Presumably the 89% left since 2010/11...
Are not the same ones. The same old hardware running the same old OS as they were in 2010/2011?
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On a recent hotel visit, I plugged in the little bedside clock radio alarm... nothing lit up. Shoved sausage fingers at buttons repeatedly... not a glimmer. Gave up and unplugged the little bastard.
5:30am.... Beep beep beep beep beep right next to my fucking ear. The little arsehole clock only had a broken display. Its brief plugged in period was enough to charge the internal reserve battery. Bastard thing.
Which is a kind of a pity, because it's what I would consider one of the core software skills. The sort a lot of people acquire through infrequent use as a step to another goal. They've priced themselves out of my game - no-one is going to pay that when they don't use it that month... but the hassle of starting and stopping monthly subscriptions in a large corporate environment *IF* you haven't been forced to pay up for the whole year already... with a notional admin cost of £50 a time... not going to happen.
Sorry, Adobe, it might work for some, but it most definitely doesn't work for all, even if you insist it does. Now, it *might* work if you had billing tied into a NLM like you used to do donkey's years ago.
Ah, the old BT sticker...
Indeed, but the issue I was highlighting was that IF you start transmitting over the power limit for your jurisdiction, then you've already breached existing legislation, and this issue should be dealt with under that legislation. There's absolutely no need whatsoever for this particular piece of legislation. None.
There they was, a-digging this hole; a hole in the ground,
so big and sort of round
And there they was, digging it deep;
flat at at the bottom, the sides were all steep.
When along comes this bloke in a bowler hat which he lifted and scratched his head.
Well we looked down the hole, poor demented soul, and he said
"Do you mind if I make a suggestion? Don't dig there, dig it elsewhere!"
"Your digging it round and it ought to be square"
"The shape of it's wrong, it's much too long"
"And you can't put hole where a hole don't belong"
I ask, what a liberty eh? Nearly bashed him right in the bowler
Well there they was, stood in the hole, shovelling earth
for all that I was worth
And there was him standing up there
So grand and all official with his nose up in the air
So I gave him a look sort of sideways
and I leaned on my shovel and sighed. I lit me a fag
and having took a drag
I replied that I just couldn't bear,
to dig it elsewhere
I'm digging it round cos I don't want it to be square
And if you disagree
it doesn't bother me
That's the place where the hole is gonna be
Well there we were, discussing this hole
A hole in the groud so big and sort of round it was
Well it's not there now, and the ground is all flat
And beneath it is the bloke in the bowler hat
And that's that
OK, I found a legal obligation to keep a record of a contract, such as supply of a service like telecommunications, made in the UK.
Section 5 of the Limitation Act 1980.
Minimum retention: for the length of the contract or agreement and 6 years afterwards.
Not 8 years... but this is a minimum.
Virgin shuts down inactive email accounts after 6 months. Even if you are still a customer. As I found out when I reinstalled the OS and everything on my laptop and forgot to add the account in to the email client. So when I stopped checking the mailbox they closed it off with no possibility of reactivating it. And why is that important? It's the address I had nominated for various service and account announcements which suddenly became important when they did something I didn't like and was told "well... we DID warn you." When I went back to check... yup... no access.
Well that informed consent would only apply to relationships initiated AFTER GDPR day, and even after that date, when you give informed consent you could have agreed to it for life. You DO get, under GDPR, the right to change that, to say STOP processing my details, erase them, forget about me. But this is still all too new to be tested in law as to what a reasonable period is. I had a quick dig and there's some shocking figure like 90% of customers present as repeat business after periods ranging from 3 years to 7 years since their last purchase from a company, depending on sector.
I'm far less worried about a name and address and even an email address being retained by a company that I have interacted with, especially where it's a long standing relationship like a telecoms provider or an energy provider or a store for whom I have a loyalty card, than the creeping stuff going on without consent, or where the information is joined up to other stuff.
One person's interpretation of reasonable might well vary from another's. At the end of the day, GDPR gives ME the right to decide FOR MYSELF when long enough is long enough, and that's more power than I think we've ever had like that.
There are levels of personal information. I see nothing wrong with holding onto a name and a service address for a former customer once that relationship has ended. Indeed, if they didn't hold such records, how could, say, a historical police investigation subpoena records? Is there a legitimate business case for doing so? That's another question. I would argue that there possibly is, discounts for a returning customer, details of installation works, issues with local exchange quality or engineers notes about the property. It's not like they have a copy of your passport, driving license, current credit card and bank account details, etc They wouldn't be comparing THOSE against what you possess to check who you are. They would simply have a record that a certain name had a contract with them at a certain address. An issue arises from that historical relationship, so they have to establish with reasonable certainty that the person who has contacted them about the historical relationship is, in fact, the person with whom they had a contract.
