* Posts by DJO

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Re: And given the shielding level of and lander you'll get the radiation workers annual dose

I'd task rovers or Mars-specific drones to find caves

No need, there are deep canyons that dwarf the Grand one in the USA, setting up camp at the bottom of those would limit radiation to just when the sun was directly above, solar panels and reflectors on the surface could provide power and redirect light.

Eventually sections could be roofed over and sealed to provide a reasonable working environment.

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Re: Zero G

For a start there's no such thing as "zero G" (except perhaps at the centre of a star), the ISS is in free fall.

Secondly mass in unchanged whether in 0.001G or 1G or 100G and it's the amount of mass which matters.

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Princely five years in US big house for Nigerian biz email scammer

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This is America we're talking about, once their lawyers have taken their fees the perps will be lucky to have $25 left let alone $25m.

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Non-profits push back against Big Cable's bumpkin broadband blueprint for America

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Is "whataboutery" the only defence of Trump you can find, good grief, get a grip.

Anyway did I say it started under the orange one, of course not but it is a great deal worse and far more overt under Trump than any previous administration.

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And if so, why haven't the bureaus themselves been directly challenged for dereliction of duty?

Where the fuck have you been for the last couple of years?

Their "duty" under Trump is to cosy up to the big cable providers and to soak up as much lobby cash as possible. Serving the public is now the antithesis of the role.

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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Re: Foot in both worlds

you'd think 14Tb is excessive and yet...

Of course there will be outliers who do need humongous amounts of disc space but they are very much the exception to the rule.

The vast majority of users will never need anywhere like that capacity and if they don't have multiple discs with redundancy then it's a disaster waiting to happen.

Really this kind of capacity is only of use to enterprise systems where they can afford to buy discs by the box full.

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Re: Foot in both worlds

My Photo and Video library are close to 7Tb[1]. That's Stills going back to 2003 and Video back to 2014. All shot by myself. A quick check showed that I've added 476Gb this year so far and it has been a quiet year.

Which kind of makes my point - in 15 years you've generated almost (let's round up) 8TB so a 28 TB system assuming a slight annual growth in your output will last for another 25 to 30 years.

Far longer than the discs themselves will last and depending on your age, possibly longer than you will last.

Also as others have stated, 14TB in a system without redundancy is insane.

I also store various VMs

Ah, a valid use that may well eat a lot of space but how many VMs are needed?

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Re: Foot in both worlds

I would love to get 28 TB of storage in my two bay NAS

Why?

At an average of 2GB per movie that's about 14,000 films, do you really need to watch 2 films a day for 20 years?

If music is your thing then assuming good quality FLACs at about 500MB per album that's 56,000 CDs worth or roughly 20 years listening for 8 hours a day every day.

Maybe you like reading, epubs average at about 250kb so about 100 million books, you may be a fast reader but not that fast. Mind you buy another one and you could store every book ever published (approx 130 million).

That's of course once you've collected and collated it all which would take a few years.

Alternatively I suppose it's big enough make a local mirror of PornHub.

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Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

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Head you win, Tails I lose

Presumably if they had tipped of investors prior to public release of information that would be insider trading which is very illegal.

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Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Re: Eighties-ish workout music, you say?

Corsets are never "optional"

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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Re: Let the fines begin!

No it's up to 4% (or 20 million euros but the higher would apply) of global turnover

That's the penalty for a tier 2 infringement, this kind of issue is a tier one infringement which is up to €10 million, or 2% annual global turnover – whichever is higher.

The determination of penalty level takes into account previous behaviour of the organisation or data processor but that can only be applied to actions since the introduction of GDPR so while it might not explicitly specify a penalty escalator that is what'll happen, except for really egregious offences.

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Why not both?

They could easily be incompetent and dishonest.

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Re: Let the fines begin!

It's 2% and that's only after repeated naughtiness.

The penalties that can be handed out under GDPR start low but increase for every repeat offence so an accident will get a slap on the wrist and a small fine, but regular "accidents" will attract the full force of the law - Assuming the local regulators (ICO - I'm looking at you) are up to the task.

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Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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Re: Open source works

I'd sure as hell expect one working for Intel to understand CPUs, no different than I'd expect a lawyer working for Oracle to understand databases

Not necessarily but I would expect them to pass their work to an expert in the field for checking before it's released. That's called "due diligence" and lawyers are supposed to do it.

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UK's info commish is having a howler: Site dies amid 'plagiarised' GDPR book scandal

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Re: Great anonymisation technique.

