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EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database

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"outside contractors" - this would be Facebook?

also, anyone who would work for an organisation that takes mugshots plus fingerprints deserves everything they get.

the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and that entails taking a stand at some personal cost. the time for bleating about human rights is long gone: actions speak louder than words.

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

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British gas are complete and utter bastards.

incompetent as well, but still arrogant shite hawks. had a fucking "deemed" contract with the twats, they issued me with a fake bill of just over GBP 200 to stop me switching. fucked them off in the end.

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Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser

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Re: Don't spread doublespeak from the ministry of love - it's torture, not waterboarding.

likewise extraordinary rendition, which would be kidnapping if I did it.

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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this sort of thing will keep on happening, at least until programs are proven rather than tested. until that happy day, don't use the internet for anything important.

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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typical megacorp reaction. I'm on t mobile, who are as bad as the rest of them, but they're the people with decent mobile data where I live.

my cheapskate strategy is to top up GBP 10 (payg, wouldn't enter into a contract with any of the bastards) and /immediately/ get a gbp 10 smart pack. at this point there is zero credit for them to chip away at and I have a months use of my phone.

YMMV of course.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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No need for service or accurate billing these days, get the sheeple on direct debit and count the money, no further action required.

Actually, you may also need to take regulators and politicians out to lunch and put some of them on the board.

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

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Re: Sort it out, will ya !?

take the regulator out to lunch.

offer him a seat on the board when he's looking for his next gig.

your wish is his command.

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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Re: sorted alphabetically

such a machine would be complex and expensive, unlikely to be the sort of thing the average householder would want cluttering the place up.

perhaps there would be a niche market amongst hobbyists?

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

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me too

agree with the above, this is just the usual bollocks from the tories CBI, pay decent wages and provide decent conditions.

or employers could train people themselves if everyone else is so useless at it?

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Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

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meanwhile BPAS are fined 200K for leaking enquirers details.

A good precedent.

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Re: Lets look at the real reasons behind this

indeed, plenty of scope for blackmail there. looking on the bright side, a few politicians might cop for some unintended consequences.

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Re: Follow Ross Anderson's dealings too

had to laugh at that:

Anderson to hsick "what are your threat- and security models?"

hsick to Anderson "we don't understand what you mean by threat model and security model, please elucidate"

honestly. I mean wtf?

Anderson then told them to get a copy of his book!

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Re: Summary Care Record? Brill Idea... Sharing that data? moronic.....

think you'll find the every doc taking a history at each initial consultation.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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Yvette cooper

highly authoritarian and not to be trusted

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: just wondering...

I think you can rely on the fact that MPs will be exempt from this, given what happened to Gordon Brown.

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Re: Who's data

have to agree, however the labour party sold us down the river. they passed a law saying medical records belong to the secretary of state for health, currently Jeremy cunt.

no political party is proposing to repeal that.

even if they did, the law could be reenacted. answers on a postcard please.

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I have 2 conditions affecting 2% of the population. if these are independent ( research topic there straight away, contact me re informed consent) then I'm one special snowflake within 250 ordinary snowflakes.

now talk to me about re-identification. oh and I've "opted out", which seems to mean my data from the gp is going to be extracted to somewhere (in the UK?) by the nice people at atos. quite what happens after that? perhaps that nice history graduate from McKinsey could enlighten us?

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Wot a COCKUP: Poorly NHS websites spawn SPAMMY VIAGRA ads

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Is this Kelsey's operation? Par for the course for a history graduate if so.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

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Re: Which third parties?

once this gets out it's going to be re identified. no ifs, no buts.

they can pass as many laws as they like, the creepy data people at the likes of experian and detica will do the job without fear of prosecution. in fact the govts next move will be to make re identification legal, because terrorism/Chinese hackers/ whatever.

the police are already going to be given access, so expect to see your results from the clap clinic in a Murdoch rag if you ever get mixed up in a high profile case.

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Re: Why does anything identifiable need to leave the GP?

quite. what happens at the gp stays at the gp.

want to do research? get informed consent. I would need to know the results were going to be freely published along with the raw data. oh and no disclosure of DOB, post code, NHS number.

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re what I don't understand

istr the ICO saying he didn't have any standing because govt passed a law saying the upload was legal. he's just joined in the general chorus. the reason for all this: seats on the board.

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Upstart Postmates surfs $16m valley funding on backs of 'slave' couriers

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casual labour

used to have that on the docks ISTR. looks like they need a union.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

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Re: Approved.

and much play being made of how it's han criminal hoffence to reidentify the data. can't see that stopping the police or big pharma or the Murdoch rags.

