* Posts by Tom Paine

1483 posts • joined 19 Aug 2008

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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London pubs

The Scottish Stores is a nice small boozer at the bottom of the Caledonian Road, with an interesting history (Victorian interior which had been boarded over during it's previous 20 years as a strip pub) and an excellent selection of what I understand the kids today call 'craft ale" but I call 'beer". FIver a pint, but it's central London. Haven't tried the roof terrace but apparently there's one up there somewhere.

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Botched upgrade at Belgian bank Argenta sparks phishing frenzy

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Re: No COBOL, what fun!!

I'll just leave this here

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_bank

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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My employer

Is in the 50% +/- 5% band. Can't say I'm surprised.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Alien

Paging Dr Streetmentioner...

n/t

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: If you get a bit twitchy ....

I was remembering that exact same anecdote. Humph told it perfectly (of course) with timing and pauses and intonation that's all lost by writing it down. Sadly missed

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Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

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Re: Death by a Thousand Patches

I've never heard it called that before.

/blackadder

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Re: Control

I will apply the patches to my system in due course, but MS's "quality control" doesn't have the greatest reputation lately, hence why I prefer to delay installation a bit first

Must be nice to have that luxury.

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PMSL table?

GOTO FAIL

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Re: 1960s? Try the late 19teens, ...

This is an excellent programme, tracing the history of disinformation back to the Okrana forging the "Protocols of the Elders of ZIon". Highly recommended.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vx0db

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Facebook confirms Cambridge Analytica stole its data; it’s a plot, claims former director

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Pre-internet laws

we’re largely still operating under laws written pre-internet.

Gritting teeth and pretending that the internet is the web, and that it didn't really "exist" until BT were selling access to consumers,.. no, that statement's still not really true. The original Computer Misuse Act does date from 1990 but was amended in 1994,1998, 2006 and 2015. The current Data Protection Act dates from 1998 and it's successor is before Parliament right now.

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Er....... C4 NEws?

It was Carole Cadwalladr of the Grauniad whongo the scoop. C4N have their own scoop in about ten minutes time, having apparently carried out a traditional fake client sting on CA with secret filming, but that's a separate investigation AFAIK

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-facebook-influence-us-election

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I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

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HMHB

Top marks for the Half Man Half Biscuit reference. (new album out now!)

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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Re: Mains powered clock

For 99% of applications you don't need exact time. In real life a few minutes either way rarely matters. For applications that matter, there's NTP, the radio signal,..

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Re: Mains powered clock

It's a reasonable question, and what I was wondering myself; I assume the savage downvoting means "No, and you're an unspeakable barbarian for even asking the question".

Allow me to donate some surplus karma to the cause of asking a question. Who uses clocks that calibrate off the main frequency, and if it's so prone to inaccuracy, why? I've a ten quid plastic click on the kitchen wall that syncs off the radio time signal (or does it?)

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Finally

They're finally going to get what they've wanted for 20 years - to be able to adopt Apple's evil practices as their own. Walled garden, corrupt deals with ISVs, and even less freedom for their victims, sorry, users.

They should have been broken up in 2000. Although personally I prefer the word "smashed"... Just think how much fail we would have been spared! Vista... Powerhell... an unsandboxed JavaScript engine running in kernelspace to help find malware... systemd...

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So the suits swanned off to GDPR events leaving you at the coalface? It's really more IT's problem

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What is this magical land where you live, and how do I apply for citizenship?

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Re: Meanwhile...

There's an applicability threshold. GIYF.

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Re: Meanwhile...

Still when every company has paid 10% of turn over as fine it will knock a big dent in all the government debt

Couple of things

1. Fines are capped (in the UK) at £18m. Big news for a small car hire firm, say, or a T shirt designer whose customer list is dumped on Pastebin, but Facebook? Do me a favour...

2. Fines are only levied on orgs someone's complained about, and which the ICO has resources to investigate, and which are found guilty of some non-compliance that lead to a "breach" of some sort -- if the org are silly enough to report it in the first place... Hint: do you know what the FCA regulates, and what it's annual budget is? OK, now do you know what the ICO's budget is?

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Re: Meanwhile...

*chuckle*

It's the way you tell 'em...

