnerable to this as they will have fixed position or land based mobile ICBM launchers.

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IBM still on a (downward) roll with 15th consecutive quarterly revenue drop

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Re: Transformation

@AC

"as any engineer and scientist will tell you having failed experiments is key to advancement. You cannot succeed if you do not fail."

this is what customers pay for, they pay for the experience learnt for from all those failures so their projects do not fail. you can't explain that to someone that looks at the quote and says company x is cheaper than IBM so i'll go with them. They do not understand they'll pay the difference and more later when their projects don't proceed according to plan and have to put in extra funds.

IBM are also guilty of playing the quote cheap and make up the differences in out of contract charges game but i suspect that is a symptom of playing the game & being relevant than standing on principles and dying due to lack of customers.

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Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks

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Re: What really happened..

@ Joe Drunk

thing is this should be an image that is automatically cloned onto the drives of the machine during manufacturer. The build of the image should be tightly controlled and mistakes like this should not happen.

If they are this slack when it comes to build images or quality control on devices sent to customers, how can we have any faith in the quality of their other procedures, software or hardware?

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Re: I think it *will* be a ghastly mess

@JohnMurray

who will know when the rate has jumped to 75p per unit and what will you do about it when your out and unable to connect to the washing machine/dishwasher/tumble dryer/oven etc to turn off whatever is consuming the leccy? suck up the 75p to wash the dishes or spend an hour+ and whatever transport costs to get home turn it off & go back to work?

in order for smart pricing to work all the devices in our home will need to be smart and we will need some type of policy based scheduling to turn on the high demand services at low prices and some type of override to make the machines work when we want them regardless of price. This is why smart meters are bunkum, they do nothing to help reduce energy use, they will just encourage us to buy more stuff to save a few pennies on our leccy bill.

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Slimmed-down Verizon looks to lop off another piece of itself

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Bye Bye Verizon,

the rest of the world is commoditizing, offering triple and quad play services to shore up each revenue stream to protect and extend profits, strange Verizon think this is not a strategy to follow.

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: The bizarre logic of outsourcing

@chris g

It's not just the service that was outsourced but the liabilities owed to staff too like pensions, health care etc. Public bodies knew they had too much staff they couldn't afford to dispose off so they hived them off to another business that would trim the fat for them in order to make a profit. They just assumed the level of service would remain the same as per their contracts, and could possibly survive a small drop in service. Little did they know the outsourcer do everything they can to save a pound and charge the customer an extra 2.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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Re: Social - adjective used to be associated with diseases

@p.lee

You'll not want or like IPv6 then without nat, which encourages anything to connect to anything everywhere and discourages hiding your multiple devices behind an obfuscation device like nat!

Privacy is constantly being eroded on the net, opportunities to enhance privacy are often deliberately engineered out, I.e tracking cookies.

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Re: Common sense

@johan

You have to tell it your address so it knows to block out anything within a certain distance from your home. Else it'll block a certain radius from your start point which is a pain if you drive to an event or otherwise don't want the start blocked.

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Chicago cops under fire for astonishingly high dashcam, mic failures

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@ Adam 52

the most basic GoPro will at worst shoot 1080p 60fps for 1:30 & at best 1080p 30fps for 2:05, significantly better than the 40mins you quote!

i'm sure a cop version with external battery pack could be made to work for longer.

http://shop.gopro.com/hero4/hero4-session/CHDHS-101.html

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How to log into any backdoored Juniper firewall – hard-coded password published

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Has anyone tried it on their Juniper Kit?

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Re: I guess this would have shown up with a cursory glance at the code?

@ CAPS LOCK

"I guess this would have shown up with a cursory glance at the code? "

you are so right, i would have easily spotted it in the 10 lines of code that comprises NetScreenOS, i can't think why they didn't

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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

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Re: Return to Earth

@ Morrie Wyatt

"By which I presume you actually mean landed on "Of course I still love you" somewhere out at sea?"

Nope it took off and landed at the cape, as in Cape Canaveral, USA where they generally launch rockets from.

Truly remarkable especially as it also deployed its cargo of 11 satellites (i'm guessing tiny ones) too.

good job Elon's team!!

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'Unauthorized code' that decrypts VPNs found in Juniper's ScreenOS

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So whats in the Huawei code then?

Remember when BT ditched Marconi for Huawei for their 21CN project, security bods were up in arms that the code couldn't be trusted yet BT ploughed on regardless, shuttering Marconi in the process. Now unauthorised code has been found in JunOs, that unencrypts encrypted traffic, what will be found in Huawei's code if anyone bothers to check?

