* Posts by Adam 52

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

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Re: Confidence? What confidence?

If you seriously think the British Police are indulging in all those activities... well you've either been taking too many drugs or need a mental health assessment, or both. Please take your upvoters with you when you go to the Hospital please.

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Re: As poor as Vodafone are

Hmm. My Mrs is on Vodafone. Last week across rural France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy I (on Three) was consistently was able to get better performance and more network choice than she was.

That, and Vodafone's atrocious customer service and poor coverage in our local is why she'll be leaving at the end of her contract.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: How many millions will the NHS

Yes, but the AC above said "we haven't had XP machines *anywhere* in our hospitals". A statement than can be disproved by the same one XP box as used to generate the 90% number.

It's a purely pedantic argument. Well it is until that one XP box becomes the entry point for some nasty.

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Re: How many millions will the NHS

You might not have, but "90% of UK hospitals still use Windows XP" according to the headlines in almost every IT news source at the end of last year.

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

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"to be able to buy spare parts upfront, so we can continue to have spare parts available for customers in the coming years."

Not going to help with batteries, which have a shelf life.

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Re: marketers?

"The DVLA does it too. Why? It's a nice source of money."

The DVLA doesn't do quite the same thing. It will supply vehicle details with no keeper details and it will supply rough vehicle description with registered keeper geographic location anonymised to one of 1,000 vehicles and 300 households.

They also do one-off keeper details for those intending to pursue legal action (in theory, but it doesn't check very hard) and a multiple request process for parking enforcement cowboys.

And they bulk feed law enforcement.

What they won't do is supply keeper details in bulk to the general public.

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Re: Read the title, knew it was IBM

"Low bid, of course."

It is IBM... I very much doubt that the final price will be low, even if the initial bid was low.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely.

"In fairness, I don’t think that Windows can be described as a monopoly any more, or Microsoft’s practices as monopolistic. You have a choice, in a way that there hasn’t been a choice since the halcyon days of the 1980s"

I made my choice. I wanted Windows 7, so I bought a Windows 7 laptop complete with paint and Photoshop.

Against my wishes and without consent MS have removed Windows 7 and, bit by bit, are removing the software packages I want to use, including the old version of Photoshop that I'm licenced for.

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Just had a data migration fail because the target system wouldn't accept + in email addresses.

Samsung's validation also won't accept "samsung" in email addresses.

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Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

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Re: try to gain root

Is that the same grsec described as "pure garbage" by one L. Torvalds?

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Burglary, robbery, kidnapping and a shoot-out over… a domain name?!

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Very peculiar charges if the story is correct.

Domain names as property, whilst recognised by some courts, is a shaky foundation for a prosecution and kidnap for moving a person within their own house? And no other offences against the person?

Iowa, unlike other US states, doesn't allow a self-defence defense for shooting fleeing intruders in the back.

Doesn't feel like we're getting the whole truth here.

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Re: Makes me wonder..

All my communication in the hands of Facebook, no thanks.

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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"Point of order - fast jet cockpits are not pressurised, which is why the pilot wears an oxygen mask"

What? Fast jets are pressurised. Heck even the later Spitfires were pressurised.

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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

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Re: Ninth Circus Court

This seems to be a reasonable investigation of that claim:

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2017/feb/10/sean-hannity/no-9th-circuit-isnt-most-overturned-court-country-/

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Why the Kubernetes Kids can't hurt Bezos' Amazon beast

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Re: Developer convenience is right ...

Except you can't, for anything non-trivial. Networking breaks, so you need something to manage firewall rules and port forwarding. You can't keep passwords in your container deployment (if you want them secure) so you need something to deploy secrets. All of a sudden you've got many of the problems of a conventional deployment.

Or you just make everything horribly insecure, which is the default option for most node.js developers anyway.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Airplane autopilots will happily fly into other airplanes

"No. Most (if not all) have ACARS installed."

Rubbish. None of the aeroplanes I flew had TCAS. They had various single axis wing levelers (basically a gyroscope and two elastic bands) or maybe two axis.

The subset of airplanes that is 100 seat multi engined jet airliners is quite small and certainly not "most".

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Re: Autopilot and Junctions

Other cruise controls are aggressive too. A Ford engineer acquaintance says that this is because product management want the car to feel sporty and powerful.