You don't mean Brenda Saxe-Coburg do you, everybody knows who she is.

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Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Re: Android user here

Ah "Don't be evil" but nowhere do they say "Don't do evil" there's a subtle but significant distinction between the 2 phrases.

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Re: Googles choice is going to be

Even a huge EU GDPR fine may cost less than what they earn from the data.

Maybe once, possibly twice but thereafter, no chance.

The GDPR penalty scheme has increasing penalties for repeat offenders leading ultimately for persistent repeat offenders to the much proclaimed 2% of global turnover.

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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"Croydon" contracted from Crocus Dean which roughly translates to "Saffron Vally".

Now that conjures an idyllic tranquil scene, shame it's a complete dump.

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Boffins: Confusing distributed ledger tech definitions create 'unrealistic expectations' about what it can do

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70's DJ

DLT was also a rubbish 70's DJ but I thought this couldn't be about him but then I read this: DLT has resulted in “the widespread use of language and terminology which is frequently fuzzy, imprecise - That's Dave Lee Travis.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Re: what about the right to face your accuser?

If your accuser is an algorithm, doesn't that mean source code on the table?

The source code may well be perfectly fine, but if the training data was biased it matters not an iota how good the code is.

I suspect the code is just as crappy as the training data but it might not be.

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Business as usual

Spoofing the from address in an email is not exactly tricky, in fact it's so easy I doubt it's really a "security hole", any SMTP client can (and by design, must be able to) do it although the ability might not be exposed.

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: When is a £140K breach of the DPA not a breach of GDPR?

When is a £140K breach of the DPA not a breach of GDPR?

When it was committed before the GDPR came into force.

You really do not want to give this or any government the ability to introduce new laws retrospectively.

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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: People will only be mislead if they don't pay attention

It's from Wells Fargo; expect duplicity and misleading presentation.

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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Re: meanwhile

Damn commies, the true American way is to pay twice as much for half (or less) of the service, think of the poor cable executives, if you're not robbed blind they can't have the lifestyle they obviously richly deserve.

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: a question to ponder

Hulk always angry. Smash!

So he's plugging instant mashed potatoes, I suppose he's preferable to the stupid alien robot things that they used to have.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Perhaps some form of disguise

https://www.novelties-direct.co.uk/Plastic-Groucho-Glasses.html

https://www.funpartystore.co.uk/guy-fawkes-anonymous-mask.html

I'd love to everybody at all public events in London wearing something like these.

Perhaps the organisers could hand them out at the gates

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Re: BFH

No they're not "nut-jobs" but they are all woefully misinformed about the benefits and costs of the EU seemingly believing every lie from the Daily Mail and friends about the evil monster in Brussels.

They seem to want a return to the 70's, not the real 70's with 3 day weeks and the UK begging from the IMF but a fantasy idealized 70's which never happened.

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Yar, thar she blows: Corp-cash-stealing email whaling attacks now a $12.5bn industry

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Re: Light at the end of the tunnel? Oncoming train.

Cash is fine, a moderate black market can actually stimulate an economy, this sort of fraud doesn't work with cash and only benefits the criminals (who may well spend some and inadvertently provide some local financial stimulus) and is detrimental to the wider economy.

Anybody trying to anonymously move millions about is probably up to no good, possibly just tax evasion, maybe money laundering, quite likely proceeds of crime.

Someone in a oppressive regime who has millions to move is probably a member of that regime, the general populace will use the cash economy hence your argument is largely spurious.

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Banks culpable?

Is there any reason other than fraud or tax evasion for anonymous bank accounts to exist?

If so a system of identity escrow wouldn't be impossible.

Then make the banks directly responsible for any money fraudulently transferred where the account owners cannot be identified. That should clear the problem pretty much overnight.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: Not perfect...

But wow, web "2.0" that does not want me to tear out my hair, teeth, eyes and brain just to get away from the horror? Great stuff!

Don't worry, this is just an early draft, I'm sure they'll come up with something in due course to seriously piss off as many people as possible.

Cue the green headlines on a purple background.

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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If blokes want to get their 'target' in the mood here's a hint.

This targets the "once an arsehole, always an arsehole" demographic. Anybody capable of following your hints wouldn't "need" this degenerate service.

Anyway - Only in America, this would break so many laws in Europe that happy, smiling lawyers would be queueing up have a go at them.

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FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan

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Re: It's frustrating...

how disrespectful chairpersons at the FCC and FTC act towards the tax payers who pay their salaries.

Their salaries are chump change compared to what the "regulated" industries are offering so they support the larger financial contributor, the public/tax-payers can basically go and fuck themselves.

