* Posts by Bogle

125 posts • joined 31 Oct 2008

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Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

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Big Brother

Just here for the icons

Nothing to add, the icon says it all.

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The Co-Op Bank's online banking has gone TITSUP*

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FAIL

Re: Co-op have always been great

Recently moved on from the Co-op, both a credit card I'd used for perhaps 20 years and a joint account for more than 5 years.

Online banking offerings are now the main showcase for customers (unfortunately just *after* you've joined) and they are *all* horrible to some degree. The web interface invariable creaks and groans mightily. They are *all* making some kind of basic security error. For example, I opened a TSB account last night and it only allows alpha-numerics in the password.

I moved on from the Co-op when their online offering was upgraded to unusable.

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UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

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ORG

I'll just leave this here: www.openrightsgroup.org

Get your chequebook out. We don't have time to do much about this, busy people that we are, but we can fund someone who can.

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Re: Anecdotal data point

> The biggest problem is when the employee's spouse has a country-specific job/career/profession like law, civil service, teaching

Medicine, just to add to the list. That's my Significant Other's profession and not only would she need fluency in the new language she'd need (some) re-qualification.

It's easy to forget when you're in something like software where you (a) don't need to talk much and (b) don't need any professional qualifications!

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Re: There are more levels than that

> I am one of the co-founders of a very small analytics business in Edinburgh

So, not waiting for the (increasingly likely) IndeyRef 2 or Scotland becoming Canada's 11th province?

If Scotland *had* gone for independence already just imagine how many firms would be thinking about a quick jump north of the border. Culture's pretty similar and you'll pick up the language in no time.

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Privacy

There're difficulties in relocating and you're brave to set up in another language and culture but a distinct advantage of Germany is their strong privacy legislation. This could be a significant plus point for some (especially when compared to the UK).

Go, while the getting is good?

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Joke

Re: This goes to show one thing

>> Who will be returned in NI, Wales and Scotland?

> I'm hoping we can reduce the number of Tory MPs in Scotland by 1.

A downvote? People, David Mundell himself is in the house!

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Pint

Re: This goes to show one thing

> Who will be returned in NI, Wales and Scotland?

I'm hoping we can reduce the number of Tory MPs in Scotland by 1.

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

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FAIL

Support? We've heard of it.

HMRC: "Customers who use our online services should not be affected by these reforms."

Umm, who's going to be writing the software for those, then? You do know it's software, don't you? Tell me you know what software is ... oh, help.

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

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Failure isn't an option - it's mandatory

Which is more efficient? Failing because you can't afford to start or failing because you can't afford to finish? Either way, we know the outcome will be a fail. I'm hearing the Gershwins' "Let's call the whole thing off"!

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

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Joke

NHS selling data on your kidneys.

At least, I 'think' that joke alert icon is appropriate ...

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Well, duh ..

"that appears to be the landing zone of the B Ark"

IIRC England *was* the LZ of the B Ark.

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As it was before, so shall it be again

So if Recruiter A forces almost all of its contractor down the IR35 route but Recruiter B sticks up for them, taking on a test case or two, with support from the PCG (now IPSE, it seems), which Recruiter will most contractors choose to work with / refuse to work through?

I hear a death knell for a few spineless recruiters. Quickly followed by the collapse of IR35. Again.

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Scott McNealy: Your data is safer with marketers than governments

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Re: "You're better off with your data in the hands of a marketer than a government"

Sir Tim (Berners-Lee, not Rice) recently pointed me to Solid: github.com/solid/solid. (no, not really *personally*)

This kind of thing, if implemented in enough projects, could be your option C.

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Black Helicopters

Be afraid, be very afraid

"The only time people should be worried about privacy is when government does more than protection of their lives and liberties."

Actually, I'm *very* concerned about how the government attempts to protect my life and liberty. For example, britain-attempts-brand-journalists-spies

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Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

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Joke

Civil War

It's "Civil War" with Bruce Schneier as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Where's our Captain America!

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Infosec pros aren't too bothered by Trump – it's his cabinet sidekicks you need to worry about

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Re: What an asshole

That chance of electoral reform was squandered in the UK by the Lib-Dems being useless in the Coalition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_Alternative_Vote_referendum,_2011

It works well in Scotland.

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Brought to you by UK.gov: 'Most ambitious programme of change of any government anywhere in the world'

Bogle

Re: "modern-day Che Guevara of digital"

You must be thinking of another Che as Che Guevara was in the African Congo, where he led an all-black force of Cuban and Congolese soldiers against white South African mercenaries of apartheid in 1965.

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Guilty! Four blokes conned banks in £160m fibre broadband scam

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if you need a business loan

I'd never heard of KBC so I looked them up. Perhaps I could just leave this here?

https://newsroom.kbc.com/if-you-need-a-business-loan-in-24-hours-kbcs-the-bank-for-you

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

Bogle

The beginning of the end for President Snowflake

Couldn't have come soon enough.

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Thought your data was safe outside America after the Microsoft ruling? Think again

Bogle

Re: America's increasing isolation

Sounds like a good time to shout out the fine work done for privacy rights in the UK by the Open Rights Group [https://www.openrightsgroup.org/support-org]. Go give them some support (if you care).

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Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order

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Paris Hilton

What does M'Lud mean by that?

"her skills lie altogether elsewhere"

pray, do tell!

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Your Facebook account is now more secure than your bank's (probably)

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Yubico key

Closed my Farcebook account years ago (no! no more posts about your damn cats, single lady!) but I'm a Yubico key fan, have my v4 on the desk here. More of this, please, and more sites playing catch-up with 2FA.

That said, the more advanced functionality of a Yubico key is far beyond what most can handle. Public/Private Key systems are just too complicated for Mr Average (for example see recent errors by The Grauniad re: WhatsApp).

