262 posts • joined 20 Dec 2010
Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?
The News site was unaffected.
Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?
I think the amount of information given out during and after an outage is inversely proportional to the size of the organisation concerned. Expect nothing from the Beeb, even assuming they know, or will know, the reasons themselves, considering there are practically no in-house techies.
Re: Amazing patience
The story says he only recorded the last eight minutes or so. There's nothing great about the quality – you can hear from the room echoes the phone was on speaker and the recording was made with a microphone. Giving the rep some rope? Hardly, when the rep repeatedly interrupted him.
Re: This is NOT an aberration...it is how these people do business
@BlueGreen - Exactly why I avoid shopping in Holland & Barrett...
Maybe Comcast is embarrassed, but I found it hilarious! At one point, Block asked sarcastically if it was a joke. I thought he was remarkably even-tempered (though we don't know what occurred before he started recording).
Re: Just refuse to discuss it
You clearly haven't listened to the recording.
Re: Is their a list ?
There's a list now on the Open Rights Group blog.
I confess I hadn't heard of most of them, but there was no great surprise about the ones I had heard of. David Davis, of course, and – yet again – Caroline Lucas is a national hero.
The only surprise to me was Nadine Dorries, but I suppose she's nothing left to lose, really.
I'd never thought I'd say this but "Help us Nick Clegg, you're our only hope."
Backed up by, god help us, David Davis.
Re: Technical solution
I think they have a purely financial agenda
That's not true. From http://www.hscic.gov.uk/dles:
The HSCIC is publicly funded and we therefore operate on a cost recovery basis. We do not charge for data itself but do apply charges to cover the costs of processing and delivering our service.Check out the charges. They're not going to make a profit on this.
That the HSCIC actively pursues a technical solution to allow access to data, without the need to release data out of the HSCIC to external organisations.
This. It should be right up at the top of the list of recommendations. Do this, and the other recommendations become less vital, or even irrelevant.
All "clearly identifiable", "anonymised" or "pseudonymised" data should be held strictly on HSCIC premises and equipment, and only processed at arm's length, with incoming queries and outgoing reports strictly vetted by the HSCIC.
All truly aggregate data can be openly published, in accordance with the government's welcome commitment to open data.
There's a prevailing tacit assumption held by many bureaucrats and politicians, which should be challenged, that the only way to handle data is to pass it around on USB sticks, or DVD discs, or something, and process it with Excel. It's this kind of ignorance that leads to unencrypted laptops full of sensitive data being left on trains.
Re: For added irony, on the story's page
I have ABP turned off for El Reg so I can help pay my way.
I just had a look at The Reg with ads on to see what it's like. Yep, full of blinking and animated, in other words distracting ads. Sorry, the ads stay blocked for me.
Re: "Scientists warn of four-foot sea level rise as West Antarctic glaciers melt"
Maybe people, like, stuck their fingers in their ears the first time?
Data's not being sold
The article you reference says:
Who can access the data?So it can be sold.
Information from your Care.data record will be made available to organisations within the NHS (such as commissioning bodies) but also outside of the NHS, potentially (subject to approval) to pharmaceutical companies, health charities, universities, hospital trusts, think-tanks and other private companies.
Re: Please share my medical details, far and wide.
So for me, If I'm mangled in an accident, I want any hospital in the Country to be able pull up my records and see this. I also want my record out there being used in any studies that may help to find medications that bypass my condition.
Your first sentence quoted refers to the SCR; the second to care.data.
Data Sharing is not Open Data
One of the disturbing trends that we’ve noticed over the past year is the government justifying data sharing as if it is part of satisfying wider open data policy.
Data sharing is not open data.
Maybe you should have "reached out" to them. Or to the also similarly-named, also independent, Open Rights Group.
Re: Daily Mail?
I wonder if he's made any edits on Wikipedia?
That makes it all right, does it?
Fume cupboard, my arse. The only correct approach is total remote control: researchers submit queries, which are examined and scrutinised and vetted, and then receive the results of these queries, after they've been similarly vetted.
select * from PatientData
would be right out.
Re: 500 - How many!!!
And the "trial" will proceed at the same time as the "consultation".
Re: Disappointed by the BBC recently
"Are you affected by the return of the dimpled pint glass? Write and tell us."
Re: How to make news popular?
Have you seen the BBC News page recently? I can't believe you have. Most of the space is "Features", "Magazine", "Most Popular", and other dumbed-down stuff. What's "Most Popular" right now? The Return of the Dimpled Pint Glass.
One good thing - they block people in the UK from looking at bbc.com, because that's even more dumbed down.
Re: is this what.....
Co-existence is kinda tricky...
I'm running on a dual-stack machine right now – all modern machines are. I can talk to IPv6 hosts, and equally talk to IPv4 hosts (such as The Register).
Re: "I can feel it coming in the air tonight"
Re: Too good to be true...
Ouch indeed, if true, but the Campaign Description says (also quoted in the article):
100% of the proceeds will be offered to security researchers. Any leftover funds will be passed on to the OpenSSL Software Foundation. Bugcrowd will administer the bounty at it's [sic] own expense.
Tragedy of the Commons
Yet offering even this limited free service has been an increasingly heavy burden for Dyn, Hitchcock wrote, in no small part because abuse of its free service by spammers, botnets, and other miscreants often leads to retaliations that also affect its paying customers.
So the tragedy of the commons continues, relentlessly. If there's some small part of the Internet to be exploited by scumbags, bottom feeders and fucktards, fuck it over they will.
Re: I'm not sure what to make of that analogy.
Peanut butter and Marmite is the way to go.
Let's do nothing and see where we are in 1,000 years' time.
Re: Get a life...
Wow, you're not wrong.
13:00: Experts say currents in the area are generally moving in a north-easterly direction, at about 24 knots a day, but different objects can drift at different speeds, according to the Washington Post.
Who are these clods?
I started school in the 1950s and I was never taught about poles – inches, feet, yards and miles were all we needed. Who are these people, so attached to this mediæval unit? Get with the plan, people, and use units everyone understands. That means square metres.
It had wheels, which you can see in the photo. They were remote controlled by Snowden. OK?
Re: Stay tuned...
@ JahBless - The report about MYSTIC was from the Washington Post, not directly from Snowden.
I'm sure James Clapper will explain everything, then we can all quit worrying.
Re: A few notes.
And he didn't only put the technical bits together. He sold the idea to management and got people to actually use his invention.
There's been a perennial so-called "skills shortage" for the last 50 years. And the CBI have done... what? since they were formed in 1965?
They got their IPv6 site working then?
Last time I looked, a couple of years ago, accessing www.bt.com over IPv6 it just hung.
Re: Why does anything identifiable need to leave the GP?
@James Turner - I don't doubt what you say is true, but I haven't seen this explanation before, least of all on any NHS/HSCIC Web page, and I've been reading quite a few recently.
They'll have to get a lot more open and honest before they're getting my data.
III Communication ??
I had to copy the headline into a terminal window (one with a serif font) to work it out.
"Ill communication". Capital I, double lower-case L.
Oh, I see, it's a pun.
Re: Sad, sad, sad.
I'm sure they're very well aware of the shitstorm. The story's all over: The Independent yesterday, local papers, IT Web sites (apart from the venerable Reg, of course), etc. Google "Tony Carroll Bletchley", for instance.
Re: Surely it can be changed ?
I expect the Heritage Lottery Fund will have had a big say in this.
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great