146 posts • joined 2 Feb 2007
"There's no chance of that. We just don't have the extinct volcano cones that can be turned into secret bases for it. "
Re: Of course the ICO...
"So, do nothing? because it's charadee?
Who said do nothing? I certainty didn't.
"The trustees are personally liable for the charity. No-one forced them to become trustees. Let them find out they should have taken the role seriously."
Yes, they should. And, giving a huge wodge of donated cash to a Quango does this... how exactly?
Of course the ICO...
will be giving proceeds obtained from fining this charity to another charity, right?.... right?
Because if not, that basically means the ICO just pulled the moral and metaphorical equivalent of wandering down the high street, mugging every tin-shaker visible and pouring the contents into their wallet - theirs or George Osborne's. Or maybe cutting out the middle-man, going straight for the low-hanging fruit and grabbing pensioners handbags. Of course BPAS should be held responsible in some way, but what possible benefit is there for anyone other than this Quango in fining a charity whose money is not theirs to surrender?
Re: Why all the fear?
"You must really have an inflated ego if you think any spy gives two craps about you. All the data is aggregated and only those thought to be doing something wrong are flagged."
OK, I'll bite. As we know anyone who works for the security services must be, by definition trustworthy, and competent, and in no way perverted and sleazy. Not. And are the things you've done 'wrong' that caused you to be flagged necessarily things that would be considered wrong by anyone except the NSA and GCHQ? Such as saying things they don't like? Or winning contracts they'd really prefer their thieving, corrupt cronies to have?
That's before you consider the purposes of monitoring people 'thought to be doing something wrong' - unless you think murdering someone in cold blood with a drone strike without first bothering to confirm their identity, let alone guilt, rather than just the location of the phone constitutes 'justice'. The thinking comes before the typing. Try it sometime.
Re: Anyone Else
Skipped the foreplay, eh?
"The HSCIC’s role is to process applications to use the domain name from NHS organisations and provide permission for its use, where appropriate. However, responsibility for the maintenance and security of sites using the nhs.uk domain sits with the organisation running each website or service."
So, HSCIC sees these organisations as separate and responsible for their own IT security. Not occurring to them that the fact they are part of the NHS and perceived as such looks REALLY bad to the general public then? All they'll see is NHS = security nightmare. Which is, err... probably fair enough.
Re: @dogged Time to get the calculator out
Surely you mean Code 187? MurderDeathKill?
"Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the no-win scenario."
"I changed the conditions of the test; got a commendation for original thinking. I don't like to lose. "
"As the Hyper-V Server version is totally free with all features enabled, if anything this graph likely under represents Hyper-V market share"
Indeed - at the SME end of the scale, nobody's going to record sales of a 'Hyper-V' solution. It'll simply started getting used. Lies damn lies and statistics are the order of the day for all the players.
Re: Ah, I see..
"And also available as a completely seperate fully featured (and free) hypervisor product - with no Windows OS - as Hyper-V Server."
No, I don't know why you got downvotes for that either....
Re: I've poisoned my phone book
"Yeah that was worth doing..."
Actually, the idea of an address book honeypot feeds my funny - if amusing himself by creatively thinking up ways to f**k Zuck is a waste of time, what does that make posting on Facebook (and after all I waste more than enough time doing that.
Re: A word with that sub, please
"but for some decades now almost EVERYONE has been doing it."
Aye, but I noticed you left 'correctly' out of that statement :-)
"This is what happens when you use Linux"
What does happen? Care to elaborate? You can't just leave us hanging!
Socialism? AIDS? Space monkeys? Freedom of choice?
"It already has or have you been sleeping through the release of BB10 and its many updates...."
With the best will in the world, far too little, far too late. It's hard to see how they can turn this around. I can see them leveraging BES to ultimately provide superior handset management and security for other platforms, and that conceivably being their path forward, but their battle to stay relevant in the handset market is over and they lost.
Re: Windows Phone is a much better fit!
If you were talking about Windows 8/8.1 or Surface RT then sure, but there's nothing 'floundering' about Windows Phone 8. It might have a small percentage of market share, but it's showing solid growth.
There's a multitude of reasons to criticise Microsoft, but for the decisions they largely get right? Not so much.
Re: re: I can convert it into an MP3
And transcribing Pianola rolls.. you MONSTER!
"Given that without the USA we'd have no deterrent..."
Um... yes we would. We had a serviceable nuclear deterrent prior to the US-UK agreement in '58, and it would no doubt have continued to develop had our disclosure of a Teller-Ulam fusion weapon design to the Americans not shown them that we fully intended to proceed on our own, at which point politics and economics took over.
Re: Dear MS. Fek off. You owe us another decade.
"Read that using Leo Wong (futurama) as a voice."
It was either that or:
Re: On the list...
It does appear that Google needs some nutritional device concerning their Recommended Daily Allowance of irony.
"how about we start banning cheese next, followed closely by nuts."
And... and... Zoo animals with undesirable DNA!
Re: Sounds like he wanted to get caught
"Taunting the police is a surefire way to get their attention and increase the chances of getting arrested."
I'd agree that the guy sounds like he's a bit of a Walt, and enjoys attention, however....
