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UK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign

pig

"When questioned about the consent, Leave.EU tried to argue they weren't unsolicited emails because subscribers had agreed to receive newsletters, and a privacy policy referred to information from third parties.

However, this policy ... did not say who the third parties were, or what type of marketing they might receive."

I can't think of ANY policy I have read that lists the 3rd party companies or the type of marketing. They all just refer to 'partners, 3rd party companies may send you stuff we think is good' (paraphrasing obviously)

If they used that criteria 99.9% of firms would be guilty.

Combined with receiving no customer complaints this does indeed look rather unfair.

Q. What do you call an IT admin for 20-plus young children? A. A teacher

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Re: "Young students, for example, cannot be expected to remember and enter a password. "

My 3 year old Nephew knows the passcodes of all the iPads in his house.

Why my sister has pass codes when all her kids know them I don't know. If I am there and I want to use one I just ask my nephew for the code.

The problem with school IT is usually more with the teachers than the students, especially in infant and primary school.

My wife is an early years teacher. She has a passion for it. She does not have a passion for IT security, and neither has she been taught how to deal with it. And neither have her bosses.

As such they bumble along finding practical ways to get things done. If, and it always does, this involves unencrypted pen drives rather then secure storage they will use it.

Can we really blame them when they haven't been taught why this might be wrong?

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

pig

Re: Massive-

True Story.

The only way Chequered Flag ever loaded for me was if I stopped the tape half way through the loading, rewound it a bit, then hit play again.

I don't know how I discovered this, but I do find it amusing to this day that I didn't find it odd at all.

That's just how it was having a Speccy. You learned to be creative to get things working.

(Like my level skip cheat for Operation Wolf. It involved rubbing my socked feet across the keyboard until it gave the message it was skipping to the next level).

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Meh.

Imagine the comments if they had a 50ft tree covered with loads of decorations.

It would be all "Why are you spending on a tree instead of children's / adult / other council services"

Council's can't win. Damned it they do, damned if they don't in this world where everyone is a critic and we seem to compete with each other over who can spot any semblance of fault first.

Who needs custom malware? 'Govt-backed' Gallmaker spy crew uses off-the-shelf wares

pig

It is an interesting idea.

By only using existing tools and outputs it makes identifying the state (if there is one) behind the group a lot harder, whilst at the same time giving them greater plausible deniability if they are correctly fingered for it.

Smart move I think, whoever it is.

Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap

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That's what I was wondering.

The Interpol boss didn't make sense until I saw this.

Tit for tat.

It's like the 80s again.

Reanimated Violin returns to scene with flashy XVS 8 array, and, er, AR app

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Re: Really?

Errrrr.... Think about it folks.

I'm pretty sure scanning the QR code isn't the *only* way to get the performance info.

You could bring it up in a browser instead of making such an onerous trip.

If it doesn't need to be connected, don't: Nurse prescribes meds for sickly hospital infosec

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Re: More than NICE to have

"But I couldn't find guidance for infosec (looking under several relevant terms) on the NICE website. If it's there, it's not obvious. Does it need a disaster first?"

Yes.

The NHS is, sadly, anything but proactive.

It requires a Wannacry that doesn't suddenly stop, but instead spreads more and destroys/costs more.

Sense wont get change, only public outcry after a disaster.

it's bloody sad it like that, but that's how it is.

Holy ship! UK shipping biz Clarksons blames megahack on single point of pwnage

pig

I wonder if their HR database was accessed via Active Directory automated login?

A lot of places authenticate internal systems like this now.

Yes, it saves you typing more passwords but it also means once an attacker is in they are in.

Of course, since most users would just use the same password for both previously anyway.......

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Clinton Win = Good democracy.

Trump Win = Must have been fraud - from RUSSIA!

Remain Win = Good Democracy

Leave Win = Must have been fraud - from RUSSIA!

And so on.

It runs the risk of people judging that 'fake news' is simply anything the cognoscenti of the current zeitgeist dislike or disagree with.

Also, I've never voted a certain way due to fake news. And neither has anyone I have discussed it with.

