* Posts by Pascal Monett

7304 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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Security is not turnkey. It's time we stop people from putting wide-open stuff on the web.

And please, don't tell me that you can't just type in some characters in a page. It's not that difficult.

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Go Zuck Yourself: Facebook destroys patent suit over timeline

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@ Michael H.F. Wilkinson

In which case your labs & unis can demonstrate that their patent is being used to develop product.

I'm just trying to find a rule to kill trolls, so adapt it, don't shoot me down.

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Re: None of these patents should ever have been granted

I think there's a simple thing that could be done to do away with patent trolls : tie the awarded amount to the revenue generated by the troll with the patent.

In other words, if you have a patent and you're not selling product based on that patent, you can win in court and your award will be zero.

You want to claim infringement on your patent ? Why does it matter if you're not doing anything with it other than going to court ? Get your fat ass on the market and start bringing product to being, then you can claim infringement.

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Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

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Re: "to quote the Windows update settings page"

Because you trust Microsoft to read that ?

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Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

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Re: The suit is without merit, says Facebook.

Along with millions of cats, dogs, canaries, cars, snakes and fishbowls.

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DeepMind AI bots tell Google to literally chill out: Software takes control of server cooling

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FAIL

"AI software takes control of the cooling equipment"

Yeah, like in Star Trek - let's use magnetic repulsion instead of ball bearings. There is absolutely no mechanical thermostat equipment that could solve the problem, right ? Talk about adding points of failure.

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DXC Technology asks field-based techies if they'd like to leave

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"we will be [..] strengthening our skills"

By firing people. Sure, that makes sense.

Chalk another one up for the funny farm.

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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@ psychonaut

That sounds wierd to me. My personal experience in card renewal is that my MMORPG subscription is cut every time my VISA card gets renewed.

I always have to wait until getting my new card to get the situation back to normal.

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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"It's a synthetic digital model of the real world,"

Oh great. That's going to be useful for really troughing it up hammering out the bugs in self-driving car code.

Somehow, I seriously doubt that a virtual world is any use for testing such code. Unless they have included absent or faded signalisation, cluttered roads, and sunlight and weather issues ? I'm guessing not. This is going to be a simulation of everything works fine all the time.

Any car system that gets approved with this simulator is going to have the Approved for Perfect Road Conditions award. Big deal.

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Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

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Re: from BBC

Right indeed. So a "vigilant" team is one that lets through 90GB of data ?

Not impressed.

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Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

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@ bombastic bob

Deregulation. Right.

Because companies have a demonstrated history to always spend what was needed to make the best customer experience possible. NOT.

Companies want money. Customers are just a necessary evil to get that money. Companies will therefor spend the minimum required to ensure the customer has an experience that is one step above going away.

Regulation is required, whether you're a Republican or not. The market will not regulate itself in favor of the customer. When the market regulates itself, it is always in favor of the top companies in that market.

Because why would Zuckerberg not milk his user base just a bit less than what makes people scream ? If it's not illegal, he can do it and if he doesn't, someone else will - at least, that's the thought process here.

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I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

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Re: I get very aggressive.

Not to mention they're also malware vectors.

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Re: Cushy job

It's not a job, it's a blame magnet. You're sure to fail and your actions will be endlessly and totally dissected, with a negative bias.

I wouldn't take that position for ten times the salary.

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

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@ Avatar of They

Our ability to process foods is certainly not going backwards, you find just about everything you can wish for in supermarkets. Medicine is getting better all the time and cancer treatments are improving, although not by leaps and bounds.

Finally, we do not have AI. We have continually improving statistical analysis machines that work on very specific data sets, but that is not Artificial Intelligence.

We certainly do have an obesity problem, but that is exactly because we know how to process the shit out of food. And we're all lazy as fuck, at least in the traditionally-named "developed" countries. Maybe if we didn't have 150 different types of chips, things would be a bit more under control in the belt area.

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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Re: Excellent news

Yeah, it's a transistor, or it's a quantum thingy ?

And that picture is quite an achievement : getting that good a shot of a single-atom object is impressive. I can't believe there's not more than one atom in there.

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Brit banks must disclose outages via API, decrees finance watchdog

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@Uberior

Seems that my googling yesterday was a bit fat-fingered, so count me down as a fool.

I stand corrected, and I am glad to have learned that there is a Bank of Scotland and a Royal Bank of Scotland.

Why make things simple anyway ?

In any case, this round is on me.

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Yes, RBS aka Royal Bank of Scotland, aka Bank of Scotland. Nothing to "correct" here.

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Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

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Re: Counting the Days

Twitter and Quality ?

That's two things that really don't go together.

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Re: Why are so many [..] devs [..] willing to bet their [success to] Twitter / Facebook

And how about half a billion users ? Do you think it is that easy to put up a service and get that many users for a pittance ?

Well it isn't. Which is why developers are hitching a ride on a service that has them and is pretending to be open.

Well the pretend is over now, and Twitter is ham-fisting its way into money, or at least trying.

