* Posts by Gordon Pryra

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If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

Gordon Pryra

Hmmmm Cyborgs

What happens when the Cyborg feels more in common with the vending machine OS than the the "muggles"?

Where do I sign up to put myself on the list for test subjects?

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MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

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Re: Is discipline across government too weak?

Giving contracts to their friends allows them to siphon off their "fair share". I have personally seen SANs being purchased for 1.5 million where they should probably be 200k or so and hosted Email solution's for over £5 million (for less than 500 people) being signed off in little chunks to hide the cost (£5 a head back up separate from £10 a head extra storage separate to £ 15 a head for an extra alias) etc etc

Central Purchasing would not allow this kind of thing to exist, and it is the mainstay of every NHS, Police and local council deparment

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Gordon Pryra

Is discipline across government too weak?

No, there are a few big issues

1) The costs are higher than they should be, even compared to the purchasing by local government.

2) The Crown Commercial Service is still buying things as if the money wasn't theirs, so they are still a cash cow for the big boys.

3) Departments are NEVER going to give away this kind of power, various Directors etc use the public purse to line their own pockets, its part of the contract they believe they signed up to. Much like "Duck houses" for MPs

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Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

Gordon Pryra

GDS currently aims to train at least 3,000 people a year in digital skills in its academy

This should make the contractors worried for their futures.......

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

Gordon Pryra

Re: Quite ironic

@AC

It was just a joke, and I have provided support to the public in my early days so I know support staff don't deserve any bad press. No offense was intended to anyone who works in those shops,

Then again, this is a kind of joke story with the international criminals having grabbed the passwords for millions of devices asking for .......£75k

They could have sold those for a few hundred k in minutes if they were actually any for of real bad a334 HaXZ0rs

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Gordon Pryra

Quite ironic

They seem to be offering the same levels of support that the "Geniuses" in the Apple Shops do

ie, Wipe it and reinstall

Maybe Apple are playing with the idea that they can sack all their support staff and let the kiddies at "Turkish Crime Family" provide free support to their customers

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

Gordon Pryra

"in lieu of payments owed to customers whom it could not contact."

They managed to take it out of their accounts,

Which did not seem to cause any problems at the time.....

so they have the bank details,

fucking put it back in .........

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Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

Gordon Pryra

Logic?

Sadly, while Google can technically pretend to not know the content, the Daily Mail and the Express contributors know full well the drivel they post.

At least Google doesn't (seem) have a political agenda unlike the Daily Mail whose sole job is to push Brexit to allow the UK to continue as a banking piracy haven.

(ps I laughed out loud when I wrote "Google has no political agenda" but as we are talking about the Mail, I can ignore actual truth and just spout nonsense :)

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

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'elders of the internet'

Pfft what rubbish!!

If he was one of the "'elders of the internet'" he would have the same password for everything and also claim to have beaten Jet Set Willy because "the Specky was way better than the C64"

Also he would have dropped inot the conversation the fact that he remembers having to chose between 4 or 5 different disk controller technologies unlike these "kids today with their SATA"

grumble MFM grumble RLL grumble IDE? pfft "duck on your head"

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

Gordon Pryra

Re: Headline

Rubbish

Best headline in months!!!

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McDonalds India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

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Far easier to buy it

Slightly "tongue in cheek"

The data is not ordered and you would need to know the name of the person you are requesting data about. Its far easier to just buy the information from the company holding it. That way it would be nicely ordered and probably very cheap for the whole database.

More Seriously.

People REALLY need to look at what things mean when they accept the access requirements from an app they install.

McDonalds is NOT your friend, why the hell would you trust them with the very deep access that this app requires?

Ignoring the fact that they treat security much like they treat nutrition, a private company exists to make money, and asking for your data is .... to make them money.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

Gordon Pryra

Re: Personal Advisor

@robertcirca

I don't think you realize just how much of the infrastructure of the web is controlled by the big players like "goofy" and "facebroken" Or how many large institutions make use of their services and therefore have information pertaining to you running over them.

Trite, "I am better than you because I don't use them" statements just shows your unknowledge of the bigger picture.

Your ISP will be selling your web-surfing habits to them anyway, and any financial information available to anyone will also be in their hands as will you medical records.

Laughing about these guys with funny names for their front ends believing they don't affect you is just dangerous, dumbing them down allows them to act with impunity as the average person (like you) thinks they don't affect them

PS hey, "unknowledge" is a real word

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

Gordon Pryra

Load of old toss

How could a company like Google being given huge amounts of personal data EVER be seen as a good thing for the patients of the NHS?