Ask a room full of people and they will tell you the same.

Ask a stadium full and again they will all say they haven't.

Yet look at the news and you'd be forgiven for thinking the winner of the election was merely at Russia's whim. I think the power of 'fake news' is massively overstated and being used for political purposes be people we should be very afraid of this.

Any censorship that comes from this is a massive step back, not forward.

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

pig

lol, story synergy.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/26/amazon_face_recogition_sucks/

I like the Amercian way of warning their politicians better!

Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

pig

OK. I'll bite.

"Due to the very nature of Social Media, even 30 million can cause a lot of damage.

Here how it works. Hit the 30 million with targeted ads. Say 10 million take the bait and like or share it with all their friends. Some of those do the same. After a while it becomes a meme on Social Media and untraceable back to the original source.

To be honest 1 is to many"

1. How much do you think it would cost to send ads to 30m? Go find out. It is not cheap!

2. 10m out of 30m to like or share?!?! LOL!

(For comparison) Direct Marketing has a standard return rate of around 0.01. To even imaging 10m out of 30mil would respond is bonkers.

I think so many people are overstating the effects of this.

You have been served ads.

Are you all as fickle as to be directed by these ads? No. You are not.

So why do you all think everyone else is?

Finally, social media is a business with 2 products. The platform and us.

The platform is the product we buy, and we pay for it by being served ads (targeted via our data).

We are the product the advertisers buy. They buy it with money that funds the service/company.

I thought most people understood this? I do.

I expect my data to be used to target ads because they tell me they will do this.

A lot of this complaining is like my nan moaning about ads on ITV. . .

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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Given up

I have been with Cable for over 20 years.

Cable Company>Telewest>Virgin.

I've now cancelled and given up.

Sick of being lied to.

Last time I moved they said they would transfer my deal (£30 a month, no tie in).

Instead I got that for 6 months then it went up.

Had to pay to cancel the contract too. FFS.

They lie. Their sales staff are incentivised I presume? So like Vodafone will say ANYTHING on the phone to you, then surprise you with the bill later.

No benefit for loyal customers either. As usual you get treated worse for having paid a bill each month for 20 years then a new customer who may hop every year.

I used to take their crap, because I needed the better internet. But now there are genuine other options for fast broadband I don't have to.

So they have had the last of my money.

If they treat the rest of their customers the same I predict a hard next ten years for them. The one advantage they had is their fibre broadband, but that is wilting away.

If they have to rely on their customer service to retain customers they are in serious trouble.

Lightspeed PoS vendor breached, sensitive database tapped

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I hate it when they say this

"However, there is no indication that any specific data, including any personal information, has been taken or used"

Time after time companies are forced to admit intrusions, and then try to pass it off by making out that perhaps those who hacked into the database then would decide not to copy any of the information from it.

Every time a communications or marketing person issues such a statement they should be slapped with a wet fish and made to paint their usernames, passwords and banking details on the front of their houses. If they are so sure these things are not likely to be used.

BBC vans are coming for you

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There is no checking other than a database.

See title.

They stopped trying to 'detect' years ago.

Nowadays they use a big database of addresses and cross reference it with which addresses have a license.

Those that don't get letters and visits.

Simple.

The only problem is their letters are very badly written and their visiting staff seem to be vetted to ensure they are twats. (Probably send them to traffic warden school)

I have a license as I think it is great value. Hell, I'd pay it for I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue alone.

You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

pig

Re: When life imitates art...

"and if they were that helpful, they probably wouldn't have ended up as a network engineer"

LMAO. Funny and true.

Vodafone posts uptick in Europe but UK still a challenge

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They phoned me up a couple of months ago to tell me they had overcharged me and they were reducing my bill from £17 a month to £16 a month.

Having been with them since 1999, and experienced the horrendous drop into the mire of their customer services in recent years I was not surprised to find they were now charging me £22 a month.

Or that it took over an hour to correct on the phone with them.

57 minutes with the call centre idiot, then about 5 with the resolutions team when I finally managed to get them to put me through to someone who had the authority to fix it.

