A decision at tax tribunal
HMRC must avoid a "checklist approach" and look at the whole picture. Doesn't bode well for their checklist site then!
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HMRC must avoid a "checklist approach" and look at the whole picture. Doesn't bode well for their checklist site then!
We spoke to Affinity's manager, Bill Collins, who checked out the page and pronounced himself baffled. They're a small computer repair shop, he said, with no links to the CIA.
He would say that, wouldn't he.
lizard1: "How can we get the MP mind-control surveillance laser into position without arousing suspicion?"
lizard2: "gahh make up some shit about bell bongs"
only to realise a fraction of a second after he hit enter
The technical term for that fraction of a second is an "ohnosecond".
"Would you buy a car with the hood welded shut?" - Bob Young, founder of Red Hat.
He thought he was making a ludicrous analogy but it turned out he was making a prophecy.
When are we going to stop calling video surveillance "CCTV"?
I'm guessing the term "Closed Circuit Television" comes from the 1950s so that people would not get it mixed up with Proper Television you know with the Test Card and Watch With Mother.
I have been caught by this when I worked in the US. A colleague sounded to me just like the other Americans but proudly told me she was Polish. I complimented her excellent English and asked how long she had been in the USA. Cue stunned confusion - she was born in New York but third generation people still adopt the nationality of their grandparents.
668 the Neighbour of the Beast
>>Am I on the watchlist now?
>You've been on it for ages
Everyone is on it
I bought a Lucky Dip but it wasn't lucky at all
The cops in the warzone don't much care about finding out what's on your photos - they already know what's on them, they're photos of a warzone why else would you be there with a pro camera? OK they would still look at them for intelligence if they could but their real concern is not letting the atrocity photos out of the warzone so will confiscate your camera encrypted or not.
What these journos really need is an invisible camera or one that looks exactly like a camping stove.
Is there even a single device on the planet which can use the theoretical SD capabilities? All of my gadgets just use SD card as a dumping ground for data and that's it.
There is logic to saying that, if the animal will be killed for food, anyway, why not make the best possible use of all parts of it?
You may think you are making an original comment but in fact it's strikingly similar to the official policy of a famous European dictator of the 1930s.
And absolutely NO per-megabyte charges*
*when connecting to ryanair.com. All other traffic 10 Euros/MB
I have one of their "kimsufi" dedicated servers, tiny thing and "only" 100Mb connection but 500GB storage, it's in France somewhere. 38 quid/year very happy with it.
Vladimir Putin sounds confusingly similar to Victorian Plumbing. He won't mess about with no court order.
"Certain other agencies from certain other countries have had a quiet word with me and told me to weaken our data protection standards"
The Russians think everyone is FSB.
The review implies that the app's internals with its mutating keys and so on are just too hard to understand. This doesn't sound good to me because effective crypto is already (as far as we know) a solved problem even using relatively simple algorithms and key material. Somebody understands how this app works and what's to stop them putting in their own unfindable backdoor.
The trouble with all this SSL mumbo-jumbo is that it just makes things more likely to break. Foillowing Globalsign's accidental revocation problems I still can't get to many sites for example wikipedia - certificate pinning won't let me click "yes I understand this certificate is technically invalid but I will take the risk".
A thread about it has been started by Tesco employees at www.verylittlehelps.com
Anyone who has ever used a bow will know which is the "dangerous end" of an arrow - it's the one with a plastic notch to fit the bowstring. Eye injuries from this end are quite frequent. The other end is called the "lethal end" with good reason. It's simple to kill someone with an arrow and if this guy had shuffled off the burglar I doubt if "but he bent my car" would have kept him out of jail.
I have TOTP PayPal authentication switched on but it has always been useless because the login screen has a link saying "Don't have a key handy? Try another way" and then lets you login without the TOTP. Sounds like the guy messing with the URL has just found a different way to do that.
A few years ago I installed a few Windows servers and diligently changed Administrator to something else because I read on t'internet it was good practice. It drives everyone nuts and they all hate me.
As a child I had a train set with a 12v transformer. School helpfully informed me you can create chlorine this way so I attached the transformer leads to two forks and put them in a bowl of salty water. It works spectacularly well and I almost gassed myself.
Cue all the "above average drivers" who are above all this rules and regulations nonsense and are more than capable of deciding for themselves what speed to do. You'll probably spot them easily but in case you don't they will self-identify using a special series of hand signals.
People get used to consumer grade PCs with cheapo power supplies where you just plug in the mains cable and off you go. Our expensive "enterprise grade" boxes though have a not-very-visible rocker switch that you also have to turn on. Gets 'em every time.
I have to say I have given up being snarky with un-knowledgeable users. I used to get all frustrated about them "wasting my time" but what is the point.
I can say "OK Google what's this tune" on KitKat and it will identify it most of the time. Or there is a Google "what's this song" widget. Then they offer to sell it to you for 99p.
On my work machine I regularly trip up on sites which Chrome tells me has failed to prove its identity and is insecure. What it really means is that I don't have a root certificate installed from WhateverCA Inc. I then click "OK go ahead anyway". Sometimes however Chrome refuses to let you continue to that site at all, which I think is called certificate pinning.
