* Posts by Woodnag

104 posts • joined 24 May 2010

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Credit card fraud

You probably do want to answer the phone after buying summat pricey with a CC, because it could be the CC company validating the transaction. Or have voicemail to catch those situations...

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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pah

Real people got a KSR-33, innit.

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US cops can't keep license plate data scans secret without reason

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Not quite

California's Supreme Court covers, possibly unsurprisingly, just CA. So "US cops can't keep license plate data scans secret without reason" snot quite true. Only the CA ones.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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Not necessarily...

"..the Feds eventually opted instead to pay for a zero-day vulnerability to circumvent the passcode."

That's what they said. Also possible is that it had been broken before inadmissably (no warrant), and they wanted to avoid having the technique (or the act) publicised.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Since Adobe sicked USG on him that time for doing lawful engineering in Russia, oh yes, I'm sure he's not feeling overly incentivized to conceal USG secrets.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Javascript

With javascript disabled for Safari on iphone, not noticed any ads... but then sites like slashdot simply don't work, though el reg is fine.

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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

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allergic to penicillin

People who need to pass on critical medical info before treatment should wear a wristband with the info, in case of admission unconscious.

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Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill

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Re: Conflict Wth IPA.....

"t will have to adhere to the GDPR for about a year"

So some non-govermental institution fails to follow GDPR, one takes it to court, and by the time it goes through the Data Protection Bill is active, and the court throws the case out as moot because the new law will allow anything to happen with any data under any circumstance.

Unfortunately all governments want organisations to collect everything, because governments want to categorise people as threat/non-threat to the state. Not "terrorism", just "effective dissent against the state" is the threat.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Careful

I'd avoid anyone with Chlamydoselachus if you're planning anything intimate.

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Confused

I checked my Python refrence, and one doesn't declare names or variables or constants...

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

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happy customers

The problem is that they are interested in the highest net income from paying customers, not maximising the number of happy customers.

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UK Parliament launches inquiry into NHS WannaCrypt outbreak

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Close the attack vector

Colour me naive, but shirley the NHS email system could run sanitisation software so that all incoming emails are stripped of attachments and in-body links, and the body converted to text.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Ex-pervs, not pervs

Convicted sex offenders are presumed to be ex-pervs after doin' da time. So the lede "You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court" is inaccurate. "The pervs" are still incarcerated.

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

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Milspec

Don't forget the material traceability records, device selection (tighter gain specs?), extended temperature testing, and perhaps even heat aging to get past infant mortality... not that this really justifies the end pricing.

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Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

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Cancelling cable (etc) and returning rented CPE

It's a real pain, but the only reliable way is to go in to one of their retail offices with the rented kit and close the account. Your paperwork then is the solid evidence.\

Yup, may not be a local office...

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Education vs punishment

Prison in UK used to be intended as rehabilition for offenders, proving some skills.

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Husband

It seems to have passed notice that the barrister's spouse had access to the confidential work information. That's not a accident, but gross incompetence.

Imagine if a GP's spouse had full access to the GP's medical records.

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Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

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Yup

I'd love to see any cloud storage document that guarantees that all copies of a deleted file are unrecoverable after ANY time window. I expect that the only action that happens when a file is deleted by a user is that it is marked as invisible to the user.

It wil be very interesting when Dropbox (for example) is subpoenaed in a civil case for 'deleted' data. For example to get one of a divorcing couple's secret bank account data. What will they do if Big Gov forces them to deny? Perjury?

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Oh, for F...acebook: WhatsApp, critics spar over alleged 'backdoor'

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I suspect not

More likely that when you delete/close/end your account with FB, your history and activity remain their property for their continued correlations for as long as there is value to it. Which is forever...

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For Fark's sake! Fark fury follows 5-week ad ban for 5-year-old story

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SiriusXm

Got a new car with SiriusXm, but won't do the trial because the only way to stop the subscription is by phone. By mail is not allowed. They are very clear about that.

This reminded me of the good old days of AOL and Earthlink...

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What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

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mitigate the risk?

"We have reviewed and reinforced our data protection procedures to mitigate the risk of this happening again."

I'd prefer to hear "prevent" instead of "mitigate the risk of" myself.

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

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Apple is sensible. They get the tax relief now, as status quo, and the Irish government has stated that they support that, despite the court ruling. So where's the upside to Apple turning up? They han hardly improve their situation further.

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Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers

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MAC filtering, all that does is create trouble for legit users.

Actually MAC filtering just creates trouble for new users. Which include potential abusers, hence the WPA2-AES.

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Microsoft promises 'equal access' to LinkedIn to get EC green light for acquisition

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Wow

You need to found your own business, mate. Because every other workplace will have people doing things, thinking things, and having opinions and interests that you disagree with.

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Surveillance by consent: Commissioner launches CCTV strategy for England and Wales

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The SC code is meaningless

Per summary item 9, the highest leverage that any 'rules' will have is to orgs "under a statutory duty to have regard to the SC Code". Have a regard to. Whoopie-do.

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CCTV to keep the public safe? Er, not really.

CCTV records what's going on, but hardly prevents it happening.

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: 66% discount

Ah, but does your 'puter have to have a b&w monitor?

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IoT manufacturer caught fixing security holes

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Differs

"If there is a street with 1001 front doors with all the same make and model of lock fitted then somewhere one key will fit two doors."

That's the most secure possibility. The other end case is that all 1001 take the same key.

Since you're in the lock trade, what's happening with those loverley 10 pin Ingersoll SC71 locks now they are owned by Assa Abloy? AFAIK, it's the only really secure lock available to Jill Public. AT least in UK.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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And...

