* Posts by Scott Broukell

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Thing is, if somebody did manage to lock the brake system on a Southern Rail train, would anybody actually notice.

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I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

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Sometime in the not too distant future . . .

Malware alert puny humans! - your entire reality has been entangled! - please send oodles of dosh now to get your reality back!

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Facebook suspends, investigates CubeYou, another data-harvester

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"Facebook's slow-motion piracy awakening" - There, fixed that for you.

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Just another phishing scam

A great big one that your average punter walks right into, takes all the bait and sees only shiny shiny digital goodness through rose-tinted glasses and then volunteers up vast amounts of very personal data. Well done Mark, in the race to the bottom of the digitally connected world you are certainly top spot at the moment. Please take your malware and go home.

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Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

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Human behaviour

Does it not all come down to human behavioral psychology. Your average punter sees the promise of globally shared cat photos and family news very much through rose tinted glasses, blinding themselves to any potential negatives with regard to privacy etc. Whilst, on the other hand, some folk just can't resist a tinker with all that lovely jubbley totally volunteered data. The first group feels it has won an achievement by following the trend and adopting the promise of the new digital life style, the second group is on to a winner so long as it's all done on the quiet. So it's a case of exploitation all round. More importantly we humans are perhaps not really mature enough to cope with the very digital age that puts us all into such a spin all the time. Or, at the very least, we require further significant education regarding the implications of such a digital age!

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

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Meh

A Deposit scheme !

Simple, get your money back (c.200 quids), from border security on your way out of the country!

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Facebook to extend bug bounty to cover data leakage, sever ties to data brokers

Scott Broukell

I understand that Facebook is going to make some changes to it's PIRACY settings!

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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Re: Cambridge Anal Tickler

@AC - At a push, I would say that you have probably gone to far with that now!

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Cambridge Anal Tickler

Oh! you know you shouldn't, but at the same time oh! you know you are going to like it, all that lovely data. All that lovely data mined from the dark depths of the connected world can be yours to use for newthink democratic services or pretty much anything else you can think of!. They take it up the arse and you get the tickles in return, no brainer, $ooo tempting!

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Tantalising Tabby's Star teases watchers with big dimming event

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Perhaps . . . .

They are very, very slowly sending out a message, in morse code?

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UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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Software Download

If the bits of data flowing down the wires into my computer are 'not tangible', how come my ISP seems eminently capable of measuring them one by one and can place a cap on their numbers if I exceed certain limits?

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UK.gov cooks up code of conduct to enforce a smidge of security on Internet of S**t kit

Scott Broukell

"protect individuals' online security, privacy, safety as well as preventing large-scale cyber attacks"

Since none of the above ever has, nor ever will, be the case in a connected online world, such measures can only be of the `sticking plaster' variety and as such are worthless drivel.

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Martian microbes may just be resting – boffins

Scott Broukell
Pint

Re: There may be more than than just microbes

I'll drink to that . . . . . no, err wait! see icon >

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

Scott Broukell
Meh

I threw my latest voice assistant in the bin after it blatantly took no emergency action whatsoever upon my extremely audible reaction to the news that the local Krappy Fried Chicken shop was going to be closed for a whole week!, yes, seven whole days! It just bloomin sat there and did absolutely nothing, I was anticipating maybe an automated emergency call for a supply of spicy fried wings to be air-lifted to my address, but no, nothing. I had to put the call in myself, what's the point of these devices. Waste of money!

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Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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Coat

Re: Does this course incur a fee?

Either way, you still have to pay the VATican.

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Russian-monitoring Shetlands radar station was nearly sold off

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Decoy

What's needed now is a specialist trained squad to run around random bits of UK wilderness describing convincing polygonal shapes, all done whilst wearing iOT connected fitness monitors and have the results posted on t'webs. With the option of deploying the occasional inflatable ray-domes etc.

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Oh dear, Capita: MPs put future UK.gov outsourcing in the spotlight

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Re: Keep Calm and Carillion

@AC - About the same number of years that I've spent ranting in opposition regarding such a quick-fix, sticking-plaster measure, that, far from delivering improved services / cost-benefit outcomes, won't work unless full and complete business oversight is in place doing a full-time audit. That measure would itself require more skilled civil servants to do the invasive monitoring, which would render the economic value nul, if not actually cost more than doing the majority of such tasks in-house! Feckin' short-sighted governments! Grrrrrr, just grrrr.

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Keep Calm and Carillion

<see title> that is all.

