* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Re: TBF...

the MOD has is that in the 60s, 70s, 80s

Sure. The Warsaw pact was just a figment of my imagination while growing up. Please carry on and share what you are smoking. While smoking cool stuff is not a crime, being an antisocial twit and not sharing is.


It never stopped being real for a single minute after WW2 ended. The location changed, the proxies changed, but the constant lukewarm war continued day and night.

It has not changed since then either. The sole difference is that the Russians have now disposed of the proxies (in most cases) and intervene directly. Same goes for the west and NATO.

Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn't it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract's up?

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What is this out of contract thingie?

Err what is this out of contract thingie?

I recall paying that once in the last 3 years - when I had to make a phone call while in the mountains of in Monte Negro. According to Vodafone Monte Negro is not in Europe. It is not even in the "Rest of the World". It is somewhere in another galaxy (based on the roaming rates).

That's about it though...

OK, I know I am being flippant, but people should really read all the small print, think how and where they will use it and chose an appropriate contract and provider. Instead of, for example, choosing Three and then looking with dismay and horror at their bill after travelling within 5 miles of the Serbian or Turkish border.

US elections watchdog says it's OK to spend surplus campaign cash on cybersecurity gear

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Re: Another Investment Opportunity for Congress

Love it when Europeans think they have a handle on how politics work in the USA.

We do. At least some of us - those who have had enough contact with Eastern Europe and Russia.

That is the standard modus operandi all the way up to prime ministers in some of the countries so nothing new here. No I am not pointing fingers at people who properly share their [Hračky | Játékok | Играчки ¦ Игрушки] with their relatives and in-laws. Each of us knows a few.

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The ruling means that senators and House reps will be able to purchase things like anti-malware subscriptions, two-factor authentication tokens and secure home routers with leftover campaign money after they take office.

Are... You ... Telling ... Me... that they could not do it before???

I need to go grab two rolls of kitchen paper. My coffee is all over the desk and the keyboard.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Re: Don't forget the other fallen

What surprises me that some of the surviving Mercury 13 are going along with this. They deserve better.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: What do you expect?

Welcome to Trump's America,

What makes you think that other places including UK are much different?

Sure, there is some spit, polish and decorum, but frankly, just walk from the Grenfeld Tower area to the other half of the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit

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Re: Bits of foil

both of which rapidly form a protective oxide coating when exposed to O2 in air...

Have you drilled either one of them? Machining titanium and aluminium is an entertaining thing.

Al2O3 which forms on the fly when drilling in atmosphere is an extremely strong abrasive. It will scrape a lot from the drill bit. The drill location heats up and the Al itself starts to flow, "grab" the drill bit, etc. Titanium behaves in a fairly similar manner. While TiO2 is less abrasive, Ti is even nastier for trying to grab your drill bit so that the drill twists your arm off.

The thermal plasticity, composition of the oxides, drill bit material traces in the oxide will differ depending on presence/absence of vacuum and/or insulation blanket on the other side. Will it differ enough to make a definitive conclusion where and when it was drilled - no idea. But it will differ.

My personal guess is a disgruntled idiot on the ground by the way.

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Re: When was the hole made?

Given the animosity

You are mistaking what goes on on Earth with what goes on up there.

I would not say it is all "friendship and kisses" up there, but when you are locked up in a space which is smaller than your average office 24x7 for weeks you have no choice but to put some of your managers' idiocies aside. If you do not, things end up very very ugly very soon.

So far they have not, which clearly indicates that the astronauts themselves are better professionals (and better humans for that matter) than the entirety of the management and political ladders on both sides. All the way to the top.

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By the time the photos are published,

They were live streamed to both Houston and Star city. Very cute set-up using a McGuivered GoPro. The guys from GoPro should pay some sponsorship money to the Russians. In addition to that the area was under at least two of the external cameras. That was mostly live streamed too.

Sorry Putin, nobody believes you or your lackeys any more.