"Contrary to popular belief they are not morons."
Hmmm. To quote:
"The accused caused much embarrassment for Japan’s National Police Agency. Not only did they arrest and detain the owners of the hacked PCs, holding one for several weeks, before realising their mistake, but they were also led on a wild goose chase by “Demon Killer”."
It may not hold true for the majority of Police officers, but this particular bunch sound fairly moronic to me.
Re: Well it is now the most commonly used database server....
"Source for that?"
The source? The one I've seen is from IDC in 2011 . You know, the research org whose reports and white papers invariably seem to have "sponsored by Microsoft/Oracle" in really small print somewhere. It does look like SQL Server did see a substantial market gain last year, but I'm sure all the vendors can bend the stats over backwards to claim the 'crown' courtesy IDC Gartner et al.
Re: Listen in
"The GCHQ and the NSA don't seem to have a problem recording non-criminal conversations, I can only presume that also include the criminal conversations and obviouslly share the info with the local plods."
Which (whilst acknowledging Hanlon's Razor) actually raises an interesting point - if GCHQ can listen in on calls as a matter of course, there'd be no need for honeypot-style base stations at the prison, just the normal network infrastructure. It's reasonable to assume that intelligence gathering from illicit phone calls would be more advantageous (potentially a goldmine in fact) than prevention of calls.
I leave you to entertain your wildest conspiracy theories as to what that might mean for actual GCHQ/NSA capabilities - or (just for fun) a double-bluff regarding their lack thereof...
Of course NYPD cops wearing Glass...
Will no doubt be allowed to drive wearing them, evening while their west coast brethren try to prosecute people for doing the same.
Re: Advise for traveling in Russia or China.
"If that were the case, China's biggest telecom provider would have cottoned on to the fact that the NSA were accumulating their texts and call data."
Like the NSA should have cottoned onto the fact that an external contractor did a mass GET on all their SharePoint-hosted SEEKRIT PLANZ and stuck them on an USB stick?
"For over a decade, they were clueless until the snowden revelations. much like when the Chinese hack into (or attempt to) a US infrastructure, everyone knows about it. They're seen."
So the US just let the Chinese get the plans for the F22 and Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin because it was all part of a cunning plan to do.. what exactly? Or let them compromise the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ National Inventory of Dams because they wanted the Chinese to bid on infrastructure and couldn't be bothered using Dropbox?
"China, Russia and other nations have substantial intelligence over their OWN country. US, UK and FIve Eyes have sustantial intelligence the WORLD OVER. That is the key difference."
Keep thinking that, if you like. I'm left with the growing suspicion that, Chinese or Russian, American or British, they're all well-practiced at script kiddy attacks on their rivals, and like many of us, entirely too rubbish at the defensive side of things.
Re: The ethics of the IT industry
"We should be ashamed that old fashioned technologies such as pen and ink will far outlast the information sustainability of which their modern counterparts are capable."
Oh no, no, no not at all, your data will be sustained FOREVER. But not on your device and it just... won't belong to you anymore.
Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac
"Shortest Support Cycles ? Ah, you must be one of those that think that Ubuntu=====Linux. I have news for you, it is NOT the case. There are other distros that don't throw all their toys out of the pram every 6 months."
He said: "So people that complain that their OS is no longer supported after 13 years should switch to a walled garden platform with probably the shortest OS support cycles in the industry?"
Given that you would struggle to describe Linux as a walled garden, I suspect he was talking about MacOS, not Linux.
Re: wget - The hackers friend
The author is Croatian, so I suspect and hope he's not terribly concerned with whatever a certain species of American thinks patriotism means.
Re: I thought Edward Snowden was the oracle ...
I think you'll find he's 'The One' - have a cookie.
True or False, courtesy of Shooting Stars
"True or False, Paul Daniels' head is wider than it is tall? It's true, and we have the proof!"
That would explain Debbie McGhee, but I think I prefer Mrs. Merton's explanation:
"So Debbie, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"
Yes, very creative. No new album for 7 years and the last one was a remaster, recycling old glories. Alimony fees proving too much for your finances, eh Jean-Michel?
Re: DoS attacks should only happen with court orders
No offence, but yes, there are clearly many issues you've not thought of. I hope you never become a statesman, if you approve of courts making one law for us and one law for them.
If DDoS is a criminal/legal matter, rather than a military one, the correct circumstances in which a DDoS attack would be a permissible action for a security agency/LEO to take is precisely never, not ever. As a rationale it's a bit like government saying "They disrupted our service, or perhaps those of our friends, so we feel perfectly justified in disrupting services for potentially thousands of people who have absolutely nothing to do with them, on the basis that we just might inconvenience the bastards we're after in the process."
"Police and security agencies must remain under democratic control of our parliaments and our judges -- otherwise it means the Soviets and Maoists won the Cold War."
If you seriously believe the intelligence agencies are under democratic oversight and control, you appear to be experiencing about a year of missing time... last year to be precise. There are other kinds of undemocratic realities to be experienced than life under Maoism or Marxism–Leninism, not least our own special national Road to Hell, the tyranny of the zealously well-meaning and morally blinkered.