We don't need no stinking white paper, the Police however need just the off shore accounts of the people who signed off on it (or their Wife's Swiss/Caymen account or whatever)

I am guessing that the same people to ok this were the same ones who did that deal with the "anonymised" high definition eye scans from Moorfields which was handed over to the company who has a device which scans peoples eyes for their password........

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

Gordon Pryra

Dark Matter? WTF?

Next they will be saying that my ill humors are actually caused by little beasts that I can't see!

Unless Dark Matter is just a modern term for God!

In which case it makes perfect sense and I am willing to believe it!!

@Destroy All Monsters - "where grants drives physics" made me spit my coffee onto the keyboard

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

Gordon Pryra

The report only talks about the bad side of things....

Come Brexit, it looks like this could be a cottage industry for the English (sans Scots)!!

After all, outside of the (admittedly impressive) criminal empire that makes up our "finance industry" we don't have that much to offer, even our income from Scottish Shortbread could dry up in the near future.

A good solid foundation in identity theft could support many low income towns through the hard times.

Maybe the English will be looking to take the scammers "Crown" from the Boys in Lagos or even take on the Eastern European hackers at the own game?

Just pointing out that there are always two sides to any story

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

Gordon Pryra

Re: This is a bit like the Crap over Googles Tax

Hmm, having not been questioned by the Police before, I take this as a learning experience.

Thanks for the tutorial.

My point still stands, this has nothing to do with Politicians and everything to do with laws that are already in the statute books.

Feel free to correct my English if you have nothing else to add.

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Gordon Pryra

This is a bit like the Crap over Googles Tax

Meaningless words by a Government unwilling to take action but wants to be seen as if it is.

There are already laws in place covering this.

A very basic example,

You Tube shows a video of Isis cutting off heads.

it is illegal to show this in the UK and it is being hosted on You Tubes infrastructure.

It is ILLEGAL to show this and there are fines and jail terms for those found guilty of these types of crimes already laid out in our laws.

Rather than politicians doing the yearly "public wrist slap" our police should enforce the laws of the land.

Private company's should NOT be wasting Politicians time. They are PRIVATE COMPANY'S, the police should be holding these talks in little underground cells with the representatives of Google/Twitter etc under oath.

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Qualcomm faces $853m fine for alleged antitrust violation

Gordon Pryra

Slap on the wrist again

They made roughly 7 billion on the patients, and were fined under a billion.

Considering its unlikely much tax was paid, I doubt the bean counters at Qualcomm will loose much sleep over this and force any changes in their business practices.

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IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed

Gordon Pryra

Around eight in 10 services staff will be based in these areas

Ha!1

And I STILL work with full time staff who have some kind of company loyalty. I really don't understand how people can still have any attachment to big company.

In fact, as a contractor, generally my role is far more secure than a full time member of staff.

And the fcukers wont outsource me over Christmas and tell me the 1st of January :)

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Naming computers endangers privacy, say 'Net standards boffins

Gordon Pryra

IAB actually recommending security by obfuscation

Or one Internet Architecture Board (IAB) member trying to make it look like they are worth their day rate by getting their name on a paper.......

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Gordon Pryra

Trump May be a Dick

But throwing words like "draconian" around when talking about your employees wish for you not to rock the boat is a bit pathetic.

You have a choice of working for them or not. If you are willing to take the cash from an organisation that supports the start of this century's coming of Hitler then fine, don't then pretend to cry about lost "civil liberties" And if the extent of your civil engagement is social media then......

I hear the same crap when I work with people who are on peanuts filling the same role as myself, either cry about it and look foolish or man up and get a new job.

People bitch about not having choices, people HAVE choices, but generally those choices mean having to actually do more than a strongly worded 140 word character assassination.

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Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

Gordon Pryra

Sharing space with drop bears

And finally, just before I head off home, the weekly mention of "drop bear"

My thanks sir!!

Now I can rest easily this weekend safe in the knowledge that all is right in the world

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

Gordon Pryra

“A lot of people could have been hurt,”

Ummmmm, how?

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WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

Gordon Pryra

Re: Thank you to Assange?

As if you didn't know that the CIA spy on people......

Whats more dangerous is someone claiming to speak for the people using his pulpit to push a political agenda.