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Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

Bogle

Re: Developing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Luckily we've come up with a scheme to make STEM graduates more valuable - force out half of the current lot of scientists ...

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Bogle
Joke

It's not for you, either

Ooh! Can I have some of that?

(gets on the phone)

No, my name's not Crapita. No, it's not Fuckitsu either. Hello? Hello?? Bastards 'ave cut me off!

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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Re: Having seen the latest NHS IT Software in action

You must have lovely eyes, Vic, or ... something ...

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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Re: Suck it up

It is a democracy by this simple definition:

"According to political scientist Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements: (a) A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; (b) The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life; (c) Protection of the human rights of all citizens, and (d) A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens."

[source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy]

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Bogle
FAIL

Re: Suck it up

Your statements tend towards mutual exclusivity:

i. accept it

ii. leave it

Poor work. Must try harder.

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Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

Bogle
Joke

Re: 'The capacitive buttons ... make it vastly easier to operate the phone in the car'

I suspect the downvotes are for Bon Jovi. Of course, if *this* gets downvoted then we have genuine Bon Jovi fans in the comments.

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HMRC IT cockup misses nearly 1m Scottish taxpayers for devo PAYE letters

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Joke

Re: Hints of what Brexit will bring ...

Do we not need a new El Reg official measurement for £350 million?

One ImaginaryBonus = £350m? UnlikelyBusBasedSavings? BorisBull?

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: It's simple

Okay, I'm with you, but " because that would be impossible as well as utterly insane" really describes what we're looking at here! It's perhaps the best description of the legislation possible.

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Re: Is anyone working to overcome this?

I'll add my +1 to Andrews & Arnold ISP [http://www.aa.net.uk/] and the Open Rights Group [https://www.openrightsgroup.org/].

I use A&A ISP and the service is good and I pay my subs to the ORG. "Put your money where your mouth is" is a decent idea, I think. (Though my recent political bets on the results of both the EU Referendum and the USA's Presidential Election aren't good examples ...)

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Re: Stazi

"Why are we becoming a Police state?"

There, FIFY.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Re: "drain the swamp"

Fact checking: He's not a politician, he's a teacher [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33150562] and he doesn't like the term "tsar" any more than you do.

That said, his comment doesn't appear to fit with his remit of offering training to teachers in managing the behaviour of their pupils.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Bogle

IndyRef 2 will be watching with interest. I imagine the Scottish and NI MPs will be voting against implementing Article 50 and that will surely put IndyRef 2 back on the hatstand (for a while).

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Re: There's one bit of good news though

Okay, it's not "a lot" but it is double.

I looked myself (Irish, German) but missed qualifying on some conditions. I suspect a lot of people have had a little look? Particularly those of families that had to flee Germany in the 1930's and now get special dispensation to reclaim their citizenship.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Wileyfox

"dropping it 8 feet on to tarmac"

Blimey, just how high up are your pockets?

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Re: Lets play a game

Did you know there's a solution to The Trolley Problem? Stop me if you've seen this one.

A two-year-old's solution to the trolley problem: https://youtu.be/-N_RZJUAQY4

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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Lovejoy

Won't someone please think of the children?!

Oh, you did? Fuck, you really did.

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UK.gov is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

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Re: Costs a lot but employs a lot

Rather missing the point that we don't *want* a single supplier to do it all as we've seen where that leads us with failed projects and huge overruns.

Please don't divide the costs over the whole population. The total of UK Income Tax payers is a little over 30 million according the Gov's National Statistics (which would, amusingly, be about £666 per taxpayer).

As for seeing the money being spent going back into circulation it really doesn't account for the vast profits being siphoned out by these huge firms.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Adams

Heart of Gold? 42? Any more references? Me, I think we should sign up just to avoid the bypass that's coming through here ...

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It's time for humanity to embrace SEX ROBOTS. For, uh, science, of course

Bogle
Joke

The ROTM began long ago

Given the choice between the girls down the docks and the vacuum cleaner I know which I'd pick.

DIRTY Hoover. dirty.

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London's Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 cancer-fighting boffins

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Meh

Salford

1. Research Scientist isn't a high paying job.

2. Part of the build was to retire multiple ageing facilities in the city.

So, London? The news of the Crick comes at the same time as reports of the Beeb's success with the Salford move [The Guardian, pg. 3, today]

<missed>opportunity</missed>

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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FAIL

Re: Mr Comey's position...

"By the way, there was a vulnerable person over the weekend"

I call BS. As Wikipedia likes it, "Citation needed". Or perhaps XKCD: https://xkcd.com/285/

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OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

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Joke

Re: And that's why...

"nah, following the mandatory security course the admins had to call HR and get the children names and their date of birth..."

Round here we just check the tats on the backs of their necks ...

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Joke

V

The carnival is going to look decidedly odd with so many members of Anonymous attending ...

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

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Tube

Does anyone else think "Vas deferens" every time this clown pops up?

Time to cut the tubes, Keith, 'cause that stuff you're spunking is utter shite.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: My first thought was:

Wasn't Roy Batty's inception date 8th January, 2016? The replicants already here ...

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Joke

Oh really?

Quick, we must fund a study into the late use of security implementations for large agricultural building portals where there has been a recent, rapid equine absconding. Please make out grant applications in triplicate to the Dept of the Bleeding Obvious. No, not you, Franz.

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: Left-wing ideologues.

I'm not sure that our Commentards personal experiences of debating points amongst both Left and the Right-leaning people is borne out by the UK's more reliable yardsticks of political thought along this single axis: the daily rags.

The press on the Right, tabloid and broadsheet, is considerably less able to have a rational discussion than that on the Left and quite a bit more likely to resort to labelling, caricature and stereotyping. Of course. there's not a lot of press actually *on* the left.

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