Daily mail overdose? There is one thing you need to remember every time dealing with him is that it is the minimisation of lies by him personally is what makes him exceptionally dangerous. You can count on the fingers of one hand times he himself has been caught red-handed in the last two decades. In fact, we lie more.

Example from last two weeks: His statement: "Kerch straights are closed due to inclement weather". Our statement: "Russia is blockading the Kerch straights". Let's check who is lying and who is telling the truth, shall we?

Step 1: Historical record of wind on accuweather for the duration of the blockade. Wind at 50knots, gust at 80knots.

Step 2: Check the wind at which the straights are closed. Choice of sailing almanac, Google or just ask someone who has worked in the area (I have done all 3): 15 m/s, namely 29 knots.

Step 3: Check the ship movement with a wind overlay on top on www.marinetraffic.com. Realtime is free, for historic unfortunately you will need to part with a couple of pounds. Wind goes up, traffic stops. Wind goes down traffic starts.You can also see the size of the queue, width of the channel and the fact that it is run to schedule strictly one direction at any time too. That is why everyone complies with what the dispatcher says - from a queue of 100+ ships on average on either side.

I am leaving you to make the calculation of how much money was spent and from what budget to promote the "blockade news". Suffice that AP, Reuters, Guardian and all major newspapers carried stories without doing as much as minimal verification versus current weather observations and forecast.

I have said it again and again and again. The reason why everyone who could get their mitts on a good MW or shortwave in USSR listened to the Beeb Russian service in those days and NOT TO RADIO FREE EUROPE was that the Beeb did not lie and did not need to lie - it was true news. While Free Europe did and got caught plenty of times. In the propaganda war, lies will win you the occasional battle. Only THE TRUTHwill win you the long term war and that is something we are failing to realise. Instead of that we are having our BIG GUNs lie like 10p per post Internet troll from Prigozhin's mob. That is bad for us in the long term. And good for him (it takes a big overdose of Daily Mail not to see that).

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Re: Bits of foil

Is that not a really bad thing?

Not really. Solar "pressure" will blow it out of the way in a couple of hours. Tops.

In any case, the samples should prove definitively if it is done in orbit or not. Even "space grade" materials oxidise, doubly so when they are being drilled. But not in vacuum. So the chemical composition of the "scrape" will give the answer.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Re: "a lack of evidence that it works all that well"

In fact, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.

The issue is that most people look at "success recognition rates". Everybody thinks of an AI instantly recognizing someone and making a decision. Sure the rates for that are not exactly stellar. That, however is NOT THE USE CASE.

The use case is recognize ONCE and TRACK forward (realtime) and historically (through recordings). It also involves recognition of other characteristic treats, not just face. The way you walk for example.

What is presently available is already pretty good at it and can do the job usually without a lot of operator assistance. There are also plenty of cameras in "useful places" - turnstiles, payment points, ticket/smartcard validators. Lock on. And track.

Boffins build bugged bees bearing backpacks

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Pity, still looking for something to fill the void left Ian Banks culture novels, thanks for the info.

Neil Asher.

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Never read it, is it any good ?

Passable. You have to keep in mind that some of the political aspects of the background to Greg Mandel's exploits were written in the days when it looked like the Bliarism will rule forever.

All in all it is not as good as the hell going quantum in Night's Dawn or the Primes, Humans and Post-Humans in the Commonwealth Saga + Void Trilogy. It is a good read though (keep in mind - the book mentioned is No 3).

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Perhaps one day the assassin wasp.

You need to pay copyright fees. The closing page of this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nano-Flower-Greg-Mandel-Book-ebook/dp/B003GK21AS

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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Re: Good for Charlemont!

I would not be so sure.

The issue with small town municipal broadband is that the political will of today is not necessarily here tomorrow.

Who will maintain it? Who will upgrade it in a few years time? And then upgrade it again in a few years more? Will the will to be Comcast-free be there in 2 elections time?

Do we like it or not, some things like this require "minimum critical mass". The days of mom and pop ISPs are long gone. So are the days of municipal broadband for towns with less than at least 100k population. 10k is just too small. It will survive in the long run only if it manages to cooperate with a few neighbours.

Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia

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Re: Could have been worse ..

. as they could have been sending supplies of concentrated acid

Have you tried to see what happens if you dump a pork chop (as most easily obtainable) into concentrated acid? I have - as a student.

If it is HCl, nothing happens. If it is one of the other usual suspects, you will need an lab grade hood to deal with the fumes. I do not think the ambassador residences are usually fitted with one. Then, once the reaction completes, you will be "pleasantly surprised" that it does not dissolve and there is plenty of residue left and there is plenty of acid left too which you cannot easily get rid of.

We have been selling them plenty of other "wonderful stuff" anyway. For decades. Some of it much more "interesting" than concentrated acid.

Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?

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Re: That personal touch

The type of killing, great grandpa used to make.

That depends who is grandpa. AI is not by any means the first attempt at Cold and Methodical.

I can speak for myself - Mine died in the skies above Europe fighting the ones who were on the side of the "Cold and Methodical". Prior to that he fought them over Spain too.

My wive's grandpa died on the ground when the "Cold and Methodical" decided that some "obscure Balkan untermench" with no combat experience armed with mix of surplus, leftovers and museum exhibits from both allies and axis" will be a pushover. To be more specific he was one of the ones who stopped the "Cold and Methodical" group E from that event.

Yeah, I know unpopular activities - standing your ground against Cold and Methodical in this day and age. We are now supposed to cheer the cold and methodical(*).

Our grandparents are probably spinning in their graves at 10k RPM...

So frankly, we have been here before. Trusting the business of terminating people to Cold and Methodical is something we all know. We know where it ends up. It is a lucky day that it will end up with only 40M graves mark the success of people against Cold and Methodical. So frankly, this should be human business. No "Cold and Methodical". AI or not.

(*) If you are wondering about the link - see the non-regulation insignia on the 3rd paratrooper first line counting right to left. Compare to the "Cold and Methodical".

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In UK - No

Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?

Thatcher took care of it after the BAE strike to prevent Pinochet to get some toys. You are not allowed to say NAE PASARAN any more. Even if your employer takes a contract to supply Boer War style concentration camp equipment. For example something to implement the ordinance of the council of ministers of a particular government we support dated 8th on November for the "mandatory internment of national minorities from war zones for their own safety (*)". You cannot strike on that. You can quit, but you cannot strike.

Dunno about the rest of the world. France is definitely yes, Germany probably a yes too though they hardly need to go that far, the reps on the boards tend to take care of stuff like that. USA - probably depends on state quite a bit. As they say YMMV

(*)As this is one of the languages I can read, but do not have native fluency in, I will not translate it. I do understand the language well enough to guarantee the contents though - it is exactly that. A cut-n-paste from Stalin's "Chechen Management" programme improved by taking into account the similar efforts of Brits to manage Boers and Americans to manage the Japanese.

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Re: California != the world

Bullshit. I learned in California.

Based on observing the Californians on Interstate 101 in torrential downpour (I know, that is second coming nowdays), I can say that you are probably an exemption. 99% of them have serious issues to recover even out of a minimal tail-wag. Not that they are alone in that. UK in the snow is an even bigger clown show.

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California != the world

In other words, people generally don’t crash or veer off track enough for machines to learn from such mistakes. Neural networks are notoriously data hungry; it takes them millions of demonstrations in order to learn a specific task.

Depends who was your driving instructor and where did you learn to drive. If you learned to drive in Northern and Eastern Europe and in winter, there is a 50%+ chance that your instructor has demonstrated you both a spin and how to regain control. In fact, that is what people teach their kids to do in places in USA too. Just not in California.

Reading the article - it is a major step forward, but I still would not trust a Waymo car to be anywhere near me with as little of 2 inches of snow on the road.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: Mass extinctions is what you get

Megalodon did not need any friggin lasers.