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Naivity

Sorry to post twice but...

If you've erased someone's data on request, does the tech team re-delete the data from the live system if they've had to restore from backup?

How will they, or anyone else, ever find out if you haven't? That's what management are thinking, and that's why no-one but the most obsessively over-regulated or bloated orgs are going to give a flying one about that, or many many other related issues.

Maybe a few fines will change minds. I can't see it. How many orgs are there on the ICO's list of enforcement notices and fines? (Lots.) What percentage of active organisations does that number represent? A rounding error.

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Box ticking

all the related events were attended by audiences almost uniformly comprised of business managers, compliance people and the like. That is, people who are responsible for operating and overseeing GDPR compliance. And they're defining processes, asking colleagues what data they hold, and getting the company lawyer to update standard contract terms and write privacy notices. But they can't really do all this stuff on their own.

Oh, but they can, and they do. They don't need on-the-metal ground truth to get the job done - because the job isn't *actual* compliance, it's the ability of evidence that they went through the right magical passes, assembled the right docs,.. ticked the right boxes. Of COURSE their conception of where PII is stored and processed in their org comes from a review of the service catalogue or a list of apps on a PowerPoint slide, or the spreadsheet tracking officially, capital-P Procured systems and apps, rather than an Nmap scan. Compliance is too down. Monitoring and enforcement is bottom up: it means reading random Helldesk tickets, visiting users, chatting g to people in the lift or down the pub to find out what's *really* going on. Of course, no-one with any sense wants to do that, because they all know it'd be a can of Pandora's worms... The thin end of a slippery wedge....

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HTTPS cert flingers Trustico, SSL Direct go TITSUP after website security blunder blabbed

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Beautiful

I love it when idiots and charlatans get caught out. Sympathies to customers who got stitched up by these clowns. We're living in the equivalent of the early 30s for air travel. They've made stuff "work" for values of work limited to "it took off, flew around for a while and landed", and then next thing you know it's in production carrying 25 passengers to Paris as a scheduled service five times daily. They mostly don't crash, usually...

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Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

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Re: You Beijing didn't know?

They do very little in the way of contribution to the White hat community. When a new vulnerability is discovered, or patched, how often does it come out from some Chinese researcher, company, computer academic, programmer, hacker or otherwise?

Actually,.. if you take the trouble to review a bulletin"s acknowledgements section for one of those vendors who dump huge patch batches (Oracle, Adobe, Apple,..)* I think you'll find there's a torrent of vulnerability disclosure coming out of China.

* Microsoft have wrecked their bulletin format do it's hard to see the info in one place)

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SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

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...12,000-odd low-Earth orbit satellites ...

That's either a typo, or the end of astronomy, or the mythical run-away orbital debris feedback loop.

(Or 2 and 3: they're not mutually exclusive.)

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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IDK about anyone else but my bullshit proximity warning klaxon tripped after the seventh word.

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Facebook too.

Short thread listing the same troll / conspiracy / fake news NS all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,..

https://twitter.com/MicahGrimes/status/966077901127979008

Gosh it's almost like an organised.. shall we say "campaign"? Yes, "campaign" is exactly the right word.

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Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages

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Statement of the bleedin' obvious

Is a lot. A lot a lot. Yes they probably have a ton of DCs and systems, but the support org is supposed to scale also g with the estate - especially if as seems likely there's a massive array of disparate legacy systems that require their own dedicated support teams.

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Tenable's response to folks upset at AWOL features: A 150-emails-a-minute spam storm

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FAIL

One more lost sale here

Employer merged with an equivalently sized peer. I went to kick the tyres of the Nessus install on the other side, as I was looknig forward to ditching the bloated, "quirky", wildly over-complicated Qualys system we have on "our" side.

and couldn't for the life of me figure out why there was no "add new user" button. When support told me I couldn't really believe it, I assumed I was talking to clueless first-line - but no. Srsly?

Maybe they don't realise that accountability for actions via individual named accounts associated with a single natural person has been a mandatory enterprise security requirement for, what,.. 25 years? 30?

Anyway, they've walked away from a deal for 5000 users / 30,000 devices. We'd probably need a couple of dozen scanners, maybe more (it's a sprawling multi-national with dozens of obscure business units and branch offices.)

