* Posts by Aqua Marina

358 posts • joined 30 Dec 2011

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

Aqua Marina

@FFS. Does anyone read the full article these days?

People read the article, but you don't read the comments.

The article simply says "introduce a new law to allow the ICO to penalise a company’s directors for their firm’s nuisance calls". Notice the phrase "ICO to penalise a company's directors".

The commentard stated "The law needs to change so they can't just dissolve when it suits them and also the directors should be personally made responsible for CCJs and fines." The commentard is asking that directors are made responsible for ALL fines and CCJs. Not just the ones from the ICO.

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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

Aqua Marina

Re: Say what?

"This was due to a process failure, corrected in 2016, which led to a limited amount of UK data being stored in the US between 2011 and 2016."

I wonder if this oversight was reported to the ICO at the time, or if it was quietly swept under the rug and hoped that would be the end of it.

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HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?

Aqua Marina

"where, in my experience, the employees are hard working but are completely unable to think for themselves"

I spent about 6 months trying to open an account with them. The account kept getting declined repeatedly for the same ludicrous reason. My passport had my middle name on it, my bills didn't. It wasn't possible to get my middle name on the bills because it would have taken me over the maximum character limit. They wouldn't accept initials either. It was ridiculous, the bank manager kept trying to push it through, but a week later each time I got an automated letter back saying my proof of ID didn't match. After 6 months I went to Barclays. They only looked at my passport to confirm my ID, account was open same day.

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US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

Aqua Marina

At the risk of being downvoted a million times again, I'll point out that Section 53 of RIPA puts the onus on the prosecution to demonstrate that the accused has or knows passwords to hand over. There is a myth on The Register comments that prosecutors can repeat the request over and over, each time sending the guilty party to prison for 2 years at a time. This simply isn't true, and to date has never happened or even been attempted. It's very possible that the prosecution could not prove their claim beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyhow, here is the exact wording of the law below.

Section 53 Failure to comply with a notice.

3 For the purposes of this section a person shall be taken to have shown that he was not in possession of a key to protected information at a particular time if—

....

(b)the contrary is not proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

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UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

Aqua Marina

Re: What?

Exactly, Vista with the service packs, and a few registry changes disabling the buggy caching and buggy memory management was Windows 7, at least it ran as reliably right up until I was forced not to use Vista by Microsoft. We had Vista and 7 running reliably side by side for years.

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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

Aqua Marina

Re: How far will this go ???

"So what is next, banning of such texts"

In the U.K. It's been illegal for a couple of decades now to publish instructions on how to circumvent many of our computer misuse laws. Yes you read that right, it's illegal to inform people how not to break the law, if the objective was originally to break the law.

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

Aqua Marina

I thought the published opinion of Fukushima on el-reg was "Nothing to see here, move along". Did something happen to change that view?

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Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

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Sprechende designer?

"you need someone with technical expertise who speaks enough "design" to communicate with the designer "

Something I've clearly never learned looking at the years I've spent banging my head against the wall with designers who do not understand the concept of DPI. A typical example:-

Designer: I need all my photography images to be supplied at 300 DPI.

Me: What resolution?

Designer: 300 DPI......

Me: 6" x 4" at 300 DPI, 10" x 6" at 300 DPI, A1 at 300 DPI?

Designer: Look, they just need to be 300DPI then they are good enough to print out.

Me: You've saved 1TB of JPGs twice and filled up the entire NAS, one lot at 96DPI and the other at 300 DPI, but they are both just 3800 x 2100 images.

Designer: That's because the ones at 96DPI are for use on the website, the 300 DPI are to be printed.

Me: But they're identical, you only need one set.

Designer: No, they're different resolutions, those are the same resolution as your monitor, those as your printer.....

And many many more....

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The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

Aqua Marina

Re: Electoral register

The clue was in the sentence "contains just as much personally identifiable data".

E.g. Name, address, nationality, DOB, national insurance number, telephone number, previous addresses, email address and signature. Everything your average identity thief needs.

The last 4 digits of a credit card isn't particularly personally identifiable data.

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Aqua Marina

Electoral register

The electoral register contains just as much personally identifiable data as this leak, but I'd be interested to know how many reg pro-privacy-commenters have actually followed the steps to remove themselves from it.

https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/electoral-register/

If you take the steps to remove yourself from the open register now, all subsequent years registrations will still remain published and in third party hands, so you're not really removing yourself from it, just not keeping it up to date. Unless you move house to a different area, in which case you'll be automatically opted back in, until you notice and opt out.

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

Aqua Marina

Try not to read this in a Liam Neeson voice.

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. What I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you post a link to a clickbait article, I will look for you, I will find you, and you won't believe what happens next!

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

Aqua Marina

Nibiru!

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Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie

Aqua Marina

Please tell me more, how do you feel about the hats?

