* Posts by Christoph

2561 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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"a vehicle is "driving itself" if it is operating in a mode in which it is not being controlled, and does not need to be monitored, by an individual"

Problem is that there will always be extreme cases which require human intervention.

For instance, a complex road junction has major roadworks on it. Someone installed the signage badly, one of the lights has broken, a sign has blown down, and a vandal has moved another sign to the wrong place.

There is simply no way for an automated vehicle to work out the correct path to follow. It can only stop and ask for help.

Of course that might come from someone connecting remotely (especially if the car has no passengers at the time). But that in itself can be very tricky, trying to work out what's going on just seeing via cameras.

If the assistance is coming from the passenger, who is currently half asleep, blind drunk, or is using an automated vehicle due to not having a driving licence or being disabled and physically unable to drive, then it's going to make some lawyers very rich.

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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And then there's the problem of writing your CV to fit what the recruiter expects.

There is a huge amount of advice out there on how to write a CV.

Every single piece of such advice is directly contradicted by someone else's advice.

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And then HR slap on their standard requirement that anyone programming in a particular language must have X years previous experience in that language.

Even when the language was created less than X years ago.

And back when you could still specify age in job adverts I remember seeing one requiring a degree, X years experience, and < Y years old. Working it out there was a window of about one year of age where someone could just possibly satisfy all three requirements.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is 'broken'

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The NYPD Motto:

Stand and Deliver

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Re: How seizure laws ever stood --

"they get around this by suing the *money or property itself*"

Odd how they never use that on the Second Amendment.

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Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

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It's not completely straightforward. The deceased person might have sent or received emails that they really wouldn't have wanted their relatives to see. Or someone might have sent them a confidential email containing information that they assumed would not be seen by the relatives.

That might be for something trivial, but it might also be something really critical.

Maybe the emails could be checked by a third party such as their lawyer, who would only pass on essential information? I've no idea of the legalities involved.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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"We have the legal right to take it because we are the biggest bully in the playground."

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Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

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Re: Simple solution

"Either you delete all the illegally held data or we'll delete it for you"

"You and whose army?"

ScreeeeeeeeeKABOOM ScreeeeeeeeeKABOOM ScreeeeeeeeeKABOOM

"Oh"

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

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If he can economically "exceed passenger airline levels of safety", then so can the airlines. But they haven't. So probably either it isn't possible or it isn't economic.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: They seek him here...

Hopefully they will be able to recover DNA and/or fingerprints from the wreckage. They may not have the operator on file yet, but they will keep those records for a long time just in case they ever get a hit.

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Swiss banking software has Swiss cheese security, says Rapid7

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"one could craft a series of database queries to ask true/false statements such as 'Does the first character, of the first row, in the user’s column start with a?' "

Or one could ask: 'Is the first character, of the first row, in the user’s column less than n?' and do a binary chop in far less time.

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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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What do you mean unencrypted? They used Dual ROT13 encryption!

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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They've committed the terroristic offence of bruising Trump's delicate little ego. He cannot tolerate anyone who doesn't worship and grovel to him.

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Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

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Re: Confusing and unworkable

You must delete personal data if you are no longer using it. You must not delete personal data if the subject will ever want to access it.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Re: Backdoors for all

If encryption has a backdoor known only to the US government, they can read the information of anyone in the world who uses the software. If it is known to other governments, they can read the information of US users. Who is going to use such software?

Actually it's simple - they just pick the answer from the Magic Technology Tree that can provide them with anything they want, even if it's logically impossible.

And if the nerds say it can't be done, just keep kicking them until they agree to do it. Ignore all this rubbish about 'the real world'.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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And what the hell is all this data on UK citizens doing on their US based servers?

Not that we have time to get the EU to administer a kicking before we lose EU protection.

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VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds

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There is no reason to suppose she did anything - stalkers get obsessed with someone from something in their own thoughts which might be nothing to do with what the victim did, or because of something utterly trivial. Many celebrities have been stalked by people they had never met before.

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Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO

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Re: Patch checking - initial basic scheme

Yes, it obviously needs more detail - that's why I said initial basic scheme. There's all sorts of bits that need adding to get it resilient, but they don't seem to have managed even that very basic initial setup.

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Patch checking - initial basic scheme

All incoming patch notifications shall be logged in a database.

All applications of that patch shall be logged against that notification.

All un-applied patches shall be listed, and notifications with increasing levels of urgency shall be sent out the longer the patch is un-applied.

Hardly rocket science.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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the more frequently you test, the higher the chance of catching the miscreant pissing off all your staff.

Fixed it for you.

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Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

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Walls and fences will no longer be barriers - a burglar can land in your back yard or on your roof. Paparazzi can hover over you. Vandals can drop things from great heights.

And then there's the stupid buggers who will fly into aircraft flight paths.

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US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

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Re: How exactly will this work?