I could throw hypotheticals at this, owned a car for 9 years, do I expect the dealer to have a record or delete it as soon as my warranty expires? But that's not specific to this case. It turns out they DID have an ongoing relationship for a service, even though it was unexpected. I read the situation as being one where they verified an identity before blithely progressing on to doing something without checking that they could reasonably trust that this person was who they said they were, and they did that in a "one-sided" way, not a "comparing what you have to what they have" way.
In fact the details they hold about you are pretty scarce - do I have a copy of the last amount of a phone bill from 8 years ago? No! That's MY poor record keeping. What else do you expect them to do? Allow someone to close down an email address WITHOUT any verification?
There's a certain UK HE establishment that has took the same approach to end-of-life tin... and proceeded to backup the virtual machines to the same storage array that the live VMs were running on. On the plus side, it did clear out a lot of dross when it all went horribly, horribly wrong.
One wonders if TalkTalk could take the same approach?
Ah, those were the days, eh? When the cover CD / Floppy or PCW had the setups for dozens of dial-up ISPs, when everyone, EVERYone, was offering a dialup service, Sainsbury's, WHSmiths, Tesco, the local Library Service, AOL, Demon, EasyNet, DungeonNetworks, SouthernElectric... EVERYONE.
They have a huge legacy base from hoovering up a shit-ton of smaller ISPs over the years, and hoovering up larger ISPs who had in turn hoovered up the smaller fry. Instead of migrating people to new email addresses, they virtualised the old servers as they came end-of-life or as the tin was moved out of DCs that they were letting go of, and this left them with a massive and diverse virtual real estate which they just allowed to bubble along as always, no service improvements, minimal updates to web portals etc, essentially just rebranding the UI.
That TalkTalk, who took over Tiscali with whom I had a dial-up when dial-up was all you could get, have very, very shit UIs.
I kept on my old address as I had so much going through it, but their server was ONLY POP3, IMAP and SMTP with ONLY plaintext password transmission. No APOP implementation, even. I mean, who, WHO allows an email server to run with ONLY plaintext passwords as an option nowadays? Or for the last 25 years, even?
All it would take is an eavesdropping on an unencrypted public WiFi and boom! account PWND. So I switched to gmail, but all I could do was forward Tiscali mail to Gmail. There was no way I could change the password myself, and I knew that password had been compromised by way of HaveIBeenPwned.
No way to change passwords using POP, IMAP or SMTP commands from a client...
After much, much haranguing of TalkTalk, they eventually set me up with an account to access the portal required to change passwords. It still forwards to GMAIL, but I've managed to expunge address books, sent mail folders, inboxes... as much as I can manage. And I'm gradually changing my account details, but some news sites simply won't allow a change of email address, would you believe it! One could create a new account with them, but then one loses access to all the historical stuff associated with that account, and all the "rewards" like having so many community points as to be ad-free.
tl;dr TalkTalk are shit.
But why restrict yourselves to indoor shenanigans?
I heard the minx remark,
She’d meet him after dark,
Inside St. James’s Park,
And give him one!
And then all down to Penzance:
Alas! there’s not one maiden breast
Which seems to feel the moral beauty
Of making worldly interest
Subordinate to sense of duty!
of our multi-rack HPC, which requires PPE mitigations just to work in the same room alongside it, I'm surprised that spinning disk storage works at ALL!
Rather like the comparison one can make between the energy transfer in the hair cells of the cochlea and the amount of thermal noise from hot blood passing nearby, or working out how stereo-location could possibly work given that neuronal spikes require ~7ms minimum per pulse and the speed of sound in air means that there's just a 700µs time difference for sound arriving at each ear. (Actually, that's achieved in a very clever way indeed - evolution is incredible sometimes).
And of course trying to navigate ANYWHERE in East Central London at 6pm on a summer's Friday evening, dodging the grey suited wankers clogging up the pavements as they laugh loudly at the £x-gazillions they've traded today, shouting (couldn't be called talking) out of their arses and one-upping each other so far that they turn into some sort of meta-vocal human centipede...
isn't, as I point out elsewhere, relieved by breaking northwards out of tosserville to the non-conformist and rebel-base of Old Street... and you can't escape that by heading up to Camden Lock either. In fact... you have to get as far as Archway before any semblance of normally distributed variable-person-scatter begins to seep in through the cracks in your shattered sanity.
Well, it will be the one connector to do all things, royalty free and open standards. Which won't suit Apple at all. They'll have to whip out some version of it... maybe with a physically incompatible magnetic latching connector that'll cost 23 cents each to license.
And as for naming conventions...
Thunderbolt - Lightning - Very Very Frightening.
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