I know I should leave, but I’m lazy. More fool me I guess (and really, are the others better? Recommendations happily accepted).

Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

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anxiously

"...HP anxiously looks forward to the day Lynch and Hussain will be forced to answer for their actions in court."

I bet they are anxious.

I'd be very surprised if this ever actually got to court.

Did HP pay far too much? Yes.

Is that Autonomy's fault? Probably not, even HP people at the time were saying it but they still chose to buy it.

Regardless of the price did HP use its legendary ability to fuck up an acquisition to destroy most of the value of Autonomy?

Yup.

First Microsoft, now IBM: Box deals are coming thick and fast

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I feel sorry for the users

Box is awful to use.

Really, really awful.

Yay for Tor! It's given us ransomware-as-a-service

pig

Here's hoping

"The operational security chops of the English-speaking author will be put to the test, should the prolific and competent anti-blackhat research community seek to identify the perp and send their special brand of love."

Let's hope this happens.

WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

pig

""Mass-producing current semiconductor chips is so cheap, and it may take time for the industry to adapt to our design," "

Cheap??

It might be once you have spent a few billion on the fab...

Not something I would call cheap though.

Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

pig

"That includes removing apps that it determines "do not offer unique content, creative value or utility." So long, flashlight apps"

I'm confused*.

When I bought my new Windows phone the first thing I downloaded was a torch app. It is dead handy when looking behind machines and under desks etc.

I don't see why anyone would consider nuking them.

*I must be, I bought a Windows phone.

Frayed British Airways plays down mega hack attack on frequent flyer accounts

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Weasel Words

"At this stage, we are not aware of any access to any subsequent information pages within your account, including your flight history or payment card details."

Is it just me or is this BA saying "They hacked access to payment details but as far as we know they haven't bothered to look at them".

TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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Re: @Vimes

A smart scammer would now resend the phishing emails as being from Talk Talk.

Inside GOV.UK: 'Chaos' and 'nightmare' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Re: They're not all idiots, but ...

"the 12 year old suggested replacing it with an iPhone app. He and his team were hurt when we laughed"

LMAO. Digital Dan by any chance?

The sad thing is that group of shysters actually believe that their solutions will/can/do work. They seem to be hard wired into thinking everyone they talk to is just over complicating things and a shitty iPhone ap with a catchy name and a picture taking up all the real estate on the screen is what people want.

What Whitehall needs is a trap door system so that whenever someone says "Agile" the floor opens and they are deposited to some pit, where the only way to exit is via an iPhone ap that doesn't have the exit button yet as that is tricky and has been put off to a sprint that will never actually happen.

Is cloud the answer to all your storage problems?

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Re: One big problem with online storage is when you become too reliant on them and they shut down.

"To be fair, there's a world of difference between an corporate oriented provider, and one that hopes to make money slinging ads."

Not with 2e2 there wasn't.

Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

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Re: > with no physical connection ... they won't be able to break in, and data can't get out.

The large 24 hour ASDA near me has 16 self service tills.

They leave them unlocked. If you push the handle with the lock on, it clicks and the screen of the machine lifts up, revealing the PC (yes, these are XP based too) and 4 usb slots.

The usb slots are enabled as this is how they reimage them if something goes wrong.

Sadly getting physical acces is nothing like as hard as it should be.

I was discussing this with a friend who fixes cash machines, and he reminded me that almost all the threats he deals with are physical.

Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

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Re: Fine but whathappens when...

"> Some idiot with a JCB (backhoe) digs up your business critical network link and it is down for several days?

You would face a similar problem with on premise storage"

No, we wouldn't.

My organisation is going the full cloud.

At the moment we have our own onsite data centre. If the internet line to the building goes down than the only effect is a notable upswing in actual work being done.

In a year or so's time, once we have gone fully Desktop as a Service (I can't wait...) the effect of the internet line to the building going down will be that no work can be done.

And yes, we do have a backup. In fact we have 3 internet lines coming in to the building. Primary and 2 back ups.