As long as they don't ask for my El Reg ID - several of my postings here have been less than grovellingly respectful to the World's Greatest Oligarchy.

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Re: I see the plan.

4. No more migrant workers to do the crop picking etc.

5. No more highly educated immigrants to do the tech jobs that there's not enough qualified US citizens for.

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Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

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Could a heart attack change the pattern enough that the phone would refuse to call for help?

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Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America

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So don't review them

If you don't use the product you aren't subject to its T&Cs. So in your review of security products just describe those T&Cs and note that you'd have to be crazy to buy a product with T&Cs like that.

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NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

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Wasn't it Adobe who had someone arrested for telling them about a vulnerability?

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Mushroom

Not a patch on the time Richard Feynman took only a couple of guesses to open the set of safes containing a complete copy of all the data for the Manhattan Project.

He put a note in one of them saying "Guess Who" and locked them again.

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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"It's been on our roadmap for quite some time and is coming very soon."

We're just waiting for the horse to bolt first.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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There's no Magic Money Tree (except when they need to bribe someone to keep themselves in power).

But suddenly there is a Magic Technology Tree that can do anything they want it to do.

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Joke

"potato's"?

They had their own greengrocer aboard?

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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

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Re: Their s**t don't stink?

They've been doing it for over a century.

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give him a freshly-charged Electric Eel and chances are he won't bother you for anything ever again."

But at least they weren't Shrieking Eels.

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

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My government's got no Brexit plan.

How will it cope?

Terribly!

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

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But before it died did it have time to send back the images of C-beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate?

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Tech biz must be more export-focused, says defence kit minister

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"We've made an utter hash of the entire economy, but it's all your fault for not pulling more exports out of thin air!"

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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so they will have "to take care to ensure what they do is 'justified in the public interest'."

After the Clive Ponting case it was decided that the public interest is defined as the interest of the current gang of crooks in power, not of the general public.

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Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

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Not the first time

It's not the first time the US has done things that are specifically forbidden.

The 4th amendment says "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated"

So how the police justify blatantly robbing people of cash, cars, goods, and even houses while not charging them with anything? ("Civil forfeiture")

Simple - they aren't seizing the property from a citizen, they are charging the property itself with a crime and seizing it.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Big Brother

Not just searching for information

The time that have your equipment for is ample for them to install software and/or hardware on it. Since you have no way to know whether they did so you will never be able to trust that equipment again.

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Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

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"this watches the driver’s face and triggers increasing levels of alarms if he starts nodding off or gazing into space instead of watching the road."

So the drivers will quickly learn to go to sleep while still gazing straight ahead - much the same as going to sleep in class without the teacher noticing.

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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Jose is expected to swing north away from the US.

Jose predicted path

Katia will only hit Mexico.

Katia predicted path

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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Facepalm

They want to raise £185m a year from contractors? Did they not realise that this would mean that the contractors get £185m less money, or did they think that the contractors would be perfectly happy with this and would not seek to replace that money by avoiding the change, demanding more money, or leaving?

How could this possibly end up not costing them more than the amount 'raised'?

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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It's not aliens

They could communicate locally using far less power. They only need that huge signal if they want to communicate over distances like 3 billion light years.

But just to say "Hello?" "Yes, I hear you" would take six billion years. Who is going to approve the budget for that? It simply does not make sense. A reply coming back after a period longer that the age of our solar system?

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US focuses eyes in the sky as Hurricane Harvey starts to slam into Texas

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Re: Excellent news for storm modellers, with so much data from so many satellites

"My instinct is with 4 months to go that's plenty of time for a few more visits from "Mr Windy""

No, he spends all his time on the golf course.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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To extend the cake analogy ...

The UK are trying to insist on various minor details while ignoring the actual main points that MUST be sorted before leaving the EU (because they really don't want to admit that they will have to surrender on pretty well all of them).

So it's "Hand it round first, and cut it afterwards".

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US prosecutors drop demand for 1.3m IP addresses of folks who visited anti-Trump site

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So what they are claiming is that they aren't evil they're simply massively incompetent?

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: That explains it, then...

And aviation have a hellaciously good reason to fix the 'single man in charge' problem - it was a major contributor to Tenerife.

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

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Re: No Detail On The Accuracy Of System

And no detail on false positives.

Someone who is wrongly identified as one of the people on this database will get flagged over and over again. Sometimes without their knowledge - they will get endless problems with no way to find the cause or fix the problem.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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"I would assume the box's seal has been compromised"

If it's solid state chips it would make sense to encapsulate them as well as seal the box - does anyone know if that is done?

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US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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You may already be on the list, as may anyone else reading this story, if they use a browser which pre-fetches linked pages in case they are then viewed.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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So where will DEF CON move to?

Which country will the next DEF CON be in, since it is no longer viable for them to hold it in the US?

Maybe Canada?

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