Walk away, Rene...

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Re: There are many options

As he made a polite request for suggestions for alternatives, "don't know about vulnerability scanners", obvious. Dial down the paranoia and maybe try to grasp that not everyone in the world is an expert on the tiny corner of the world you rule as a god-emperor of knowledge, maybe?

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It was an absolute bear for the first few years after the fork at least; eventually I gave up on it. The test database wasn't scratching the surface of new vulnerabilities either. I'm also in the market for an alternative now - desperate to get off Qualys but sadly out of touch with the current alternatives. (I guess Retina isn't a thing any more? Has it finally died and had a decent burial?)

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Yes, please. Perhaps El Reg could get a few cynical red- and blue-teamers down the pub, provide beer, and get some genuine customer testimonials?

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Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

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Re: Bigger teeth

I believe messrs Strummer, Jones, Simenon and Headon had some relevent observations.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5lfInFVPkQs

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Kinda tricky to force them to keep trading if they're insolvent.

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Re: Why would the show up for just £400

The new GDPR-compliant DPA comes into force in May. Fines are capped, as they are under the current (1998) DPA... at £18m.

That'll get their attention.

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Re: Hang on a minute...

I make it £804

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EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

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Re: To be honest no worse than the 1mb I get at the moment

100 * £20 * 12 = £24000

Thats not a bad return on investment

How much do you think it costs to trench in a couple of hundred metres of cable and a new cabinet?

How much do you think a cabinet costs?

Hint: it's a bit more than £24,000.

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Re: 200GB for £60/month

Cable requires interacting with Virgin Media. I'd rather go back to relying on newspapers, Radio 4 and the post.

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Re: The last 4%

The commenter doesn't say he or she is surprised, they're not even complaining - just saying how it is.

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Re: The last 4%

Puzzled why that comment above was downvoted. Perhaps people disapprove of a decision to go live somewhere remote, because they don't? Are they overlooking g some simple, affordable solution? I'd love to know what it is, if so

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Re: Getting the Best out of EE

Wow, this sounds ideal for my 75 year old parents stuck in the wilds of the Welsh border.

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Re: User has exceeded monthly bandwidth limit

If you want to watch films, buy a TV, dummy.

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EE 4G speedtest

Just used a speedchecker which reports 22.5 down / 2.5 up.

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Haven't RTFA but surely it's a 4G - WiFi bridge? Nothing to do with 4G signals boosters.

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"bulk rename utility"??

God, I'd forgotten what hell Windows is. Just install Cygwin, you can probably replace this app with a Bash one-liner.

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Re: allowance

I WFH and, apart from not watching much telly online, have a fairly typical usage pattern; I usually get thru 15-20Gb/month. I live alone though, if you've several kids addicted to Netflix or whatever that's probably not going to work very well.

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Data point

When I moved house almost five years ago I had a lot of flatpack furniture to assemble, new job to get up to speed with, changing addresses registered with various orgs, and so on. Whilst waiting to get round to ordering up a proper internet connection I just used my 4G phone's WiFi hotspot. As time passed I kept remembering I had to get round to it, but somehow... I never have, and I'm still using the phone network. (Context: this is inside the M25.) Apart from making sure to always have a spare mobile to hand for the inevitable smashed screen incidents (and a Moto G4 that fell victim to the dreaded reboot-cycle-of-death), it's been largely trouble free. I work at home a lot, so reliable fast net connection is essential for me. So far, so good...

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You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

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That pic...

...it's Elon Musk, isn't it?

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Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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Re: Russian money

Banks are subject to mandatory penetration tests (proper ones, not a kid with Nmap and Nessus.) There's even an official standard for organisations allowed to provide them: http://www.crest-approved.org/uk/who-we-work-with/cbest/index.html

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Re: Damn

I'm very happy with this £140 Motorola G4.

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Good riddance

After reading a glowing review here, I bought a WileyFox phone.

They took my money, claimed they tried to deliver the device (which was specifically advertised as being packaged to fit a letterbox), claimed it back of the distributor before I could get to the warehouse, then completely failed to respond to repeated requests for either the phone or a refund. Fuck 'em.

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