* Posts by teebie

673 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Gemalto spurns €4.3bn proposal. So we're in with a chance then, says Atos

teebie

So Atos are claiming that Gemalto are less healthy than they actually are? That's a break with their usual MO

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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

teebie

Is this Prenda Law's latest tactic?

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$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

teebie

Questions about the integrity of Tezcorp? Did Tez One turn evil? Oh no, this is this a different company.

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Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

teebie

"He explains that an increase in one error rate decreases the other. "

Well he shouldn't do. If you correctly identify Dave 99 times in a 100, the false negative rate is 1%. If you then change the algorithm to recognise all photos of oranges as Dave the false positive rate rises, but the false negative rate stays the same.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

teebie

"more than a quarter find it irritating when they have to pay by cash rather than card"

Did they ask how many find it irritating when they have to pay by card rather than cash?

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

teebie

Re: Offski

"Also fake accounts and buying ads are hardly equivalent to letting the CIA have a backend into the whole thing."

Thank you.

I didn't see where twitter wouldn't let the CIA place ads, or where they gave the russian security services a backdoor.

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

teebie

Is anybody else seeing a face?

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

teebie

If you wanted to commit a crime there's a decent chance you wouldn't have the wit/impulse control to not post a picture of yourself with a weapon on facebook.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

teebie

Re: Hmm.

How do Germans pronounce SQL?

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Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

teebie

Re: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

Rule 34, and District 9

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Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'

teebie

I'm, not sure that's true "Its a smile, but also its A->Z" and "the bear is hidden, as are half of the praliney triangles" are both worth hearing.

Unlike the nonsensical yammering coming Dropbox have come up with.

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Harvard, MIT boffins ink up with health-monitoring 'smart' tats

teebie

"This incentivizes users to maintain care for their health and by extension, maintain desirable aesthetics of the tattoo"

So the tattoo turns ugly if you don't look after your health? Are the people who are most bothered by the aesthetics, rather than the health implication the first people we want to help?

I can't tell from the article how helpful this is to the colourblind - draw a thermometer on my arm that fills up when I need to eat/drink/medicate by all means, but an apple that turns from green to red is no help.

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Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

teebie

I guess the customers who were affected by the outage - the survivors at least - will have an easier time suing for damages now the fine has been issued.

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Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

teebie

Headline?

"such a low rate of sharing would be too low to offset population-driven growth"

That doesn't mean they "will make more traffic", it means they will reduce traffic, but won't reduce traffic as much as other factors increase it.

A bit pedantic I know, but the same logic can be used for "vaccines make more measles" and other tomfoolery.

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It's high time we extend Freedom of Information Act to outsourcers

teebie

Yes it is.

Get Capita to do something terribly instead of having a government department doing it terribly so the public can't find out how terribly it is being done doesn't seem like a solution to the correct problem.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

teebie

Or have the colour schemes be distinguishable to everyone - black text on white background for live, white text on black background for test.

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

teebie

Re: Another slightly myopic article

The 1 true positive is mentioned - its the guy who was arrested but shouldn't have been. According to the original blog post this was the only example the police gave of 'success'

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Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

teebie

Re: Laws

Thanks to Pepper (Inspector of Taxes) v Hart [1992] UKHL 3 judges in England are, under certain cirucmstances, allowed interpret the law bases on what MPs said in the house of commons while passing the law. Presumably while chuckling to themselves quietly.

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

teebie

"Security-focused people will say that increased surveillance is necessary to combat terrorism."

Presumably this was an abbreviation, but did you mean 'Security service-focused people', or 'Security theatre-focused people'

As for smart toilets, Israel found polio in the sewage in Rahat in 2013, mass-vacinated, and manage to avoid any cases of paralytic polio. I'm happy with sewage being monitored in sewage works, but not with having it monitored on the way out of me.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

teebie

Re: Personally

The Sky EPG doesn't let you list channels alphabetically because 'Sky' begind with the 19th letter of the alphabet.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

teebie

Is it weird that there are copyright issues relating to a tablet that just says 'EFF' over and over again?

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

teebie

Re: You can't change your story like that

If you had let someone die through negligence, you might lie and try to cover it up then, when accused of murder come clean(ish, call it a burial, not a body dump).

I...I may be one hell of a lawyer.

(I don't believe my story for a second)

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

teebie

"when I go for a walk at 3AM and look up at the stars, it is quite special."

...because I know that, whatever is up there, and whatever it is shouting at me, I don't have to listen to it, because I'm off work for the day.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

teebie

Well that will fix everything then

We might as well start letting HSCIC start spunking everybody's information at anyone who mentions a passing interest in it again.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

teebie

Re: Over it?

I read it as something like <valley girl accent> "Oh my god, I am like *so* over this", which fits the context, but doesn't reflect well on me.

