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Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Funding cuts lead to this

Our "Strong and Stable" Conservatives have been cutting funding for the Police for years, there are fewer police on the streets so what do you expect will happen?

The police force have a job to do and they are trying to do it with less money and fewer staff - that's our current policy isn't it?

So which company is selling this technology to the cops? We're heading towards Privatization of the Police - after all it's worked so well for the Trains, the Post Office, Electricity and Water ... the people running those services are making lots of money.

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

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Re: The horses are out... close the barn door!

Try buying commercial insurance ... while you have a point for one claim like this, their rates will now go sky high and the insurance company will plan to recoup the expense by increasing rates policy wide.

If an insurance company offers a $1,000,000 liability policy for $20k a year and sells 100 policies and gets one claim a year, then they make $1,000,000 a year. It's Christmas, triples all round chaps!

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Re: The horses are out... close the barn door!

It would be interesting to learn just how they managed to fall for this. Did an email arrive in the PHB's account which was then forwarded to the accounting department with a note say's, "Pay this please"? Did the PHB do it, or maybe they never even saw it?

How many other scams have they fallen for? Do they even know?

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

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Classic AI music

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”

- Frank Zappa

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: Rodentia

My wife was a school teacher and taught the computer lab, she had a problem with the kids nicking the balls from the mice at the end of class - she put an end to it by telling everyone to turn their mice over at the end of the hour so that "she could could inspect their balls".

These days she'd probably get prosecuted for saying that - it's a good job the technology has moved on!

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Re: Network to go...

Those were the days! When networking was just a coax cable strung around the office ... I set that up at home years and years ago, eventually upgraded to Twisted Pair, and last week switched to Fibre optic but I've still got a MicroVAX on the network. It's connected via a DECnet adapter, to a coax to 10BaseT switch, to a FO adapter - what fun!

Brazil bested by hackers, Virgin plugs hub bugs, and France surrenders… records

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Re: Possible Panic Vector?

These hacks have been going on so long and happening so often that I suspect most people have just given up caring, it's "Hack Fatigue" (kinda like Brexit fatigue) you read the News and just say, "Oh No, not again, again."

What's the common factor in all these incidents?

It's The Internet, we're doing this to ourselves.

US elections watchdog says it's OK to spend surplus campaign cash on cybersecurity gear

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Re: Another Investment Opportunity for Congress

"You do realise this is EXACTLY how politics works within the European Union, don't you?"

Of course, in England we would do it differently, we'd use the campaign funds to attend a five week course on home router security at a five star hotel in the Bahamas, security affects the whole family so the wife, kids, and girlfriend would attend too.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

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Re: "headed first to LA"

Probably that same places that fire their teachers when they give a world geography lesson and mention the Niger River in West Africa... "America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair." - Arnold Toynbee.

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"headed first to LA"

In LA (the abbreviation in the US for the State of Louisiana) they will need floats and a propeller ... I wonder if you mean L.A.? aka Los Angeles?

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Re: Is there not an alternative explanation ?

Sure - but with "austerity" in full flood, if you are young then joining the Army is a good income for a while so long as you can avoid shooting yourself in the back after an argument in the barracks.

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I assume that there's no possibility that Capita have ever donated to any political party ...

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Re: The dawn of digital "checkpoints" for government control

if by "soon" you mean "already" ....

These stories always amuse me, the comments section goes bananas in shock but the fact is, this has been going on for years and they've only just noticed. We live in this world:

Bought a ticket for the concert on-line? They have your details and know who you are.

Did you tweet that you are going to the concert? They have your details and know who you are.

Do you have your phone with you? They have your details and know who you are.

Did you drive to the concert and park locally? They have your details and know who you are.

Did a friend post on FB that they were going with you? They have your details and know who you are.

And you're worried that they took your photograph? Did you miss the novichok guys getting photographed everywhere?

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Just Another Browser ... I don't see a lot of difference between any of them, they all try and sell you on "Use Me!" and they all pass information around your back when you are not looking - "Hey little luser, want a cookie?"

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Re: Explains the riddle...?

I think it does exist, it's caused by a strong Brownian Motion (say a nice hot cup of tea) in another dimension - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting 'nuclear, defense, energy, financial' biz

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Re: emails contain poisoned Word documents

This is NOT news - I've been seeing these hack attempts for years. Our mail-server holds all emails that have a suspect attachment - *.ace, *.ade, *.adp, *.bat, *.chm, *.cmd, *.com, *.cpl, *.crt, *.doc, *.docx, *.exe, *.gz, *.hlp, *.hta, *.htm, *.html, *.inf, *.ins, *.isp, *.js, *.lnk, *.mdb, *.mde, *.msc, *.msi, *.msp, *.mst, *.pcd, *.pi, *.pif, *.reg, *.scr, *.sct, *.shs, *.uue, *.vbe, *.vbs, *.wsc, *.wsf, *.wsh, *.xls, *.xlsx, *.rtf, *.rar, *.dot, *.jar, *.arj, *.lzh, *.iso, *.xz, *.xlxs, *.r0*, *.r1*. *.r2*, *.z

Problem partially solved ... I'm thinking of adding *.pdf to the list but for the moment I've remove Adobe Reader from every computer and installed a third-party reader.