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

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Re: Part of the article is missing

Or the bit where the GMC launch disciplinary proceedings against the doctor(s) involved for a gross breach of patient confidentiality?

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UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

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Nothing here, and I've used data.gov.uk since it launched. Work email so not disposable.

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London suffers from 'sub-standard' connectivity - report

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You can afford a zone 1 flat and are worried about the cost of Internet access?

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Re: Chartered Institute For IT?

Join the ACM. They attract the best minds in the industry. The BCS attracts the sort of person who writes a report like this.

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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Much as I dislike Uber, surely driver licensing is the responsibility of local government not an app developer?

I don't see how Uber can be expected to be aware of every unproven complaint made to the Police anywhere in the world, not without becoming more evil than they already are.

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Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe

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Technically speaking expert witnesses are neither prosecution nor defense, they are there to help the Court in making an opinion not support one side or the other. The fact that they are paid by the opposing sides because their expert opinion shouldn't affect the evidence they give.

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Ignoring private prosecutions and expert witnesses, anyone can provide evidence. Most crime has to be supported by evidence not generated by Plod. Take Burglary, for example. You need a statement saying that (a) the person had no right to be there and (b) that they had no permission to take the object​. None of that can come from the Police, it has to come from the victim.

In this case, at the minimum you'd need a statement from Microsoft saying that they weren't legitimate Microsoft employees or the defense could just go "they were working for Microsoft, you haven't proved that they weren't". Remember that the prosecution need to prove the case, the defense justs needs to introduce doubt.

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AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

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Re: Snafu, not security

I haven't gone this year, but the registration system kept crashing last year and the year before, so that's normal.

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Re: Why?

"So, what are the main reasons for slow progress?"

Our force advertised the project manager job in charge of the whole migration. They offered the princely salary of £30,000.

That gives you some idea of why things might not go to plan.

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Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

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Re: It's a start

At first glance the pen testing bothered me. I've never considered pen testing to be a mandatory security feature, certainly to the point that failing to pen test is criminal (a huge bar).

But the ICO's point was that pen testing is part of the PCI compliance that the company claimed to have. So they were effectively lying about their PCI compliance.

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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

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Roll on May 2018 and the huge fines and class actions that will put these people out of business.

Apart from Facebook, or course, who the Irish DPA will continue to ignore.

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Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

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"This whole "flat network / dont give your techies any access to do their job" thing is very worrying."

No it's not. For too long BOFH types, or even Helpdesk staff, have argued that they need admin privileges. They don't. Helpdesk might need to reset passwords, but they don't need domain admin rights to do that. Your DBA might need to reindex tables or resize your storage but they don't need root permissions on the underlying host to do that and they don't need the encryption key to the data. Networks team might need to play in WINS or DNS, but again can do that using an lower privileged account.

Last time this came up commentards kept bleating "I need sysadmin to do my job". You almost certainly don't if your systems are properly designed.

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Make sure your Skype is up to date because FYI there's a nasty hole in it

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Re: Well, duh.

"Has any product ever actually improved when Microsoft got its hands on it?"

QDOS

Sybase

Panorama

Forethought

Visio

Multimap

Not much in the last decade I'll grant you.

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The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Re: Dane Geld

"...oh, and the SF MPs (who refuse to take their seats in Westminster) also don't get paid"

I have no idea why you got down-voted for making a helpful and factually correct statement.

Yes they get expenses, but then they do constituency work in Westminster for free.

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Next up -Microsoft...

"In what way are they "forcing Edge". I was asked once if I wanted it to be my default browser. I said no. They never asked me again"

Ever tried viewing a pdf document on Windows 10?

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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^ so much distasteful, uninformed and inflammatory sentiment in such as short post. And currently running 2:1 up:down. Sometimes I despair for humanity.

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We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

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Re: They already have a legal route

Microsoft employees based in Ireland cannot comply, Microsoft employees based in the US can. Even if there were anything in Irish law to prevent Microsoft's US employees handing that data over if they have access then there's no way to enforce it.

Microsoft may well decide not to give any Microsoft Ireland employees permission to grant or revoke access. That would keep their European employees safe if the Irish authorities ever decided to stop looking the other way.

If the Supreme Court follows to same line of reasoning that it did with the border restrictions (remember three - including Trump's puppet - voted for unrestrained executive authority) then this is unlikely to go well for Microsoft or any of us.

