* Posts by Aqua Marina

470 posts • joined 30 Dec 2011

Page:

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Oh well

“Dunno why you got so many downvotes for what was an informative and correct answer.”

Because this is The Register comments section, where truth is determined by votes rather than fact.

0
0

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Doorways!

George RR Martin in the 90s did a TV movie pilot for a series called Doorways where the protagonists could jump through a portal into an alternative dimension where things were the same but slightly different. This preceded Sliders by about a year (wonder where they got the idea). Anyway one of the plot lines of the dimension they jumped into was that on earth 2 (or was it 3, I haven’t seen it since 1994) they had designed a bug that would solve the earths ecological problems by eating oil based waste. Only the bug spread worldwide eating all the oil, and anything made from it such as plastics. As a result the earth was a much healthier place to live due to no pollution, but we were pretty much living back in the 1800s technologically.

2
0

US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

"It would mean that you couldn't send anyone over to conduct business in the EU"

It doesn't say anything of the sort. Anyone from the US could come over to the EU to perform business. What they can't do is get on a plane back to the US with a USB stick full of personal data. Whilst that person is within the EU they are bound by EU laws.

"nor would you be able to appoint agents there"

Legally speaking an agent is the equivalent of having an office. So an EU based agent would be bound by EU laws, even if his wage packet comes from the US.

"Apart from the logistical issues such an organisation would have to contend with being gaining a sleazy reputation."

What logistical issues? I can go onto a US based retail website and order whatever I want provided they are willing to deliver to the EU. There are US ebay shops aplenty that do so and the same with Amazon US. No sleazy issues here thankyou very much, you are talking bollocks.

"And if the nature of the service were B2B then its customers would be at risk."

Again you are talking bollocks. I import from the US, and as long as the only personal details I give them are my own as the representative of the company, and not say my whole customer list then there is no risk.

1
2
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

“If you want to do business in the EU, you must abide by EU law“

A very common misconception but not quite true. If you want to have an office based within the EU then any business performed from it must be compliant with EU laws. The EU does not forbid its citizens from seeking services outside the EU with organisations to which EU laws do not apply.

8
0
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: EU expecting it's laws to be global

At which point the EU has the legal authority to cut the fibres at its borders, appoint its own overseer of domain registry and go it alone. Stopping a whole chunk of annual revenue going overseas.

Life would go on, business would still take place.

17
1

Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: "31 complaints per 100,000 customers"

Came on to say the same thing. I wish my business had 100000 regular customers with only 31 complaints, heck, I'd settle for 10000.

7
1

Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: JEDI Cloud

"All in one convenient place for the Dark Side to read accidentally unsecured data."

All in one convenient place for the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans to concentrate their hacking efforts.

Talk about painting a target on your back, all your eggs in one basket, single point of failure etc.

8
0

The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

This years play expo has been cancelled I believe. However they are having one at the Blackpool winter gardens instead.

0
0
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Smaller and Far away....

Sega Microdrive!!!

Ok so they might need a chat with Sir Clive first about the name.

1
0

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: I apologize for being ignorant in this...

The short answer is

The mass dump of personal data is what is illegal.

Longer version

Like you say there is nothing illegal about turning up at your local council office armed with a paper notebook and pen, and asking to see public records then making notes. If however you turned up at the council offices armed with a 1000 page per minute high volume copier, expect not to get through the door.

At the moment there is a fine line drawn between reasonable access to public records, and massive data collection. I expect things will start to get messy once the GDPR comes into play. Most councils will probably err on the side of caution, until someone has to sue them to get access to public data.

7
0

India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: "A sphere or igloo-like dome is the most efficient shape for a habitat in a vacuum..."

Your problem could be solved by 3D printing construction bricks of various dimensions, then using something like this to lay them afterwards. Sort of a giant Lego technics set!

https://youtu.be/FXhZEV22Jrw

0
0

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Businesses being businesses I'm sure that they would find a way to include it in the price, say increase the cost of domain registration by £4.99 per year. I don't think legislation will have anything to do with it. It's a legal requirement for me to have car insurance, but I still have to pay a business for it.

1
1
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Unless ICANN have an EU based office they can’t be fined. The EU based registrars are the ones that can only receive any such fine. The solution is simple, if you have an EU based office, enable anonymisation by default. I have it on my 123-reg account, it works and it has worked since they started to offer it as a chargeable extra.

6
9

El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Eh.. Get an office Jnr its easier....maybe

I remember doing this in the 80s as a child using cans of coke, a Big Trak and the optional self emptying trailer attachment.