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Gordon Pryra

Thank you to Assange?

Hes hardly the good guy in this, releasing data for purely altruistic reasons.

The timing of his release of this information gives Trump a "get out of jail" card regarding the accusations of Russia getting him into power.

The "Vendors" can tell what the exploits were just by look at the already released data.

Assange seems to have done a deal with the new administration to get off the hook, and this is his half arsed way of trying to save face. Pity he never included Manning in his deal....

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Repentant priest from Cuntis sorry he dressed as Hugh Hefner

Gordon Pryra
Gimp

Galician town of Cuntis

This whole story seems like some kind of forum troll honey-pot run by the FBI

No comment

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Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked

Gordon Pryra
Terminator

I for one

welcome our firm (but not too hard) gripped overlords

(Edit- was going to use the Paris icon, but explaining it would take this post from joke to a ... different place, fast)

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Devs bashing out crappy code is making banks insecure – report

Gordon Pryra

Re: Geographically, the UK scores the lowest out of all regions. France scores best.

If you are paid crap then crap is what will come out the other end.

Its not like the people being paid shoddy wages in India don't talk to their counterparts in the UK.

They KNOW how much their company has been paid for them to do the work, they are also generally among the most intelligent percentile of India, so well able to work out the profits they are not seeing a fair share off.

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Gordon Pryra

Geographically, the UK scores the lowest out of all regions. France scores best.

Does this mean that the French, once they have the contract, spend more than 6 beans for the extra validation the outsourced coders have to do?

Without India, half our programmers would be underemployed, after all they are only employed to problem solve the issues resulting from shit code for cheap outsourced slave labor .

One day the cost of having "deniability" that comes with outsourcing will outweigh the fact that its 50% cheaper to do it in-house

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Police Scotland and Accenture were at odds over ill-fated IT project i6

Gordon Pryra

Thats one way of reportng things

The other side of the fence would probably mention how many times the Police moved the goal posts once work had started.

Accenture may be bollocks, but the audit is not independent.

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Windows Server ported to Qualcomm's ARM server chip. Repeat, Windows Server ported to ARM server chip

Gordon Pryra

Can it run Crysis?

Just wondering

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Uber blackballs 'Greyball' tool it used to deny rides to regulators

Gordon Pryra

"It seems that Uber and specifically its CEO are getting punished"

"regulatory woes"?

That is ..... one way ..... of looking at being found out using systems that specifically target police to hide evidence of crimes being committed.

regulatory woes.....

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Gordon Pryra

Re: Shouldn't accounts violating the TOS terminated simply?

"What need of creating a virtual reality for them?"

Because these users have NOT violated any TOS.

A private companies terms of service does NOT trump local laws.

By blocking them for any breech, they would have to explain what TOS they have broken. While for a normal user, this just means the industry standard of "ignore any form of contact" for the police this may be slightly harder.

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Salesforce joins 'smart' software bandwagon

Gordon Pryra

Complex things?

Things?

Einstein would have wept methinks

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Success in the bedroom breeds success in the boardroom – research

Gordon Pryra

Catch 22 really

There is a direct correlation between reductions in dopamine and length of marriage.

Just add dopamine to the fluoride in our water so EVERYONE gets some

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

Gordon Pryra

What is the reasoning behind allowing this company in the UK?

Surely when a non-tax paying organisation believes its internal policies trump British law then that company should not be operating in Britain?

The UK can go back to "friends reunited" as a platform to bullshit their friends into believing they have a perfect life :P

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US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

Gordon Pryra

But when I am in the doo-doo

And how often is the average El Reg reader under hostile fire?

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Salford and Liverpool City Councils plan IT trading venture

Gordon Pryra
Mushroom

What other big tech companies do we have up there?

KCOM.........

(nb "up there = + 52° 19' 15.79" N)

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Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

Gordon Pryra

journalists from The Sun thought it could enhance speed and accuracy

Ha haha ha ha ha haaa

Sorry, I mentally added "the Daily Mail" to that one there, and I was also reeling from the line about "Stories need to be based on data"

This IS the UK press we are talking about isn't it?

I can't actually think of ANY paper press in the UK that is not a comic or a vehicle to push the UK into Brexit (ironic considering most of em are owned by the "Dammed Furrigners", a sad indictment of the average British persons level of intelligence)

Robots would NEVER work in the UK, because its hard to get a machine to write with the correct levels of xenophobic acidity while having an air of "I cant believe these ****** are actually lapping this up" that a human can achieve.

