* Posts by teebie

735 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


Real talk: You're gonna have to get real about real-time analytics if you wanna make IoT work


"Some of that budget will go towards security,"

Ha ha ha, we all know that it won't.

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT


Re: Goldacre will be interesting

Indeed, he spoke in favor of HSCIC data sharing, on the basis that sharing genuinely anonymised data could lead to improved research and health incomes, then found out it was more a system for selling poorly anonymised data to all and sundry and started campaigning against it.

EE, Virgin Media hit with £13.3m fine: Squeezing users for fees for early contract termination not OK


"claimed it had "mistakenly overcharged" 1.5 per cent of its 5.5 million cable customers"

What percentage of customers left their contract during the period in question? Was it 1.5% by any chance?

HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims


'That suggests the accounts were accessed using so-called credential stuffing'

I don't think it does. Its just as plausible that the bank is trying to imply they haven't messed up.

The quote should probably be

"We are reminding our customers to protect access to their banking accounts by regularly changing their passwords, by using unique passwords they are not using elsewhere, and by switching to another bank"

£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data


Re: Mass Dialers

Flood watch? Warning everyone who has signed up in an area that there is a risk of flood, by call, text or email, according to their preference?

I'm struggling to think of any non-governmental legitimate use though.

Find these, er, appealing? UK.gov takes red pen to spy court rules, asks for Parliament's OK


"But not the European Court of Human Rights."

It's not clear that the prime minister knows the difference.

Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants


Re: Theft!

That's true, the data isn't gone. However, this does look like it might be expensive to clean up. Yes, there will be quite a high penta-cost

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved


Re: Developing in sometimes difficult... who knew?

"the libraries for parsing RSS are pretty robust and safe"

'This works well and doesn't give us an excuse to muck about with it to the detriment of users. remove it immediately.'


Re: Goodnight, Firefox

The RSS Aggregator (a chrome extension) on Vivaldi works for me.

'The gulf between apps and infrastructure is blurring' says boss of DevOps darling Puppet


'bring your containerized house of cards crashing down'

"We're going to be doing this the devops way"

" Have we made a risk assess..."

"We're doing devops. Whatever that means."

PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters


"its customers were never in any danger of having their personal information stolen via the PIN hack"

But they were in danger of having loans fraudulently taken out in their name, which is the main reason people are worried about having their personal information.

Or do they mean that 15 million people don't have to worry about their personal information being stolen from experian because it already happened in 2015?

Astroboffins may have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System


"That would make the ratio between both bodies similar to Earth and the Moon."

Which is an unusually large ratio compared to what we see in our solar system. Most moons are much smaller in proportion to their planet (argue amongst yourselves over whether pluto is a planet, charon is a dwarf planet and the pair of them are a binary system.)


Re: Serious question for the star gazers.

Which is why the first exoplanets discovered were massive, fast an close to their stars. 'Superearths' and further away planets are mainly more recent discoveries.

Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation


Re: Some Observations

"2) Walking away from a table they had previously been invited to demonstrates that they never had a serious intention of sticking with the task to the very end"

"Do you want to do this"

" yes"

"'This' isn't what you thought this was. At all. The words we used to describe this were completely inaccurate"

" I no longer want to do this"

"You never intended to do this"

You do know that time goes ...forward, right?

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list


Fantastic news, this might make some of them think before starting the harassment

Yes, they will think "How can I Crossley away my ill-gotten gains so that they don't get taken away from me"

Sealed with an XSS: IT pros urge Lloyds Group to avoid web cross talk


Of course they didn't say "We employ adequate multi-layered security controls across our systems"

Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces



"When do we have to change out passcodes"

'On the first of the month, every 3 months'

"When is the next change"

'1st of October'

"So my passcode is 180701 then?"

Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?


I think the first draft was "we’re doing all we can be arsed to do to resolve the matter.""

Medical device vuln allows hackers to falsify patients' vitals


Re: Use case

"I hacked this reader to make it look like the patient was dead, and now they are"

"I hacked this reader to make it look like the patient was alive, and now, thanks to the delay in the arrival of the crash cart, they permanently aren't"

Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan


"It's nothing we haven't considered before."

'what if something terrible happens'

'we thought of that'


' '

' '

' and what?'

'and what is your plan for if something terrible happens'

'we though of it'


Re: There is so much to be wary of here . . .

"Oh really ? Which one ?"

probably the one that denied ever working from them. "Voatz submitted the smartphone voting app to an independent security firm for review" has a silent "unsolicitedly", "much to their bafflement", "never head back from them" and "because their screams of despair were too loud"

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button


Re: Not me...


Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops


Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

"A New Zealand gamer who flew"

I find this very farfetched.