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Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

Aqua Marina

"...are unwilling to hire less experienced candidates"

I remember in 2002 being told I was unsuitable for a job, because I didn't have 5 years experience in Windows 2000.

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

Aqua Marina

Re: Optional

Cockpits eye view landing video here. Looks amazing, lands to a standstill in half the runway, then performs a u-turn!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-land-plane-london-city-8610007

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Britain shouldn't turn its back on EU drone regs, warns aerospace boffin

Aqua Marina

Re: Here be snowflakes...

"Because the rules do not tell you what you can do..."

I was under the impression that this is how exactly those EU countries still following Napoleonic law work.

European Napoleonic law = everything is forbidden apart from that enshrined in law.

British law = everything is legal, apart from that which is forbidden by law.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

Aqua Marina
Black Helicopters

Could anyone enlighten me why the plane has a yoke and a joystick? I would have thought it was one or t'other?

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

Aqua Marina

I'm seeing something like this regularly on my iphone in Safari. A pop up fills the window, and cannot be shut down unless I click the button being offerred that will "let me speak to a microsoft technician who will remove the malware from my PC". The image seems to be perfectly sized so that I cannot scroll up or down to get to the control bars at the top or bottom. If I kill safari, then once I start it back up, the last page viewed is shown, and blam, I'm back to the same screen. To get around it I have to kill safari, then go into the settings and erase the safari history.

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

Aqua Marina
Coat

Re: Is that photo a photoshop job?

That gave me such a groan I feel obliged to grab your coat off you, and leave myself :)

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

Aqua Marina

Let them know they screwed up (and possibly broke the law) on their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/SWTechnology

Tweet them too https://twitter.com/smartwaternews

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Aqua Marina

Re: Dodgy ads!

I read that (and still do) as "Dodgy ADSL".

I thought "Oh finally an IT angle to a political thread" :)

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

Aqua Marina
Trollface

Time to voice your disapproval...

...on their facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/NASA/

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

Aqua Marina

Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

"Aye, i know at least one secondary school where Ipads are actually mandatory, with various finance options"

I was furious when my lads school sent home a letter stating all children would need an iPad in the following term. They had an offering for the latest and greatest with finance, and a disclaimer stating that lesser models might not be capable of running the schools software.

They were effectively painting a target on the backs of all the kids saying "mug me". Every kid in town now walks to and from school with a grands worth of iPad waiting for the bag snatchers.

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Jim Kubicek Cumming Forsythe Chamber of Commerce

Aqua Marina
Megaphone

Jim Kubicek Cumming Forsythe Chamber of Commerce

Well, after a month of silence and no indictment, it looks like the local fuzz have decided that character assassination is in order. A detective who says he rarely comments on investigations, comments enough to fill this article. Surely the appropriate place for his comments would be court?

http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/msp-denies-destroying-office-365-data-nonpayment-flap#comment-170101

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US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

Aqua Marina

Probably not politically correct of me to say this, but one of my female friends was forbidden (as much as she could be) by her dad from following his footsteps in a career in the army, because (in his words) the female soldiers were treated as beds by the men, and that most of the women didn't mind this. He put it down to the training having a confidence boosting effect on both sexes, where there was no shame felt by what they got up to, until people started getting caught out when they went too far.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

Aqua Marina

Re: tbh, Uber has a point

"If Uber operates in a country where Uber is not legally allowed to operate, then Uber is operating illegaly. Are you able to follow that?".

By your logic if the police set up a speed trap on my way to work, and I decide that day to change my route because of that, I should be arrested for avoiding the speed trap, because I normally speed on my way to work.

You're forgetting innocent unless proven guilty. Uber like most career criminals known to the police, are probably up to something they shouldn't be. But because we live in a civilised society, we just can't round people up based on "They are up to something". Likewise in the same civilised society, you can't set up a trap, then round up all the usual suspects who fail to fall into it. Due process and all that.

Are you able to follow that?

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Aqua Marina

Reminds me of the time a CEO of a UK based chain-store wanted a webcam on his desk, but at the same time the webcam wouldn't be able to allow the person on the other end to read any documents the CEO might have within view of the webcam. "If I hold up a sensitive document in front of the webcam during a conference, I don't want him to be able to read it". It was a real head-banging moment, he genuinely thought that there was a technical way to stop the camera from focusing on anything other than his face. This was in 2001.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

Aqua Marina

Paper trail

The paperwork trail will ultimately exonerate or lack of will crucify him.

If he has records of sending via some form of recorded delivery, or acknowledged email, an invoice for the service, a statement, a reminder, a 7 day letter and a final notice then he's covered.

If however he has seen red when they have terminated him, and he's shut down the service in spite, it's unlikely the judge will take his side.

Always do things in writing, never by phone.

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

Aqua Marina
Coat

I for one welcome our future post-apocalyptic magnetic cockroach overlords!