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That big scary 1.4bn leak was 100s of millions of email, postal addresses

Gordon Pryra

I expect they have

or at least some of the smaller "parts" to the "company"

But when the naming systems and organisations who can hand out names are so corrupt there is little they can achieve except force the spammers to spend a couple of days and change their domain names. How long will it take to run a script to create a few hundred domains and then spend some time to "warm them up"? RCM can probably take the chance for a team building holiday to the bahamas for their script monkeys while the infrastructure builds itself.

Its not like the email addresses are any less useful, considering most of them are live and have real people attached I doubt Google and co will be closing them.

This whole story is like when the police show pictures of a drugs bust in the UK, 20-50 keys of coke! yay! we are making a difference!!!!! it Is just a pity 50 times that is consumed in one day.

Its a nice find, but the tip of the ice-burg.

Going after the names who pay for the adverts however, that would hurt the spammers. Cant see this ever happening though

(NB - figures for drugs use are just numbers pulled out of the air)

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

Gordon Pryra

It wasn't me

Just saying....

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Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

Gordon Pryra

Not much point in this anyway

As has been said, most forums have filters to block the obvious and the less obvious (forum mods know the language of their posters generally, with all its variation in spelling) add to this that the MOST abusive posts are generally in pretty good English, not requiring any swearing or nasty words.

The idea is to hurt the person you are trolling, and generally this is accomplished by making them feel small, physical size doesn't come into it, therefore the attacker can generally beat their target into submission by putting a post that is just "better written" than the target can respond too. (case of the small people being able to pick their battlefield and attack from a position of strength)

Check out some of the threads on E lReg for examples, those in the lower leagues tend to be left looking like the only surviving brain transplant donor by those who can string a few non-swearing insults together.

And then we have the final issue with language and words having their meaning changed or just having an generally accepted double meaning, those mugs at the AI lab will have a hard time working out whats an actual attack by only looking at the language being used. (see what I did there? English is great for this kind of thing)

Syntax and placement of words are almost as important as the words being used themselves. but I guess that is the point in using this as a training ground for an AI, after all a self learning system would come out of this exercise either totally broken and crying or able to work for IGN forums as a mod.

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Gordon Pryra

Not only that but it seems biased towards Hillary as well!!

Personally I feel the words "moron" and "idiot" to carry the same weight on the Toxicity scales.

I AM from the UK, so my tolerance of swearwords is probably higher than that found in the New world or amount the other lesser countries. These are words taught in reception and primary education to give our British children a good platform on which to build their vocabulary.

But I digress, how can calling a Trump supporter a "moron" only get a score of 80% Whilst calling a Hillary supporter an "idiot" gains 90% toxicity!?

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Tuesday's AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck

Gordon Pryra

Re: Lies and Urban Myths

Not only a Firefighter, but well versed with working with the NHS and even some brief encounters with the Police thank you very much! (I doubt many people will get that reference though AC)

Yes yes, there are ALWAYS some exceptions to the rule, its just a pity the actually important systems owned by institutions that actually matter are never those exceptions.

Who gives a monkeys if some consultancy or private company is well looked after by its staff, I can state with some certainty that the infrastructure running this country is not.

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Gordon Pryra

Lies and Urban Myths

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery don't exist. Its an urban myth.

I have seen companies spending hundreds of thousands on DR for DEVELOPMENT systems that would NEVER have worked. Yet in 20 years I have seen about 2 companies who had a REAL WORKING disaster recovery system in place.

Anyone who tells you that their company has any form of real BC beyond a few backup tapes and some telephones for the sales weasels are just lying to protect their job, and that job is ticking things off on a check list and passing reassurances up the line so the people above them can tick the same things on a different bit of paper.

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Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

Gordon Pryra
FAIL

Reasonable grounds for believing the operator would fail.

Yes, there are reasonable grounds for believing the operator would fail.

The 4 letters "KCOM" gives it away.....

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Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security

Gordon Pryra
Joke

Reminds me of the old M$ joke

Reminds me of the old M$ joke, maybe not as apt, you SHOULD be able to deliver an update with the assumption that a standard has been followed but anyway...

Q) How many Google engineers does it take to change a light-bulb?

A) None! They just make darkness the industry standard......

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What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

Gordon Pryra

Re: Checklist

"We can leave that to Frau Merkel."

Really? surely you meant Nigel Farage.....

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