...I upvoted you for your courtesy. Call it an untroll point :)

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Some benefits of digital health to NHS may be delayed by consent model consultation – expert

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Protection

I would happily let my aggregate stats be shared if the law mandates that if/when the data leaks, the CIO of NHS goes to prison to 2 years (1 after good behaviour) as absolute minimum sentence.

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Three times as bad as malware: Google shines light on pay-per-install

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Get your reader in full, untainted, from the FTP site...

ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/

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Privacy warriors drag GCHQ into Euro human rights court over blanket spying, hacking

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Brexit actually hasn't happened

The referendum happened. But the invocation of Art.50 to start the Brexit clock ticking is similar to non-free Windows 10 upgrades: it's talked about for the future, but will never quite happen.

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Not quite true

There are more than two names on the ballot.

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

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So use both!

Lastpass for the non-finance, non-reputation damaging sites.

Keepass for the others.

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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

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Counting chickens etc

Brexit is not a done deal.

If it was, Article 50 would have invoked already and started the 2 year negotiation window.

The main hurdle, which the polititions are pretending doesn't exist, is that UK cannot negotiate post-EU treaties whilst it is in the EU. Thtat's EU law - all treaty negotion must be done under the UK umbrealla. UK is trying to get special treatment, but Germany for sure will not allow that, to stop others following.

Give it six months to a year, enough time for May to completely lock down the UK with snooper's charter etc, and she'll say that Brexit ain't happenin' old bean, and she'll call a general election. Probably win it too, if the media is handled right between now and then.

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US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

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eh?

"The refusal to include data privacy advocates in the case".

EPIC is a privacy advocate.

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US drug squads told to get a warrant before tracking mobile phones

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The point of the warrant

It's not that getting a warrant is much of a nuisance, but more that if a warrant is shown to be legally required to use hoovered up traffic, then historical cell traffic can't be admitted as evidence. So we will get more cases involving reconstruction of evidence.

The interesting issue will be if whether a case can be thrown out because the only hook that got the case investigated in the first place was an 'incidental intercept', i.e. without a warrant with the relevant reason and/or defendant's name on it.

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UK patients should have greater data slurp opt-out powers – report

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Actually...

...if you look at the word choice, " personal confidential data" is not what is being shared with world+dog for research anyway. So NDG is defending a straw man.

The two (unaddressed) issues are:

1. The metadata from the aggregate data can be de-anomomised (how many people have colon cancer stage 3 diagnosed at stage 2, 50-55 age range, married, smoke, don't drink, live in Gt. Manchester area, service/technician work level, obese, poor diet)

2. The personal confidential data will of course be shared with 'strategic partners', 5 eyes for a start

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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

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MS account

Wonder if those of us without an MS a/c will be forced to get one to continue with linkedin?

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Re: Delete me

They don't. If you 'delete' data, you simply become the only person who can't see it. I expect people with an HR account for vetting candidates look at what has been editted and deleted.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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GPl

Grab the popcorn girls and boys. It would be so amusing if LandG were using GPL code and can be forced to open the whole source.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Storage

It's amazing that the police demand almost infinited storage duration for anything on the PNC, including illegally maintained biometrics on those arrested but innocent, yet they can only argue to store their own directly obtained evidence for a month. Talk about wanting to control the data.

And don't tell me that, despite the 31 day nonsense, the stuff isn't backed up by Cheltenham independently. Since 5 eyes want everything, why would they let this go?

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Wrong approach

That may give you a small amount of happiness, but won't stem the flow.

An underpaid human being opens the envelope, and you need to persuade that person to bother to mark you off the mailing list. It's worth doing, because there actually aren't that many financial institutions.

If addressed to me, I return the form in the prepaid envelope with the application bit crossed out with a felt pen, and the words "Kindly remove me from your mailing list". I that found kindly works better than please.

If addressed to A N Other, I return the form in the prepaid envelope with the application bit crossed out with a felt pen, and the words "No such person at this address - possible fraud attempt". Works well.

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Hyperbole

"...you are bombarded with motorbike insurance advertising on every platform you go to."

You are 'bombarded with' exactly the same amount of advertising as before. The content is just targetted.

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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upgrade

The announcement "The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 was a first for Microsoft, helping people upgrade faster than ever before. And time is running out. The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don’t miss out. After July 29th, you’ll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119." doesn't mention a price for upgrades, just for outright. So more games will be afoot...

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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Re: Next on the list

That is an impressive name for a single stage FET amplifier.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Lubuntu vs Xubuntu

Been Lubuntu-ing for a few years, and like the simplicity, but random stuff just stops working until re-install, and PCManFM crashes about 1 in 10 times after copying files. Maybe try X.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Paypal did that...

...and the lawsuit has just settled

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Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

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Re: Winners?

It's not about privacy, it's about money.

MS, FB, Google would like the law to be clear that Gov doesn't have a right to this data. Passing the data becomes a commercial transaction, with contracts, not a obligation, with subpoenas.

MS, FB, Google have businesses selling their scrutiny of you to other businesses. They want to sell it to Gov too, not be forced to give it away, and not for Gov to accumulate it independently.

You privacy will still be up to you to maintain. Sorry.

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Dialog box shut: Now Microchip is set to gobble up Atmel

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Re: Missing the point of Arduinos

I suggest that for anyone aged 45+, the MCU arch that they go used to the most is the one they'll try their hardest to stick to, because they like to mix assembler and C. For the C++ generation, they care less. Wot's assembler?

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