* Posts by JimC

1499 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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Re: F-ck Digital

I've always worked on the assumption that there is no privacy on the net, and no secrecy. As long as you operate on that basis there isn't really a problem. There's no privacy or secrecy in a busy restaurant or crowded pub either, and it doesn't stop us using them.

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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Re: The current state of US politics is chaotic. I don't recall in my lifetime more rancor here.

Yes, same this side of the pond. I think its a major problem for our political system. Whereas the other party were once "people with some strange ideas who I suppose probably mean well" now they are "evil monsters who want to destroy civilisation as we know it".

And the result of having two sides who gallop for the extremes can only be bad for the rest of us.

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Got it, thanks. It's all clear now.

I must admit the arrant hypocrisy is somewhat glaring. The west has shown no hesitation whatsoever in telling other countries citizens how to vote. Indeed I seem to remember a US President stepping in loudly on the UKs EU referendum.

Hell, its probably even the duty of one's spooks to try and influence other nations' voters to vote in a way that advantages their own country. And its interesting (and depressing) to consider how much damage has been done round the world in the last decade or so as a result of the US' rather romantic view of revolutions, which is all tied up with their own self deceiving vision of their history.

This side of the pond we're a bit more aware that revolutions tend to put bad guys in power, even if they are on the right side... and even if they *are* on the right side they are still bad guys.

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Mind you

if all this stuff is publicly accessible and visible social media posts...

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Re: Here's a thought

If you think train travel is any less vulnerable to malign interference... Coincidentally there was a feature on Railway signalling on BBC this am... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-41970331/signal-failure-the-train-traveller-s-nightmare-explained Talk about a target rich environment...

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: declared a success before the election

Oh how naive we are. Of course it was declared a success by the people responsible for introducing it. Every major project is. The reason you'll often see a strategy change with a changing of the guard is that when no-one who came up with the idea is still there then the ballsups can happily be ditched. If you propose that while the proponents are still there you just label yourself as not having a can-do attitude. Of course that presupposes the alternative will be any better.

But, having worked in local government IT, much as I loathe Microsoft and their deeds, I really don't know how one could avoid them. The hundreds - and there are hundreds - of specialist applications just don't exist on other platforms. The result is that you are condemning your users to half ass lashups and second rate apps. And the IT is supposed to be there to help the users deliver services to the public.

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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Re: It is all a fraud and illegal cryptocurrency...

Rather than a fraud by bankers I thought crypto currencies were more of a money grab by those who kick the things off and generate large quantities of pseudo money which then inflates in value... Certainly seems to me that those who get in the ground floor of a crypto currency end up with a lot of "dosh" for moderate effort.

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SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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You Seppos really need

to do something about your civil law system... I suppose the trouble is it succeeds in its first priority - to make lawyers rich.

Ironic that the case has managed to outlive Groklaw.

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Google AMP supremo whinges at being called out on team's bulls***

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Google imagines itself ... more important than ... people creating

> Google imagines itself, as the aggregator of other people's content,

> as more important than the people creating that content. And, sadly,

> in terms of reach, they are.

Nothing new there. Its the whole big advertising ethos that only silicon valley megacorps are allowed to earn money and the creators can go starve.

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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Re: Good on ya, PFY

If you really want to feel old, calculate how old the PF"Y" must be now...

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'No decisions have been made yet',

> "Whenever someone has to point out that

>'No decisions have been made yet',

> it pretty much means that those decisions

> HAVE been made," I note.

How very true. It means "the final rubberstamp is hovering over the paper"

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US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

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> time to start using text only e-mail clients

IMHO there was never a time to stop using them. It was obvious from day 1 that html capable email and clicky links would be a delight for the malign.

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Re: a complete stranger does not send you confidential documents out of the blue.

Even more depressingly I have had genuine confidential documents from complete strangers out of the blue, not to mention documents from out of the blue that purport to be or genuinely are from people who aren't complete strangers, and I have come across companies who have user names like SomeGuy2748. I can read email headers and readily spot messages that are not what they say they are, but the average user can not.

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Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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> exclude all the fake servers

The end users' front ends simply won't access the fake servers, so no problem there.

You probably don't want them excluded from backup since in the event of requiring DR fake and live will both need to be restored.

And of course you do want to monitor them - that's the whole point!

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Re: I'd like to see more

Dunno, Biomass is almost more important. I'm quite happy with the concept that species A is abundant this year and species B is abundant next year, but if the total biomass is down that means there's something that affects all insects. The car front/bike helmet spatter empirical observation also suggests a big fall in populations.

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Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

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> Leeching

Surely the leeching parasites are the companies who are using GPL code without complying with the GPL? Unless I've understood this very badly the only people who are getting sued are people who have breached the GPL.

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Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

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never mind the content, brilliant headline!