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Revealed: 779 cases of data misuse across 34 British police forces

teebie

"Every request for data should be logged with a reason for such a request, who requested it and when"

Within a week you would get the following request on the public record:

SUBJECT: Plod 368's ex's new boyfriend

REQUESTOR: Friend of plod 368

REASON FOR REQUEST: In case he's a nonce or something

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

teebie

Not overall satisfaction

Looking at the report on the transportfocus site, sections 3.1 and 4.1 are labelled 'Overall satisfaction'

If you look at the section this is short for 'overall satisfaction with the journey'.

I have been asked to fill out these surveys several times, but never on a train that was late, or on a day when the station was having problems.

So, "overall satisfaction" doesn't mean overall satisfaction with the train company, and the measure they use is easy to game to make the company look better than it is.

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Blighty's prosecutors slammed for failing to deliver savings on electronic tagging

teebie

Re: No Understannd

Based on the arrest records of Capita staff, securely sticking the device to someones leg was seen as an optional extra.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

teebie

It is, but it has ads, requires an internet connection, spotify can remove music, and you can't copy files from it to, say, an mp3 player.

Maybe the last one isn't a concern to people under 30.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

teebie

So the plan is

1 don't be violent.

2 regulate the internet, thus removing access to knives and cars.

3 be violent, in a way guaranteed to cause more terrorism.

4 regulate the internet, and allow whatever remaining police there are to do anything to anyone.

(5 Magic anti-terrorism tree that appears when May incraases surveillance of the innocent)

No mention of increasing police staffing levels to somewhere reasonable, for instance to the level where someone being reported as suspicious 5 times leads to an investigation.

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CyberArk splashes $42m on DevOps security whizz Conjur

teebie

"How do you deal with people messing in places they shouldn't"

"We don't give them access"

"Well, stop doing that and buy this from us"

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TalkTalk full-year profits rise but shares slump after raid on dividends

teebie

Re: growth, cash generation and profit

Don't worry, I'm sure whoever gets their hands on your private info will save you a job and do the cursing for you.

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

teebie

I got a begging call from Macmillan, who I had donated to so they could fun nurses, not so they could funding arseholes to annoy me, and since then everything I would have sent to them has gone to Cancer Research UK. ICO may think I didn't make the best choice, but at least they haven't bothered me.

I was going to set up a DD for Shelter, but then they chugged me. If I donate to shelter its because I want them to use it to help the homeless, not to pay people who look homeless to jump in front of me when I'm on lunchbreak.

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

teebie

"an identity access management system to allow professionals to log on and view cases remotely, has yet to be delivered despite £40m having been spent on it."

How? Is it being delivered by someone who sent them an unsolicited email. "I would be happy to provide your idenitity management system, for just £10,000" "sadly your transfer failed" "a local tax change means I need 25,000" ... ... "gangsters" ... ... "wombats" ... ... "nearly there, I just need another 5 million, then I will be able to provide the system and marry you

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teebie

...and by extension, to know what is required of the project.

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D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'

teebie

I wish I had a source for this, but I'm fairly sure a clown who ran for election and won (possibly Tiririca?) said they wouldn't stand for re-elections because "I can get more done as a clown"

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teebie

'If we all made a concerted effort to spoil our ballot papers it would become quite obvious that the current 'system of democracy' was broken.'

If that happened, then the party who secured a majority, even if it was from just 10% of the populace, would most likely be happy with the system - after all, it got them elected, so it must be right.

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DevOps hype? Sometimes a pizza really is just a pizza

teebie

"These days it takes me longer to find accurate information"

So you took 20 paragraphs to say .. I'm not sure exactly what.

Are you *definitely* helping the situation?

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

teebie

"who understand the necessary hashtags to stop this stuff even being put up"

said Amber Rudd, much to the shame of everyone

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

teebie

"lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools"

...and both houses of parliament

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SVN commit this: Subversion to fix file renaming after 15 years

teebie

Re: SVN will never beat GIT

"how about treating the developers as the adults they are"

Any system that relies on all of your current and future staff being competent and able to follow simple instructions is severely flawed.

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

teebie

" Colorado-based Fast Systems, North Carolina-based SAS Analytics, and Illinois-based CSG Government Solutions"

The latter 2 companies collectively being known as "Loose Systems"

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

teebie

So their huge advance is that they have upgraded Windows 10 to incorporate Windows XP technology.

I wonder why their sales figures aren't great.

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Ex-employees sued for £15m over data slurpage ordered to pay up just £2

teebie

"Seculum."

When naming your company, maybe you should check and see if the word sounds like a gynecological tool.

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

teebie

"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

teebie

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

teebie

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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teebie

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

teebie

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

teebie

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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