* Posts by Velv

2092 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Ironic

A little ironic that the fix for latency problems seems to be suffering from a latency problem

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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It's going to be interesting when the Doctor next meets River Song...

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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As per my earlier comment, they will require UK ISPs to block their customers access, much the same way they're blocking the pirate sites, but without Judicial review.

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We must do something to stop teenagers watching porn, it's giving them seriously unrealistic expectations about real life.

I mean, when was the last time you managed to get a plumber to visit so quickly!

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"How does this work for sites not based in this country? (I might be being a little thick here)"

The government will give UK ISPs a list of banned sites they are to block. Similar to the blocked pirate sites, but without any judicial review of the list.

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

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@SundogUK

"This is rubbish. I don't even have a twitter account and I can follow what he says. YOU DO NOT NEED A TWITTER ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW A TWITTER USER."

But you do need an account to take part in the debate, be that to provide evidence in support or contradiction of the debate, and by blocking select users you are censoring the debate. And while that may be OK for private citizens who only want to hear what they want to hear, it is government censorship if it's is the President or his office that choose to block citizens.

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Re: @ Ian Michael Gumby

"Trump has his personal account and the WH account. In both he and his staff have the right to control or block whom they wish. Its a feature of Twitter."

And if they were personal accounts you would be right. But they are being used to make official government statements, and therefore fall under the laws that control official government communications which must be available to all citizens equally.

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: Coming soon to the UK...

"Prime Minister Corbyn will sort all this nonsense out. ;)"

HA HA HA HA HA HA

If you think any of the major parties are going to disassemble anything that's already in place then you're seriously delusional. Can I just remind you of Labour's National Identity Card...

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Just remember the Project Manager's mantra...

If you're not part of the solution there's money to be made prolonging the problem

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Make sure everything's on the radar so you can get your ducks in a row

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Re: 257%

257% is pretty much the figure I'd expect Project Managers to be coming up with...

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Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

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Streetview

Who would have thought that Google Streetview's slurping of wireless SSIDs and MAC addresses as they drove around the world would be useful. A digital database mapping the electronic world.

It's a good thing they Google were made to delete it before it could be copied or used for nefarious purposes...

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AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

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Ironic that AWS hasn't solved the problem of putting everything in one building and it isn't distributing the load and availability across sites in different regions.

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The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

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Users can pre-program the diskAshur drives with a unique Self Destruct PIN which, once entered, instantly deletes the encryption key rendering all data previously stored on the drive as lost forever.

How long before an MP calls for this to be banned?

"Bad person" gets arrested, "law enforcement" request access to data on disk, "bad person" has ability to instantly wipe disk by supplying the self destruct PIN. "bad person" can't be accused of not supplying the "password", who can prove they gave the wrong pin deliberately or by accident under duress, and there's now no available incriminating data.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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There will be no jury, it will be dealt with by either a Judge or some Magistrates.

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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

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"We don't want our most sensitive data held by a competitor"

Which is why we continue to have massive data breaches.

It doesn't matter how sensitive it is, or where you store it, you must be properly securing it against unauthorised access. Something the Walmart exec fails to understand, like so many others.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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Re: Is Transportation still on the legal books?

Maybe I missed something, but given he's an Australian citizen we don't need transportation rules to send him to Australia, his citizenship guarantees we can return him as a prisoner.

We just have to take him into custody first...

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: Bleh

"Come on guys, keep up, this is the 21st century, and you're not some tin pot third world country."

Don't tin pot third world countries usually have self promoting dictators? You know, the kind of leader who disappears anyone that disagrees?

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Virgin Media resolves flaw in config backup for Super Hub routers

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There is a confirmation on the page that 1.01.33 is the latest version, allegedly released 07/04/17.

My SH2 has this version, but is showing an uptime of 69 days. 7/4 is only 66 days ago, so they must have been rolling it out earlier (or they can load a new firmware without a reboot, which I doubt)

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Do your staff work hard when they're working from home?

NSFW

Mitchell & Webb sum it up

NSFW

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Conspiracy theorists are probably frothing at the mouth with the thought that the government is forcing a standard on digital forensics that is hard to meet in the hope that the digital forensics can never be used against them in future court cases. Government or personal court cases.

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US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station

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Why does it have to be that the spy satellite was manoeuvred to observe the ISS?

Perhaps the spy satellite was manoeuvred so it could be observed from the ISS. American astronaut checking something post deployment.

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Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

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Alert

So "there's going to be massive number of jobs in the arena we just happen to cell certification in", says report

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Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM

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Re: Oh dear...

Nah. Staff don't transfer for three months, and it'll take another 12 months to break them.

This time next year is the time to sell

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Re: So RBS' contractors are being moved to IBM, which has a policy of ending contracts in place

Either you're mixing up Lloyds Bank of Scotland with RBS, or you've insider knowledge about another outsourcing deal being worked

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Here's a proposal.

Let's legislate to make all vehicle manufacturers electronically limit their vehicles to the speed limit.

Now, in order to help the emergency services do their job we're going to allow the government to unlock vehicles assigned to approved groups so that they can exceed the posted limit.

Let's see how long it takes for dodgy garages to offer an unlocking service...

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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This people, is why you isolate your production environment from any test or development environments.

Accidents happen, people make mistakes. One mitigation is to make sure you cannot cross-contaminate.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: Bomb the terrorists!

Twenty years ago, religion was basically harmless in the UK (except NI).

Really? Because I remember how heavily the Catholic v Protestant caused trouble and violence in lots of UK towns, and continues to do so today.