NM

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NASA readies its asteroid warning system for harmless flyby

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> Why quote times in EST on a British website?

There are sound arguments for quoting the original content rather than converting it. Would have been nice to list the GMT offset though.

For those who haven't clicked through, the closest approach is going to be over antarctica, so presumably no point in Brits looking out.

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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> hear about ... problem ... didn't affect anyone

To be fair, I don't think we'd hear about those at all. I imagine most cloud hosting sites would rather not let the customers know there had been a problem.

My experience has been that most PHBs I've been involved with would rather pretend there are no problems rather than tell the customer ever time there's been a problem which hasn't impacted the customer. Its the same mindset, I guess, that thinks those 9s come from writing the SLA, not good design and careful planning.

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Tarmac for America's self-driving car future is being laid right now

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saving lives, expanding mobility and reducing congestion

Saving lives, obvious

Expanding mobility - for those who are too young, too old, too ill, too physically disabled or even too mentally disabled, for sure. Consider, for example, an epileptic who isn't allowed to drive.

Congestion - a factor in congestion is often poor driver behaviour, so there really is some potential there.

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

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> every pension should be self funding

No, its pretty dumb for government pensions to be self funding. The government isn't going to go away, and isn't going to be spending much less money. If the government puts say 5 billion a year aside for self funding pensions, all that happens is the government puts another 5 billion on public sector debt, and the finance industry has another 5 billion to gamble with whilst paying themselves huge salaries and bonuses for"looking after the investment". If they don't borrow the 5 billion then they still pay out the same money in pensions, but they don't pay the interest on borrowing the 5 billion in the meantime.

Always follow the money. If government pensions are made self funding we tax payers are no better off, but the finance industry executives are. The reason for private sector pensions to be self funding is simply to guarantee the money is still there when the company is gone (Maxwell's permitting). It has no advantage for government pensions.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Mr Fusion - Atomic Powered Aircraft.

If we have cheap enough fusion energy presumably we can synthesise hydrocarbons from atmospheric CO2 and carry on using jet engines.

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Re: They have an ambition, they are willing to try it.

No problem if its their money. If on the other hand the chief ambition is to blag large quantities of venture capital cash and convert as much as possible into executive salaries while doing just enough press releases and "proof of concept" demonstrations to keep the taps flowing and hope they get lucky then that's another matter.

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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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Gosh, that's an awful lot of honeypots...

I mean, they must be honeypots mustn't they? Mustn't they? Surely?

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Sigfox doesn't do IP and is therefore secure, says UK IoT network operator

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> Security by obscurity is never a good idea

But it beats the hell out of security by sitting in the middle of the road, crossing your fingers and hoping no-one runs you over.

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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...for rich people.

Personally I am quite happy with the concept that I can't afford to take cabs very often because cab drivers make a decent living. I'm not comfortable with billionaires in silicon valley turning every group of employees into sub minimum wage temps, because I might be next.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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It does occur to me that the petition signers have got the wrong target. If they feel its unfair that Uber have to comply with all the regulations they find so irksome then there should be a campaign to have all those regulations rescinded. Then Uber could keep their licence and all Uber's competitors would be able to operate more cheaply too and everyone would benefit. (Well apart from the people those regulations were intended to protect, but who cares about them?)

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

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I'm kinda torn, because there's also the well known "Give me a discount or I'll post a negative review on xxx" blackmail, and there ought to be some kind of reasonable defence against that.

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

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Re: something from his past that wasn't common knowledge

When desperate I used to suggest "OK, look out of the window, what can you see".

I don't *think* anyone ever typed in "RedFordFocus"...

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There was a time when I had to rush down to the local Police HQ every now and then to help out with problems with the folks who did the overtime payments. I sort of wanted to get stopped on route but it never happened:

Cop: What's the hurry

Me: problem with the overtime payments at **** ****

at this point I imagined a high speed escort!

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

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Re: ridiculous demands

I think the prime minister would counter that the Internet firms have a huge history of crying wolf and claiming that things are impossible until they see a business advantage or are forced, at which point it suddenly becomes possible after all.

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Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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Re: Recipients could then trivially check for authenticity.

But if banks and signatures on cheques is any guide at all, most wouldn't bother...

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: All nukes are ground-zero nukes when they detonate.

*Where* they detonate surely?

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Re: Now, is this not effectively finding it guilty ... punishment.

I submit not.

More like a combination of selective breeding and removing a specific dangerous individual. Punishment also has an element of deterrence which does not apply.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: seem to be breeding a special kind of 'dumb'

Unfortunately the dumb is on the design side. The industry needs to design for people as they are, not as they'd like them to be, and it needs to design for a larger chunk of the bell curve. What was acceptable when IT users were a selected and trained cadre doesn't cut the mustard for a universal utility.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: insular prejudices

forums.theregister.co.UK

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Retail serfs to vanish, all thanks to automation

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Re: Spanner in the works?

