* Posts by James 36

149 posts • joined 31 Mar 2011

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

James 36

Opional

Are you saying a vegan would die from eating a fiver with a trace of amount of tallow ?

if not then comparing them to someone with a deadly peanut allegy or someone who is a coeliac is a fallacy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_equivalence

I am no expert in this sort of thing so feel free to call me out

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The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

James 36

Re: Executive summary

you are Richard Hollis, I claim my free beer

if you aren't then his presentation called "dance band on the titanic" sums it up nicely

Until security is seen as something with value outside if the IT/security community it ain't gonna happen

forcing companies to declare breaches like they do in the US would be a good place to start.

At least it would show it is much more common that is perceived

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Optional

the landing bit was just a test wasn't it ?

so even if it failed it was a success as they will have learnt something. for example one of the lessons learnt from beagle was to have data transmitted back during the descent so if anything went wrong then the team would have something to analyse, like what name it gave that noise or the large thing coming up to meet it and if it pondered whether the thing was friendly or not

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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is there a security bolt on that hasn't been compromised or shown to have vulns ?

So the OS is insecure and the tools we add on to add security are also insecure.

Governments pay for vulns to not be released as they are equiv to weapons in cyber warfare

products are pushed out the door with security as an after thought, users/consumers don't understand, don't care until they are bleating about losing money or being blackmailed

sounds like I need to change career to something with cybersec in the job title and ride the gravy train to retirement

Richard Hollis "Dance band on the titanic" sums it up nicely, a summary of his points is below

http://espirian.co.uk/digital-2016/#riskfactory

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

James 36

Re: Espionage

data storage security isn't a problem, just get one of those ransomware products run it on the servers you are storing the data on and buy the decryption key

simple and cheap

I'll get my coat, its the one that been stolen

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

James 36

Optional

I only use these voice commands for making phone calls in the car.

I had to make an alias for my wife as every time I tried calling her by name the phone tried to dial the chap I bought my car from

So I now say "call my wife" and that seems to work. Not bothered with them for anything as if they cannot be relied upon to make a phone call on a phone then more complex tasks would just add to my level of frustration

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Happy ending for Kettering as soapy veteran replaces Mean Girl Lindsay

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the home of Weetabix is Burton Latimer isn't it not Kettering.

I have relatives who live there and the Weetabix factory is on the left as you drive in

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Burton+Latimer/@52.3639646,-0.6962008,3a,66.8y,345.12h,87.56t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sYfP7yZLKy1UGllcQ2YfSDQ!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x487798a6b1b7542d:0x50e1ca8bbc31250

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'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

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optional

I though 12000 calories per day whilst training was if you were in the arctic circle ?

I know sweet FA about this though so probably wrong

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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“the DCC is a secure, national network for smart meters which is currently being built.”

with millions of insecure wifi hotspots and/or unpatched vulnerable entry points,

I mean, what could possibly go wrong ?

can't non payers already be cut off ?

Doesn't the energy supplier have to jump through some legal hoops first like proving the cut off won't cause any harm ?

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

James 36

hmmmm

doesn't the Government spokesperson's statement at the end contradict the finding of the court ?

Or have I misread it ?

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Holland is one of the safest road network in Europe apparently, really this is just another car crashing into a tree killing the driver. This normally would only get mentioned in local press if at all.

I guess as it is a Tesla it makes for a story.

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Air gap breached by disk drive noise

James 36

Optional

for info on tempest

https://www.cesg.gov.uk/scheme/tempest-and-electromagnetic-security

try and get an invite to a demo to see its worth :-)

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

James 36

title

Until people make buying choices based on security then this will continue to be the case.

People might start to care if they understood that but at the moment the sales is done before the individual know their P&J is so easily stolen.

Maybe insurance companies should start assessing the security of cars to decide on the risk of theft and then adapt premiums. If I was an underwriter I would be ramping up premiums on VAG cars until the manufacturer fixed the issue and had it independently tested.

Really high insurance helped kill the hot hatch for a while until security got better.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

James 36

stuff

this is bound to happen we have a precedent with people believing sat nav over their own eyes.

There will always be stupid people, or people who make stupid decisions. It is a problem of driver education and that tendency of people to think well it was ok last time I pushed the boundary so this time I will push it a bit more.

plus some people will watch the advert and not read the Ts & Cs or the manual, leading to issues like this.

Not sure how to mitigate it maybe more driver education or some a new owners courses to make sure they understand the limitations of the new shiny better , and also making sure any frivolous lawsuits are called out as such.

i guess when it is reported that the driver is an idiot that won't capture the headlines in quite the same way.

