* Posts by g e

3242 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

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

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This is all beginning to remind me of dealing with CSS

Other peoples' badly-written CSS, that is...

You end up writing ever more fiddly, stupid and idiotic clauses & conditions to catch ever more niche cases and the entire thing becomes an utterly farcical and unworkable pile of unfit-for-purpose shit.

All because someone doesn't wan't to sit down and re-draft the lot sensibly.

This is now how I think of HMRC.

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Re: I Don't Understand The Logic ....

Bloody hell. Just googled and *I* paid more tax than Farcebook last year, too, and I'm by no means minting it.

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This does not compute

Are HMRC saying that no job should take longer than a month and if it does, regardless of business sector and public/private sector, then the person doing that work must become an employee of the entity requiring the work???

I must have misunderstood because that does not compute in any market and it's obvious that it doesn't, even to someone as stupid as a bureaucrat.

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

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Re: And what about Somalian Pirates?

Not even that.

Steel nets to foul props (assuming it's not an impellor), tow rope & maybe a wideband jammer to interrupt C&C self-destruct, which presumably it has.

Tow it to a big metal box and get the screwdrivers out.

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Latest Android phones hijacked with tidy one-stop-Chrome-pop

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Re: Any handset? Not mine.

So what, then, Dolphin ?

Or do you mean you could actually still get by fine with a Nokia 6320 ?

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Got a time machine? Good, you can brute-force 2FA

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TOTP

Did anyone else read that as Top Of The Pops ?

(Is a UK thing)

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TalkTalk boss: 'Customers think we're doing right thing after attack'

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Re: Yesterday's stuff

Gunther von Hagens gets my vote for the job

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ProtonMail 'mitigates' DDoS attacks, says security not breached

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TOR nodes?

Presumably by spaffing known (but seemingly random) packets at enough TOR nodes you can start to fathom relationships between ingress and egress points and correlate it with other data?

Assuming you have enough nodes of your own to make the comparisons?

Just wondering, probably don't understand enough about the mechanics of TOR, not being a user.

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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

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That Onan guy

Clearly lives in an unaccountable data fetish bubble. And is possibly a bit of a lunatic.

Did I spell his name right?

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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Re: So?

And another for a timely reminder of the bleeding obvious which people seem to need so frequently these days

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Former parking ticket bloke turns out to be cybersecurity genius

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Re: not really surprising that options/bad education has limited peoples potentials

Apart from being able to get rid of staff in a legally-compliant manner (and equal-ops stuff, etc) it's always seemed to me that HR is its own justification for its own existence... in its own view.

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Don't spose there's a free online version?

Just out of interest/nosiness...

You'd think that would be a good way to find people to 'invite' to take the full course, by crowd-sourcing your candidates from a cut-down test

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

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Re: Yeah.. No thanks

What a massive fucking waste of battery.

I just ordered a SONY Z5 - FB really expected to be 'scanning' 23MP images for fizzogs? Piss off.

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DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance

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"no evidence that the NSA has accessed records"

So, the defence can show they weren't then?

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One Bitcoin or lose your data, hacked Linux sysadmins told

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Re: 3-2-1...

Yup, a month of offline daily backups on a separate system here.

Maybe if I fall victim (not that I use Magento), I should restore a backup and say "Your code is crap. 500 bitcoin to not release the decrypt exploit"

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

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Not socialising?

Have you SEEN the people out there in 'the World'??? Jeepers, no wonder ;o)

I think the DK effect applies equally outside the workplace, also... much evidence.

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#2 FTW

Never suffer fools.

Glady or otherwise.

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Re: Asperger's has been very good to me

"Superpower", natch ;oD

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Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

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So what is motivating Amazon?

Clue: Profit

Catering to non five-eyes demographics won't increase profit. Most people still think that's a conspiracy yarn, despite Snowden.

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Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe

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Except "and placed him on administrative leave"

Cos you always suspend your employees when they voice a concern about something right?

DEV: "Oh this ecommerce checkout code might have a bit of a security hole in it"

BOSS: "Off you go Jenkins. Gardening leave for you, m'laddo"

Right.

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Most stored files are never modified

So move them to an RO repository off your PC and only keep the stuff you are working on in a RW storage location.

Will be doing that with the NAS's this week. Not that I expect to get caught but my security is dependent to some extent on the security of those I regularly communicate with and frankly they're probably rubbish.

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Slush fund generator

Would be an excellent way for a state attacker to generate unaccountable slush fund cash to fund other 'more traditional' activities below an auditing/accounting radar.

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

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wget -b -r --delete-after --wait=1 --random-wait --limit-rate=100k http://www.wikipedia.com

See title, substitute URL of your choice.