I certainly could not cope with an increase in this kind of behaviour, which would be the logical consequence if all sites used SSL.
So I chose Snow White and the seven dwarves
When I was a kid people used to fly RC model aeroplanes all the time. They had 5cc petrol engines and I'm pretty sure they were bigger and heavier than modern drones. So why is it only a problem now?
If this guy thinks he can detect fake grammarisms then it would logically have been equally possible for the originator to be able to generate credible fakes to put people off the trail?
When I worked for an international company with its HQ outside the UK we were quite good at mimicking other regions' use of English when responding to the many "employee surveys"
The pop-up reads "Important security information - click here to read it (NSFW)"
Everyone would click that, maybe even bookmark it for when they got home.
I wasn't sure what a Sonos was either so had a look on the internet. I am still not sure but I have learnt that its prices are in the intergalactic range. For that sort of money I would want something more than "something which can play Spotify without bluetooth" because a 15 quid Chromecast Audio can easily manage that.
Just spent part of the weekend helping a friend who had an iphone 4 with smashed screen but it still just about worked. Friend got a replacement iphone 4 from somewhere but wanted to copy 200+ phone numbers from the old one.
What a nightmare. Every normal phone from about the 1990s has allowed you to do this by copying your contacts onto the SIM then swap the SIM to the new phone. But no, this is not good enough for Apple. Instead had to do some complicated messing about with "itunes" and a laptop.
Did recover the contact records in the end but what are Apple thinking, that people will forever keep paying a substantial premium for their products "just because"?
Surely from the point of view of the government this must be one of their top five crucially intergalactically important computer systems. I mean it's where all their money comes from. Why are they even thinking of hoping to save a few quid by messing with it?
By default the total surveillance tracking mode will be on, for your security and convenience.
No privacy problem though because all end users will have the choice to turn it off via a simple method of reflash with new ROM (instructions freely available in Chinese) then sideload a tty app to open a console window and enter a few 64-hex-digit codes plus one or two simple unix commands.
Freedom of movement? Going to work in another country? I thought 52% of the population was busy trying to get that stamped out :(
Automated vehicle designers are aiming for a solution which will reduce driving costs, reduce journey times, improve safety, and all those other good and logical things. They assume that people with cars share their objectives.
However as we know a fair proportion of today's drivers have other priorities and their cars fulfil completely different objectives such as sustaining their self-image, defining their place in the pecking order, or merely having fun driving like a knob. Everyone knows the cocky bloke who looks down on automatic transmission because "as an above-average driver I require full control of the car" and somehow can't see him not immediately disabling a complete automatic driving system.
So I think the legislators have got it back to front - automatic driving will ultimately only work if all vehicles are automatic rather than leaving a few randomly unpredictable ones so they should really focus on not offering human opportunity to drive.
Recommendations for VPS provider?
These young ones tell me you don't have to rent your telephone handset from the GPO any more. Bah no, does not make sense when you can rent it for only six shillings a week.
Astonishingly I doubt this would have been such a big incident had it been in America. The airport security people in USA routinely find quite a number of real guns that people had genuinely forgotten were in their bag.
Surely there should be more volunteers for this vital work. Where do people sign up? Asking for a friend.
Strangely enough here's the answer to my own question - it's a situation nobody ever had to deal with before and there is considerable legal uncertainty. I don't want to give up my EU citizenship and removing it could well be a violation of my human rights. Who knew.
I am a dual UK and EU citizen, I know this because it says so on the front of my passport. The EU citizenship is granted by Article 20 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The UK Home Secretary has the power to revoke UK citizenship but not EU Citizenship. I can't figure out whether or not any EU functionary has a similar power to revoke EU citizenship but I don't think so.
Article 50 is "only" about derogating from the Treaty of Lisbon. Suppose we do eventually leave EU, am I still a citizen, or not, and if not then what exact mechanism could they use to take away my EU citizenship? Discuss.
Robin Lane Fox, this is the guy who had a column in the FT where one day I was astonished to read his completely serious piece about a guy named Batson D. Sealing. He apologised the following week for propagating a hoax, but really how could you not see that?
I've never been in the position of needing to dispose of computers which were too old for the business but still new enough to sell used. More than once however I've been faced with a roomful of old PCs which need to be thrown away in a sensible manner and it's extremely tempting to just put them in a van and take them to the dump.
Destroying the data is tedious and time-consuming - even just bashing the hard disk with a hammer requires unassembling the case and taking the disk out. Software kill is just as bad as you have to plug it into keyboard and monitor, power it up, fiddle with the BIOS to get it to boot DBAN and so on. Don't even get me started on thermite laser chainsaws from orbit.
There's no excuse for failing to secure sensitive personal data. But in practice some guy's boss is nagging him "why haven't you cleared out that old crap yet like I told you" and he's going to take the easy option, especially if it "only" means exposing a bunch of old emails nobody cares about.
"getting a satisfying facial at home" haha
What I'm worried about is the guy who thinks it's fine to get up in the morning, go to the lab, and terrorize some mice with electric shocks. Then terrorize some more mice. And he lives in a country where you can buy guns in the supermarket.
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