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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End of Year Tax loss?

Certainly the markets are changing, but it sounds like an accounting maneuver for tax reasons.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff

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Re: I wouldn’t mind, but....

"hadn’t applied a single solitary update in the four years" - that's the Conservative Party? I think that they have scheduled a patch party tonight, I wonder if they will reboot, or will it be another BSoD?

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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What does "broadband" get you these days?

Sure, some entertainment but mostly it's just faster fake news - us old farts grew up on 110/300 baud connections and were thrilled when they released the 1200 baud modems.

I'm not advocating slower speeds, but think about what fast internet has done to us... I used to enjoy sitting back drinking a beer or two while waiting for a file to download ... but those days are gone now. Fast download speeds mean that bloat doesn't matter anymore, broadcast TV is dying because targeted adverts work better with internet connections - faster speed are a double edged sword.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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The first humanoids popped up after this time - I guess the mutation rate might have increased. There's a sliver lining somewhere - it could have been mutations or maybe the sharks that had been eating them just disappeared.

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: "Such a breach was entirely preventable"

Sounds like they might be looking for another PFY to fire - but the PHB's all get bonuses and golden handshakes.

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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Re: news

I think that this would be much more "newsworthy" if it hadn't happened - it's happening all the time and we, the general public lusers, only hear about it occasionally. So look at the information that's been pawned ... it would not be that serious if it were not for the fact that banks and other financial entities are continually falling for these tricksters and then not blaming themselves for giving the money away without any serious checks ... their "backstop" plan is always to blame the victims.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Saving democracy

It's not that hard to figure out what's false news, you just have to think about it and ask yourself who's benefiting for this? It's nothing new - fake news has been around as long as the human race ... people lie to try and fool others for their benefit.

What's changed is that people don't think any more ... stop and wonder how many followers Hitler would have had if Twitter and Facebook had been available in the 1930's - it's nothing new, it was bad then and it hasn't changed much since, it just got faster.

Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?

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We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

It's not the military, corporate entities, political system, or the government of the day that's the problem - we are the people who pay them, fund them, think that they have all the answers, and vote them into office.

Texas Instruments flicks Armis' Bluetooth chip vuln off its shoulder

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Old School Hack

Nice shiny new technology but an old school hack - hardly surprising. Looks like the hardware was secure, the software was secure, the data transfer protocol was probably OK ... until someone "upgraded" the specification and each team implemented the upgrade without talking to the other team.

We live in a complex world but we don't really think of it as complex, it's all easy - you want a nice new feature? We'll write a app for that ... see, easy to implement and the new feature will boost salet82368g53%#^$# NO CARRIER

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

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Re: Dr strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the AI

Time to get out the Insane Clown Posse makeup.

Bethesda blunders, IRS sounds the alarm, China ransomware, and more

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Re: 20 months

The story "forgot" to mention that Joel Kurzynsk was an IT professional ... a very bad one. On the plus side, when he's released he's going to have the state looking over his shoulder for three years - sounds like he's such a loser that it will be surprising if he's not back in jail quite quickly.

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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I think it was all doomed when they made LSD illegal.

There's substance that stops people fighting, gives everyone the feeling that it would be nice to sit in the garden, pick flowers, draw mandalas, and play music ... and they BAN it?

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Re: The War on Drugs

Yes, we've "lost" the War on Drugs but do you think that they ever intended to win it? It rather looks like the idea was to politically profit. These days a large proportion of minority Americans can't vote because they have felony drug convictions and are prohibited from voting - plus the ensuing violence that the War on Drugs generates has shifted a large number of white voters to support the right wing Law And Order politics.

So for some people in power, the War on Drugs has worked out quite well.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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9 ounces?

Had it been a bottle with 9 ounces of Orange Sunshine LSD then the story would have been very different. "Amazon workers threw a party and opened all the packages, everyone last seen running naked through the streets giving away Christmas Presents to everyone."

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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In other news today ... oh wait, there is no other news. Microsoft switching to Chromium? ... see icon.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: Child porn

"ban photos of children since a paedo enjoys all pictures of children" - and cheese, I know a couple of people who I suspect have odd tendencies but they love cheese - Tumblr needs to ban cheese!

I don't think that banning anything fixes anything - unless it's the BBC banning a record which will really help sales - who liked David Bowie before the BBC banned Space Oddity?

Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos

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What a surprise!

Who would have thought that crypto could be hacked like this? Realistically there are agencies all over the world that are probably a bit disappointed that this has leaked out - but the chance are that they have a backstop for any fix.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

I suspect that the BREXIT process, as implemented by the UK, will deter any country from trying it again - the UK has actually done a great deal to strengthen the EU. I'm not suggesting that current EU policy is good, a lot of it stinks but the fact is ... we stink worse.

