* Posts by Velv

1996 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

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Hawkeye

The community (and ZTE) can dub it Hawkeye if they like but I suspect they're very quickly going to fall foul of several existing trademarks for technology.

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Outage-hit Lloyds Bank in talks to outsource data centres to IBM

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In, Out, In, Out, Shake it all about

Bank of Scotland outsourced everything to IBM Global Services in a 10 year deal a number of years ago. It was in sourced after 18 months either due to the Halifax "merger" or the Lloyds "merger".

And now Lloyds are putting it out again...

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

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In other news, 3,000 Indian call center workers are brought over to Blighty.

In my experience any one of three members of the same family would turn up for the one persons job on any given day. We even had a brother turn up to cover his sisters shift.

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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

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Re: I'd say that the gag was unlawful

"...surely most of those are exempt from the US laws?"

Nothing is exempt from US Laws. Nothing!

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Uber's Movement dumps data on city planners

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Sample Bias

I'm quite sure the data has some value, however the type of travel (I.e. A paid for journey) is only one type of journey and therefore the result are likely to be skewed.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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Re: Having seen the latest NHS IT Software in action

This being an IT rag, the first thing you learn when performing any diagnosis of a fault is never to trust what someone before you has written in the notes.

It's a well known failing even in humans with the best of intentions that they don't collect all the information, don't note it down clearly, and don't necessarily ask all the right questions in the first place.

The IT is just a means to an end being a note taking system. I'm quite comfortable that medical staff ask the same questions over and over to recheck the facts - better than them cutting your balls off when you said the balls of your feet were itchy.

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

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Clearly the only way to solve the crime problem is to make every crime a capital crime. You don't get repeat offenders.

(we need a proper sarcasm icon!)

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Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'

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Does ASSange really think the Russian government are going to act directly with WikiLeaks? Or is he so stupid he didn't they'd try to cover their tracks.

Unless he personally oversaw the hack then he like the rest of us has no clue as to who actually undertook it. It may have passed through many hands before it reached WikiLeaks, and like most megalomaniac hackers almost all of them probably tried to claim (in the dark world) that they were the source.

The US claims to have evidence pointing to involvement from various parties, however I'm experienced enough to know that the evidence is only a pointer, and not nailed on stand up in a free court incontrovertible proof. We will probably never know.

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

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I was looking for a good analogy but I think you've hit it perfectly.

"Sue a beer brand when a person has been drinking too much?"

Now, off to the pub I go, I'm fairly sure SABMiller has the funds to pay me for falling over. They should have fitted a breathalyser to the font to stop me being served too much beer.

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Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

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Re: So why

It's not that simply to test to the scale of 150million daily users.

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Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so

(Douglas Adams)

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National Lottery whacked with £3m fine for suspect ticket win

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Re: They miss-sold their product to me

How do you know it wasn't lucky?

Perhaps if you hadn't taken the time to buy it you'd have been knocked down by a bus.

Not all "luck" is measured through money...

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

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Re: Why can't the EU...

"The problem is that VW cars met the laws/standards as laid down by the EU... "

Err, no, the point is they didn't meet the standards as laid down by the EU in the first place. They actively changed the output when being measured so as to appear to meet the standard. Cheat. Fraud.

All governments should have taken enforcement action. Now that could end up being a slap on the wrist, as the enforcement would be detrimental to the overall economy, but the governments should have APPEARED to do something. You have seen Yes, Minister, haven't you?.

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Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers

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Re: Sounds kind of like,

Why all this bitching about the UI? Don't you know real SysAdmins never use a GUI!

In fact you're not even a real Linux Fanbois if you don't script everything prior to running those shell commands.

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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

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Re: False accusations

Since the judges also acknowledge the worrying trend with lawyers exploiting the system, perhaps it's time to introduce punitive rewards for vexatious prosecutions.

Plaintiffs should have a realistic prospect of winning their case on the evidence presented in court, not the defendant failing to turn up.

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Tom Hanks

As featured in the trailer Tom Hanks reminds me more of Steve Jobs

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Companies are legal entities in themselves and since the employees are representing the company said company is legally responsible. The Directors are the named individuals who's duty it is to ensure the company operates within the law, and Directors can go to jail if a company commits a criminal act.

So both the individual and the employer can be prosecuted for the criminal acts. It's very important that this concept exists, otherwise unscrupulous business owners could encourage their business to break the law with impunity.

The level of punishment or compensation is a different issue

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Principles are all very well, that's up to you. Every time someone mentions Vegans and animals we get the same line about them buying plastic shoes instead of leather because of the animals.

Plastic shoes... Bought with plastic fivers... Plastic...

Just sayin'

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

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Sub-second accuracy

I'd suggest if you've got something that critically relies on sub-second accuracy then you shouldn't be relying on the OS clock and NTP.

If you don't have your own counter, at the very least you need code to handle fluctuations in the length of a second because all sorts of things can affect the clock cycles of off the shelf hardware running off the shelf OS's.

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Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

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Re: You deserve everything you vote for.

I'm going to down vote, and here's why

If the vote had been purely about Net Neutrality then yes, you get what you vote for, Simples.

But I don't recall any candidate in the entire race standing on that issue. So irrespective of the faults with American "democracy" resulting in the losing candidate winning the election, it's a package deal where votes were cast over other (many would argue more important) issues, not net neutrality.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Tallow is for Steric Acids, as a lubricant.

Thank you, you got there before me.

So the next logical conclusion is that all packaging and non-food products need to contain an ingredients breakdown, as a quick google indicates a number of animal by-products are used in the production of many plastics. And many other things

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Confirmation of who constitutes average whisky consumer helps resolve dispute

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Re: Blended

Technically, unless it's the outturn of a single cask, even Single Malt is a blend. It just happens to be a blend of casks produced from the same distillery.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Well...

