* Posts by John Smith 19

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NBD: Adobe just dumped its PRIVATE PGP key on the internet

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"Maybe I am mistaken; I thought the related public key would do the decryption."

I see.

So your not just the regular apologist for bulk governmental surveillance.

You're actually quite ignorant of how this technology works as well.

A useful thing to know.

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IoT botnet Linux.ProxyM turns its grubby claws to spam rather than DDoS

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This is not the Linux you are looking for. This is the "code monkeys" distro.

5 minutes to assemble

10 minutest to build

0 mins to test.

It's all in the config, the defaults and the continued use of p**s poor design patterns, like hard coded default passwords copy and pasted to every device.

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For Facebook, ignorance is the business model: Social net is shocked – SHOCKED – that people behave badly

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"“It is difficult to get a man to understand something,..salary depends on..not understanding it.” "

Exactly.

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

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"All this proves that NO politician,.., has any idea about anything technical."

Not strictly true. David Davis is quite knowledgeable on data bases and excessive state surveillance, and I suspect Tom Watson has had something of a crash course as well.

Sadly I doubt he will survive beyond the official leave date and the entry into the "transitional arrangement," WTF that is.

Then the real finger pointing and blame allocation will begin

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"All this from the woman who introduced Sharia law into UK law "

I can never see such a phrase and not be mis-remembering that old Steve Wonder track. A case of

"My Sharia amour?"

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"or many people in Northern Ireland pubs."

Another reason not to upset Arlene Foster?

It's a donkey jacket with a Kevlar lining, in case things get boisterous.

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"we need to resort to polar coordinates,..angle, to explain any subjects divergence from reality. "

I like that idea. It answers (and measures) the question "How can someone who seems quite intelligent hold views that are so bats**t crazy." There not stupid, they're smart in a very different direction (which makes them much more dangerous than stupid people holding these views).

"Oh, and from personal experience, I've had more than a few breaks from reality here, so I understand it a bit more than some."

I think most of suspected as much. However it's interesting that prior to the release of the Edward Snowden documents most people as cautious as Snowden has shown you have to be to preserve online privacy and security would be thought paranoid. Turns out most people aren't paranoid enough. :-( .

I keep hearing a line from "Enemy of the State" where Will Smith says of Gene Hackman "Oh, you're one of those "conspiracy" nuts," and Hackman replies "No, one of the conspirators."

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"Upvote for that link, but disappointed that it misses Ruth wossname,"

Your wrong.

"Some Tory you’ve never heard of, chosen by MPs as leader on the basis that the public does not hate them yet and they cannot be worse than Theresa May. Evens"

I think that covers her.

But you're right. Working class Scottish Tory lesbian. If only she was black and in a wheel chair you'd have electoral Platinum on your hands.

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"Unquestioning belief in magic is fine for children who don't know any better, "

I quite like the term "automagic" thinking.

<tech> "So how do you suggest we remove everything you don't like from FB/Twitter/YouTube

<politician> "Automagically of course. No humans intervention at all."

<tech> <thinks> "F**kwit"

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"I'm just surprised that she has not banned the sale of Lidl carrier bags while she's at it."

Patience citizen, the Prime Sinister has only so many hours in the day.

Rest assured it's on her list.

<signed>

Big Brother.

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Re: Prime Sinister" He may be a clown but he's 20,000 times more capable than you are."

Funny, his Ministry reckon he's pretty lazy and not really too interested in his brief.

IOW he likes the idea of being in charge as long as he doesn't have to do too much actual work, y'know, reading up on stuff and working out an opinion.

But maybe that's just sour grapes from senior civil servants.

Although he didn't see Gove had the knife out for him.

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"Prime Sinister"* "First rule of Politician Club: It's never your fault."+

* Nice. Especially as even she (somewhere inside that brain of hers) realizes she will never be able to appoint herself "Lord High Chancellor" as hoped. When she said she expected to carry on till the next election I LOL'd.

You know the back benchers are already drawing the charges against her and Davis for their Crimes against Brexit. Jacob Rees Mogg is probably working on the first draft (along with his acceptance speech of new Tory leader).

+ Excellent point. A good rule that has served many of the spinally challenged members of the political classes.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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"Business abhors a vacuum, something else will appear to fill the void soon "

I believe something already has.

IDK, you wait for one virtual taxi cab company app to come a long to your phone and suddenly there's 2 of them.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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The companies at the bottom of these lists just don't give a toss.

Correct.

They, like banks and utility companies rely on customer inertia.

Because they know it works.

This will continue while they can retain customers by just bribing them for the (small) group who decide to change.

British readers. You get get the service you push for. While very few of you will push that will not change.

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UK.gov lays down rules for cross-Whitehall data slurps

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Can you bet Google will have a project that absolutely demands all the UK data?