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Re: Approved.

"it's not readily identifiable" - +1 for weasel wording.

as for the data only being visible to those "inside the NHS" - no thanks. what happens at the GP stays at the GP, it doesn't get strewn around 300,000 employees of the NHS. and what, pray, /is/ the NHS these days? virgin? crapita?

6 month delay is good news, but will be used for propaganda of the anonymised type which the beeb are faithfully regurgitating. NHS number, anyone?

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

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re atos

did someone say (cough) reputational damage?

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Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

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More like the coercion unit

Stop smoking or we'll deny you health care, that sort of thing? The Demos guys will be advocating fridges that spy on you soon, if they haven't already.

Big statists, whether left- or right wing, meh.

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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checking you are opted out

Perhaps an FOI request to the quack asking for records that have been exported. After all data accesses will be monitored and audited.

hahahahaha. only kidding.

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Kelsey insisted this morning that that argument was flawed. "I'm really pleased we're having the debate, but it's not identifiable," the NHS data chief said.

Kelsey is a fool or a knave. The data is being exported with a unique identifier, the NHS number.

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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

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nhs please note

The slack jawed fuckwits at care.data are claiming that DOB plus post code is anonymous data, and then we find out that the motherfuckers are stirring in an unique identifier, ie the NHS number!

This all gets copied and pasted into various newspapers verbatim and everyone swans around saying oh it's anonymous, it's ok. Wait till the insurance companies, police, busybodies at the town hall, experian and all the other creepy crawly lowlife scum suckers out there get hold of the nhs number list. Or have the slimeball credit reference agencies already got it, same as they seem to get privileged access to the electoral register? Which is meant for, wake up at the ICO, elections, not snooping.

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Microsoft to build 'transparency centres' for source code checks

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but the sodding govt. already knows where the backdoors are ffs.

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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

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off topicish

Ross Anderson (if you don't like him don't bother reading further) et al have set the cat among the pigeons with this: http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2014/01/20/why-bouncing-droplets-are-a-pretty-good-model-of-quantum-mechanics/

Some pretty pissed quantum mechanics out there!

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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taxes are for little people, suck it up.

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Eight EXCELLENT languages for the fondleslab-friendly Intranet of Thingies

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refusing to install some utility '<sigh> because it needs Python'

Do what? I've got 17 python[0-9][0-9].dlls on my machine, all helpfully put there by whatever it was I was playing with. Even got a 33 one somewhere along the way, how good is that?

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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FUD

as title

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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Re: No better way to destroy a country's IT business

the EU agreed to let the USA have access to SWIFT years ago. or is your concern re internal dollar transactions?

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Black Helicopters

cat

meet pigeons.

obligatory trusting trust link goes here.

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Slurp away, NSA: Mass phone data collection IS legal, rules federal judge

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this is academic for the rest of the world, the yanks (aided and abetted by gchq) are going to continue slurping everything possible.

the supremes aren't going to help you, boycotting American goods and tech (ie. talking to them in a language they understand) may have an effect but I'm not holding my breath.

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Eggheads give two robots vodka and tell them to text each other FOR SCIENCE

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the postulated robots sound for all the world like a Turing machine.

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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cue self-satirising brogrammers.

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$1,000 BOUNTY offered for FINGERPRINTS of a GLOBAL SPY CHIEF

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plus an extra 500 for their medical records?

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GOV.UK's criminal record check IT job blow: Home Office snubs new design

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paging d moss esq.

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

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border controls, last refuge of the big statists. get rid of them.

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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bill gates

cf andrew carnegie, who isn't remembered (much) for his monopolistic activities.

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Amazon unleashes JavaScript SDK so devs can conjure cloud gods

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So a serverless web app is one which relies on a remote machine not supporting http connections?

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NSA, UK hacked Yahoo! and Google data center interconnects – report

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Re: You Missed The Real Story

SSL has been been broken for years

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Spread the gospel! Tim Berners-Lee's Open Data Institute goes global

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these are the people pimping my medical records without consent?

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How to spot a coders comment

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Re: Not about comments but...

should be

fprintf(stderr, "Fuck me! No memory left\n");

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McDonalds tells fatties to SUPERSIZE THEIR BRAINS

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Big Food trying to get themselves in the same sentence as healthy.

Similar to tooth rotting substances having 'nutritional' information on them and manufacturers of fat inducing substances sponsoring the Olympics.

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NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er

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Re: Aha

the way of compromising them is called developed vetting. the spooks have the dirt on everyone who's anywhere near classified info.

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

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the internet just gets worse and worse.

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