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Evil third-party screens on smartphones are able to see all that you poke

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A gift to Apple

Now they can use this research to claim third party screens are a security risk so iDevices must have a genuine Apple part fitted by Apple when a repair is necessary.

Of course they could supply screens wholesale or write a utility to test a screen but that wouldn't fit the Apple philosophy.

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UK.gov told: You're not very good at collecting quality data, are you?

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Re: Well.

I’m not very impressed with the ‘business brains’ in charge...

I think you misunderstand their objectives, delivering efficient public service is so far down the list it's somewhere after knighting the Loch Ness Monster for services to tourism.

No the objective is get get as much money as possible into the private sector so when they leave Westminster they can cruise into a nice sinecure at one (or more) of the companies that benefited.

On that metric they are doing a splendid job.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: Legitimate business interests

Of course a lot depends on who defines "legitimate", from Googles perspective everything and anything qualifies, my perspective is pretty much diametrically opposed.

GDPR got this dead right, the information demonstrably necessary to provide the service and no more is all a company can keep and none of it can be transferred to any other entity be they another company or a different division of the same company.

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Re: Legitimate business interests

"User privacy needs to be thoughtfully balanced against legitimate business needs."

An apparently innocuous phrase which is wrong in every detail. User privacy is paramount and inviolate without informed permission given.

That's it, no if's, no buts, no exceptions.

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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Re: Shoo, camera (sorry)

I'm really struggling to conceive of a legitimate use case for such a device.

Well if they are designed to blow up and injure the voyeuristic creep, some people might consider that a reasonable use case.

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Well that would require a member of the current government to have both common sense and the minimal intelligence required to see Brexit is a can of festering dog shit and the courage to come out and say so in public.

No, instead we'll just have May lurching from disaster to disaster all of her own making. There is absolutely no chance this will end well for the general populace.

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El Reg works with Byte Night to put techies out on the streets

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Re: Jenny Agutter?

Spend a night with Jenny Agutter, for charity?

Any excuse will do.

(Who says dreams never come true)

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Re: Depressing

Agreed, so many idiots. The actual facts are countries almost always benefit from immigration, they generally contribute far more than they consume (in benefits).

Really it because this tranche of migrants have (the horror) dark skin. Racism is racism no matter how much they try to disguise it.

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Re: Avoidance

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips.

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

America used to be a beacon, now it's a disgrace.

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Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure

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Re: But ...

Tokenising identifying information in documents would address that, but that is quite tricky and needs to be there from the start so is unlikely to be used in most current cases, perhaps future cases will do it properly (but I'm not holding my breath).

Also tokenisation creates a whole new can of worms as the token holding database is by definition stuffed full of personal identifying data, keeping that secure and current will be a fun task for administrators.

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

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Re: % of income

How about doing it like this:

All fines and penalties to be taken from the board of directors pension fund.

Any attempt to bolster the fund after paying a fine incurs a quadruple fine against each board member.

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Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs

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Well that sounds good but if implemented retiring ministers won't get a sinecure at Capita after they leave Westminster, so forget it.

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Re: Unclassified email

Yes a boring banal message, with a CC list containing the names of agents and FBI staff.

Often the metadata is more useful then the message itself.

As most politicians seem to have little understanding of the difference between CC & BCC it's not a huge leap to assume some addresses would be revealed, with a copy of that mail it would be easy to construct a similar looking one, spoof the origin and go phishing.

If FBI staff are used to insecure mails from higher-ups it's a weakness begging to be exploited.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: Business as usual

No, the rich own the newspapers and that's not the same thing. If you think journalists are rich, you've never met one.

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Business as usual

Tory thinking:

Spend 2bn to save 100m by stripping benefit from the poorest citizens - Just fine & dandy.

Spend anything to stop tax evasion by the rich - No can't do that, think of the children.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Training the trainer

Last time I was "between jobs" I was sent on a compulsory computer course.

Twas a joke, the training material was absolute garbage, once the poorly trained trainers worked out I really did know a lot more than they did I spent the entire time there correcting the course material.

That was interesting but I pity the poor sods who took the course before me, from the content I think at a pinch they could open an Excel document but little more.

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

Trackballs being bigger than mice and upsidedown, I refer to mine as a dead rat.

They do accumulate a fair amount of crud but are simple to clean if the ball just plops out, some hold the ball captive which makes them a pain to clean.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: Thales

Don't worry I'm sure* Thales will replace the ones they crashed free of charge.

* "sure they won't"

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