* Posts by Lyndon Hills 1

272 posts • joined 7 Aug 2009

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: $ to pound £

It's in Manchester.

I think the industry sector is also relevant. You see a lot of very well paid jobs in London, the best paid are in banking/finance, and many of them require finance experience as well as tech skills (also degrees but that's a different article).

I'd say it's inevitable that if you say you live in London, and you don't work in finance, the salary calculator will suggest you're massively underpaid. At least it did for me......

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Patchy PCI compliance putting consumer credit card data at risk

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Re: No impact on security...

If only there was some correlation on being PCI-DSS compliant and actually being secure....at least it forces you to patch.

It also forces you to think, for instance about your network architecture. Apparently there are rules covering taking payments by phone, and using an ip-based phone system, along with networked computers, which wouldn't have occured to me. Mind you this isn't my job area.

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: I'd like something similar, but for local network requests

.lan

Hi Mr Coward, is your name Ian?

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Confessions of an ebook eater

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Foyles

You visit your mother-in-law and she charges you for meals? Sounds a bit harsh.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Re: Exploding dogs

I think it was Tom Sharpe whio had exploding flamingos. Riotous Assembly or Indecent Exposure?

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: " “decryption, reverse engineering or monitoring of such communications shall be prohibited”,"

but to ask to join either the EU or the USA (51st state)

I think Puerto Rica is reckoning to be 51st. We might have to settle for 5n.

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Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Re: This is bad for business.

How many companies do you suppose are under contract to keep their data encrypted to protect their customers?

While not quite 'under contract', the new data protection regulations in Europe are certainly pushing companies towards encrypting all customer data. While this alone won't protect you from data theft, in the event this happens it will be important to show that you considered data security, and encrypting it would be an obvious thing to do. Pretty soon I'd expect encrypted data to be the default, and it's not a particular leap to suggest that this might include communications, as well as databases and the like.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: hmmm

This is where we need a telecommunications operator to stand up and say ok fine we will develop a service that is encrypted in such a manner that we do not have the technical cabability even under duress to decrypt.

The whole point of this paper is make doing that illegal. You (as the telco) will be required to able to decrypt anything that you encrypt, if you can't do that you would be in breach of this proposed law.

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Lyndon Hills 1

Banks etc

the last page of the document on ORG specifically excludes those operators who are providing telecomms for financial services, including banking.

As far as the e-commerce stuff is concerned, this only covers encryption services provided by the telco or isp. It might, for example, be a nice selling point for a telecom/isp to offer me a fully encrypted service. This paper would make that ineffective as that provider is required to be able to decrypt my communications on demand, if they are the ones providing the encryption. If I take the standard service offered today, and choose to encrypt the data I send over it (using https for example), that has nothing to do with this paper.

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Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

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Re: Opting Out?

I think they're trying to prevent fraudsters from misusing credit cards.

One of the checks done to spot fraudulent use involves comparing the country of the card issued with the country identified from the current ip address of the person using it. If they don't match the transaction is flagged as potentially fraudulent. Depending o the processor's rules, it can be denied. Using a VPN would make this less effective, not to mention you don't get an ip address for the possible fraudster.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: If you're truly brave...

Previously known as amanfrommars ?

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: "pointless gadgets that purport to solve problems from which nobody suffers"

Today's technology, solutions without problems. Paradoxically it has produced large numbers of billionaires.

Also quite a few new problems...

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Love lambda, love Microsoft's Graph Engine. But you fly alone

Lyndon Hills 1
Joke

SQL-inspired language for describing patterns in graphs visually using an ASCII-art syntax

Sadly the most recent ascii-art I can recall is at goat.se (NSFW). I wonder what these databases make of this?

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'Celebgate' nudes thief gets just nine months of porridge

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It's a very, very trying time that we live in

Great comment, coming form a judge.

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Unreal

The inclusion of amanfrommars contributions should help advance the science.

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Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Unreal

Yeah, using Twitter worked out really well. Huff Po

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Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: All lies

I think I've just spotted a bug. You executed that loop twice. Perhaps you didn't factor in oil depravation.

At first I thought that was a typo for deprivation, but on reflection, maybe not.

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London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

Lyndon Hills 1

Not just Win 10

Re-read the article. The job spec isn't just Win 10/Office. More to the point they want Exchange, phones, voicemail and networking.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: New legends?

When I clicked the Start button, "Restart" and "Shutdown" had been replaced by "Update and Restart" and "Update and Shutdown". Is that new, or have I just missed it in the past?

It just means that there are updates to be installed. When they have been installed, the legends will return to what they were before. Until next time...

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Company law

The problem in the UK has always been short term thinking except in a few companies with strategies and vision like RR.

Seems to me this started (or maybe just got a lot worse) in the 80's with the rise of performance-related pay. If the conditions for getting a bonus are sufficiently badly thought out, it can mean that the management strategy for maximising bonus can be contrary to the best interests of the company. This would be particularly true if you don't expect to be with the company for long.