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

James 36
Pint

stuff

this

"Electing the European Commission may not be a plebiscite but it is just the same as voting for a MP whose political party has decided that an off-shore money-laundering, tax-dodging toff should be Prime Minister whether you like it or not, only to ditch him barely a year later in favour some other imbecilic, dough-faced cunt."

made me laugh out loud

happy Friday beer etc

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

James 36

freedom of movement

Does anyone except me think it is a good thing that we can work anywhere in Europe ?

Why is the discussion always about "them" coming over here ?

"We" can go over "there"

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

James 36

hmm

please can someone convert the risk to micromorts ?

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How French spooks can silently command Siri, Google Now on phones

James 36

Optional

google CESG and TEMPEST

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In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

James 36

Re: Spade fade

As we all know a million to one shot will succeed nine times out of ten

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Will a data centre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

James 36

This is a particularly unnerving statement

“We bring the internet to the car. The driver should get all the information he needs while he is driving."

All the info the driver needs for driving comes from the windows, the seat, the wheel, the instruments, the pedals, the sounds and the mirrors not the fucking internet.

Everything else is not important , nice to have at best.

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Chips can kill: Official

James 36

annoying

this language in these articles always annoys me

"Glycidamide is one of the main metabolites resulting from this process and the most likely cause of the gene mutations and tumours seen in animal studies"

How likely is most likely ?

please quantify the actual risk of injesting acrylamide so we can make an informed choice rather than just the usual you are all going to die fat and lonely unless you stop now

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

James 36

RIP

I am reading this at work trying to not to weep at my desk. I love his books and need to reread them.

Another vote for Guards Guards as an intro

for an IT angle what about the troll in the freezer whose intelligence increases as the temperature drops ?

I particularly love small gods.

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

James 36

Re: Health and Safety

If driving a car is banned then all motorsport will disappear as there would be no drivers which would make me sad.

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

James 36

more curry

or

have a curry ,

then your required dosage of beer ,

then another curry

then bed

Curry preventing alcoholism as it reduces the bad memories that alcohol promotes.

further research required to find the happy medium.

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

James 36

hyperloop

every time someone mentions the Elon hyperloop I think of the Simpsons Monorail episode

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

James 36

Re: And it's supposed to work?

as long as it is a million to one chance it cannot fail

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

James 36

bombs and stuff

"but the GCHQ boss told FT that internet users would welcome a little surveillance"

I assume this is because these internet users assume that the surveillance would be of others, you know the bad people, not me, why would they be interested in me etc

I expect a different answer to the question "do you mind if the intelligent services look at everything (including your cat videos and emails ) and target based on what they find ?"

I understand the intelligence services need to look at stuff, as long as a suitable methods of control and monitoring of their activities such as limited warrants are in place. It seems the internet is a bad place thing is still rumbling around , a spade can be used to dig holes and cave in people's heads, of course "bad" people use the internet because people use the internet. The security services need to change the way they do things to meet the challenges around them and stop trying to take rights away to make their job easier. I am not saying this is easy and I do not have a solution but taking rights away is not the answer, the rights were put in place for a reason, those reasons are still valid.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

James 36

Re: Meanwhile in other news..

sometimes makes me wonder how a publication such as the Daily Mail can call itself a newspaper and not a gossip rag given the balance of the content.

Mind you the comments pages on Daily Mail articles gives an interesting insight in to the open mindedness of the readership , such an outpouring of bile, it makes for difficult reading.

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James 36

Re: Meanwhile in other news..

yes , but this about breasts and stuff...

Does heat magazine outsell the times yet ?

anyho, I imagine the main reason the celebs are miffed is that they cannot monetize the images now as they are already out there so the fall back of lads mags to re-stimulate a floundering career and pave the way for a reality tv show has had to be temporarily shelved.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

James 36

Re: WHEN I AM PRIME MINISTER...

you comment should have read

"As GCHQ is part of the Civil Service broad policy decision are made by senior managers trying to empire build and protect their own jobs/departments/budgets and not by the grafters at the bottom of the pile."

not to mention statements by ministers in parliament that the civil servants have to deliver on which also provide for empire building opportunities mostly to counter or capitalise on Daily Mail headlines.

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

James 36

I imagine it went along the lines of

<Oz regulator> block this ip

<ISP> but that will cut off many innocent websites

<Oz regulator> don't you know who I am , do as I say or there will be consequences, think of the children, it is your legal duty to obey etc etc

<ISP> ok but it is your responsibility ...