Being Local Governemnt though the 3 lines are all Virgin cable and, most likely, anything to take out 1 would also take out the other 2.

Stricken 2e2 sacks 627, winds down, retains a few data centre caretakers

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@Eagle One

>>The "S.S. 2e2" may not sail again, but she won't leave those who depend on her high and dry.<<

Really?

Out of interest which part of the 2 people who we relied upon not being paid, being laid off, and us being told we are going to get f'all from 2e2 is not being left high and dry?

We will be ok, but only because we promised to pay the staff ourselves if they rock up and complete their work from here.

€1.5bn swiped from EU cards: Fraud mainly takes place in the US

pig

Banks will try and take the proverbial

I had £550 of Ryan Air flights go out of my account.

The bank told me as it was chip and pin they would not refund it.

I phoned them up and offered to send them instructions of how to commit fraud on a chip and pin card (I was just going to send links to 3 ro 4 Reg articles) and they instantly backed down and refunded me, without me even having to send the links.

The sad thing is they know they are liable, and tat in many/most cases the customer is not as fault but they will still try it on and although us geeks will know to not accept it I fear many other people will just accept it and end up paying for it themselves.

The banks should be forced to be more fair, and not just be allowed to take advantage of peoples ignorance in these matters.

Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

pig

Re: 'Poll' position

Live subtitles are typed on a special type of keyboard which is phonetic.

This is why subtitles of live events will often have the correct word phonetically, but the incorrect spelling - like your Poll and Pole example.

In a live broadcast there is no time to double check these as they go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speech-to-text_reporter

Use a Mac? For actual work? Evernote Business has arrived

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Re: ummmm

You have 1?

That's 1 more than I know of here (but then, we only have 2000 employees on this site......)

NAND then something new came along: Nanotube men get $10m

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If reset buttons return can I also request Turbo buttons do likewise?

Autonomy founder attacks HP fraud charges with new website

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Re: A bit more reading suggests . . .

"So HP actually paid $5M a head for a professional services firm. Very hard to scale"

Funny thing. I remember reading that, on these very comment pages, before the deal was concluded.

I find it hard to believe HP on this when a majority of articles and comments I read on the deal seemed to be saying "They are massively overpaying and won't be able to scale the business".

Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

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Wii U Profit

"“As soon as we get the consumer to buy one piece of software, then that entire transaction becomes profit positive,” Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, told the San Jose Mercury News"

That's great for Nintendo if it is true, but the quote is conspicuous by it's absense from the interview you linked to.

NASA SECRET DISCOVERY ON MARS: Meteor offers possible clue

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Re: It's life, we're not that special...

If you think finding life on mars would stop the religious types then you have a lot to learn.

To those people both finding and not finding life will prove the existance of whatever deity they want it to.

British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

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If it helps

I know a black lady by the name of Ruby.

I'm sure she'd be happy to talk about anything, as long as she gets paid.

'The People's' cell operator to offer expensive data - but it's for cheridee

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Re: There aren't many charities I give to nowadays

"I haven't checked, but I suspect that if the DD is cancelled before the collectors made any commission off it (why do you think they do it) then they will be able to clawback a fee from the charity"

Last I looked, the fees per sign up were around £80-£150.

This is paid up front by the charity who hope, and statistically do, make it up from the donator over time.

It does mean though that if you sign up, and cancel the DD, you are effectively losing the charity money.

I really thing the chugging model is wrong, and would love to see it stop (I'm not sure how, or rather "why" we could ban it though).

Cashless Comet to close 41 stores, axe 500 jobs

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Not much of a sale

"A closing down sale was initiated at the weekend across stores due to be shuttered and more aggressive discounts will be applied to the other remaining 195 outlets, the administrator said."

I suspect this means they will, at best, match Amazon prices.

And therin lies the problem. From my experience most of the time my friends or family have gone into a Comet recently is to look at a TV / Wahing Machine / Etc and choose which one they want. Then go home and order it online with a cheaper price, free delivery and no one hassling you for extended waranty or Monster (price) cables.