And a more scientific one:


Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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Re: I so believe this

or anyone but the Chinese, because if its China

China does not publish what it lifts for now. So from the perspective of demonstrating that there is little difference between a "special" hole in your pants and being pantless they are not particularly useful.

IBM is trying to throttle my age-discrimination lawsuit – axed ace cloud salesman

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Not quite

Discovery (known in the rest of the common law world as disclosure)

Discovery is quite different from disclosure.

Discovery is "gimme all your sh*te within a mile radius of X,Y, Z. I will do a fishing expedition through it". The only way to limit it is to somehow negotiate a 3rd party to do the fishing expedition.

Disclosure is "gimme items X, Y, Z which fit the following precise description".

As a result, civil lawsuits in USA which does discovery cost an astronomical amount - you pay by the hour to lawyers, experts, etc to narrow down what can be looked at and what is admissible. They look at relatively "raw" material and thus can charge a very substantial number of hours. The mere process can bankrupt (and does so) Joe Average citizen and is a constant feeding through for large corporation lawyers who get most of their timesheets by fighting off disclosure requests or fighting for disclosure requests. As a side effect a lot of "private" corporate information ends up temporarily living in other people's hands - something UK parliament leveraged to everyone's advantage only a week or so ago.

Compared to that the cost of a civil lawsuit in other countries is significantly lower and it is started only if the litigant is pretty confident that the opponent possess exhibits X, Y, Z requested in disclosure.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: How long before.....

After we (perhaps) get national ID cards, how long before there is a thriving underground traffic in fake IDs?

In this day and age - nope. The ID is simply a manifestation of a (need to know) fraction of your digital record in the national ID system and it can be queried at the roadside by any cop. At least that is how it works in Eu. In fact, some forces now have the relevant apps on the phones to read the biometric/rfid chips at the ID and do a 3 way check - what's printed, what's written on the chip and in the database.

A fake ID to pass that will need 3 letter resources and is pretty much outside whatever is available to fakers.

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Re: @ Voland's right hand: There is no advantage in universal ID

That is not the case here in Germany, where the recording of such data is very limited and compartmentalised.

It is also a requirement which Germany has enforced via the Shengen agreement on EVERY signatory to Shengen, every Shengen aspiring country and most countries which were seeking some form of visa free travel from Eu _AFTER_ the first Shengen went into force. Even Turkey had to put in access control and limit scope of access to its own National Identity register for their civil servants.

That is something which has earned them eternal gratitude of the rest of Eu (and not just Eu) and it is also the REAL reason why UK Home Office continuously insisted about "not wanting" to be part Shengen. It is also the real reason why certain political circles in the UK continue to beat the "No Papieren Bitte here". The current ID-less means and ways give them a nearly unfettered data access to the subject data which they hold today. Very few departments have any access controls on it (police has some and AFAIK that is about it). A national register done to current Eu requirements will instigate fine grained access control and logging of all requests and put an end to that. No Whitehall mandarin will allow that.

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Re: "...universally acclaimed digital ID system which nowhere in the world has yet,"

"...universally acclaimed digital ID system which nowhere in the world has yet,"

Bulgaria has had a complete national ID database and a complete national digital register indexing all the stuff state has on the individual since 1977. That includes even stuff like parking tickets.

Funnily enough - it was the LEAST OPPRESSIVE Eastern Block regime.

It kept every single bit of it after 1989 and it has improved it to comply with the Shengen standards (*). Did anyone, even one person in the whole country ask for this to be burned ceremonially on the Yellow Bricks in front of the Parliament as a symbol of totalitarian oppression? F*ck no. Nobody. Not a single person had that thought.

By the way, even today it is a significantly less of a privacy invasive one nation under CCTV than UK.

Estonia is a whipper snapper - its national ID dates from a late 90-es projects which the Scandinavians ran for themselves and donated some of the results to the Baltic states. Estonia just cranked the dial on the "hand-me-down" stuff a bit to pretend that it is very advanced on the subject.