And don't say "Ooh, you would see what this is about if you just read further". I have read the first 28 characters of the story, so clearly I know what it is about.

IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, customers cry 'sabotage'


"Some of the lost pages have ended up on another IBM domain and some have landed on Microsoft's GitHub."

That sounds amazing, if I lost something and it turned up on a competitors dropbox my face would be red. because my boss would have hit me in it.

1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration


Re: For goodness' sake

" pushed out of the door"

window or skylight may be more appropriate


"Some 12,500 customers have switched away from TSB since the start of its IT problems."

Those customer are dead to TSB. And to anyone they paid by direct debit form their TSB account.


Re: Another false claim...

"He's had it, career-wise. "

I doubt this is true. Dido Harding is currently employed.

Watchdog slams TSB boss for underplaying extent of IT meltdown


Re: Same old.

"albeit some seemed to have access to possibly internal information"

In fairness to TSB, some people logged in and were shown other people's accounts, so there's no need to assume that any leaks of information came from an insider.

Disclaimer: I am not TSB's defence lawyer, and it seems unlikely I ever will be.

TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters


"We are working with our third-party supplier to understand the root cause of the error and we'd like to apologise to anyone that may be impacted."

Your third-party supplier whose actions you are responsible for?

German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data


“did not provide the clarity that ICANN was seeking when it initiated the injunction proceedings”

You say 'clarity', you clearly mean 'result'

Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services


"This a complex project which will provide the emergency services with the most advanced communications system of its kind anywhere in the world"

"Advanced" meaning unreliable, or "Advanced" meaning inadvisable?

A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash


Re: QA, Testing and coding aside

"Dave, find a way to make it look like our total exposure isn't too high, but make it plausibly deniable"

London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival


Re: An geneticists in tonight?

"Computer recognition, however, is not good at recognising black people... as people."

Isn't this largely a function of the training sets the computers are given, which is a load of white males.


"if the police are doing it with the intent of keeping lists for a long period"

Heh, "if"

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations


Re: "rapid removal of abusive and objectionable material"

"The Tories are also, currently, Rudderless."

Ruddless. The tories are currenrly Ruddless

New and inventive code is transforming your business – and bringing with it new and inventive ways for things to fail


Who is this aimed at?

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient


Re: Lock makers that you can trust?


Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov


How an effective government would deal with this

"There's no way to isolate images for unconvicted people"

"In March next year we will pass a law requiring you to delete all images that can't be shown to be for people who were convicted"

"We have now found a way to isolate images for unconvicted people"

You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!


Its not against the law to download documents from a website whose entire purpose is to allow downloading of documents.

NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal


Re: Agree

"When anyone registers at a new clinic or surgery in the UK[...], you do actually need to show some form of ID when you register or attend clinic for the first time."

Not at my surgery. I keep taking my driving license, they keep- accepted by date of birth (cross-references with turning up at the expected time) as proof of ID.

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses


Because it shows that they "are doing something" about the problem, without them actually having to do anything.

Reiterating problems is much easier than fixing them.

A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more


Re: if it works

"Working unit tests means everything is fine"

Working unit tests means everything that you have thought to test is fine, which is a low bar I would want to put any weight on.

No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away


The 4.1 billion is how old the universe when the light set off from icarus.

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on


Thanks, I was going to ask what the tldr of the article was

London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society


Re: "our contribution to the overall health of the public conversation".

Great as it would be, you don't have to persuade the white supremacists that they are wrong to make a difference. Persuading the people who are considering agreeing with the white supremacists to ignore them also helps.

Brit spy wrangler details sign-off process for snooping warrants


Re: Pointless

So that they can mark the requests that they know are going to pass as non-urgent, and be able to claim that the system works because so many warrants are granted.

NHS Digital to probe live-stream spillage of confidential patient info – after El Reg tipoff


Re: Actually (effectively) incredibly secure then...

"Unless somebody involved shared the link in a public forum"

That is a sizeable 'unless'

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


Re: 1/3

I think you may be missing the point. This article isn't aimed at people who actually know stuff.


Re: Adding a Print Button

Why did a 5 minute job turn into a 2 month project?

- Because this is how we do things now.


- Because management have decreed it


- Because the devops consultant suggested it as part of a 30 minute talk that contained no other information or actionable suggestions


- Because the job of a devops consultant is to constantly churn a constant stream of buzzwordy goatcrap out of their mouths


- Because that is how snake oil works.

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'


I don't see how this is anti-competitive, google and facebook don't have a duopoly on not being twats when advertising.

Intrusive ads will reach fewer people, and be less cost-effective.

So advertisers will tend towards unintrusive ads, making the web a nicer place to browser.

I can hope.


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