* Posts by teebie

730 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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

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"But not the European Court of Human Rights."

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

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

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Coat

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

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

teebie

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.'

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teebie

Re: Goodnight, Firefox

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

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

teebie

'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."

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

teebie

"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?

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

teebie

"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.)

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teebie

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.

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

teebie

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?

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

teebie

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"

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

teebie

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

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

teebie

Re: NIST

"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?"

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

teebie

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

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Medical device vuln allows hackers to falsify patients' vitals

teebie

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"

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

teebie

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

'what if something terrible happens'

'we thought of that'

'and...?'

' '

' '

' and what?'

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

'we though of it'

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teebie

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"

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

teebie

Re: Not me...

kettled

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

teebie

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.

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

teebie

"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.

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

teebie

Re: For goodness' sake

" pushed out of the door"

window or skylight may be more appropriate

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teebie

"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.

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teebie

Re: Another false claim...

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

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

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Watchdog slams TSB boss for underplaying extent of IT meltdown

teebie
Joke

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.

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

teebie

"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?

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

teebie

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

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

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

teebie

"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?

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

teebie

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"

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

teebie

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.

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teebie

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

Heh, "if"

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

teebie

Re: "rapid removal of abusive and objectionable material"

"The Tories are also, currently, Rudderless."

Ruddless. The tories are currenrly Ruddless

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

teebie

Who is this aimed at?

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

teebie

Re: Lock makers that you can trust?

Often

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

teebie

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"

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

teebie

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

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

teebie

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.

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

teebie

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.

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

teebie

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.

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

teebie

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

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

teebie

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

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

teebie

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.

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Brit spy wrangler details sign-off process for snooping warrants

teebie

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.

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

teebie

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

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

That is a sizeable 'unless'

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

teebie

Re: 1/3

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

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teebie

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.

Why?

- Because management have decreed it

Why?

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

Why?

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

Why

- Because that is how snake oil works.

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

teebie

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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Re: Nerfed??

A weak blocker is good enough for most people.

Some people militantly object to all ads, they will still install an ad blocker (and probably aren't using chrome anyway)

The average user is happy to avoid banners, text, and stationary images, and is just annoyed by popups, autoplay, and jumpy jumpy bullshit, so the weak blocker is fine for them.

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Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

teebie

Re: WTF

By CAPTCHA.

'Complete this sentence "'E's are good, 'E's are good..."'

'Analysis shows you are over 35'

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DevOps: Bloody hell, we've got to think about security too! Sigh. Who wants coffee?

teebie

[Making security integral is] "is about having the right tools, having the right processes, and about cultural transformation. "

Is it maybe in some ways about having developers who know what the fuck they are doing?

Automating regression testing is sensible, but anyone who suggests all testing should be automated should be, well, not fired because then they can do harm elsewhere. Maybe they can work in the canteen

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

teebie

"The proposed legislation is a private members' bill"

These rarely pass, so surely the headline should be "Dodgy parking firms unlikely to be denied access to Brit driver database"

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Info Commish tells UK.gov we shouldn't let artificial ignorance make all our decisions

teebie

"However, it has been criticised for having a racial bias."

And for being very slightly less accurate than dragging some rando in from off the street and asking them if they think reoffending is likely.

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