(*)There are also nowdays digital certificate annexes to it and you can sign digitally anything and everything (that part is optional) - title deeds, contracts, tax returns, etc. I used to have one as far back as the early 2000s to deal with all the business I do there.

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There is no advantage in universal ID

There is no advantage in universal ID. ID by itself is not particularly useful.

There is an obvious advantage in using universal ID as an indexing mechanism to collate and organize the data the government has on you.

The question is simply - do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. There is a plethora of current databases using all kinds of data as an index. So the question is plain and simple: does a unified ID reduce the cost without any additional expense to privacy compared to the current HMRC, NI, NHS, Passport, DVLA etc data sources (I would be surprised if there is a single citizen left who is not any of them).

If not f*** off.

If it reduces privacy further than the current requirement to supply a number of "additional documents" some of which like bills are actually an invasion of privacy, then it is f*** off too. If not, well, there is no point to go into post-WW2 reminiscence mode about it. There are plenty of "database nations" out there where every single bit the government has on you (even your parking tickets) is organized in a central database and neatly indexed by your national ID. A lot of them are actually at least as free as UK and have better human rights/surveillance/etc situation. So clearly, a national ID is not an impediment to that.

In any case, it is quite likely that it will end up being a requirement for most version of Deal/No-Deal arrangement for visa-free travel with the Eu so there will be little choice on this matter. In that case it will be indeed: "Get over it".

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: The US, Europe and China.

Leave EU suddenly got expanded to leave ECHR also after all

I start thinking that this is the plan all along. Whatever level of stiffness the BrExit, if it has any form of formal agreement with the Eu ECHR has to stay. The only way to remove May's Pet Hate (tm), the jurisdiction of the ECHR is the complete lack of agreement. Call me a cynic, but it looks like she has been running down the clock to cause exactly that.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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One of the things Carmack will pay for at the perly gates

But as Carmack infamously said - “Story in a game is like story in a porn movie. It's expected to be there, but it's not important.”

While being a step up in terms of graphics Doom and other Id Games took the game industry back in terms of game AI and held it there for decades. The success of a game where the "AI" is half a page of C prescribing random shuffling about made nearly everyone else skimp on it for more than a decade. It also decreased investment into other genres like flight simulators, strategy, etc with everyone going head over heals to do FPS.

As far as "the story in the porn movie", sure, tell that Peter Molyneux, Glenn Wichmann and a few others.

Bethesda blunders, IRS sounds the alarm, China ransomware, and more

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Re: Microsoft took the step of notifying thousands of individual recipients

How did they do that? By sending out letters using the postal system?

More interesting is how did they manage to figure out who the targets are. OK, I can grok how they know the ones which use Office365 and the like as the fishing mails hit Microsoft mail servers. That, however is likely to be only a fraction of the target audience if the target audience is big corporates.

So how do they know where to send the notifications? Did the Bear suddenly became "The One Birdie Told Me". That makes for a very shape-shifting Bear. Alternatively, someone just needs to continue pumping the narrative as it is a slow news day and there is nothing suitable on the news to howl about from branches.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Re: The real lesson is never use NetSol


The real lesson is not to have a webmail or SP account which can have the password recovered or redirected on your DNS registration without 2FA on it. Here the idiot (yes I mean it) had a webmail account on a service which is renowned for people managing to reset the passwords and nick them and he had no 2FA on it.

If you value your domains use one of them to run mail infrastructure which is 100% your own and _YOU_ run the mail servers. Use that for authentication purposes. Overlay 2FA from the registrar if they provide it. Though frankly, just running your own mail infra for the "account" domain should be sufficient.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Re: Someone

Or possibly the risk of failure and fatality

The previous record holder before Thrust SSC, the Blue Flame could break the speed of sound as a design, the driver wanted to break the speed of sound, but was not allowed to break the speed of sound by the sponsors.

Once a the land record was achieved, the Blue Flame was stopped from further racing and ended up travelling around the country as a marketing exhibit for the association of gas suppliers. For this exact reason - in UK or USA nobody wants a fatality to spoil such a wonderful marketing campaign.