How do I claim my prize?

2
0

Not one, but 20,000 black holes hiding in Milky Way's heart

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

So they’ve discovered...

... the Kessel Run!

All they have to do now is figure out how to navigate through it in 12 par-secs!

6
0

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

If MS Ireland were on the ball, they will have already involved the Irish equivalent of the ICO (EICO?). If they havent I'm sure some well meaning citizens could inform the EICO that the US government is trying to force an EU based company to break EU law. That should pretty much stale-mate it as EU execs would ultimately be liable if they allow the US company to trawl their systems.

20
0

The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: RS232 Interface Lead

RS232 Interface Lead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDlj0jBtYmQ

2
0
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

I Had an IBM job

And then I lost my job

And heaven knows

I'm miserable now

8
0

Cambridge Analytica's daddy biz had 'routine access' to UK secrets

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

"Interesting that they did additional work for free."

It's basic sales technique into large organisations that buy big, and move slowly. Ensure that your customer is using the tools correctly, efficiently, and more importantly, all the time! Several months onsite support drilling the use of your product into people, and the product becomes mandatory. Decades of follow up sales to follow.

6
0

First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

‘book tablets‘

Surely that should be ‘Booklets’!

20
1

Reg writer wins quite prestigious journalism prism

Aqua Marina
Silver badge
Trollface

Take note San Francisco office. Real journalism!

6
10

Facebook confirms Cambridge Analytica stole its data; it’s a plot, claims former director

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

SHHHHHHHHHHH!

22
1

After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

And there goes a useful tool?

What am I supposed to use as a yard stick to determine who I really do need to de-friend on Facebook? For the past two years anyone posting a link to a Britain First page identified themselves as someone I really didn’t want to remain in contact with!

15
2

HP is turning off 'Always On' data deals but won't say why

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Return under waranty?

The latest offer on the table is about $65, so post Geohot? Yep. You have until April 18th I believe to submit your claim.

1
1

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Chicken Licken

You just reminded me of the Dappa Laughs vine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuDQqcNgS9s

1
0

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: ObaKa?

On my iPhone the K key is right above the M key. I’d suggest fat fingers is at faulf.

4
0
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Excuse me ..

Alas these things come from a time before the computerised records and instant worldwide communications we have today. They were also hand made and subject to on the spot improvisations. During the war they’ll have been MacGyvered and cannibalised to keep them in the air. The chances are that all the above is true depending on where you were in the world at the time and whether or not the communication to name things differently had filtered down to you. When the builder finally did get instructions to change the name, he probably thought "Oh, I'll just use up the remainder of this box of serial plates before getting some more made".

8
0

EE: Data goes TITSUP* for Brit mobile customers

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

“leaving grumbling UK commuters with nothing to mindlessly tap on their way to work.”

I thought that’s what the steering wheel was for?

4
0

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

My sister once blew the cylinder head gasket of her first car killing it. The mechanic asked her when she last topped up the engine with water. “You put petrol in cars, not water!” Came the scolding reply.

30 years later and we still remind her of it.

73
0

Europe's Unified Patent Court fate in the balance amid German probing (yes, Brexit is in the mix)

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: International organisation immunity

Surely diplomatic immunity only works if the hosting country accept it. At any time Germany could expel him, deport him to his home country and end the diplomatic immunity formally.

As an EU citizen he is probably free to re-enter the country, but with his immunity formally ended if he walked into the office and started acting as king again, there shouldn’t be anything stopping the humourless police doing their thing.

1
0

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Aqua Marina
Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Don't forget to sue them for time lost...

Meh, MS should just tell him to install Classic Shell and to go away!

11
21

Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Anyone want to make a lot of money?

Approaching this from a business perspective. Our lords and masters have decreed that something must be done. They will not listen to those with suitable knowledge, so the only thing left to do is to give them something, anything and make a bloody f*ckton of money while doing it. Very soon someone else will have this idea and will make a f*ckton of money from it. Probably someone like BAE or Lockheed Martin. The final results do not matter. The fact that someone up high can tick a box that says “it is done” is sufficient. Start a company, sell magic thinking. Close down after a few years and retire to somewhere warm and cheap.

So, are you going to complain that what is being asked for is impossible, or are you going to follow the American dream and profit from it?

65
0

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: You think this is invasive

You jest, but it turns out that chimera DNA causes exactly that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Fairchild

9
0

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Ditto, the Tussauds Waxworks in Blackpool has blown-up (as in poster sized, not exploded) traditional double entendre Blackpool post cards all over the walls as you walk round. Just something to have a titter about.