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PPI-pusher makes 75 MEEELLION nuisance calls, lands £350k fine

Scott Broukell

There need only be ONE telemarketing law - it's all illegal, now go away!

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Microsoft wants to patent mind control

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Re: Isn't any control interface ultimately a brain control interface?

@ Crisp - That's what they want you to think!

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I thought of it first.

Surely this sort of interfacing is going to require an unfeasible number of "Are you really sure you want to do this?" dialogue boxes! Together with some "Are you really, really, really sure you want to do this?" - for the absent-minded and downright malicious. I mean thoughts travel so much faster than clumpy fingers on a keyboard etc.

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Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...

Scott Broukell
Stop

JUST STOP IT NOW!

Perhaps this is an area which seriously requires a regulator, harsh financial penalties and vetting (of both equipment and software) - anybody caught using insecure hardware/software that does not appear on the `approved' list should be taken out and shot!

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The Register Lectures: Deception, Spitfires and the end of the road….

Scott Broukell
Pint

Deception detection - It's a trap peeps! You have been warned!

Enjoy and have a beer (see icon).

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Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

Scott Broukell

"I can't see it taking off" Nor can I, any attempt to do so would surely place far too much stress on those hinges. But I won't get into a flap over it.

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UK.gov told: Your frantic farming of pupils' data is getting a little creepy

Scott Broukell
Meh

Settle down everybody, settle down, now, would all the year one boys line up on that side of the hall and all the girls on the other side please. Chop, chop, please hurry up. Now then, the girls will all get a pink barcode tatooed across their foreheads and the boys will get theirs in blue. Does anybody have any questions? Good, then we will begin.

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UK lacks engineering and tech skills to make government's industrial strategy work – report

Scott Broukell

This is what more than fifteen years of turning further education into an industry to pump out peeps with degrees in hair dressing and video gaming results in. 15 years making every technical college in the land into a bright new glossy university and promising the world to young people without very much of a clue from either side. Instead of promoting the positively vital skills of engineering, construction, medicine, building, computing, nursing, heating, plumbing etc etc. It is these skill sets that should be held up as positive examples for young folk just as much, if not more so, than the output of Oxbridge institutions, or indeed any attempt to emulate them. Then running a continuing program within those industries whereby talent for higher management levels / all levels, can be nurtured and developed. The 'coal face' is where the real action takes place, it's just that we get distracted by the shiney shiney time after time after time.

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Apple looks forward to wiping $47bn off its overseas profit tax bill – thanks to US shakeup

Scott Broukell

I can't really envisage such a large and global business putting all it's apples in one basket, no matter what bait is dangled in front of it.

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Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

Scott Broukell

Shoulder surfing

This is something that bothers me, more so since, for some time, my local branch sprouted loads of 'user' screens, where customers are encouraged to login so as to perform regular banking tasks. These screens are so positioned as to make the contents visible to all and sundry across the entire vestibule! I am seriously considering taking along my own pair of clip-on bicycle mirrors next time, in order to keep a wathcful eye on any nosey blighter showing too much of an interest in my on-screen activity.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: “Pie love thee, Lord Jesus”

Surely that should be "Lard Jesus" ?

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Judging a book by it's cover

"He's assuming that because the guy is brown" And therein lies the problem, because if you were to open up any of us humans, be it with a machete, an IED or on the surgeons table, you will find that we are ALL exactly the same colour on the inside. Yet the wrapper is what gets our attention and not the shared contents. Quite when humanity, as a whole, will be able to get over this apparently built-in bias towards some really quite subtle external differences is increasingly difficult to tell, but I feel sure that the primitive tribalism and deluded religious belief systems which we continue to exhibit will keep us all held back from progress for some time to come.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Scott Broukell

Maybe he was also wearing a loud shirt in a built-up area.

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National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

Scott Broukell
Meh

1990's - Paperwork

I'm fine with this. All those entering or exiting the country will be required to attend the port of entry/exit 8-hours prior to checking in so as to complete reams of paperwork whilst under the beady eyes of trained customs/border staff, every drop of sweat, however small, upon their foreheads will be duly noted and the paperwork cross-checked and sent to the basement for working storage/retrieval. In this manner a very careful and thorough check of whose is who, going where, can be fully maintained and I would defy any even slightly jittery ne'er-do-well, lunatic or devilish scamp to pass through with success.

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Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

Scott Broukell

Wait, what . . . you mean to say that there actually is 'fact and accuracy' to be found in political speak! No wonder they won a prize for finding that!

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Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?