I for one refuse to use self service tills for exactly that reason.

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Re: time to Tax the Robots

Seems no especial reason why a robot shouldn't pay the tax and national insurance contributions of the worker it replaces.

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Bitcoin Foundation wants US Department of Justice investigated

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Re: Because the law doesn't yet recognise it as a legal form of tender?

Does the US recognise any currency other than the dollar as legal tender?

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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> If anyone wants to do an academic study of his work

He's on record as despising the academic study thing, and as ensuring that all works in progress were destroyed once the final edit was complete.

He had a point I think, there are a good number of authors (CS Lewis, Isaac Asimov for two) on record as stating that all the analyses of their work that they had seen were utterly wide of the mark. So its unlikely post mortem ones were any better. I particularly liked Asimov's comment to one story which includes a distinctly Freudian image on the lines that he could imagine future critics getting very excited about the hidden subtext of this, but actually he'd done it quite deliberately...

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I wonder

You can quite understand the author not wanting some half arsed slung together lash up of his old work, but on the other hand it would be nice have a little bit more. To my mind though the last book shows distinct signs of having needed another revision by the master's hand, so would I really truly want to have things that were even less complete against his name?

[well if I'm truly honest, I suppose the answer is that I don't think they should be published or made public, but *I* would like a copy]

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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

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Re:Like empathy and "doing good" are bad things.

Well they are if they are counter productive. If the ends can't justify the means, for sure the means can't justify the ends. If I am empathetic about the fears and frights of children being forced to have needles and drugs stuck in them, and ban vaccination, a conspiracy of the evil pharmaceutical companies, am I doing a good thing?

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Re: Uber shill... ...and an uber-troll.

I dunno, isn't one of the lessons of the Internet that there is no moral or philosophical position, no matter how dumb, illogical or plain ridiculous, that you cannot find someone to aggressively espouse? Still, must admit, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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Re: Didn't some one wiser than me,,,,

Kinda the point of his "all the stories were boring". In general I think its not so much the plot as the writing around it that makes the thing work.

Although I can think of one author who I've given up reading because every book seemed to have so similar a plot it was getting to me. I shan't name, because if other people haven't found it irritating, but might if it were pointed out, then I'd be guilty of taking away their enjoyment .

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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A win by default?

Its surely not that unusual for an appointment to be made after all but one of the short list has been crossed off is it?

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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

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Re: In the near future

Oh dear, a tad naive are we today? The real name will have to link back identifiably to your ISP account, and your ISP account will have to link back identifiably to a real person, and we'll be in a whole world of PITA bureaucracy.

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Re: is this for real?

Oh for sure. Its pretty much inevitable. In governments eyes the harm done - and perhaps even more importantly the bad press generated - by the misuse of anonymity is obvious and widespread. The genuine social benefits are on a far smaller scale and in any case are greatest for those living under repressive regimes, who themselves are the list likely to tolerate anonymity. Thus sooner or later the desire to readily identify (mis)users of the net will vastly outweigh any pushback from the privacy campaigners, who are readily labelled as "political weirdos who want to protect paedophiles and trollers".

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

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Re What exactly do people go to emergency departments for if not emergencies ?

Its because they can't get to see doctors at primary care. In the Brit NHS access to primary care / GPs is basically rationed by bureaucracy. In order to see a doctor you have to jump through complicated administrative processes that typically require the patient to be intelligent, well enough to be able to handle the processes and have plenty of spare time.

The reason for this, of course is that Brit health care is free at point of delivery and theoretically unrationed, so the demand is almost unlimited. Supply, on the other hand, is very limited. Any kind of overt rationing is politically unacceptable*. The result is rationing by bureaucracy, since no-one can think of anything better.

Not that anyone has chosen rationing by bureaucracy, its just all that anyone can think of to control the demand. The alternative might be doctors booked up for months ahead, which is equally ridiculous.

*Its politically unacceptable, because Labour (=vaguely left) governments have a big soundbite of 'the evil tories are trying to destroy your NHS', so daren't be seen introducing demand management themselves, whilst Conservative (Tory=vaguely right) governments are desperately trying to avoid looking like evil tories destroying the NHS, so won't do anything either.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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A bit funny

There are some funny anomalies about this stuff. I wonder how much dates back to the days when there was a formal 1 hour break for lunch, and most people lived within walking/bicycle distance and could return home for lunch.

I guess if you join a company and are told "This company pays no allowances for meals to anyone - we consider that the salary is adequate to include this" that would be fair enough. If, on the other hand, something like that is imposed, without an increase in salary to match the loss of allowance and, as is so often the case, with directors and senior executives being exceptions, that's quite another matter.

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