My hope is that in the next 20-30 years, the EU will hold a constitutional convention and amend the basis for the EU ... look back in history - that's what happened in the US.

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

"Sadly, doing an about turn now would be suicide for our political relationship with Europe for the next 50 years or so."

We passed that point about a year ago - at this point I would not blame the EU for kicking us out if we voted to try and get back in. Brexit is a divorce ... during the divorce proceedings we've behaved terribly - who on earth would take the current batch of politicians (both sides) back into their house and try and rebuild a relationship?

Let's face it "Great" Britain is not great any longer.

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ctrl-C, ctrl-V

Politicians do ctrl-C, ctrl-V all the time - they neither understand nor care that the plan won't work so long as it gets them re-elected.

Having a GPS available is nice (when it works and it's hell on earth when it doesn't) but we were all doing just fine before GPS. Why do we need GPS? The most frequently used GPS function these days is storing the location for a selfie.

Google: Psst, hey kid, want a new eSIM? Our Fi has one right here

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Re: I have the US service

Me too - and the great feature is that when I visit the UK - which I do every year, my phone number doesn't change, service is still good, and when I get home my bill from Google is usually about $40 for the month abroad - that's about $10 more than I normally pay! And no extra charge for using it as a hotspot when I need it.

European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

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It's the speed, not the method

Just require all vendors to deliver the quoted speed over a minimum distance. How it's done really doesn't matter.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Remember how YouTube started? Farting Hippos wasn't it - not much has changed.

Thought black holes were donut-shaped? It turns out they're more like deadly fountains

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Re: Well, the accretion disk anyhow

And you know what happens when you try to take a selfie that close ...

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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Re: Please let me know where you work...

You must have got the wrong records, it's 8 inches, flaccid.

I do occasionally handle confidential data and I keep it confidential, but I'm not going to take the "holier than thou" attitude and assume that everyone else does - your list shows your biases (some of which are not pretty) and an attitude that would concern me if I were in charge of you handling this type of data - you sound like the sort of person who would peek into records.

I'm not saying that it's right to leak information, but I think that we are all living in a fools world if we think that it doesn't happen - sometimes illegally but most of the legally.

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Re: Please let me know where you work...

I understand how you feel but you're living in a fools world (sorry, no insult) if you think that information like this is hidden and only seen by you and your doctor.

Look at the world these days, everything is stored somewhere and it's all accessible to people - the police can get at it, along with GCHQ, the local council, the insurance company can all get at it legally, it can be anonymized (in theory) and used for research - check the small print at the end of the small print in every document that you have signed. Did you buy any medicine with a credit card - can you even guess how many people that information has been sold to?

You have no secrets, it's time to grow up and realize that the world (as defined by "big data") is not your friend, it just wants you to think that it is - you are just a tasty meal.

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It would be serious if there was malice involved - but there doesn't seem to have been any. I think we all need to calm down - back in the old days we'd hear a voice from above saying that the whole garden was ours but don't pick the any fruit of that tree ... and what did we do?

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"suggested that at times she struggled with the monotony of some of her tasks" - essentially it sounds like she had a boring job and probably very low paid ... I wonder how many of us here would not have done the same thing in that situation?

Warning: Malware, rogue users can spy on some apps' HTTPS crypto – by whipping them with a CAT o' nine TLS

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It's time to start over

Not just crypto, the whole internet communications thing - what we have today is broken. We can patch it again and again but let's face, patching broken code isn't a long term solution.

Magecart fiends punch card-skimming code in Sotheby's Home website

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Trust? we've heard of it but that was a few years ago.

We've recently had a corporate card skimmed, the card company caught it very quickly and called us, it's been cancelled and replaced.

The problem has been sorted but I'm seeing a follow up attack - looks like they found the card holder details and email address - they are now sending the user spoof emails pretending to be from the card company about the card replacement - just click here to confirm ... except the link is to annex.my or somewhere. Uptick of SalesOrder.iso files too.

These hacks can go on and on after the event.

Lenovo superdishes not-so-superdosh for Superfish superloss: $40 waiting for you if you bought adware laptop

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I've been using Lenovo kit for years, originally purchased from IBM - and it's generally reasonably decent hardware - as for the bloatware, I kill it all when I boot the system for the first time. It takes a couple of beers to work through it but it's not that different from every other PC I've worked with - they are all bloatware ridden when they arrive at the door.

In the US $40 will get me about two dozen Newcastle Brown Ales - sounds like a deal to me.

Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

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Re: Sennheiser

I was happy paying $$$ for a Sennheiser HD280PRO without any damn internet connection at all - and everyone who listens with them just sits there stunned because they have never heard sounds that realistic, or that clear.

I keep them away from Fat Freddies cat though.

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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Problem solved

The DoJ could have just asked Assange to get Putin to give them access.

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