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

James 36

"the romans they go the house ?????

whats that supposed to mean"

what about

those about to fly salute you (I don't know latin)

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

James 36

Re: "...the outcomes of 20.3 inverse femtobarns"

I think a femtobarn was for sale in kensington for £54,000,

suitable for a professional couple apparently

mines the one with the mass giving pockets....ta

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'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

James 36

blah

Personally I think the secondhand patent market should be killed, patents for inventor only, they should not be saleable items.

On driverless cars as a committed petrol head I like the idea of people who see cars simply as a means of transport having an option that gives them the convenience of a car without the hassles of ownership.

i want to own a car as I like cars but if I could have access to a driverless car for commuting or social trips, or even family hoildays (including family camping which might fall outside of the use case) then I could have a wet ware driven car for fun,

This would make me happy, though making me happy probably won't lead to global success.

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

James 36

“By combining demand, on behalf of Central Government departments and the wider public sector, Crown Commercial Service has demonstrated the benefits of government working as a single customer to achieve best value for the taxpayer, whilst continuing to build good working relationships with our technology suppliers.”

or in other words,

due to the inability of the civil service to make a decision we have had to deal a large deal with a big incumbent

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Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'

James 36

Re: World Peace

maybe should have said

"live in peace in Europe, except the balkans cos they are mental "

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

James 36

Re: For some reason...

I have added that to my favorite websites of all time

thanks

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

James 36

da plan

so I see my retirement in 20 years being contracting as infra arch /sysadmin at exorbitant rates to fund my dreams of classic sportscar racing,

awesome

though on a more sensible note I have been experiencing more customers just thinking that infrastructure is easy because that complexity is hidden to an extent by cloud. They fail to grasp that setting up an ipad is different to building systems across geographically diverse data centers servicing 10s or 100s of thousands of users will multiple conflicting requirements. This lack of understanding may lead to a future full of opportunity or it may not.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

James 36

biddy biddy

awesome use of school resources,

well done to the head for supporting this,

well done to the kid for putting it together and sourcing the gear from industry, that shows nouse and initiative

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

James 36
Happy

Re: Warming Occurring Rapidly Despite Pine Forests

surely just a couple of fanboi icons , one of a yurt or windmill , the other of a factory or oil rig for example

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James 36

Rumsfeld

summed it up in an unrelated quote that applies to to this situation , for those unfamiliar here is it

"there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know."

this article describes one thing going from known unknown to known known,

How many other known unknowns are there ?

which proportion are positive feedback and which negative ?

as always with climate science it is a developing science which makes it a risky business making definitive statements and as climate is a complex system reducing these complexities to soundbites also leads to trouble and much bollocks.

I , for one, am convinced of one thing, climate is changing, as to the rest more info and analysis needed

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

James 36

Optional

hate crime

noun

1.

a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.

"legislation to stiffen penalties for persons convicted of hate crimes"

not a hate crime, just a crime

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Tizen devices are HERE.... Hello, Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches

James 36

Optional

I could be interested in one if

1) it costs less than £100

2) it works with any android phone

otherwise not bothered

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

James 36
Coat

Optional

I didn't see that one coming

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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Optional

all your eye belong to us

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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blah

"Abadie has said she wears her Glass headset all the time, even when not using it"

during sex ? in the shower ?

enquiring minds need to know

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UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

James 36

Re: graphics capabilities needed to customize dashboard displays

Infra red HUD available in CAdillacs in 2000 and 2001,

http://www.vxm.com/Impact.cadillac.nitevision.html

I remember it being reviewed by Top Gear

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

James 36

use this to ask your MP

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/

I have used it in the past and got a written reply from the MP in question so , it has worked at least once !

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Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE

James 36

Re: Really hard to take sides

well hopefully neither side will lose , or win, and be locked in a long and bitter dispute that just drains the resources of both sides,

kind of like Kramer vs kramer only more tedious and no-one really gives a f**k

the only downside being different lawyers win through fees.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

James 36

Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?

here is some gov info that may help

http://assets.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/energy-and-environment/climatechangefactsheets.pdf

after power gen transport is the next biggest target, though when you drill into it domestic transport accounts for 20% of CO2 and of that cars and taxis are 58% of the 20% so 11.6 % overall.

If all cars were electric that 11.6% would be reduced providing an easyish way of reducing CO2 according to UK gov though without investing in power gen it will not work anyway.

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