* Posts by teebie

629 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Commissioner kisses Met goodbye, says it's set to be 'best digital police force'

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"used social media to mobilise taxi drivers"

Taxi drivers are already fairly mobile.

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MapR seeks DevOps love: Stateful storage WLTM Docker containers

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More devops yammerwank.

I gave in after the first sentence, tried again, then wished I hadn't.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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Transcription error

"Dido has been a tireless, energetic and effective force for good from the day she joined TalkTalk"

should read

"Dido has been a tireless, energetic ineffective force for good from the day she joined TalkTalk"

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Re: "...focus more on my activities in public service.”

In fairness to her, she completely failed to talk her way out of anything.

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Lords slam 'untrammelled' data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill

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Yup, those powers need a damn good tramelling.

(I assume this is where you pummel something with a tram?)

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EE slapped with £2.7m fine by Ofcom

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That's encouraging

The fine was bigger than the amount of profit EE made from overcharging. That seems to go against normal practice among government regulators.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: "Jeremy "Spoonerism" Hunt"

It was a spoonerism when he was the Hulture Secretary

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MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK

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Is this going to be a Section 28 thing, where any discussion of suicide is banned in case it is seen as 'promoting it'

If so, I think the government has finally come up with their solution to the assisted dying debate - if people can't talk about it, they can't criticise the government for inaction.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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"unsuspecting judges"

Is that really a sort of judge that we ought to have?

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Banks 'not doing enough' to protect against bank-transfer scams

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"So what is the argument for making the banks liable anyway?"

The sending bank's systems make it far too easy to send money to the wrong account by mistake. Adding a name check or some sort of a checksum (as in an iban) would save customers several orders of magnitude more than it would cost the bank.

In cases where customers receive a email claiming to be the customer's lawyer asking for money for a house purchase to be sent to a particular account, the receiving bank doesn't do enough to stop people from setting up fraudulent accounts (or treating setting up an account, receiving on large transaction, then immediately removing all of the money as suspicious.)

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: What planet do these people live on?

PPE is an abbreviation for porcine penile engulfment

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

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"they were pretty big on it in Government, I don't see why they're be against it in opposition."

New Labour were pretty much tories, and, if anything, even keener on totalitarian surveillance. My comment was about the change of leadership, and how it had seemed like the opposition may have had some intention to start opposing things.

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"It went through with the support of Labour MPs"

Shouldn't they have started objecting to this sort of thing by now?

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Continuous Lifecycle 2017: Ten days to tell us how DevOps really works

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"It only takes about a week to go from nothing to a fully integrated pipeline on cloud technologies"

You do realise that, at the end of a long meeting you weren't invited to, a peon said "can't we just say we have a fully integrated pipeline on cloud technologies, I doubt the boss knows what it means"

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

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'Much the same thing is happening right now at the interface of hardware and software that is the "smart home."'

I doubt it. Even if you can persuade people that somehow there is a compelling reason to control their lights remotely, they will change their minds when they are sat in the dark for half an hour waiting for the software to update.

At some point someone will find a way to hack into the camera by the front door and hurl abuse the people who are supposed to be delivering your shopping (or the Yodel deliveryman who was supposed to deliver shopping to someone who lives 2 streets away from you but decided to drop it at your house for some reason).

'And in a few years we'll wonder how we ever lived without them'

In a couple of decades future versions of Danny Wallace will appear on future versions of I Love The *0s mocking us for considering internet-enabled kettles.

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Password reset warrior arrested for popping 1050 student accounts

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Re: Plus how did this guy hide his own IP???

Based on the story about his arrest, the answer to your question is probably 'badly'.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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"if the government has the cojones to appeal"

Given the track record of several member of the government, I am confident they will appeal.

I'm thinking of Theresa May's continual appeals against rulings saying she couldn't illegally deport Abu Qatada to Jordan, until she *finally* agreed to try to make the deportation legal and he left on his own.

"We rule against IDS"

"I will appeal"

"We rule against IDS"

"I will appeal"

"We rule against IDS, and there is no appeal"

"Despite what the court said, I have won"

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Skin tattoo will tell your phone when you've had a skinful

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Is this snake oil?

How many factors can affect the conductivity of sweat? Does it naturally vary from person to person? How far can we trust someone who puts that image on the abstract of their paper?

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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"technological progress will indeed wipe out some jobs, but new ones will arise in their places."

If those new jobs are telesales, estate agents and chuggers I'd rather people got free money and stayed at home, thanks.

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Inside the Box thinking: People want software for the public cloud

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Outsourced journalism

My fellow interns, I think the conversation went like this

"So for this fee you will put our advert on your site, but act like it is an article"

"Yes, that's right"

"And your journalists won't go through point out any inconsistencies, errors, or errors in the advert, or mention any alternative approaches that carry less risk. Or look into any problems with the company. Or express any scepticism of the putting everything in the cloud because 'cloud'"

"No *our journalists* won't do that"

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: chief prosecutor Alison Saunders boasted

Enforcing laws selectively is a method of corruption, certainly.

But uniformly ignoring bad laws is in everyone's interest.

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Re: chief prosecutor Alison Saunders boasted

And after you have blamed the government and MPs, do blame the CPS. It's their job to not prosecute if there isn't a public interest in doing so.

