* Posts by Raedwald Bretwalda

21 posts • joined 9 Nov 2012

Two first-gen flaws carried over to HTTP/2, warn security bods

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Despite the article title, these seem to be flaws in implementations, not the protocol itself.

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Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

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A DNS name to indicate use of a particular application protocol? Yeah, that's useful, because everyone is sick of typing "http://example.com" instead of "example.com" in the URL field of their browser. Is it still 1997?

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UK patients should have greater data slurp opt-out powers – report

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"What's wrong with explicit opt-in consent *every* time they want to use your data, saying exactly what the use is?"

The problem with any system that provides patients with a choice about use of their data (opt-in or opt-out) is the danger that the set of data allowed to be used might not be a representative sample of the population, and so any analysis done using the data would be skewed. So, imagine that well-educated middle aged men with bad eyesight and poor social skills are the most likely to be sceptical of allowing data sharing. Your sample will be skewed against people who are well-educated, or are middle-aged, or are men, or have bad eyesight, or have poor social skills.

A system that provides all the data and which is trustworthy is the best system. The tragedy of the care.data farce is that government have behaved badly and so lost trust by trying to run it as a money making opportunity, rather than a public health care improvement or research opportunity.

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Heartless hackers break into Florida cancer clinic network – 2.2 million records exposed

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no evidence that the leaked data has been misused

"there’s no evidence that the leaked data has been misused"

What reason would anyone have to break in to access such data other than to misuse it? Given that knowing much of that data would constitute misuse . Or are there guerilla free oncologists out there trying treat patients locked into 21st Century Healthcare's methods?

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European Patent Office still in nosedive as union denies reaching deal

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"The answer is that there are multiple truths"

No there are not. There might be multiple claims of the truth, however.

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UK says wider National Insurance number use no longer a no-no

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FAIL

PRIMARY KEY (nino)

Although the Government tries to ensure that National Insurance Numbers are unique, their uniqueness can not be guaranteed. And you can not guarantee that an input National Insurance Number is free from typos when adding a record for a customer/client. So any database that tries to use a National Insurance Number as a primary key is doomed to fail, eventually.

If a database can not use a National Insurance Number as a primary key, the justification for recording the National Insurance Number at all disappears, unless the database must be used for tax or benefits payments.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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"there is no indication the billionaire überpatriot intends to visit our shores."

Yes there is. He wants to become President of the USA. And the President of the USA visits the UK quite often:

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

Obama has visited 4 times, Bush Jnr 5 times, Clinton 7 times, Bush Snr. 3 times.

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

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Re: Earth to world:

"Don't sign a contract..."

IANAL, and I guess it varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but a contract requires an exchange: if you do some work, they have to pay you. And if the contract itself does not specify that you will be paid, it is an unfair contract term. You can just ignore it. Let them waste time and money on consulting a lawyer who will set them straight.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

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"Demand curves slope downwards"

Interestingly, and *not* contradicting your broader point, there are some social psychology experiments that demonstrate that the curve slopes upwards in some cases. IIRC, it is when the buyers have poor information about the quality of the available products, and so assume that a higher price means higher quality and thus a more desirable product. I recall reading somewhere that the cheapest bottle of wine sold restaurants is not the best seller, but the *second* cheapest sells best.

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Major web template flaw lets miscreants break out of sandboxes

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"The commonplace practice of allowing untrusted users to edit templates..."

"Unsafely embedding user input in templates..."

Are two different things.

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Critical BIND bug scores PATCH YESTERDAY grading

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"Unix platforms that are not typically patched as often as other systems"

[citation needed]

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Re: Sadly the wrong answer.

"Chiropractors don't have an M.D, they are "D.C."

Maybe where you live (the US?), but perhaps not true everywhere. If they apply the rule has "having an MD awarded anywhere in the world", it will be just a matter of time (if not the case already) that you can buy a "MD certificate" on-line from a dodgy jurisdiction.

The quacks might even justify this to themselves as a noble work around of rules set up by the evil Big Pharma establishment to keep them out.

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I ain't afraid of no GHOST – securo-bods

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Boffin

The opening words of the Description section of the man page for gethostbyname says

The gethostbyname*() and gethostbyaddr*() functions are obsolete. Applications should use getaddrinfo(3) and getnameinfo(3) instead.

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Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

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FAIL

Re: They are not my users, friend

"Your users are the people paying your salary or your fee. If those people want to rip of their users it is their problem."

That's right. You can always claim that you were "just following orders".

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Re: Well meant but still narrow minded thinking...

"they are simply wage slaves and out of a job if they don't bend personal principles to fit their employer's desires"

In the short term, true. But you do have some choice about your employer. You can take your labour-power elsewhere, unless you have been made redundant and/or there is a recession on.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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ROI

So, the members of British Parking Association would have to spend £50m to upgrade their machines, saving themselves £40m per year in fraud. on a little over a year, the upgrade would pay for itself. Thats a bloody good investment.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: This is a tough one...

You are confusing patents with copyrights. Understandable, because people and organizations that want to extract unearned rent (such as Oracle, here) often try to confuse them by using the term Interllectual Property as an umbrealla term to imply they are the same thing.

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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Re: And for your next trick ...

"Nothing like three different decisions/opinions/strategies to work around to help a project along."

Can be handled, I'm told, by taking the line that only your immediate boss can give you orders, regardless of how senior they are, and that everyone else must go through them.

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Rise of the Machines: How computers took over the stock market

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Flame

Re: Radical solutions needed

Yes, what good do these HFT do for society. What good do they do *even if* you accept the need for capitalism. It's just high-tech coin clipping.

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Fashionably slate

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Smart TVs will die

I guess that smart TVs will die out soon after the manufacturers "end of life" their early smart TV products.

We are used to a TV being something that, once bought and installed, contionues to give years of service. When the TV manufacturers decide to pull the plug on the servers providing the smart TV service, customers will be up in arms that the manufacturer has in effect stolen their TV from them. The fallout will be either plummeting demand for smart TVs, or the manufacturers deciding that providing the ongoing support for them is not worthwhile.

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Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

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IT Angle

So available, but poor video quality

As a lad I read battered Penguin editions of the shows. They had some monochrome plates in them. I've always wondered whether watchable recordings existed. Sad that they don't, except for the last.

IT trivia: IIRC, one script refers to an electronic digital calculating device as a "computor" rather than "computer", because the conventional spelling had yet not been settled.

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