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Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

Lyndon Hills 1

Reflecting on Britain's legacy of Alan Turing

A true genius and what did we do with him? Prosecuted and chemically castrated him, driving him to suicide.

Perhaps better not to reflect on him after all.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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Did apple lose?

Perhaps not long term, but at one point they survived largely because Microsoft bailed them out. At the time Microsoft were trying to claim they didn't have a monopoly on PC operating systems. Having Apple around was kind of necessary, being as the 'year of Linux on the desktop' still hadn't arrived.

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

Lyndon Hills 1

mount fsck umount...

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

Lyndon Hills 1

London has an air of FOAD that I loathe

This coming from someone who calls themselves Mort....

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Encryption backdoors? It's an ongoing dialogue, say anti-terror bods

Lyndon Hills 1

"The American people will have to weigh in ... The problem is big and broad..."

just like many Americans, as it happens.

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Google 'Solitaire' ... Just do it

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Not fair

Couldn't ever really get into that. For me it has to be solitaire / free cell. But word games could be the new one. Anyone have any tips? Needs to be be multiplayer and preferably multi-language.

Hangman?

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Californian gets 50 months in prison for Chinese 'technology spy' work

Lyndon Hills 1

Hellfire capability

I think I'd like to add this to my phone, what was the company name again?.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Risk?

If it looks like a duck, and it, oh wait....

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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

Lyndon Hills 1

Necromancer? pah

Now if they were Neuromancer fans, I'd be worried.

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Latest Androids have 'god mode' hack hole, thanks to Qualcomm

Lyndon Hills 1

Square mobile security hacker Dino Dai Zovi

Seems a bit unkind, or he really that shape?

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Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: More interference

the savings are tiny as I'm a very low user

The savings appear to be so small that if anything at all goes wrong, the potential savings will be more than wiped out by the time spent sorting it out.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: What could go wrong ?

My voice is my passport. Verify me.

Played Uplink?

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

Lyndon Hills 1

That was also one of the good things about being in the EU.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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YoYo

the web site isn't great, but the canteen at work takes this. yoyo.com. this uses qr codes, and from observation is quick to recognise the code.

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A journey down the UK's '3D Tongue' into its mini industrial revolution

Lyndon Hills 1

Not unlike the rapid adoption of new ideas by the big financial institutions in London,

which went so well....

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FBI arrests satellite engineer on charges of espionage

Lyndon Hills 1

When Justice met the g-man

Sounds like a song title

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Lyndon Hills 1

Minoroty.

It's a moronity with a typo.

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Lyndon Hills 1

Unemployment?

problem solved.

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

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Thought they were based in Luxembourg anyway?

Oh no, that's just where they pay tax....

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

Lyndon Hills 1

FreeIPA 4.3

Is 4.3 the strength, CAMRA members want to know?

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: One tiny step, MS... one tiny step and you blow it.

Make extensions visible by default, dammit. If this had been done decades ago,

Decades ago file extensions _were_ visible by default. Then MS decided to hide them.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: To XSSXXXX, is Creative IT Command and Control in Computers, a Brave New Orderly AI World Order

the above shows just how effective non-US encryption can be, even if we have to go to Mars to get it.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: I don't fully understand...

Surely this, and Andrews previous reply, indicate the problem. Prior to the internet (or digital distribution really) most of this didn't matter, as you couldn't do it - by which I mean simply provide a means for someone to obtain a perfect copy.

The suggestion above that there is a difference between linking to a stolen image on a server that one owns, as compared to linking to a stolen image on another server seems specious. The practical effect is the same - the stolen image is there to be viewed.

The law, as it stands doesn't work anymore, and comparisons with physical situations don't help. Seems to me that we (society) need to figure out is what is the right thing to do, so the law can evolve to work in the digital age. It doesn't matter what a hyperlink actually is,what matters is what it enables, and if what it enables is wrong then let that be the guide.

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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

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The silent treatment?

Caused by his own jammer, methinks.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: It's a shame

I can't speak for the new Lumias but I have Win10 on my 930 and I think it's fine. I much prefer writing for the Windows phone, than for my Android. Admittedly I'm a .net person, so it may just be OS familiarity and Visual Studio, but I do find it a better development experience.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Workaround

Care to explain how it works on Windows then?

Probably fair to point out that DRM only 'works' to the point of making it difficult, but not impossible, to circumvent.

As a side note, often by making a purchased product so annoying to use that getting a cracked version makes the thing useable. e.g games that won't run at all without a net connection, dvds that won't let you skip adverts, etc, ad nauseum.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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in one point font

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Microsoft sneaks onto Android while Android sneaks onto Windows

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: The future creeps closer...

Last time I posted this sort of prediction, I was heavily down-voted by the near-sighted.

History is repeating itself.

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SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Completely wrong

Not a lawyer, but reading the pdf, I think you're bang on.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Whuh?

Demand for credit card numbers goes up. Millions of pre-teens discover Tor and the darker parts of the internet, also probably discover other sources of pr0n as a by product.

Possibly not exactly what was intended....

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