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

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Re: 4BillG

"Why can't we all just get along?"

- The President of the United States of America

(Mars Attacks, you didn't think it was the real one, surely)

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ProtonMail still under attack by DDoS bombardment

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Re: Quacking like GCHQ

Jesus. Crazyhag May sounds clinically paranoid if that's a verbatim quote.

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Re: Who?

I'd have thought State actors would have gone for a more traditional blackmail-of-staff route or something from within rather than without.

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UK cyber-spy law takes Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance – and sets them in stone

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Coat

I am not a number

I'M RONNIE PICKERING!!!

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

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You probably already are

Be ruddy surprised if I weren't, even a tiddly low-level one.

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Re: does this mean

And save time by skipping 10/24 and 192.168/16, etc too :o) (Yes I probably got the CIDR wrong but you get the idea)

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cookies from your browsers

So, actually, incognito mode can help here by destroying cookies and demanding new ones every browsing session? (Or just setting your cookies to session-only, too, I spose)

That does sound like a little more than collecting the domain name you're visiting though, seeing as cookies are in the request header data, not the GET itself. I am right thinking they claimed only the domain from the GET was being 'remembered' ?

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Companies need answer to Safe Harbour worries, says minister

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Is the Baroness reading this do you think?

If so then fuck off.

Sick of the elites in this country trying to make 'UK' into the 2-letter abbreviation for the fifty-nth state of the USA.

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Exploit devs allegedly bag $1m for 'secret' iOS 9.1 untethered jailbreak

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Re: Wouldn't it be simpler...

To go alongside their Microsoft tithe?

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

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Re: You can take my encryption out of my cold dead hands,

They're not even that bothered about letting you go cold first.

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Ice 'lightning' may have helped life survive Snowball Earth

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Splitting water without leccy?

A patent forthcoming ?

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Boffins solve bacon crisis with newly-patented plant

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Facon

There, sorted.

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

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Re: I can hear it now...

You mock, but the reality of internal IT support at a certain County Authority is 'Press 1 if you are an elected member otherwise please hold.'

Meaning the Councillors, etc get to muck about not understanding what a computer is while the minions get no actual work done. Of course, perhaps if you press 1 you may be put through to the Bollinger hotline, I've never tried. Perhaps I should...

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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The problem there

Is you confuse who pays them with who their line managers are

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Re: Script needed...

Actually you could spider a background wget off a Google search page and leave it running forever at one page (no images or scripts necessary) every 2 secs or so in order to not back up your pipe (ooerrr missus)

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FTFY

A solution would be to beat some sense into May

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Benefit of the doubt

Or an utterly naive, uninformed moron

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Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

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Xperia Z4

Sits fine on my lap with a good firm hinge on the keyboard allowing the screen to be left in whatever position you like.

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Anonymous hack group plans to out anonymous hate group

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Re: Free Speech?

Presumably if they thought they were socially acceptable as a movement folks wouldn't try so hard to hide their participation in it.

Truth and facts do like to be free which is why, in general, you shouldn't be doing shit you'd be ashamed (or otherwise inconvenienced by) of the world-at-large finding out. Everyone has secrets of some order of magnitude but if you're trying to hide shit-you-do that would seriously mess with your life if uncovered then you probably just shouldn't be doing it in the first place, yes?

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Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

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At least he knows he has a shit argument, presumably.

Imagine if he actually believed it like a fanatic or something.

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"a reality check for the encryption debate"

As in 'Talk Talk should have USED it' ??

Defo a reality check but certainly not in the direction he wanted.

#FootBullet

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

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Killer Application?

Just wait till DARPA give them 300M to miniaturise it into a rifle scope...

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American military sites secured with dud SHA-1 cipher

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Gary McKinnon

Less 'terrorist' more 'whistleblower'

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US Senate approves CISA cyber-spy-law, axes privacy safeguards

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El Reg opportunity?

For a roundup any any non-US-based internet services/sites which people may wish to evaluate?

(Or did El Reg do this already and I was sleeping at the wheel?)

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Re: Welcome to 1984. @Shadow Systems

Europe will PPV if the uprising is televised. Popcorn!

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Feds in America very excited about new global privacy alert system

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@malle

It is but they pronounce it 'pry-vacy' and I think they think it means being able to pry into privacy rather than actual privacy itself.

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Mind you

I saw a huge improvement in my general health when I stopped smoking over 10 years ago - every cold would become like flu. Now I barely even notice a cold. Mind you every smoker knows it's very bad for them, it's pretty self-evident after all.

I doubt I would see such an improvement from de-baconing though.

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