Alan Sugar's YouView loses brand judgment in court

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Re: alan sugar huh?

Failed?

He made a lot of money with Amstrad, and also the eMailer.

By my reconing if you can turn a profit from a godawful product like the eMailer you can't be that "bad" at business.

Assassin's Creed 3 game review

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Re: Still playing the last one

Take your time.

I have played all the (released on the PS3) Creed games and was pushed by the wife to buy this one on release day.

Verdict: I'm sure it is good, but the bugs are annoying the hell out of me.

They seem to have released this too early. It blatently has not been bug tested to anything like the level it should have.

The first 2 days loading times were horendous, and gameplay frequently crashed or didn't work properly (like a mission to fight 8 soldiers where the attack button would not work) Another time we walked around with a random sword sticking out of our chest and 80% of the ladies seemed to lose their skirts when we went close to them (I quite liked that one actually).

It has got better the last couple of days, due to the obligatory patches, but still remains very, very buggy.

Just because companies can fix bugs with patches should not mean they can also release games that are patently unfinished. Does Sony or Microsoft have no quality control measures in place to prevent such things? It seems not.

Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

pig

I don't get the fuss

My Vacuum is a Bissell.

I'd never heard of them but it was £30 from Asda.

It was £150 cheaper then the Dyson.

It is a year old now and it still sucks up dirt.

It sounds like a jet engine, and it doesn't have typhoons or a ball or anything. But it works.

I'm not sure I need or want anything more in a Vacuum.

Apple iPod Touch 5G review

pig

Re: "Recess the lens please!"

They could move it back a bit?

Outfit which will save your Freeview TV from 4G interference stands up

pig

Re: What about areas where 4G rollout will be a long time coming?

It sounds to me like IPTV over a 4G data connection is your best bet for a reliable TV service.

So 4G is likely to be anything but a problem for you.

Watchdog: Gov bods should rummage through BINS for FOI data

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Re: Far too much credit

I recently showed one of the FOI officers at the council I work at how to OCR in Adobe.

Previously, for the last 3 years, she had printed out PDF's and then re-typed them in word as a matter of course.

Seriously.

If an FOI turned up here asking about versioning none of that team would have the faintest what was being asked.

Big Blue bigwig: Tiny processor knobs can't shrink forever

pig

Re: Meyerson predicted Intel's move away from speed to cores?

Hang on, where does it say that he said processors could not get to 4 or 5GHz?

I read this in the article:

"Back in 2003 he predicted that Intel would never deliver on its promises of 4 to 5GHz CPUs and would, in fact, be forced to shift to multi-core processors."

And from memory I note that Intel did not release 4 to 5GHz processors and indeed shifted to multi-core processors.

He sounds pretty on the money to me.

ARM cranks up cache and memory designs for servers

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Re: The problem with ARM..

Definitely the car. There is a reason doctors call motorcyclists "donors".

Sorry, not sure how relevant that is to the analogy.

Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

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Re: Banks are fibbers....

Sounds about right.

My uncle fixes cash machines and refused to use them until about 15 years ago, before that he fixed them but withdrew his money from the counter.

Security at that time was a joke, so much so that the emergency legislation - to block reporting of issues - was used (twice I think?) in the 80's for cash machine security issues. From memory once it was for the 'everyone has the same default pin' issue and the other for being able to access any account if you created a card withh the mag strip set a certin way.

Security now is much, much better, but banks are still bastards.

The last time I had money stolen (£600 of Ryanir flights appearing from nowhere) they tried to say that since the card was chip and pin they wouldn't refund it. I laughed down the phone and said I would send them articles on how to get around chip and pin and they relented straight away and refunded me. My worry is how many people just take them at face value and don't get refunded, for what is in reality the banks liability.

TalkTalk pitches cut-price mobes to own customers

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I'd never heard of them, but I think I might get one for the iPad now.

The iPad was a gift and I never planned on putting a sim in it, but at those prices I could well be tempted.

Norwich City FC Web CMS exposes privates. Club respond by calling police.

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I bet Norwich are getting a free pen test this morning.

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