So, yeah, not like we have not been there before with the land record.

In any case, the real issue here is that Thrust SSC was limited in its choice of sponsors. Due to the use of Rolls Royce and Ministry of Defence assets it could not ask any of the places where they could get that money in 15 minutes. 25M is a bag of peanuts for the usual "football team and Chelsea mansion" buying suspects. They also would not care about any casualties. The more the merrier - no publicity (except the one that gets you into a USA sanctions list) is a bad publicity.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Was this

Do not blame Ericsson here.

UK telco operations have a well established and entrenched fear of certificates for anything.

Once upon a time, before I went back to write software, I still did network architecture including security aspects. So while working in a major UK telco I proposed the idea of certificates everywhere for purposes of inventory, identification and security of provisioning. I was freshly out of a vendor where I did most of the design and implementation of a x509 retrofit into everything and they became the foundation of how the system fits together. So I was expecting some questions or a technical discussion.

I got none.

The faces around the table looked like they were a still frame from The Shining. They looked at the idea like I was serving a disemboweled body with maggots and suggesting they eat it. They were horrified at the idea despite having less than 60% accurate inventory and a long standing requirement to secure key aspects of the network management.

This fear has its roots in incidents like the one in O2. It is also the root cause of incidents like O2.

UK telcos (and most telcos in general) fail to understand the most basic principle of using X509 for infrastructure purposes.

It is: YOU RUN YOUR OWN CA. No vendor roots. The root is yours. And so are ALL certs.

Because they do not understand it and fear it, they either use vendor certs (which expire at the most unfortunate moment) or outsource it to an external CA which defeats the purpose of the exercise as you are no longer in control of your network. Either one of these results in an incident like O2 which in turn results in more fear, more vendor use and more outsourcing.

Ad naseum, rinse repeat.

Oh, and by the way, no lessons will be learned from this incident - O2 will NOT start running its own CA as it should.

You're legit and you know you are... Thanks to chanting racist footie fans, linking to dodgy stuff isn't necessarily illegal (well, in Europe)

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Re: Lord of the Dance?

The Tottenham fans' chant to Sol Campbell was probably the most offensive I've ever heard. It's homophobic, racist, anti-Semitic,

You have not been to an Eastern European or god forbid Russian match especially in days past. I am not going to quote or send references as some of the sh*t which was NORMAL in those days and nobody minded will get you a jail term today.

So Hungarian football fans singing "interesting" stuff does not surprise me in the slightest (it is also a language I cannot parse, so I have to judge based on rather lousy translation). I have heard Bulgarian, Serbian, Russian (any country around those parts - you name it) sing and shout worse. Much, much worse and let's leave it at that.

In any case, what they sang is not interesting, the aspects of the decision and the mandatory modifications to libel law which result from it are the interesting bit in this case.

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It will be interesting to hear a qualified opinion on how this ruling relates to UK libel law.

Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'

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Re: Invest in hoodie production now

Will not help.

1. The primary use of B-R (for any value of biometric) is to trace a person across multiple locations and multiple cameras once that person has been recognized in one location.

2. There are plenty of ways to recognize a person besides face. For example the way you walk is as distinctive as a fingerprint and frankly easier to convert into a machine learn-able form than a face.

So if biometric person recognition takes hold, it does not matter how good the hoodie is. All it takes will be for one camera in the country to recognize you. After that the system will spit out your entire route for the duration of interest of whoever is authorized to query.

So if you want to invest into something invest into people building colony ships - to take those who do not want to stay somewhere else.

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Not quite

Given that there are hardly any laws in the US governing facial recognition, that last one should be easy.

While there is no federal law, existing biometrics laws in Illinois, Texas and Oregon apply. Something Facebook is learning the "nuclear wedgie" way at the moment.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Re: Puzzling

I can only guess that the Labor Party leadership was simply terrified that a terrorist attack might happen in Australia over the Christmas holidays.

It can happen anyway. With or without crypto-busting legislation.