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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For an 'open and honest'? reaction they said a lot that wasn't true, such as claiming the details were stolen in a DDOS attack, and that their security was in some way adequate.

Although I concede that the Dunning–Kruger effect says they might be such shufflewits that this isn't technically lying.

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These diabetes pumps obey unencrypted radio commands – which is, frankly, f*%king stupid

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"Since Animas Corporation launched the product in the US in 2008 and Canada in 2009, there were zero patient complaints (and no patients affected) related to this issue"

Because all of those involved were suffering from hypos/death and couldn't communicate coherently as a result.

"Medtronic Paradigm Bolus Wizard"

'Bad news Jeff, the name for our new product is apparently already some sort of internet meme. The correct horse battery staple needs a new name'

'Ok, I'll get the word list and the darts'

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

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Re: Free line rental from TalkTalk

No, it's too expensive.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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"Maybe it's time to explain to this reporter why his painkillers don't seem to help? "

And why he can't fit his bread int he toaster. And why his DVD player keeps melting the disks.

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The Road to Continuous Delivery – a webinar series

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Related question

Has the word 'webinar' ever been used by anyone with anything worthwhile to say?

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Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream

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"68 per cent of respondents using " some sort of cloud

among which 3% of respondents have "superior business outcomes".

Are we sure that the person who wrote the report to encourage cloud uptake is good at their job?

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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Re: Work of the Devil, etc...

"Why do we need an addressing scheme that can accommodate every grain of sand on the planet "

So we can internet enable ebvery grain of sand, which is good because connectivity internetofthings future

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It's OK for the FBI's fake hacks to hack suspects' PCs, says DoJ watchdog

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Re: FBI hack suspects' Windows PCs

ie? And myspace? I'm not sure this guy should be self-respecting/

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'We already do that, we’re just OG* enough to not call it DevOps'

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Did you bump your head?

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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'Rosetta mission is due to end as the spacecraft plans for a “controlled descent” into the comet on 30 September.' at which point it will bounce twice, flip over, crash into the duck's next and snap it in half.

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MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

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Re: So..

"but now has nothing to put on the end of it"

Surely you meant, "but now he looks like a spoon"?

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Argos changes 150 easily guessed drop-off system passwords

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Re: Wait a minute

Argos did send a SWAT team, but Yodel delivered it to a similar-sounding address 2 streets away from where it was supposed to go.

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Re: The Only way is the Essex Way

For Jeremy Kyle reasons, I think it already is Chav honour to have been through the lie detector

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Re: Goes back much further

"At least to a sooty cock in a darkened room used to catch a thief."

"This needs explanation as its not safe to google"

A suspected sex offender was invited to go into a darkened room and 'izzy wizzy lets get busy' with and innocent bear.

(Google "The Story Of An Early American Lie Detector Test" for a more traditional account of the story)

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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"Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer runs [...] a few days before the Anniversary Update."

Boy does that sound like a trap.

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UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

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The article seems to be written from the point of view that using cloud services is automatically good, like having backups or hashing passwords, with no consideration of the problems inherent in relying on the stability, security and trust models of the cloud vendor, and assuming local power cuts won't lead to BT cocking up everyone's connectivity two days running.

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UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

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Re: Coverage.

Well, that's ok then. If the ambulance doesn't arrive they can just get a southern rail train to the hospital.

Oh...oh dear. This doesn't seem like a well provisioned area of the country

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

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Re: I'm lost.. . .

It is absolutely not just you.

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UK.gov rolls out 10 years' chokey for industrial scale copyright pirates

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The IPO explained in May that it was intended to deter “egregious” (e.g. industrial scale) infringers, not teenagers in their bedrooms.

"It is not the intention of this law..." all over again

Much as copyfighters would like to think that imperils the guy in the shed at home, that just isn't financially justifiable.

Jammie Thomas?

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No contract protected against the risk of bid-rigging, says expert

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Joke

"Several years ago an IT customer..."

Are you sure you don't mean "Once upon a time..." because that sort of sensible practice doesn't fit in with the way the world usually works.

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Re: Power corrupts...

With power comes responsibility. With absolute power comes freedom from responsibility.

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Wikimedia boss scoops $100,000 payrise – after stepping down

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So she's paid more per day to do a job on a temporary basis than she would be if she had a long-term contract? A lot like contracting?

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

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"We have all the knobs,” Dotzler giggles.

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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Re: I've read the original article

If that's the case then apparently a few companies have seen the coverage of Martin Shkreli on the news and thought "what an excellent idea".

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Unprecedented number of customers swimming off to cloud, says Barracuda

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"Hey guys, loads of people are buying our stuff. Maybe you should buy our stuff too, yeah? I only mention it because I don't want you to miss out on what all these people are doing." says Michael Hughes, the company’s EVP for worldwide sales

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Anti-phishing most critical defence against rife CEO email fraud

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There are some very dumb people in charge of far too much money

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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"Factors such as typing speed, vocal inflexions, facial recognition"

So if I get gurning drunk I can't send text messages or call people?

Yeah, I can live with that.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: What was he thinking?

he was thinking either rarely, and with little effect

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