So the real question appears to be : when are people going to finally understand that anything that is "free" will only be so until it has become indispensible to a great many millions, then the penny will drop and charges will start.

Twitter has finally reached the tipping point where it visibly believes it can start reaping the benefits of its many users. We'll see if that is true, or if Twitter croaks and disappears into the Pond Of Irrelevance, where many others have already gone to drown and be forgotten.

Facebook is different, because it has succeeded in monetizing its users, whereas Twitter has obviously failed to do so. On the other hand, there's not much you can get out of 140 characters of drivel, so it's not surprising (yes, I know that it is more now, but in volume that was what Twitter could work with for a long time).

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Re: popcorn futures

Those guys should rightfully be billionnaires by now.

And not only because of all the popcorn I've eaten.

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We've Amber heard a NASty rumour: Marvell man touts private cloud box

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This two-drive home NAS costs $500+ ?

For that price you can get a 4-bay Synology DS418 and have money left over to buy a 2TB HDD. Of course, you'll need to buy three other HDDs of the same size to really get it to work.

And you can make it work in RAID 5, not just RAID 1.

Being able to contact it by phone is not an argument for me.

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Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

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Trump is always pretending.

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Visual Studio gains some go-faster stripes for Android emulation

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They don't need to add telemetry to VS, you're using Windows. It's already there.

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If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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Re: That's not news

No, but it is still information.

Not information I care about, but still, it is information.

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You: 'Alexa, open Cortana.' Alexa: 'Who?'

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"different people"

The phrase was meant to mean exactly that : you don't go to your car mechanic for financial advice, and you sure as heck do not go to your finance guy to service your car.

So you need different people to service cars or offer financial advice.

The sentence is right.

And you are damn right not to want any of those "digital assistant" infestations in your environment.

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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As usual, incredible claims come from far away

When I read that room-temperature superconducting material had been discovered in an Indian university, I immediately thought of all the great cloning claims that came out of China and finally proven bunk.

And there weren't wierd emails or wrong graphics to go after in those cases.

So I'm fully expecting the University of Bangalore to be covered in the shame of fostering a sham.

But, if the maillion-to-one chance actually happens, I will be overjoyed at their success.

This is not a Hollywood film, though. Not even a Bollywood one. So I won't hold my breath.

Oh, and "A pair of physicists" ? And just what is the publishing history of these two guys ? How many years have they been working in field already ? Right, one may or not have just graduated, the other is not even a teacher, just an associate. I don't see the Nobel prize in physics being awarded to Bangalore Uni just yet.

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Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

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"We thus present a new technique based on WebAssembly fingerprinting to identify miners..."

I have a different technique : NoScript.

Works every time.

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Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

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RTM is well on its way, but not here yet

Alexa, Cortana, Siri, all these "robots" are infesting our homes, that is true. I doubt there will be much peer pressure from them anytime soon, though, especially since, in my experience, people who gush over these gadgets are the ones who have just got one. After a few weeks, the novelty has worn off and most of them just shut them down or unplug them.

And actual, humanoid-ish robots shuffling around the house are still a twinkle in some researcher's eye.

I don't think we need to worry about robots raising our children wrong yet. Not until they can cook, do the dishes and clean the house. You add a nanny program to that and then yes, we might be in trouble.

But the Jetsons was a kid's cartoon, not a documentary. No need to worry for a while yet.

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Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: I wouldn't make that assumption if I were you

The US of A has a 20-year lead on spying on foreign comms. Read up on Echelon, I'm betting you'll be assuming like the rest of us.

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"he wasn't going to go into detail about that"

He doesn't need to ; we all assume that the US is #1 when it comes to nation-state hacking.

U-S-A ! U-S-A !

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Quite an understandable mistake - except for the CEO

I get the mindset of the moment, but if you're testing something, common sense says to keep the CEO's email the hell out of it.

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Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

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I am wary of this development

I will always be grateful for advances in medical science, and any and every cure for anything, but I do not agree with the prospect of having my cancer diagnosis made by a computer, if and when I am concerned by that.

You can wax lyrical all you want about how a Statistical Analysis Machine (or SAM) can be efficient at diagnosing cancer and specifying treatment, I want a human doctor's professional opinion first. Eventually, the doctor can consult the SAM's opinion, if only to ensure that both are in agreement. I would accept that because the SAM might differ in opinion, and I would expect the doctor to check why and if it is relevant to my case.

But to have some pimply-faced intern show me a printout and say "here's your diagnostic" ? No thank you.

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The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

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Re: it definitely shouldn't be there if it isn't there for any sensible reason

But it is there for a sensible reason. It is "intended for testing, debugging, and special applications", special applications meaning TLA access, obviously.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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@ matjaggard

So you think anyone that hates smartphones has to be an old doddard ?

My retirement is still 13 years away. I have no grandchildren yet, and my entire family calls on me whenever they have a computer issue because I've been an IT professional for the past 30 years.

I know feature phones exist (for Philippe and td97402), but when you are a consultant, they are not enough, unfortunately. So I have to have a damn smartphone, and I hate that.

But I'm glad I gave you an opportunity to spew your contempt for old people. Feeling better ?