13
0

Who can save us? It's 2018 and some email is still sent as cleartext

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

How do I configure my email client, so that once I’ve configured encrypted emails, it becomes impossible to send me the same text by postal mail?

3
0

Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Some of these are collector items

Shortly after the Playboy issue she must have realised that there was a market for nerd fullfillment cos she started her own website called Babylon Babes. It didn't last long.

1
0

Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Possible error?

"but we can read every email."

Challenge accepted!

3
0

You get a lawsuit! And you get a lawsuit! And you! Now Apple sued over CPU security flaws

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: GDPR

They are running it with unrestricted uploads and downloads from pre-authenticated trusted devices which are susceptible to data theft. Is that enough to get your imagination going thinking about how to exploit it, or shall I get the crayons out?

0
6
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: GDPR

In fact I'll go one step further and suggest that AWS and Azure should be in the ICOs crosshairs. If they too were aware of this security flaw many months ago, then they have equally exposed data held on their cloud. They have probably no way of knowing if miscreants were firing up AWS and Azure virtual machines then trawling the servers memory using this flaw for anything that could be phished. If they knew about it, kept quiet about it, and didn't have the technical means to monitor that the flaw was not being used, then they have failed in their duty of care to ensure that data is kept separate between instances and have potentially exposed data.

0
3
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: GDPR

Specifically, from the article "Apple withheld information on the flaws from customers for months, selling products it knew to be vulnerable to data-theft attacks.".

The GDPR makes it a data controllers responsibility to ensure that data is held securely. Apple hold lots of personal data in the cloud that they suck up from iPhones. This suckage is enabled by default, so Apple is now the de-facto data controller. Apple products are now vulnerable to data-theft attacks, in other words there is a backdoor into Apples cloud, in other other words, data is now exposed.

The ICO doesn't think much of the corporate excuse "we have no evidence that data was stolen", the act of simply exposing data whether it is stolen, viewed or not is considered a data breach.

0
11
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

GDPR

This is the kind of thing likely to attract a big fine from the ICO if it happened in a few months time. 4% of Apple’s billions is going to hurt.

1
21

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Bollocks 2.0

I'm sorry... actually I'm not, I'll come out and say sir that you are talking absolute bollocks.

The NHOS logo on your websites homepage is 75% the NHS logo. You have taken an existing logo and tweaked it. It's the equivalent of taking the Coke logo and changing the text to Cokee, whilst keeping the same font and colours.

On your home page you have a video. The image even before I click it shows the 100% NHS logo, with the letters "b u n t u" appended after it. This would be no different to me taking the Disney logo, not changing the font or colours, but putting "buntu" after it and then trying to claim it's an entirely new logo with no disney logo or branding present.

It's not often I call someone a complete liar, but sir, you are lying completely. You know it, I know it, the NHS know it and anyone that visits your website having looked at the following link knows it.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=nhs+logo&rlz=1C1GGRV_enGB751GB751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAxOeiyeLYAhXJK8AKHfsUC-IQ_AUICigB&biw=2560&bih=1309

TLDR: Marcus Baw is talking bollocks.

12
1
Aqua Marina
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Bollocks

So far 3 of the 4 core members have down voted me. Just waiting on number 4. Just remember guys, down voting doesn't make it any less true.

10
11
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Bollocks

I look at the website and see the words "NHSbuntu" and "NHSMail2". They have the NHOS logo at the top left, which is clearly the NHS logo cut at 2/3 with a dotted O inserted into the middle. They also have a video on the homepage that has the NHS logo with the letters "buntu" added after it.

This is straight forward passing off.

25
11
Aqua Marina
Silver badge

I actually agree with the government on this (having read their letter). To say your product is for use in the NHS is quite acceptable. To use the NHS branding and logo is simply passing-off unless you get written authorisation to use them beforehand (they did get written authorisation didn't they???). It's basic licensing 101. The volunteer aspect of it is here nor there.

There is a huge difference between offering a product for use in the NHS, and claiming that something is an NHS product. That was the distinction the government pointed out in their letter.

63
10

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Arm Laser Turrets!

In the old original X wing PC game, you could come to a complete stop, divert all power to engines, fire a laser then go full throttle and catch it up. After 30 seconds or so the laser bolt just disappeared. I assume the game is based on real physics!

1
0

UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

Aqua Marina
Silver badge

Re: Bot

Please tell me how you feel about For your inconvenience?

3
0

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018