While accepting Somali (and other) refugees more or less with no questions asked in the 70-es was right and moral, not mandating integration always gets you in the end.

It is the norm that in the absence of integration the second generation swerves widely to the right of Attila the Hun. Whatever the underlying reason, that is a well known fact.

People may cringe at what, for example, the Danish are doing, but as far long term social stability what they are doing is the right thing. We need more of that.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: Dangerous precedent

Imagine any western business individual being arrested in China for selling stuff to the US government?

More like - Imagine western individual being arrested in any of those countries which are presently on Chinese payroll. So much for that lovely holiday to the Maldives you know.

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Re: Well, Well

Who'da thought they'd want to overuse a handy tool they were given.

Happens to every tool like that. It is only a matter of time until intelligence assets are used against opposition too. At least in Banana republics. If you are not counting down, I am.

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Re: China is not a democracy

As it is: China can't put me on a no-fly list,

Sure it can. However, first of all nobody besides them will read that and enforce that.

mess with my SWIFT transfers

It actually can. Do not underestimate the quality of their malware

or send me off to 'indefinite detention' with free water-treatment in some secret 3'rd world military base.

Third country - no. They do not need that because they do not need to comply with any legal rights in their country to start off with. So instead of outsourcing it to a third country they can put you in one of the re-education camps in the North-West border provinces. Nice, shiny, freshly built and no chance to leave until you are thoroughly re-educated.

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Re: China is not a democracy

The Chinese Capitalist Party has 90 million members most of which are dedicated to the hegemony of their 'party' and thsir personal interests.

As someone who has spent 20 years of his life in several countries where the local Communist Party had a "constitutional" role I can tell you that even in Eastern Europe it was 999:1. 999 as a career progression or career requirement. For example you could not even dream to sit at the controls of a passenger aircraft without being a member. And 1 village idiot. There is always a one in every village.

In China, due to local cultural specifics, it is not even 999:1. It is 99999:1. Or more.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: Yes, they really seized them

Rarely used parliamentary powers

Twice in the last 30 days. That's puts "rarely" in past tense IMO. Pity the targets surrender so we do not see anyone locked in Tower as a new addition to the museum exhibition of medieval torture.

GOPwned: Republicans fall victim to email hack

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Re: The Russians are Coming!!!

I wonder if the various incompetents in the US media will realize Ivan is an equal opportunity hacker

First of all, Ivan happens also to be quintessential Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and to a slightly lesser extent Serbian, Croatian and other Slavic nations name.

Second, Hassan, Pedro, John, Yin and Prasad are all equal opportunity hackers too. The biggest fake news operations in the USA elections of 2016 were run out of the Albanian speaking areas of Macedonia. This includes the infamous "paedo ring in a pizzeria" conspiracy theory. So that one was probably Besim, not Ivan.

Third, as I keep on saying, this is the way war is fought now. Very nice summary in the NY Times: "Meet the KGB spies who conceived this virus and the American truth squads who tried — and are still trying — to fight it".

Cough... Cough... Sputter... If anyone holds priority rights on this invention that's Herr Goebels and Tovarish Stalin. Compared to some of Stalin fake news campaigns what we see today is a boy scout play.

As far as any difference between a "Truth Squad" run out of Tampa or an "Internet Research Agency" operation run out of St Petersburg or "Integrity Initiative" run from one well known building on the Thames, there is no difference. They are the same weapon, just held in the hands on the other side of the front line the way an AK47 is held by both sides in most worldwide conflicts. In all cases the first casualty in the gunfight is the actual truth. The real one. The one you see dying of blood loss in the ditch on the side of the information superhighway.

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Re: The Russians are Coming!!!

See also: hijacking of yellow vest movement in France,

Their opinion on the subject right out of their mouths: Translation: "What if Medvedev will start handing out food and Lavrov vodka to the protesters in Paris". Unfortunately they have a point - we did _EXACTLY_ _THAT_ in Ukraine. Namely Victoria Nuland who was the Assistant US Secretary of state did that.