You forget that the law only makes it legal for the security services to do what they've been doing for some time

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Oh, well, that's all right then, nothing to fear. The new law is simply permitting the practise they're already doing.

And it's not like nobody has ever taken a law and put an new interpretation on it at a later date. Loophole I think is the term normally used. Doing something unexpected within the letter of the law if not the spirit.

Can we all now avoid paying tax using offshore companies because the letter of the law says we can even if HMRC says that's not the spirit of the law?

Didn't think so. Muppets!

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Re: Scotty?

Los motores no pueden tomar el capitán!!!

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Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

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Re: Does this give Apple Pay the finger then?

Apple Pay is only a front end to your existing card.

It may be that unlocking the phone is deemed sufficient authorisation in the chain.

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Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

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"bungling Brit broadband ISP Plusnet"

Last time I looked El Reg wasn't owned by News International. Please stop with The Sun style journalism.

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Back doors are BAD!

Watching War Games should be mandatory for everyone working in IT. There needs to a Certification and you don't get to work unless you've passed the movie exam

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Push The Button To Exit

Which is one of the reasons good security doors require you to authenticate every time you open the door no matter which way you are transiting.

Even more securely some of them will have mechanisms to attempt to ensure only one person can transit at a time, although not being the svelte athlete I once was I have fallen foul of one suggesting there were two people inside :(

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

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Big Brother

I am no security expert. What we need from one of you frighteningly clever chaps is an idiots guide to setting up this vpn

There's some really good security guides on the NSA and GCHQs websites. They even have some recommendations on good providers.

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Re: Can we get rid of this myth

While I agree with you at the high level concept as an end result, the reality and legality is also different.

Banks view transactions against accounts as legitimate customer activity until proven otherwise. So in this instance Tesco Bank considered the customer had withdrawn their loan and reduced the balance on the account as appropriate. The customer had effectively lost their money without the bank going broke and being able to claim from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The customer then potentially failed to meet other payment obligations they had. While it might all work out in the end, it certainly isn't as simple as your analogy.

Not having a go at Tesco Bank on this one, this is how all banks in the UK work.

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Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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Why worry about Facebook and Google being used to disseminate false information as fact, religions have been doing it for over 2,000 years, (although competing factions may be more recent)

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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If a Spaniard standing on the French side of the French-Belgian border shoots dead an Italian citizen on the Belgian side, where does the trial take place?

While I love reading the opinions of the commentards here I doubt any has the legal expertise to make any legal proclamation of fact.

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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

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And slowly "The Plan" by the big consultancies pays off. Don't for one minute think they aren't in collusion, they are actively setting up a cartel.

HMRC engaged the consultancies to investigate UK income tax. "Oh look" they thought, "there's all those independent contractors taking roles our staff could be doing, lets advise the government how to put the small guy out of business (or at least off government contracts) then we'll be free to fill the gap at twice the price"

So rather than the tax payer "receiving an extra £400m a year" they'll end up spending twice the amount on every project.

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Godwin's Law

Good to see it still holds true...

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Why isn't this bigger news?

I think something else in the news this week may have Trump'd it

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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£129 for all that cardboard. Missed a trick there, should have just ordered something small and cheap from HP

(For those that don't remember)

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Wasn't there a pledge about building a wall on the Southern border to keep out the criminal illegals from the South?

And getting the southerners to pay for it?

Just sayin'

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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Re: Go after the lawyers as well...

That's a very dangerous precedent to be setting.

Our legal system REQUIRES lawyers to act for those alleged to have committed a crime, and while there are lawyers who are profiteering from unscrupulous activities I'd hate to see our system go back to the days where you didn't get a lawyer if you couldn't afford one.

OK, so perhaps the activities are different, but don't forget the lawyers are simply working within the law as it's written today. Perhaps it is the law that needs changed on liquidating companies rather than chasing those who execute it.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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I love how they have to get search warrants so they can make public the fact that they have the emails...

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Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

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Re: Just a thought...

The BitDefender article linked also has the screenshot straight off iTunes in case you had trouble verifying.

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Re: Why do you need a camera in your kids bedroom?

So that Moms can still go down the pub/club with their mates without the need of granny or babysitter.

(I was going to put the joke icon, but sadly this occurs more often than it should)

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MacBook headphone hell

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Excuse my ignorance, but why would you go to the effort of developing a port (Lightning) along with associated devices and accessories then not deploy said port on all your devices?

Or is the Lightning port only for "mobile" devices like phones and tablets and not really appropriate for portable devices like the Macbook?

(and I'm not trolling, I am an iPhone and iPad user, but not "Mac", hence why I don't know)

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Apple urges court to hurry up with hearing Galway data centre objection

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I'm guessing they're not Fruit Bats then...

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PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

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Re: 2fa choices

Assuming the device you're accessing the site from has a USB port Yubikey is one potential alternative. A unique physical device you have, and Yubico are part of the Universal 2FA programme, so if the industry really wants to it could make things more secure quite cheaply by supporting u2FA. They do an NFC version now too.

The key doesn't authenticate you to itself so your not protected if the device is physically stolen along with your credentials, however that's probably a tiny percentage of breaches.

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HMRC IT boss quit £185k job for more cash

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I wonder if he's truly an employee of the new "employer" or if he's contracted for his consultancy services through an intermediary...

Probably the self same big name Accountancy and Consulting firms who will be the only ones left to supply contract staff once they've advised the government on wiping out the little guy through IR35.

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Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

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Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

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Why do Chrome and IE11 support it internally?

Drop it now, and anyone who wants Flash can install it for themselves. Those of us who know it's unsafe don't need to worry about it existing in the background.

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Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

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Stand, sing, sit, stand, sing, sit ...

Good boy, have a biscuit

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