* Posts by Ken 16

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Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

Ken 16

so we can spoof

Video, audio and fingerprints. How's the biometric security industry looking?

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US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens' info stored abroad)

Ken 16
Coat

not alarm

A measured and thoughtful response involving some really huge fines on any companies found to be breaching GDPR.

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IBM Java CTO: Devs shouldn't have to learn Docker, K8s, 30 other things to deploy an app

Ken 16

Re: Headline begs the question

Because Java is the Cobol of the 21st century

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

Ken 16
Facepalm

Re: All thats missing

I upvoted, because that's an accurate summary.

The UK is leaving the EU (and other subsidiary institutions that didn't get mentioned in the referendum) and it's happening regardless of what British subjects think and what happens next is completely irrelevant to the original decision or stated purposes.

The EU would be happy to deal (as an institution) but relies on getting the support of 27 member countries and their sub-national assemblies so that's not going to happen quickly if the deal is different to ones already agreed for other 3rd countries. The UK has a small but powerful clique of MPs who would prefer to leave without a deal so they aren't going to help things along by agreeing to any existing arrangement as all are visibly less beneficial than staying in the EU.

Too late now, just sit back and watch the car crash in slow motion.

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Ken 16
Childcatcher

Is that you Rees-Mogg?

Who taught you how to use an electric typewriter?

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IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

Succession Planning?

What's the point in that if you don't encourage people to leave their jobs?

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

False positives?

"94 per cent of Daesh propaganda with 99.995 per cent accuracy"

I'd like to hear what proportion of everything else gets identified as Daesh propaganda, let's say there's 10 million cat videos to every Daesh recruiting video and the algorithm picks only 1% as evil...

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

Ken 16

How old are you?

Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife

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Ken 16

Re: Notes is still a thing???!!

You compare the cost of migrating off it to the cost of leaving it alone

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

Ken 16

DEusXmachinEU more like

Still better to have the Brexiteers inside the tent pissing in than to leave them outside pissing in.

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Ken 16
Headmaster

Malcolm Tucker?

I think 'The thick of it' has more appropriate vocabulary

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Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

Ken 16

one handed typing?

No THAT is a disturbing visual!

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Ken 16
Alert

save NSFW for where it matters

Like a long screw while installing a Cisco switch

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Brit escorts: Without the internet to keep us safe, we'd be totally screwed

Ken 16
Trollface

not disproportionately so, aside from El Reg fora

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

Ken 16

Watson

some years ago I read here that IBM had fed Watson all medical case histories in to allow it to suggest most probably diagnoses for symptoms.

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Ken 16
Coat

Re: No, Sam, GCHQ is not part of MoD

Where the GDPR will continue to apply after April fools day next year

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Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

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PaaS

I think of it as a managed hosted Java framework (until someone can explain more to me)

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

Ken 16

"UK is clearly dropping out of the major league"

Didn't that happen 50 years ago?

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Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

Have you ever worked in a security role?

There's a base level of security compliance it's reasonable to expect, and test for and send people on compulsory training when they don't meet it. Most of information security is about having the big fence and the alarm system and reminding people not to let strangers in the house. It's a deterrent. Then there's the bit about the real valuables and keeping them in a safe, bolting that into the wall, making sure there are controls on who can unlock it. Join the neighbourhood watch, talk to the local police, hire a security company to advise you.

If a state equivalent agency decide to break into the house and take the valuables, they will and firing the person who locked up last will make no difference.

Test, train, thank those who comply, retrain those who miss and hope for the best.

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Stop

Re: Confirmation checkbox needed

Sometimes it's worth skipping the confirmation checks, which is why dangerous machinery has a big red mushroom headed 'stop' button and a smaller recessed green start button under a flip cover with a key.

I don't have any more facts that the rest of you but someone during the design phase may have decided that saving seconds on the alert during a real attack was worth the risk of a false alarm, given that a real attack would have people panicking and mis-keying like crazy.

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

Ken 16

Re: DNA

POTUS is like a really smart genius, no-one could possibly guess his password

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A drivers’ guide to upgrading your IT to a hybrid cloud engine

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

Has the author also managed to establish...

among what kind of vegetation the ursine species tends to defecate?

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

Ken 16
Megaphone

Is that what you really want playing?

As the massed tank divisions of Luxembourg face the invading Warsaw Pact?

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

Ken 16
Linux

"in-house" "custom" of course it's difficult to support

I have used Linux as my desktop when working for myself. I found LibreOffice and it's derivatives to be a pig and switched to WPS (Kingsoft) Suite which works close to seamlessly with MS docx's. That's just a by the way, not really relevant to this case.

I can't understand why someone thought it a good idea to develop their own bespoke Linux build. Why not buy from someone who will support/update. In Germany, SUSE SLED would seem the natural choice. Similarly with the office suite, Softmaker maybe?

They would have current supported versions, someone outside the Munich Council IT team to blame for issues (yes, I've worked in public sector) and some cost savings to show against MS licenses. That's not maybe the open software big win but it would work sooner and save money.

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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

Ken 16
Pint

with a small exception

That people knew more than 2 years in advance that 2000AD was coming and they didn't need to build any new functionality, just to patch the date handling on stuff already there.

Pints all round because everyone loves watching a disaster on TV

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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MS Azure Region China North

OK, so Microsoft (CN) Azure employees working out of the North China Region can technically access and migrate data from another Azure region, say South Central US or US DoD East...and they receive a legal court order from the Chinese government to do so. Just because that breaches US law is that a reason for them to ignore the court order? Surely where the information is accessible from and by whom is just as important as where it's stored physically?