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

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Big Brother

the truth comes out at last

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Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system

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all your domain are belong to us

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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Knowledge vs complexity gap

knowing how to rack a server is one thing

troubleshooting why it won't power up once power cable(s) is/are plugged in and the lights are on is another.

http://blog.ipspace.net/2012/03/knowledge-and-complexity.html

http://blog.ipspace.net/2015/11/can-you-afford-to-reformat-your-data.html

loads of out source companies relying on unskilled and inexperienced staff to provide services that on paper are cheaper but in the long run are poor value, like in this case requiring an engineer to cross a continent to power on kit.

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

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Re: Refreeze the poles?

@Leslie G

The world has been much warmer and much colder in the past before humans walked this earth.

No one mentions the millions tonnes of CO2 belted out by nature every day.

No one mentions it was early life including plants and trees that changed the chemical make up of our atmosphere first

Just because we are humans, does not mean we are not part of natures design. Perhaps the earth is meant to be warmer, perhaps more atmospheric CO2 is needed for some other process of nature we do not understand yet?

What would climate scaremongers have said after the last ice age? Blamed it on humans or just nature taking its course.

Nature creates and destroys in equal measure and does things over time scales we find hard to fathom. We will not beat nature, she has the measure of us.

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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

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Also the signals will likely be coded per car

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Re: Interesting link

@ Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

Having sensors able to see through the temporary fog caused by the bus pulling away would be advantageous to all. i see all sorts of numpties stepping off the curb behind big vehicles, expecting traffic to stop for them.

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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WTF?

DNS just resolves domain names to IP addresses

DNS just resolves domain names to IP addresses.

nothing to stop these terrorists circulating their own hosts files or just setting up their own dns servers & getting their buds to use them for resolution. The US can do what they want then, wont make any difference to the terrorists private DNS system.

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Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global swoops on Cable & Wireless Communications

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Re: Watershed indeed...

@ac

To lime means to relax and chill out, as in what happens when you slice some limes and put in your gin, rum or cold lager, chillax and have a little fun. If that is doing jack shit, then you need to get out more.

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IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls

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Re: Long overdue

Everyone pays VAT on goods that attract VAT, if your a business that is obliged to charge VAT on your services, your customer pays the VAT & you pass it on to HMRC minus a small percentage.

How are you paying extra when its your customers paying and your earning from it at the same time?

If London is too expensive to work in as a permie how come so many permies work & live successfully in London without being contractors. The trains and tubes are not full of contractors commuting to work, they are full of permanent staff commuting from within or London or her suburbs or further afield. many choose not to live in London for many reasons other than they can't afford the rent. So called cheaper areas are not cheap compared to the North but they have other desirable qualities compared to living in London. I know many people who moved to the coast just because they like to be by the sea. Brighton to Central London is not that long to commute by train.

Lastly i know many contractors that are also landlords as its a good investment on the oodles of cash they've earned and paid less tax on than a permie. Not all landlords are bad, if they where no one would rent. Rent has been higher than a mortgage since at least the late 1990's. Some may not have a deposit big enough to buy or have been put off buying by stories in the press or the ever present danger of a recession and the fear of negative equity. In my opinion its misguided. Buy as soon as possible and lock in the value, after all renting is just paying some contractors mortgage and feeding their retirement plan.

If your contract pay is so low that you would struggle to live around & work in London maybe look to re-skill in something more lucrative?

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@ Doctor Syntax

what happens when the massive secure multi national i work for (lets say RBS) decides it needs to divest it self of non core assets and i go with it? how secure is my job then? i'd pay loads of tax & then find my job is less secure than someone in a UK only business employing just 2 people that contracts out to 10 companies for ad hoc work.

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Re: Long overdue

@ bailey86

what are you smoking/drinking?

how will this kill of the IT industry? you can still be a contractor, you can still do work for multiple companies, just the loopholes currently used to minimise the tax paid will be reduced or closed. You won't get away with earning £10K per year and taking £X0(0)k in dividends paying just 20% (or what ever) tax. Maybe you'd have to pay the same rate of tax as permies.

"All those landlords living off everybody else's backs while channeling their 'profits' through private companies. Get them into jobs and paying PAYE"

how is what you are doing different to what the landlords are doing? your both earning money and paying the minimum (I'd say correct amount) of tax possible.

You know your onto a good thing and would be worse off paying the same rates of TAX as a permie and this is why you are a contractor instead of permie, because the money is better as you pay less tax.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Re: Really - there wasn't a cleaner or anyone else in the building...

@ illiad

My old mac performa (ppc640?) had power out for the monitor on the tower, helped keep cabling tidy.

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BT reveals vanishingly small detail about its fibre broadband network

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Re: I Guess Those Are the Ones With Decent Access

@ Richard Jones 1

this was a review/report just for those using UK Fibre connections, not plain ADSL.