As far as hijacking - you are 100% spot on. As someone who has had to run a protest once upon a time, the number of RT casualties (12 people from RT in need of medical attention) is possible only if they actively participated. There is no way in hell to achieve that number if you are just observing and reporting.

It is the way war is fought today. There is no "Wikileaks ideals" any more - any release is stage managed and all of the release vectors are owned by one of the sides. They are timed to particular news items so that everything is massaged, perverted and serves an associated campaign.

The fact that we do not see the GOP items today does not mean anything regarding who got them. What it means is that their allocated timeslot in the particular campaign has not come yet.

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Re: All we can do is wait

If it all comes out at once, that would suggest a probably-naive, idealistic user who just believes in the Wikileaks ideal of "no secrets".

Extinct species AFAIK.

If it's drip-fed week by week, that's someone trying to manipulate the news agenda.

That's the norm. We will know who this is when we know who leaks it if it is leaked at all. There is an elephant in the room (pun intended) here - the Chinese have not leaked a single piece they have pinched and they have lifted quite a shedload over the years. Much more than anyone else.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

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Why would a headmaster - or any teacher - want pupil data from a previous school in his new position.

Exactly the reason stated - research.

The question is why he was engaging in a research activity without agreement from the subjects using his employer resources without an authorization for that.

The court and the ICO did not dig as deep as they should.

The fact that he was doing unauthorized research using data on his previous pupils raises an immediate question: "What about the current ones". That question was not asked

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Well, we have seen this already

Russians tried to suppress Telegram which refused to comply and got where? Nowhere.

They quietly stopped. The conflict also left enough arms lying around which can be picked up by people without the technical acumen and R&D budget of Telegram and use again.

So in the next country and place where this will happen the crypto side will not start from scratch.

Bootnote: It is not "Bouncy Crypto" by the way. It is "Guardians of the Bouncy Castle" and the actual packages go under "Bouncy Castle" name. They are the most common replacement for Sun's crypto libraries in Java. The install base is HUGE. So as far as implementing crypto the guy knows what he is talking about.

I usually get a massive toothache the moment I see it. The reason is that it has implemented every single crypto algo under sun and then some including things that have like only one paper ever published in some obscure magazine.

That gives developers interesting "ideas" like for example using a totally unproven stream cypher which has never been evaluated for the production of pseudorandom values as a random number generator (Hello Apache, recognize that java ssh implementation of yours?).

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

"minority vote to leave"

Is this some kind of new math from either the EU

That is what the current polls say.

The reason is that Wales from 52.5% Leave in the referendum is now down to 40% Leave or there-abouts with nearly 60% Remain. That is not surprising - as a recipient of Eu funds they are on par with Eastern Europe and May has been anything but fore-coming to match it. Plaid has been extremely vocal explaining that and these are the results.

While the change in other areas in England is not particularly significant (most of hardcore leave is still hardcore leave and most hardcore remain is still hardcore remain), this change alone swings the national poll to the Remain favour by a few %.

You are right that it is Eu math. It is the math of Eu money and to be more exact the abject lack of it post-BrExit.

ICO to probe facial recog amid concerns UK cops can't shake their love for unregulated creepy tech

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but that simply kicked the can down the road, offering a vague pledge to update codes of practice on AFR "before it is widely adopted".

That depends UK adoption or worldwide adoption. Worldwide, it already covers population sets several times the size of the UK including different demographic/racial profiles. Granted it is the usual "democratic suspects" like China, Russia, North Korea, etc.

It is already clear what it does and what are the actual risks.

While Chinese are not disclosing the stats off their AFR, the Moscow mayor has been parading the results from covering the subway and the public transport to all and sundry as a part of trying to get funds for full coverage. In fact it was used extensively during the World cup and it is one of the reasons why that event did not see the usual Subway rate of pickpocketing and petty crime.

So it is not necessary to await representative UK coverage - we can already see exactly how it is being used including the repressive side of it (if you wonder how they manage to round up "trouble" after various demonstrations, that's the answer).

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