* Posts by Gordon 10

2872 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Home Ebola testing with a Tricorder? There's an app for that

Gordon 10
FAIL

Re: With an iPhone?

And how do you know the iphone isn't an integral part of the kit? Especially since it doesn't have to be an iphone - any landfill android could be made to do the job.

Unless the only requirement is blue led for yes, red led for no, having a phone handle the comms and potentially a value add of important details on a good screen, plus ability to mail/phone/sms the data around it seems like the phone is a bit of a no brainer.

Plus not needing either a stoopid battery pack or a tether to a wall wart where mains coverages cannot be guaranteed. Pi's/Arduino's have their place. This aint one of them.

Dumb suggestion from a pi-boi tbh.

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Brits still not happy about commercial companies using their healthcare data

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FAIL

way to go AC! you have really added to the debate.

I would rather say 2 things :

1. They either are genuinely ignorant of the way this data can be abused.

2. The genuinely dont care.

Maybe 0.001% are stooges. But not much more if the survey sampling has been done properly. Since it was sponsored by the Welcome Trust - who have a damn fine reputation - Im prepared to assume the sampling was good.

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Stop

The last news I saw on this suggested all the people representing the privacy interests of the public had been quietly dropped from the Care.data MkII steering committee.

That tells us all we need to know.

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Google gives ringing endorsement to US VPN providers with 'right to be forgotten' expansion

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bollocks this is not about personal data

There is no 'personal data' in search results as personal data is currently defined.

Its about burying unwanted/embarrasing search results.

Eg reporting on court cases where the accusation comes up but not the acquittal.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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Law enforcement cannot be trusted

The FBI has already shat all over their bed with borderline illegal use of stingray cell towers which by design hijack the infrastructure hundreds of ordinary citizens are using.

Give anyone this power it will be abused.

Until the pendulum swings the other way and law enforcement officials are immediately jailed for their abuse of technology the only protection we have is to deny them that technology because it WILL be abused on a scale all out of proportion to the problems it solves,

It's rather like giving them guns training and culture that emphasises their personal power over the rule of law and then being surprised that a minority think it's ok to blow away demographics that they look down upon or are frightened of.

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Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

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FAIL

Re: Why

Lots of uninformed commentardery on this thread.

Firstly he already had access to the systems - so calling it stealing is way off base, its improper access at best.

Secondly there is no suggestion he did anything with it.

Thirdly let the nerds who can say hand on heart that they haven't seen/found more that they should have been entitled to via DB/SA access cast the first stone.

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Dirty data: Tech-heavy Thames Valley scores big in adultery index

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WTF?

Whats the percentage of Newbury

as its a damn sight smaller than somewhere like reading I would have actually thought that 800+ was a decent percentage.

I guess it depends whether you measure at lunchtime or after 5pm when the Vodafone hordes have departed to their commutes.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Spooks willingly entering the light?

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Re: BBC "Analysis" on the subject...

Surprisingly even the commentards who haunt the BBC website and usually post messages with content that reads somewhere between Genghis Khan and a Daily Mail reader are almost 100% against this bill.

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Foxconn spikes six-billion-dollar Sharp scoff – for now

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bargepole

The large spate of dodgy accounting practises that have appeared from Japanese firms over the past few years if I were Foxconn I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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Flame

Re: Quibblage

Alternatively you can know the charge in the cattle prod or the location of the cattleprod but not bot<BBZZZTTT>

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BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin to appeal website blocking ruling

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Meh

@readinthereg

Whilst I agree with your sentiment, your analogy breaks down.

The situation is more like the Post Office being asked to maintain a list of addresses it wont accept mail for. The package type or package contents are irrelevant.

Then the inevitable workaround for a punter is to use Tor or a VPN which is like posting using a forwarding address in a region where the post offices list is not checked.

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Re: It's not meant to be a review

They are assessing the investment value of the company.

Making shizzle up to fool the gullible and justify their existence.

There fixed that for you.

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Re: Budget .....

Hardware better - for sure, just don't forget a significant subset of consumers will pay a premium to be part of Apple's walled garden.

The value of a phone is measured in much more than its hardware. Especially if it's some shonky build of Android with a dubious upgrade lifetime. CM13 myself but I wouldn't recommend that to anyone but a techie.

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Re: Those who can't, analyse....

Exactly judging the frequency I see them 'in the Wild' the 5c is doing quite nicely amongst those who like the apple ui and walled garden but who either can't or won't justify the price of Aplles latest shiny shiny.

Expect the new version to have Apple Pay and be possibly be delayed whilst they upgrade its cryptographic module to make it proof against FBI attacks. Assuming of course that the cryptographic hardware for Apple Pay doesn't already do the same job.

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UK.gov could reopen Google's £130m HMRC tax deal, says Parliament

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Hey Hillier

"We are not convinced HMRC has achieved this and it must work with overseas tax authorities if we are to see lasting and effective change in the international tax system,” added Hillier"

Hey Hillier How about legislating to fix the gaping holes in our tax laws and renegotiating our current tax treaties.