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So is it 4.5G or LTE-Advanced Pro? Either way, it’s pretty damn quick

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i'd be happy to pay a mobile phone provider £30 per month for unlimited upto 200Mb BB and ditch my home phone line and BB.

My 4g on Three connection out paces my NTHell service on speed and latency.

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

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No chance of a court case like this in the UK.

AMD could have marketed the fpu as additional cores turning the 8 core into a 12 core. Our advertising standards agency probably would have asked them to add the gpu cores too & then banned Intel and others from marketing likewise. It's what they did with ADSL vs Cable, permitting cable to be advertised as fibre whilst banning FTTC being advertised as fibre when the cable offering is essentially FTTC. virgin have never and have no plans to roll out fibre to the home, their system uses coax cable from the cab in the street.

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Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe

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Aren't his accusations the same as stating he saw a pile of paper in a paper ballot office and thought they might be uncounted votes.

Unless checked no one knows.

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Cops' IT too complex for quick and dirty revamp – Police ICT boss

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yep and reinforce that commitment by promising 5 years free IT provision, forces buy the hardware (PC's, tablets & phones) and PICT / PITO supply the centralised applications & data management.

top cops will suddenly get 5 years of It spend to do what they want and Gov get a centralised IT with all the control they need to cut costs.

simpels.

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UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

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The meat on the stick

So the request filter is the piece that differentiates user from user where the Internet connection is shared. To do this they are obviously recording more than just ip and url.

It won't be long before its known exactly how the filters work and techniques to obfuscate what they are looking for are wildly shared rendering the whole snooping initiative pointless.

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

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Big Brother

Re: Publish the browsing lists of May?

@herman

Yep,

How long would it take for security service to crack my wifi or break in to my home, connect via Ethernet to my router and surf dodgy sites so my connection is red flagged and I get a free trip to Cuba?

Suddenly someone breaking in and taking nothing is something to be very afraid off, they may well be taking your Liberty instead.

How about your machine being taken over remotely and used as a tor exit or part of a botnet without your knowledge, the traffic originated from your connection after all!!

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Re: No worse than an itemised phone bill?

TheY will be capturing the headers, that way'll know what apps your using too.

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All your data are belong to us

So expect a massive uptick in the use of TOR web browsers and proxies as this legislation comes in. Loads of non techies I know already have some of proxy on their android handsets.

@Fonant ssh to your personal proxy all you want it's the connections from your proxy they will match up to your ssh session to your proxy and sue whet your up to. I'm not sure if ssh pads it's traffic but if it doesn't it won't be too difficult to assume that 89kb out to web site x is the same as 89kb out to ip xxxx over ssh.

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CSC, NetCracker IT staff worked on US military telecoms 'without govt security clearance'

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Would be great to see our UK government taking strong action against vendors like the US gov does.

UK departments just seem to bend over and keep writing chequers for terrible service and shoddy practices.

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Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

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Re: Oh good

@ Lee D

What's wrong with calling, leaving a Contact number and them calling back?

They can call me just as quick as they can Skype me with the benefit of me not having to have data or a Skype capable machine. Also free to me if they call me, their data is not free so makes no difference to them.

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BT Openreach boss says UK telcos need 'predictable regulation'

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Re: Damned if you do and damned if you don't

Also Virgin's fibre network is coax to the home, similar to FTTC but their cab is less than 1km from your home. I had an issue the other week with poor VM service due apparently because i'm too close to the cab, they install filters to cut the signal strength to improve the service. I have the opposite with OR where my cab is 1.2km and i get ~20mb if i'm lucky.

VM service sucks and i can't wait for FTTPd or something so i can get a faster more reliable service. FTTC was reliable but not as fast or cheap as VM, VM is up and down like a yo yo but cheap.

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WD stirs green and blue into pot, comes out with Blue HDDs

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Does the Z signify the end of spinny disk?

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Re: Have I understood correctly?

@ Stuart 22

umm go on then, name them ISP's.

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TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)

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Re: She's right....

The loss to their reputation will cost more than the fines. That's one of the main business drivers to implement proper security in the first place.

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TalkTalk attackers stole 'incomplete' customer bank data, ISP confirms

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@Slx

People already struggle with PIN numbers and passwords, having them remember more numbers is not going to be popular.

The card provider verification systems are good like pin sentry etc where you put your card into the reader type your pin choose an option and type in a code from the website and enter on the website the generated code. That could generate your token used instead of your card number.

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TalkTalk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4 million Brits

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@AC

"It won't stop until fines for all breaches where data was taken having not been properly secured are eye watering to the point of making shareholders really feel the pain."

Define properly secured?

is there some accreditation they need to meet before they can be fined? I'm fairly sure their accreditation boxes will be found to be ticked, including insurances to cover their costs in this kind of event. the insurance wont cover the cost to their reputation though which is what will truly heart them.

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