I think so.

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Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

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So it started small, had lots of issues, then the PTB decide to roll out across the rest of govt

Is anyone else having trouble wondering why you'd do this?

Of course this is the best kind of IBM contract.

The one with a blank check attached.

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I've Been Milked

That's nearer the mark.

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NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

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Note it's the idea of Vanadium and Carbon together that's

Otherwise it's a Vanadium deposit.

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Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

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"I know it isn't the right term for this, but can I call this a pyramid scheme?"

No, but it's got a lot in common with a 419 scheme out of Nigeria.

"I need to verify your identity. Give me all you bank details now."

It's not a coat, it is the chieftains robes of my forefathers.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Quoi?

I shrug, gailically and walk out.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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"We don't have control over the rebated money as we're told how to use it. "

So the words are correct but the sentence is a lie?

Yes, that sound like Bozzer at work all right.

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"Politics, Philosophy, and Economics". Or, as the rest of us say, "unsubstantiated opinions"

But very convincingly argued unsubstantiated opinions (which require no machinery IRL to implement).

And as we know in software if the system doesn't have to produce the correct answer it can run as fast as you like.

And a system that does not even have to exist can be be as cheap as you like, as fast as you like and have as much capacity as you like while being as easy to develop as you like.

The clusterf**k that is "Universal Credit" looks much more understandable once a few of these types got involved, does it not?

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"because every penny comes out of individual taxpayers pockets. I"

IOW every penny of "Government" money is in fact a penny of taxpayers money.

Which is a fair point.

However the actual quote does give quite a good sense of her inability to connect with human beings.

Something which May seems to share, although frankly I think Thatcher was somewhat smarter.

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"to a bunch of science-denying cultists "

I think they would describe themselves as following the "One True Religion."

Mine's the one with a copy of "The Apocalypse Codex" in the pocket.

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"I dunno how anyone fell for this nonsense in the first place. "

Me either.

But a lot actually did. Both in street interviews and of the Leave campaign leadership this is the "Big lie" that went over well.

That sound you hear is Joseph Goebbells punching the air and chanting "Ja! Ja! Ja"

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" I don't see why people get worked up about it." IE the £350m on the NHS

Because the leave campaign have admitted it was the reason people voted leave?

Because it was (and is) blatant bu***hit that was denied (by the leave campaign) within a day of it being seen on the side of the bus?

Because instead of hiding or removing it they left this on the side of the bus, despite it being blatant bu***hit?

Because leave voters might feel they'd been played like "A banjo at an Ozark hoe down," to coin a phrase?

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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But all pimps, data and RL, understand the basics of pimpology

1) A certain proportion of their customers will damage (or possibly destroy) their "stock."

2)They will have to devote a certain amount of time and effort to restoring it, or replacing it, if they want to keep their revue stream flowing at the level they expect ('cause living like a pimp is expensive).

3)Fortunately there is an inexhaustible supply of fresh meat offering itself up (as pimps see it) to be turned out.

That's as true for Google/Apple/Microsoft/Amazon/Facebook (or GAMAF for short) as it is for Joseph Hazley (Robinson's alleged pimp).

Remember "You can't have a conscience in the pimp game" is as true for corporate data pimps as the "independent operator" and the corporations understand that well.

Now I've got to go as I'm late for a fitting of my new Eel skin boots.

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*cough*Rotherham*cough*

And I'd ask the same question.

What the f**k were the cops doing?

I may be a little behind the times but the last time I checked a middle aged man f**king a 13YO girl is still illegal in the UK.

Or did they repeal the consent law back to that in the 1870's?

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On a personal note. Buying a girl outright to abuse and murder is a real thing in the US.

As opposed to say, a plot device on a fantasy fiction site.

Who knew?

Because IRL most people would expect most people doing so to come to the attention of the cops and be arrested for y'know, all of the above crimes (kidnapping, false imprisonment etc) and probably a few more besides (is slavery an actual crime in the US?).

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Old rule of legal thumb. Bad cases make bad laws.

This is the classic "Something MUST be done" of lawmakers when something too obvious turns up.

Freedom of speech is not just for people saying nice things

Something the operators of Backpage seem to understand but the "Honorable Ladies & Gentlemen" of the Con-gress mostly don't.

Off the top of my head I believe this young women's case comes under the Mann Act (transport across interstate lines for immoral purposes. AFAIK that's still on the books). Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and of course Murder. No new law needed. So WFT were LEO's doing while this was happening?

OTOH if this young woman fell for a line from here "boyfriend" and willingly co-operated, despite all attempts to tell her he was a known scumbag then this is basically a case of death by stupidity.

And if making stupid decisions was a crime I think you could lock up the whole Con-gress, for their frequent impersonations of badly behaved children in a playground.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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"we are dependent on retaining the ability to provide those services."