That's a politicians job not HMRC's other wise for all your pontificating you are part of the problem not the solution.

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Meet Barra's baby: Xiaomi arrives with a splash

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Re: Security Optional

Or that you have less to lose to Far Eastern spying than 5 eyes spying.

At least I have a choice to make with Far Eastern spying by not buying their products. No such choice with my own and allied governments.

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Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

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Re: No surprises there then

One correction it's not their armed forces that are at fault - it's their politicians.

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Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

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Thumb Down

Re: To AC "7 years": A well thought out answer

One piece of software that once developed can be trivially changed for the next Iphone 5C ID the next time the feds come knocking.

This one request massively lowers the bar for the flood that follows. Before you know it you have your phone cracked for applying to an out of area school. (Happened in the UK with RIPA).

Goverment/Law Enforcement overreach is a fact they abuse every capability we give them.

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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

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Re: The march of technology...

the amount of pork available?

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'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way

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FAIL

Re: Stop repeating rubbish please

@Voland

Hello sir I have that size XXXL tin foil hat you ordered.

In a more formal rebuttal - annual house prices rises are still flying along at 9.7% pa according to Halifax which rather puts paid to your conspiracy theory that the property market is dead.

There might be shadowy financial backers behind the leave campaign but I doubt its because they bet their profits on Mortgage derivs.

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FAIL

Fail

in 99% of cases German workers councils already ban most/all of their personal data leaving the country. The U.K. Is not alone in that regard.

Most of the rest of article is good though.

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UK court approves use of predictive coding for e-disclosure

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IT Angle

Is this true machine learning?

Or some shoddy con by a vendor on non-techie lawyers?

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Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

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FAIL

Trevor's missing the point

Its a big assumption that the judge/plod knows of a flaw - they could easily be on a fishing expedition.

Not sure what the waffle about having a secure device is about. Both Apple and Google have regular patching programs - arguably apples is more effective (given the lack of updates on some androids).

They seem as keen as any tech firm to keep the updates coming - not sure how that makes them any more or less "secure" than anyone else.

And frankly its irrelevant to the ask of the Judge in this case.

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Streetmap's lawyer: Google High Court win will have 'chilling effect’ on UK digital biz

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Meh

meh

I'm unconvinced this is a headline verdict.

I suspect this could be appealed all the way to Europe based on the important precident and the judge potentially overreaching.

Is suspect this is more of a case of pants company hires pants lawyer.

The fact that the lawyer is whining about a 'new law' is disingenuous at best.

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Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

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Meh

Mixed feelings on this one

If the guy is going to host any kind of anonymising service he should be fully prepped to deal with the consequences, including getting legal advice over decryption keys for his personal laptop.

Yes the cops are probably over reaching going after his personal stuff, but I suspect the law (rightly or wrongly) is on their side. It would be in the UK.

Personally in his situation I'd be running something vanilla and innocuous and unencrypted on my personal laptop, with Tails on a microsd card up my butt* on a piece of string for anything iffy.

*other hiding places are available.

Speaking personally - since my daughters school was one of those affected, (plod stationed outside it all day afterwards) I hope he cooperates at his fullest with helping catch the morons who did this.

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Blighty cops nab Brit teen for 'hacking' CIA Brennan's AOL email

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Re: Lucky for him...

Answer none at the time but several that are in retrospect.

Preumably retrospect =

a) failure to classify them properly originally for which someone should be sacked.

OR

b) use of reclassification for political purposes again for which someone should be sacked.

Which begs the question if it can happen to Hillary what hope has some poor schmo got.

Hacker: woohoo I hacked Teresa May's alt.rec.track-em-all notification messages

GCHPLod: those are NOW all classified beyond top secret here's your ticket for an all-inclusive indefinite stay in Cuba.

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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

Gordon 10
Big Brother

Re: Is this why

No that's just android/iOS being buggy as shit.

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Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code

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FAIL

Re: "Any technology that is deployed for connectivity...

Economics fail Preston. Politicians function for both good and evil in the market and the good stuff needs to be factored in to.

Left to its own devices the " market" has proved very poor at pricing in externalities (eg pollution, worker and customer safety) and preventing/policing natural monopolies.

Occasionally Governments come in very handy to remind the "free market" of those things.

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Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

Gordon 10
Devil

Hey sharing economy types

Stop trying to use your VC cash to avoid and ignore existing laws. Your "disruption" is mostly illusionary and your business models thinly disguised races to the bottom.

Get thee behind me - our politicians are just a fraction less buyable than the average yank one.

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Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation

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FAIL

Bitcoin<> blockchain

Dont buy it. No-one seriously considering a blockchain solution will use anything from bitcoin as anything but a pattern or a prototype.

Blockchain may die on its own hype but its already independent enough from Bitcoin that BT is effectively irrelevant as anything other than a v0.1 prototype.