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I already hate smartphones, this Bixby isn't going to make it better

I long for the day where I can ditch the nuisance that is a smartphone and go back to a simple feature phone.

Having a phone that will actively be able to nag not only on screen but also in my ear is absolutely not what I'm interested in. Keep your nannying away from me, I'm man enough to assume my mistakes.

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UK taxman told: IR35 still isn't working in the public sector, and you want to take it private?

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"IPSE’s response [..] was clear: don’t do it, and definitely don’t do it any time soon.”

So it will be done before the end of the year, because no government official anywhere can understand the word "no" if he's not the one saying it.

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America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

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Re: Is anyone seriously trying to claim otherwise?

Well you've got the guy responsible for security at the Tokyo Olympics who really doesn't seem to have gotten that memo.

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Well, the UK government does have a long history of continuing to throw money into failed IT projects, so it's just government as usual.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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It's not that it must be bad, it's just that, in the vast majority of cases, it objectively is.

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Re: I am not sure I like the idea of the US military with powered exoskeletons!

They're already working on that, so prepare to be dismayed.

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Meanwhile, Defense contractors have broke out the champaign at the thought of all the new barrels they will be putting their snouts into.

Can we have Pile Of Gold icon ?

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Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'

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@tiggity

People with physical disabilities already have problem coping with normal cars. There are models that can be modified specially for them, but a wheelchair-bound person will never drive a Ferrari.

When autonomous cars have the self-driving and security parts down pat, it will be time to worry about models that can be adapted for the disabled.

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Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

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And the best of it is that all the data is beamed back to SpiderLabs, for algorythm improvement, of course, so anything you do search for will be added to their database which will be worth millions in a short time.

Great for them !

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Julia 0.7 arrives but let's call it 1.0: Data science code language hits milestone on birthday

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Still,

It's nice to know that there is still an area where raw, knee-jerk hatred can still express itself with impunity.

The indices start at 1 ? BURN THAT SHIT DOWN AND NUKE IT FROM SPACE ! AAAAARRRGGGHHH !

Personally, I prefer indices starting at 0, because habit, but I am not about to trash a language simply because of indices. Especially if I have an option to change that.

Now, meaningful whitespace, on the other hand . . .

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Encryption doesn't stop him or her or you... from working out what Thing 1 is up to

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There's a war brewing

The war is on between those who want their privacy respected and those who don't realize (or care) about the issue.

IoT sits squarely on the side of Don't Care.

So, if you care, don't use IoT.

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Researcher found Homebrew GitHub token hidden in plain sight

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"If I can gain access to commit in 30 minutes, what could a nation state with dedicated resources achieve against a team of 17 volunteers?" Holmes asked."

They could use you for training the newbies in their dedicated resource group.

BTW, the NSA is mildly miffed that you spotted the issue.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: if the kid would have even been allowed to enter into the license agreement

It is not the kid that needed to enter into a license agreement, but the school.

It is blindingly obvious that an underage child would have no idea he was even supposed to ask. The school teacher, on the other hand, should have known better.

And allegating that, because an image was available under license on one site means no new license was needed ? What brain-dead thinking is that ? Of course that argument got thrown out, even a child can understand that it's not because his buddy has something that he can have it too.

It is indeed necessary to reeducate people about public use of copyrighted images. It's a problem we have today because before widely available internet and social media, it was not easy to reuse images. You'd be printing them in books, and your editor would bring your attention to the fact that you needed permission to reprint someone else's work.

Nowadays you just right-click and save anything you like, and posting an image is as easy at it can be. And that is how it should be - for posting your own images. But you ask permission for posting someone else's images.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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"the world is clinging stubbornly to IPv4"

If it works, don't fix it. There may well be no new IPv4 addresses, but as I've said before, those we have still work. And NAT is a nifty feature and not only for businesses.

"as IPv6 takes hold more websites and online services will begin to only be available via IPv6"

On God's Green Earth, why ? Is there a sudden drop in IQ where IPv6 is concerned ? Have the academics forgotten that businesses exist to make money, not to ensure IPv6 adoption ?

When a business feels it is pressured enough to have an IPv6 website, that business will ensure that it can still get money from the IPv4 holdouts.

The day a business will no longer have an IPv4 website is the day funding for IPv4 will become economically unfeasible. That has nothing to do with the day an IPv6 website is accessible.

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Rights groups challenge UK cops over refusal to hand over info on IMSI catchers

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Re: They already have legal intercept

Yes they do, with a warrant, and I highly doubt anyone is up in arms about that.

It's the notion of intercept, scanning and surveillance without a warrant that people do not like.

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UK govt's top tech heavyweight Maxwell quits for Amazon job

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"questions about how closely the rules [..] for senior civil servants have been followed"

I'm quite sure Sir Humphry would state that the rules have been followed to the letter, there is absolutely no cause for concern and everything is under complete control.

And if you asked him where the proof of the respect of those rules is, Sir Humphry would respond with complete sincerity that those are things that he does not have the authority to divulge.

Then he would sip his tea impeccably.

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