Like for example financial services.

And that's where a single market really pays dividends to the UK. Both Frankfurt and Paris would like a bigger piece of that action and will have if the UK is has even minimal barriers put in to slow down its trade.

The question is what the UK will have to trade (because this is a negotiation after all) to keep the pounds/yen/dollars/euros flowing without any additional "friction" in and out of Blighty.

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The losers, whatever happens, will be us. Every. Single. Time.

Possibly the truest words posted so far.

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"A sheet of MDF used to cost about £16, now it's nearer £20."

AFAIK that's either made in the UK or in Europe.

Why would it happen, unless some people think Brexit --> good excuse for a price hike

But no, I cannot believe UK retailers would be so venal. Surely not.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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GMP. Is anyone wondering?

How you can get an "i" in between the G and M?

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The whole point of multi-tier systems..each layer to do what it does most efficiently

Doesn't that imply the system is actually designed?

I'm not really sure how many systems (even big complex ones) are actually designed these days.

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EU watchdog: Govt bods are seeking 'legal knockouts' to dodge transparency

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Let's try and start with a simpler proposition. All public data should be public.

Which i think would be a step change for the UK government, for which everything is still an Imperial Secret, unless proven otherwise*

No wonder a certain portion of the UK Civil Service can't wait for Brexit.

*Reflecting the mind set of those who make such rules.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Sounds like a pretty smart business model for California.

Eliminate slightly skilled but essentially minimum wage job. Check

Protect richer people from poorer. Check

Limited functionality to solve a well defined need with high probability of success. Check.

Don't let customers play with them by programming them (IE the IBM mainframe model). Check.

They should go far, if one of the 'bots doesn't go all "Runaway" on someone.

Wheather or not they should go far in an ideal world is another matter.

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Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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"Critics argued that it turned punishment into a new revenue stream." Creepy Eric

and friends still not quite getting the idea of these "laws" that people are insisting his company actually obey.

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Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

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EMACS. Is there anything it cannot do?

To those with good enough LISP skills I guess the answer is "no."

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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I'd like to name them "Vic & Vince" Vega

Because they are both very dark, and prone to causing extreme violence.

It's a Black suit jacket.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Hard to believe this was the company that introduced 1000hp turbo chargers to F1

Renault, not Microsoft of course.

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What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

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" built-in B&O speakers "

You're in PHB territory if those are what I think they are.

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Someone checked and, yup, you can still hijack Gmail, Bitcoin wallets etc via dirty SS7 tricks

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SS7 dates from the time when external telco networks could only be external telcos

IOW it's peer-to-peer where the peer is remote exchange or remote telco.

Today we now know that basically anyone could be on the other end of that connection, wired or wireless.

The implication of this is the attack surface for this is not your telco. It's every telco you're telco is connected to.

IE The world.

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The developers vs enterprise architects showdown: You shall know us by our trail of diagrams

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When the business (and it's systems) gets big enough someone has to have the big picture.

All those little "agile" teams chewing on something and spitting out v 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 etc are very unlikely to talk to each other.

Systems which work together multiply their effects. That can multiply positively or negatively.

The odds on bet is a real EA will have been with the same company for decades and know it inside out. They are aware of new technology and can assess its impact to their business, even if they don't use it themselves. IOW they have very good BS detectors.

So there aren't very many real EA's around because it's damm hard to do right and IRL no modern company wants to pay the salary real ones deserve.

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Sure, HoloLens is cute, but Ford was making VR work before it was cool

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"You explain, I don't get it. You show me, I understand" Simple idea. 2-3 decades to achieve

And that's a hell of an achievement. To keep at it. To never quit.

As for Ford's spending didn't the go through 2 USG bailouts in the last 3 decades?

BTW Notice how much of that was "back end" data synchronization, reducing the amount of "massaging" to get the data sources compatible etc.

TBH I always suspected that for something as big as a car you'd need some kind of physical mockup. I think we are are just starting to get to the point where it can be fully virtual.

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TfL hackathon showed data can keep transport running and people safe

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YOu can bet they didn't pull that idea together on the day.

But hackerthons sound like good places to pitch your companies capabilities.

Just don't expect any real "cold" application to come up from scratch as fast as one someone's probably spent months preping.

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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"I can understand the researcher doing the eeldance once, "

I've got something for the pain

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

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" a member of the IDMSX development team.final release..circa 1994/5."

Which gives some idea of how long CHIEF has been around for.

This tech is old. No wonder HMRC thinks most of the developers are dead.

How easy it'll be to adapt is of course another matter.

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""I used to work with IDMS on VME when I was knee high to a grasshopper."

Well if you fancy another crack at it Let HMRC know, as they seem to think all the developers are dead.

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