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Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

Gordon 10
FAIL

Re: Lego movie and lego batman, star wars etc

No big names? Utter fail

Chris Pratt,

Will Arnett,

Elizabeth Banks,

Will Ferrell,

Morgan Freeman

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

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Meh

Microsoft's historic interest is well documented - there is little evidence that they are still interested.

Given the age of the case its rather like criticising a teenage for sleeping with the local bike now that they are in their late 20's. And cherry picking MS from all the other teenagers seems a little selective

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Open APIs for UK banking: It's happening, people

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But surely the simpler requirement is the CSV file? In which case why is this dumb working group waffling on about API's files when the stoopid banks cant even get the damn downloads right.

A simple csv download has far less attack surface than a whole host of API's.

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Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

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Re: Too little, too late!

MS had a mobile strategy it was called danger, kin, win phone, win ce, Nokia

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Gordon 10
Mushroom

Re: Thanks!

Now imagine the towel slips........

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: Back to the Nineties

to be fair SCO <> Santa Cruz Operation (or only by the slight of hand transfer of some dubious IP)

Rather like HP <> HP (real_HP = Agilent)

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'Blue light services will get 4G on London Tube!' Cool, how? 'Errrrm...'

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WTF?

"He said there are currently 5km of roads the public cannot dial 999 on"

Only 5km? Doesnt sound cost effective enough to bother with.

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HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank

Gordon 10
Mushroom

Re: We successfully defended our systems.

Indeed isn't it amazing how "successfully defended" is now a synonym for "switched off"

In warfare that's known as a scorched earth policy.

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Built-in LG smartphone app created data hack risk

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Terminator

Re: Has anyone else

Simplest explanation? A man with a time machine constructed your phone in 1970 with technology recovered from the 2nd roswell crash in 2024, then pushed it through a wormhole onto the shelf of a Carphone Whorehouse in 2015.

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Stop

what's the full list of handsets?

a quick google suggests the G4 also has Smart Notice installed.

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Techie on the ground disputes BlackEnergy Ukraine power outage story

Gordon 10
Devil

No the blackouts are fairly well documented, whether they had ANY cause associated with Hacking/malware is dubious at this point.

Next week - Network Rail reports leaves on line caused by Russian hacking....

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

Gordon 10
Pirate

Truly they are the Ryan Air

Of ISP's

You want cheap internet? We have it, just don't expect ANY of your personal details to be safe, if our systems aren't hacked our call centers will flog it for fun and profit.

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Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach

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IT Angle

How is this a zero day?

And not just a website/software breach?

I thought a zero day explicitly referred to software being hacked by a previously unknown exploit.

needs the reg tombstone icon. ---------->

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Islamic fundamentalists force Yorkshire IT shop to chop off brand

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Coat

So doesn't that make the company

Ex-Isis-ex ?

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Broadband-pushers expand user piggyback rides on private Wi-Fi

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Re: So how does this work

I agree. Not until the range and hand off improves.

About the only value is at bus stops and the like.

And how does the liability work out? Someone torrents something over my broadband or defaces www.her-maj.gov.uk who gets it in the neck?

Not having allowed these over the threshold - can you throttle the parasite connection?

What about hardware - is there a dedicated second frequency in use or is it all logical/software.

Call me when they can mesh network direct to a fat pipe at the exchange.

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If you can't buy bootleg gear online in New York, this may be why

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Re: Knock-off goods sometimes made during 2nd shift

The payment processors are the dodgy ones. (for values of dodgy) Bear in mind this is mostly high value (poss low worth? :P) Brandopolists we are talking about. So some would argue that this is a victimless crime. Not sure I would go that far but its certainly much further down the scale than illicit transfers to them paedoterrorists on silk road.

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Gordon 10
Holmes

Re: Payment processors I've never heard of

you do get that the consumer doesn't give a stuff if they have heard of a payment processor as long as they accept their credit or debit card don't you? Arguably they shouldn't need to either as the card brands do the due diligence on making sure the processors are legit from a money transfer point of view.

Apart from the actual goods potentially being tat this crime ain't really aimed at consumers rather luxury and high end brands whose main purpose is sticking a "name" on an otherwise ordinary watch/phone/shoe/handbag.

Having said that I had to google worldpay and sagepay when they first started popping up at the checkout, but then Im a commentard from Planet Reg and so sharp I'll cut myself one day.

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Capita hiring temps to cover for call centre redundancies – staff sources

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Re: Capita

I cant believe even Tim would support Crapita, though he's probably come up with a good economic argument as to why they are naff.

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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Re: It's competition (how unfair)

Indeed how come the land of rampant capitalism has allowed so much pigopolist behaviour whilst here in Blighty its not perfect but we seem to be able to get Phone TV and Broadband for about 50% of what it costs in the States, and probably 50% faster too.

Damn those commie Europeans looking after the consumer.

Land of the Fee, Home of the Screwed?

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