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Re: Liability?

That statement about liability seemed like a pale attempt a buck passing to me. If Parliamentary IT control access, dictate terms and gave root access then there's no way that they can dodge liability like that.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Well, its good to see the QE going out to sea.

"48 missiles is significantly more than any of the air defence ships in the Falklands conflict fired. "

If Sheffield had fired its missiles then it might not have been sunk.

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Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement

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How do class actions work in the US, are you bound by this or can you sue independently? I know the US courts are usually unwilling to award costs, but in this case they've already accepted liability, so shouldn't have a leg to stand on.

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WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

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Re: U 1F4A9

"Basically, if the cameras have been messed about with in a manner not recommended by the manufacturer"

In England and Wales speed cameras are supposed to be Home Office approved and independently tested. If the manufacturer can mess with them at will then that nullifies the testing process.

There's a list of the approved devices here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-approved-speed-detection-devices-march-2007

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Slightly unfair. She *told* the press conference, probably verbally. Whoever wrote down what she said spelled it incorrectly.

And, FFS, if spelling problems precluded expertise in technology then most people here should be looking for new jobs.

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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

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"says <90 email accounts"

This was pretty much copied verbatim from the BBC report (or the BBC copied it from here), and it was stupid there too.

The statement said fewer than 1% of 9000. That's obviously a rough guess, converting it to 90 users just implies precision that wasn't there. They'd likely have described anything from 10 to 90 as fewer than 1%.

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Alternative headlines could equally well have been:

"Linus Torvalds rejects Linux security"

"Backwards compatibility more important than security in Linux"

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"Linux kernel team reinvent wheel"

Is there any evidence to back up this libellous accusation?

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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Addressing the implicit dig here - at the moment the Met is so stretched that some officers are working 30 hour shifts and they've been working 14 day weeks. That's 30 hours with only toilet breaks and maybe munching a donut in the car, 11 hours rest (including commuting and eating), then 30 more hours day after day.

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

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Re: If there is no infection at all then 1% of the population will still test positive.

"it is generally safe to assume that anyone who looks like a zombie, is a zombie."

Unfortunately it's not safe. Which is why we have so many people being sent home by their GP and then dying of meningitis / pulmonary embolism / cancer.

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

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Re: Procurement Choices and Pork

Was it this? Seem to remember having seen it on telly.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/battle-x-planes/

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Re: Procurement Choices and Pork

"Boeing's offering that flew and translated between VTOL and level flight"

I don't think either JSF competitor ever managed VTOL.

X32 only did STOVL and level flight for some values of "short" and "level flight", you had to swap the airframe if you wanted to go supersonic - something that's tricky to do in flight - was even more weight restricted than X35 and had a propensity for engine failure.

Both projects were massively optimistic engineering challenges and both would have had problems.

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: Nothing new under the sun

"our lawyers are more expensive than your lawyers"

At some point that will change to:

"our lawyers are more expensive than your government's lawyers"

Whether that's because what MS are doing is criminal (unauthorised modification of a computer system) or upsets a competition regulator.

MS will still have better lawyers and the damage will be long gone but it will be a fairer fight.

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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I'd argue that whoever created a browser that lets them do the above needs to be taken away quietly and have the real world outside nerddom explained to them.

And some blame must fall on the user for accepting a browser like that.

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Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".

At a very rough guess El Reg might be making £20 a year from me. Now I could pay that as a subscription but I probably wouldn't. The Guardian makes considerably less but I am considering a subscription there too even though it's more expensive than advertising for the amount I use their site.

Now it strikes me that if there were a central fund - maybe a subscription or akin to a TV licence - that publishers could tap into based on page impressions we could get around reader apathy. Now there'd be much arguing over the equivalent to a CPM (El Reg will demand a higher fee per impression than the Daily Mail) but it could work.

The train companies already do something similar - you buy a London to Birmingham ticket and Virgin get 70%, London Midland 20% and Chiltern 10% or whatever the split is.

It would need tracking to work, but that tracking wouldn't necessarily be used for anything else and avoiding it would almost certainly be considered fraud.

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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Re: re steal £66,000

"THAT, unfortunately is the state of British arithmetic today."

Arithmetic seems ok; my comprehension was lacking! Thanks.

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