Scott Broukell

And not for the first time - during WWII Bomber Command used strips of foil which were dropped in large clusters to confuse German radar operators, it was code named 'window pane'.

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Finance sector is littered with vulns, and guess what – most can be resolved by patching

Scott Broukell

True enough. I suppose that when the banks etc begin to 'engage with their customers' regarding increasing amounts of compen$ation as a result of sloppy apps, only then will they get off their fat arses and actually do something about it (IT).

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More data lost or stolen in first half of 2017 than the whole of last year

Scott Broukell

Re: You mean more detected loss?

My dear Cheesy, sadly, from such data, it would appear that overall we all lost more manage.

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

Scott Broukell

To be known henceforth as the Crashini Probe?

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

Scott Broukell
Coat

In my neck of the woods the fuzz recently stopped a load of illegal aliens in a transit van, so I think they are already here, is that any help ?

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

Scott Broukell
Coat

Ower dronz weel fart in your general direktion, ha!

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

Scott Broukell

@ wiggers - True, I should perhaps have said promote / push for, rather than imply that it would be solely up to the Government to do all the investing. As vehicle manufacturers have at last woken up to the development of electric / hybrid cars and lorries, one can only hope that with the right prodding they will take up the challenge and all rush in to take their market share in the new tech application of moving heavy stuff around. It's the Green electricity generation bit that needs a far far far greater push in the right direction, perhaps if vehicle manufacturers provide that growing vehicle investment, they will also put funds into generation. (No, too idealistic perhaps).

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"ways of making the lorries more efficient, saving fuel, lowering emissions and improving air quality"

How about investment in electric lorries and green electricity production - just a thought. This platoon / convoy idea is not what UK road haulage either needs or wants from a user perspective, just a cheap means for those in office to brag about being 'Green' when it's a mere sticking plaster tinged with green. It's would seem an idea more suited to roads systems spanning millions of hectares of broad flat lands.

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

Scott Broukell

Kernel - Thank you for that insight, it will however take me some time to tell my relatives about it.

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GPSIII - mmm, does that mean your device gives you three possible locations for where you might be at any given time ? (just asking)

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

Scott Broukell

Oh botheration! Just when I had discovered the means to access the dark web - by turning the monitor brightness up to and beyond 11.

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WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

Scott Broukell

" ... patients a digital service that lets them see who's accessed their health records"

A digital service that allows world+dog to see world+dogs medical records.

There, FTFY

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

Scott Broukell
Meh

Update Update

Now the cleaning lady has turned up and let herself in, something that is not meant to happen outside of my work hours! Anyway, they've all spent nearly two hours in the bedroom having a three-way and the cleaning lady is now drinking smoothies in my kitchen with a wistful gleam in the eyes and a big smile across her face!

Any way, I've phoned an old flame and she has agreed to let me move back in with her and, given the circumstances, we are most seriously going to make things work out for us again, phew! What a waste of money!

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Meh

Update

I've just returned from work only to find that she has used the iThing squawk box and gone online to order a male Sexbot of her own, using my credit card details! Not only that, he's, well, bigger than me and, well, a lot bigger than me. She says its the only way she could be truly satisfied and they've now taken over most of the flat so that I am reduced to a corner of the lounge and the sofa! Please make it stop!

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Scott Broukell
Meh

Would you bloomin believe it, my own Sexbot arrived just over a month ago and within two weeks it started dropping heavy hints and then came out with 'I have more respect for you as a friend and value that friendship more than any sexual relationship we might have'. I mean I know these companies all claim to make the things hyper realistic but that just takes the bloomin biscuit! It now stubbornly refuses to return to the factory and the company blames' user error' and say that everything is mechanically / electronically fine and that we just have to work through it between us.

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Time to rethink machine learning: The big data gobble is OFF the menu

Scott Broukell
Meh

My thoughts are pretty much the same as many of the above. In other words one should very much heed the old axiom Garbage In = Garbage Out. Call me a cynic, but I feel the push of hardware vendors to sell ever faster, more expensive, boxen on which to run the new shiny shiny, must-have, ML / AI. An increase in the power consumption doesn't automatically get the promised results.

Sadly, there will come a time when that old axiom is long forgotten and no matter what output the machine gives it will be taken as shiny shiny silicon truth and as such it will trounce the individual human bean and rise to supreme dominance. <rant over = goes back to building off-grid shack in the woods>

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Coat

I'm not entirely sure that they Oort to do this. I mean if you piss off the baby asteroids then their larger siblings and otherwise related seriously large lumps of rock and ice might come looking for you!

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