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Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying

Ken 16
Holmes

still, it will stop other Governments complaining about Ireland not collecting the tax

and they can spend their money not collecting the tax instead

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Ken 16
Coat

It's hardly bikini weather

and I haven't shaved my legs in 50 years

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UK lacks engineering and tech skills to make government's industrial strategy work – report

Ken 16

that sounds reasonable

If your politicians are trained in Politics and Economics isn't that a good thing? Like having hospitals dominated by people with clinical training or a stunning number of physicists and engineers in nuclear powerstations?

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

Ken 16
Windows

Agile is Medieval

If you want to build a house then you get together everyone in the village and say where you want it and which house it should look like and everyone gets together and fills in the posts and adds some wattle and daub and you do the same when you want to add some new bits or when the chimney falls down.

Then you scale that up a bit and you try to build a really big cathedral and you realise it's falling down more often than it stays up and the serfs are back ploughing the fields before it's anywhere near finished. You decide you need someone who's studied ancient buildings (the one's that didn't fall down) and who can instruct scribes to draw some patterns for others to follow and a team of masons who can follow instructions and let you know when they are going to need more stone in time for it to arrive by cart.

I haven't seen agile scale well.

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Clouds' crazy kinks can spin your wheels and lead you to mistakes

Ken 16
Meh

Your milage may vary

This is all part of your due diligence. Moving to the cloud may save you money, it may not.

It depends. Doing it badly will almost certainly lose you money and this article is point out a few gotchas that the cloud providers aren't as enthusiastic in advertising.

How much data you have, where it comes from and how often it's accessed, whether your workload is flat or spikey, what your risk tolerance is, what rate you depreciate on-premise, whether you're expecting growth and how you weigh OPEX against CAPEX all affect whether you save money. If you aren't willing to put the work in yourself then you have to pay people to do it for you, also in money.

Cloud != Magic.

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

Ken 16

stop injecting your logic into a political debate

Moving the Space Port to Cornwall won't make any measurable difference. Putting it in the Caribbean would help but ruin the logistics and leave it exposed to worse weather than Scotland some of the time. Maybe the control rooms could be in contact centres near Glasgow though?

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IBM figures out it takes longer than a week to re-wire software

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Re: India — You get what you specify

Yes - someone working on complex tasks on unknown systems under time pressure can't afford to stop and ask whether you intentionally excluded certain steps or merely forgot them. A lot of offshore staff get a hard time for not using 'common sense' but they are not paid to guess what someone really meant at any particular point of a run book.

Of course, having people capable of creating clear, complete and unambiguous instructions or requirements talking to the customer may offset any savings from moving the execution to a low wage economy but blame the person who left that bit out of the cost case at the beginning.

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

Ken 16
Windows

Re: swappable battery - Why?

and the feature I miss from the old days of Nokia, unclip the battery and leave it in the middle of the table in meetings to ensure everyone is giving their full attention, won't be interrupted or recorded.

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

Ken 16
Facepalm

You could say in advance that the poll was non-binding

That way no-one would overreact if the result sounded a bit stupid.

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Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

Ken 16
Trollface

If there wasn't then the world would be full of Intel smartphones

There, fixed it.

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IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer

Ken 16
Windows

Does it offer a PL/1 service?

We're not all on Cobol yet, you know!

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Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

Ken 16
Trollface

Going to the John?

I don't see why not.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

Ken 16
Coffee/keyboard

A single key, randomly assigned

Rather than having to hit three keys deliberately, it should have been a single key, in the early days assigned by the manufacturer to any of the Function keys but as software got more sophisticated, remapped randomly on startup so you never know which one you're hitting.

I've got the next best thing on my Chromebook with the power key adjacent to the backspace so I hesitate before erasing any rubbish I write.

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Enumeration bug offers five-finger discount on Woolworth Australia loyalty points

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Good for you

All the major supermarkets where I live have such systems and avoiding them would mean going to smaller ones where the volumes are lower and hence prices higher and product turnover lower. While I don't like the loyalty card model, I don't have your moral courage to avoid them while paying more for less fresh groceries.

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EE brings 1,000 call centre jobs to UK and Ireland

Ken 16

UK & Ireland?

Surely UK only, specifically England & Wales.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Ken 16

Re: End User?

No, the customer is the one with the hole in his chest, the end user is the one who served him with it.

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Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m

Ken 16
Trollface

Can't Samsung just give the money to the Irish government?

Bypass the middleman?

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Regulatory compliance problems? Promontory, my dear Watson

Ken 16
Terminator

If it can auto generate documentation...

Ideally making it impossible for a human to definitively say whether the enterprise is compliant or not by invoking every possible exception to and alternative reading of the regulations, then the only thing that could beat is is a better AI auditor.

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Ken 16

Soylent Blue is Auditors!

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

LinkedIn recommendations

Does "X" know about...

How do I answer that when I have one friend who knows about it in the sense of having written THE book and being on the international standards body for that technology and another who knows about it in the sense of hearing a man talk about it down the pub and parroting what he heard?

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

Ken 16

Re: Hard luck

surely no-one english needs an english degree?

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Ken 16
Big Brother

there, fixed it

Britain over the next thirty years will need larger prisons to house the EU sympathisers and ethnic minorities but on the bright side building and staffing prisons don't require staff with degress, just clean racial pedigrees.

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Ken 16
Facepalm

If Brexit actually happens?

a) that's your governments policy

b) any influx of British students enrolling at UVA won't increase, it will come to a complete halt

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Sniffing your storage could lead to sensitive leaks, warn infosec bods

Ken 16
Holmes

Virtualised, tiered storage shared across a VM farm?

It's a pain in the arse trying to find which application is using which storage device at the best of times, let alone using a pair of dowsing rods.

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