Re: Yes ...
It's depressing that always I arrive far too late in comments to do the Schrödinger's cat jokes. On the other hand, I only find out when I read the comments, so was I ALWAYS too late to do so?
I'll ask Wigner - he's a friend of mine.
Clever tech, possibly depressing implications
"One major application will be point of sale where custom materials can be used for a short promotional campaign and then thrown away"
Hope they're recyclable and not an incredibly hi-tech new way to create more landfill.
Re: Rare pragmatic response
"More than likely, they designed their new site without proper thought and then realised "oh shit, it doesn't work on IE7 and all our customers use it".
So... did you read the article at all, maybe? Such as the part where it says: "NursingJobs.us reckons IE7 makes up 1.22 per cent of its traffic."
They do seem keen on doing things in-house instead of outsourcing these days. Presumably the philosophy is: "The suppliers are not set. There is no kit but what we make for ourselves."
Coat... getting it.
"Microsoft haven't got any fish in their tank - it's so badly made that all the water seeps out of the holes."
Yep. Of course the big mistake was to convert it to an enclosure to keep Komodo Dragons in, who promptly escaped through a series of well-known but unpatched holes in the tank and proceeded to consume the previous Windows Marketing team alive.
And lo, Windows 8 was born.
Re: Playing the Ball and not the Man Delivers a Great Game and in AI, Perfectly Matched Play.
Admit it Amanfrommars, it was you. You left them a present didn't you?
Re: Nothing to worry about
"All your cards and cloud data is perfectly safe"
Especially the UK.gov cloud - like your your tax records. And child benefits information. But we've also put that all on a CD to be extra safe and we know exactly where it is... down the back of Paul Gray's sofa.
"WPA keys, ISP creds, MD5 hashes - all in plain view"
"We treat all security matters seriously (no personal data will be compromised by the device itself), we would like to reassure customers that we are working on a service update which we plan to issue shortly, and which will remotely and automatically update customers’ Brightboxes with enhanced security protection."
So.. your WPA key and login details for your broadband don't constitute personal data? It would feel pretty personal to me if someone used it as a stepping stone to owning my home network. This is the kind of crap that demonstrates just the kind of nightmare the 'Internet of things ' will become. If they cut these sorts of corners for routers, who knows what they'll do with domestic appliance firmware.
Reforming your view of the NSA
"Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around the eyes, look into my eyes... (snaps fingers) ...you're under!"
Re: Won't these be easier for find when they are globally addressable using IPV6?
"That version of IPv6 didn't make the cut."
Well... they're not globally accessible, but if you're on the same network segment as the devices you're trying to identify MAC addresses do come into play The inclusion of the MAC address as a means of associating a unique physical identifier in an IP address is one of the reasons why IPv6 addresses provide such a large address space.The MAC address appears as part of link-local IPv6 addresses. It's just that modern OSes with IPv6 (current Windows versions, MacOS, and some Linux distributions) assign a different temporary privacy address by default, an evident reaction to the realisation of the potential privacy issue.
But yeah, I'll backtrack a bit and add that it's hard to say how 'real' an issue it would be in practice. I guess we'll find out as these devices become more widespread.
Re: Won't these be easier for find when they are globally addressable using IPV6?
Slightly mystified by the downvotes there. Seems like a perfectly valid point. All they'd need is a MAC/OUI lookup database and suitable scripts, yes.
Re: But this is Google....
"BUY LUCOZADE FROM TESCO....£1 WITH THIS OFFER."
I am reminded of the guy in Neal Stephenson's book "The Diamond Age" who committed suicide after his nanotech aural and optical interfaces were hacked to run a annoying spam jingle at one edge of his vision for a chain of sleazy motels - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, eyes closed or open...
"I havn't seen any such official statement. "
Canonical's summary of this is here: http://insights.ubuntu.com/wp-content/uploads/UK-Gov-Report-Summary.pdf
The CESG report they reference is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/end-user-devices-security-guidance--2
Looks like Windows loses out in a single category - 'Device Update Policy'.
"Please come back when you've found another story besides the zone-h survey. It's so old hat."
You're wasting your breath. He's obsessed with the belief that said Zone-H survey 'proves' things it doesn't even mention. He'll continue to do so for each and every Windows and Linux story posted on The Reg. I'm just going to tune him out in future.
Re: They will all undoubtedly be on TPB for download if you really need them...
Yes, because obviously downloading patches from the Pirate Bay is perfectly in line with both IT policy and professionalism. No doubt some will have some very special 'extra' patches thrown in as a bonus.
To borrow from those other Pirates, of the Caribbean:
"You... you used modified Windows XP patches to pwn our network!"
Re: "upgrade by April or you'll all die"
"From the same people who made millions from the "Millenium Bug" scare about planes dropping from the sky, trains crashing and world disorder"
I think you'll find the people who made money from scaring people about Y2K were the media. Those of us in IT didn't have time for that - we were too busy patching software to fix it. But if you want to believe Y2K didn't exist, I won't waste my breath on you.
And as for "upgrade by April or you'll all die", that's your hyperbole. There will be issues, you can be sure of that.