There is no place for preaching religion in places of education, places which deal in fact.

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Once worked on an IT project which the business insisted was important so they put their own Project Manager on it instead of one of our regular IT PMs.

After the first meeting the minutes come out containing "scuzzy controller cards"

Nobody had the heart, balls or straight face to correct him.

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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Re: Thank the Bank of England

Bank of England policies have largely been dictated by the changes introduced by Gordon Brown around freedom in Banking. While in theory the Government put interest rate control in the hands of the BoE, the deregulation of banking led to the subsequent clusterfuck and continued low rates we have today, including the losses in Pension funds and minimal investment returns.

Remember whose fault it was when you vote Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: Never bothered with a pension...

Become a contractor...

If you don't live the Contractor lifestyle you'll be rich enough not to need a pension when you retire

If you do live the Contractor lifestyle, you won't live long enough to need a pension

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NHS U-turns on blanket IR35 tax crackdown

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As a PSC you can pretty much avoid paying NI.

Which is a few % you lose.

A few? At 12% Employee and 13.8% Employer - nearly 26%, although the rates do reduce the higher your pay, and are offset by reduced Corporation Tax on reduced profit.

Even "permies" don't realise how big and how stealthy a tax National Insurance actually is - Basic rate tax is technically 32%, higher rate 52%

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order and free mobile phone roaming and free wifi... what have the Romans done for us?

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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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Re: More to the point

Won't be long before the government enacts legislation to have all translations filtered through the national security service.

And I've left government and agency vague as it could be any or all of them

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Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

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Chrome has had an MSI installer and Group Policy templates for several years, they just weren't well documented, supported or publicised.

I rolled out Chrome five years ago as a second browser in a financial services company that was still on XP at the time (and IE7/8). It was locked to prevent auto-update (we distributed updates through SCCM), it directed through the proxy and a whitelist and blacklist for extensions.

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Re: Group Policy

Yes, it does. And it has done since it was released several years ago, there just wasn't much documentation or support for it, something Enterprises seem to insist on.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: Entertainment

He is not, for instance, at all interested in opening up the Russian government.

Do you fancy trying Polonium Tea?

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There's no evidence he did or did not "get away with it". He's avoided being questioned and any subsequent trial by his peers for an alleged crime. While he is an utter (obscenity), the principle of innocent until proven guilty remains true, no matter how much I may think he's guilty of the alleged crime as per the laws of Sweden.

The crime we do know he's committed is the jumping of bail, and only time will tell us if he "gets away with" that crime.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Re: Huh?

The 737 hasn't traditionally been a fly-by-wire plane

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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The Truth

"Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry."

Overheard at a Washington, D.C. bar and as quoted in The Big Short

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...companies would be legally required to introduce a backdoor to their systems so authorities can read all correspondence...

So if the application, service or code is not produced by a company (which is a specific legal definition different to a partnership, sole trader or private individual) then there is no legal requirement to provide the back door?

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

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Re: What I don't understand

Well, except for when there's literally any connection problem between you and wherever the hell the company has decided to dump your data. Like, y'know, what just happened.

Which is why LastPass has an offline mode which uses the cached local copy of the database so that users can still retrieve their passwords. On iOS this local DB is on the encrypted file system as well as being encrypted itself so well protected against breach.

While you can encrypt your USB key, can you always run the tool to gain access to the data? I know of no employer where I can connect my USB keyboard their PC let alone run the app to access it, so a USB key pretty much means I would have no access to my passwords during working hours.

Ultimately I don't store any critical passwords anywhere, I memorise them. It's the myriad of relatively trivial passwords in the password safe.

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GCHQ taking a copy of all UK accounts?

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Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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I'm still waiting for all those up in arms about the use of tallow in the production of the notes to realise just how many other day to day objects rely on similar catalysts and production methods.

The clothes they're wearing. The car they drive in (or bus, or train). The chair they're sitting on. The machine that makes the Quorn mince...

Don't get me wrong, there are some very conscientious people who do the research and successfully navigate the pitfalls. But they tend to do it quietly and not make a song and dance about infringing their beliefs.

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FYI: World was warned FIVE years ago about flaw exploited in Google Docs phishing phrenzy

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Remember

If it's free, you're not the customer, you're the product being sold!

And as the product being sold, so have no rights to damages or compensation if it all goes wrong.

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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Re: May the farce be with you

It's a TRAP!

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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OK, so it's a stupid unworkable idea. But that's not the point.

The point is that the government can say "we've put in place legislation to block minors from viewing online pornography in the UK". The Sun and The Daily Fail can then get off their high horse.

It's about perception, not about actually doing anything useful.

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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We are happy to make clear that Dataminr is not the firm that had its access to Twitter's firehose cut off.

So Dataminr are still spying on the public then?

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High Court hands Lauri Love permission to appeal extradition to US

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Re: UK law ought to apply, surely?

It is an unfortunate fact about international borders and the easy with which they are crossed in cyberspace. It is not only ambiguous where the crime took place, the crime was committed in more than one place.

Let's take a physical example to the extreme. If an american citizen standing on the Russian side of the Russia/China border shoots dead an Australian citizen standing on the Chinese side, in which country should the trial take place. Russia or China. Or the US, since it could be claimed the US citizen would receive unfair treatment in either Russia or China. Or Australia, as it was their citizen that was attacked.

There is no right answer, and the lawyers are going to continue to make a fortune for decades to come.

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FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

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Default judgements should rarely if ever be used as the basis of a precedent.

Clearly the merits of the case haven't been reviewed by the court so how can they be relied on in the future.

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