* Posts by Bogle

143 posts • joined 31 Oct 2008


U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead


Re: No encryption

I use Signal on my smartphone, I won't use What'sApp as it requires pawning my tech soul to Farcebook, and day to day my old dumbphone, which is my *real* phone, can *only* do SMS (so there).

What has an 'open-door policy' with industry and puts the X into NHS? Brits, let app-happy Matt Hancock tell you


OSS ignored

Open Source by default? Yeah, right. I'd love to see a break down of those numbers after a couple of years. Of course, no one will be recording this because no one on the NHSX board will be able to use a computer.

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'


Orwell ain't seen nothing yet

Given the plod's continuing abuse of the DNA data they've collected and refused to delete, is anyone expecting anything other than Stazi levels of boots stomping on faces forever.

Hold on, if the boots are stomping on the faces, doesn't that ruin the facial recognition?

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data


A State of Affairs

It seems now I do less marching on the streets, as that's no bloody use whatsoever, and more funding lawyers to fight for basic rights through the courts. So we have such a broken parliamentary system that we must constantly challenge the government in the courts?

Isn't it three times they've had their air pollution plans defeated in the courts, they've still to produce anything workable, but now they are banging on about wood burning stoves!?

I'm ranting, aren't I. I'll take my dried frog pills.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: Gatwick is a big place

Your linked article on moral panic posits various tests and this situation fails on all of them.

Firstly, we haven't identified a group to demonise here, unless it is "all drone pilots" which would be ridiculous.

Secondly, there's no gap between the threat and the objective threat as this isn't an objective threat, it really has stopped over 100,000 people from travelling. The hazard is small, a downing of a flight, but the risk is very large, the consequent loss of life.

Thirdly, there's no fluctuation of attention over time. It's just happened and it's been ongoing.

Mostly importantly there's no public hysteria.

Conspiracy theories are invariably posited by nutters and believed by the pathologically credulous. Trying to back up your insanity with totally inappropriate material simply demonstrates your foolishness.

Sounds like a massive, risky UK.gov scheme, but let's not keep too many tabs on it, OK?


"Bring out the GMPP"

"But the GMPP's sleeping."

Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?


Re: Should be a great CAD machine...

Go on, what's the config for SolidWorks? (Only the important bits, if the whole config is a bit of a mouthful and you're short on time). 3 grand sounds okay but could you have done it for 2.5?

Dob in naughty data slurps to top EU court, privacy groups urge



So the UK government is acting illegally but appears to be free to carry on with its bulk data collection. What exactly is the sanction that the High Court can apply? Because a slap on the bum is only going to encourage most of them.

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


Re: Well


Bend over, reality has it's kicking boots on, and your arse is hanging out.

This ain't a negotiation. It was never going to be a negotiation, and it certainly isn't going to be one however much you cry foul.


Re: Ja, Christoph...

@Prst. V.Jeltz

"What the UK government will be most upset about is that the fact it will be no longer be allowed access to the highly secure military-grade signal Public Regulated Service (PRS)"

As I pointed out before, RTFM (Read the Frickin' Material) before you selectively quote, fool.


Home time

You'll need the whippet to get you home from the pub, shurely?


Re: Well

That is a very 'zero sum' view of negotiating.

As others have already commented (a few times) this is less of a negotiation than an implementaion of the existing rules. Many of which, including the ones now excluding the UK from Galileo, were written by the UK.


Re: Ja, Christoph...

Personally if they want to do all the work and put all the money in , and are still going to let us use it , GREAT!

Umm, you might want to re-read the article ...

... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales



So, does it save money on the project if we keep on crashing them? If that's the case we could have a special show, say around Guy Fawkes, and finally sew up the hole our trouser's pocket.

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'


Shout out

Well done, Meg Hillier, on a giving us such a superb quote. I'm looking forward to more.

Max Schrems: The privacy bubble needs to start 'getting sh*t done'


Through the company

If it makes it any easier for others, I thought to put this on my company debit card (contractor, here). That way I can mark it as Charitable Donation and my accountant deals with it. Also means as long as there's money coming in some small part of it will be going to NOYB.

Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

Big Brother


The general direction of the comments make it fairly clear that most everyone in here understand what a bad idea this is. Now I intend to put my money where my mouth is and I'd encourage others to be generous, too: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopnhsdatasharing/

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home


Re: IT happens - @JeffyPoooh

Apply thin leaves of After Eight Mints?

Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

Big Brother

Just here for the icons

Nothing to add, the icon says it all.

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


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.

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



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.

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


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!


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.



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?

Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election


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!


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.

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


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.

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


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"!

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


NHS selling data on your kidneys.

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

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


Re: Well, duh ..

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

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


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.

Scott McNealy: Your data is safer with marketers than governments


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.

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

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


Civil War

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

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


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.

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


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.

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


if you need a business loan

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


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


The beginning of the end for President Snowflake

Couldn't have come soon enough.

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


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).

Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order

Paris Hilton

What does M'Lud mean by that?

"her skills lie altogether elsewhere"

pray, do tell!

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


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).

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


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 ...


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!

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


Re: Having seen the latest NHS IT Software in action

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

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


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]


Re: Suck it up

Your statements tend towards mutual exclusivity:

i. accept it

ii. leave it

Poor work. Must try harder.

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


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.

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


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?

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


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.


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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