I'd love to know what transpired prior to the scientist getting the idea "I wonder how magnetic a dead cockroach is". It's just so random.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

Aqua Marina

Re: "Let's use a firewall"

"The issue with a firewall is it requires network skills to be properly configured. NAT implies a simple "all inbound connections denied" default rule"

I think the issue is, that you have only ever used domestic / SOHO routers that appear to have merged the NAT and firewall functionality together, blinding you to the fact that they are 2 separate functions. You are blindly trusting the manufacturers of these devices to have made this choice for you and that it works in the manner you believe. Here's the eye opener for you, you are wrong. Many of the SOHO / domestic routers look like they work how you believe, but in reality they have fudged the interface to give you that impression. Have a dig down in the advanced settings, there you will see that the default settings are not configured as you believe (sometimes you have to enter the CLI), and that you have to do do some tinkering to make your network as secure as you think it is now.

TLDR: SOHO / domestic router manufacturers have lulled you into a false sense of security by hiding technical stuff.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

Aqua Marina

Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

The cynic in me says that the Donald will attempt to issue an EO that allows religious discrimination. That worked out well in Germany, and he seems to be going down the same route.

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Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

Aqua Marina

TLA backdoors.

That's actually a good point. Who is liable if an attacker successfully intrudes via a backdoor that you are legally required to leave open, and you are legally forbidden from admitting exists. Someone has probably pointed this out, and it's currently gone for consultation behind closed doors.

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

Aqua Marina

"But both seem to have convinced one another that government is just a big company with too much red tape....."

The funny thing is, that up until some time between WW1 and WW2 many government departments, were companies and corporations that had been given responsibilities via statutes. Local councils were corporations. Someth g came to mind this morning when I read about Trumps decree that for every new law, 2 old laws must be repealed. That's something we could do with in the Uk. We still have many statutes on the books relating to the East India Trading Company that have never been repealed!

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Aqua Marina

Re: Protocol

I thought this was normal for Gmail email accounts.

I have a company gmail account for mydomain.com. When setting up the account I had to use another address (not mydomain.com) for the administrative user account. Google would not accept a mydomain email address as the administrative user, probably because at that point I wouldn't be able to receive the confirmation emails from google during the update of the MX records. Even now, I have to have a non mydomain.com email address as a registered contact on the account in the event that mydomain.com is down, and google need to contact me by other means. With access to this email address I have administrative access and ownership of the company gmail. I can and have set up additional administrative users that do have mydomain.com addresses, but you must have one account that isn't on the same domain.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

Aqua Marina

2 years?

I'm still not convinced that Brexit should take 2 years. We hold all the cards. The UK simply has to stop the £350 million a week payments, and the EU looses 20-25% of it's funding. You want to keep the money flowing, come to the table now and make a deal like grown ups. You don't want to? What are you going to do to us, we're leaving anyway, oh and we're still not going to pay you. It's ridiculous, May needs to grow a backbone and cancel the direct debit till everything is agreed one way or the other.

*Disclaimer, I'm with the remain camp, but the UK decided democratically that we were out, so I want this done as quickly and efficiently as possible with minimum cost and fuss.

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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

Aqua Marina

*imaginarynumber

"Apple...... they even told the court that they had invented touchscreen smartphones."

Now this is what I find crazy, in the years that have passed, everyone and their dog now knows that there are 1001 examples of prior art (eg. the first iPhone released 2007 could easily be mistaken for the Samsung F700 that first appeared at CEBIT in 2006) for pretty much every one of Apples claims.

With all this now established knowledge amassed in the past decade, why hasn't someone pushed in the courts to persue perjury charges? Given all the documentation that exists now, someone must have deliberately lied in court.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

Aqua Marina
Devil

Talking of daily mail

There's a petition here to get the Daily Mail website classified as a fake news site on Facebook.

https://www.change.org/p/facebook-get-the-daily-mail-reclassified-as-a-fake-news-website

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Uh-oh! Microsoft has another chatbot – but racism is a no-go for Zo

Aqua Marina
Linux

Go fish!

I wonder how it will pronounce the word 'Ghoti'!

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

Aqua Marina
Coffee/keyboard

Re: To the 2IC

I'd love to know what financially stable world some of the posters that frequent this forum are living in. A day doesn't go by where someone is suggesting that an actual paying job is simply abandoned because of a disagreement. Can someone let me know where all these replacement jobs are available?

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Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

Aqua Marina
Mushroom

Shall we play a game?

Wonder if they've got Global Thermonuclear War on that games list.

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

Aqua Marina

Double edged sword?

Are dishonest and malicious reviews now protected?

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Three CEO confirms hack, 133,827 customers were exposed

Aqua Marina
Coat

3 CEOs?

I read the article end to end, but couldn't find anything said about the other 2!

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

Aqua Marina

Price hikes on the way.

"Volvo has already noticed that some human drivers behave like bullies around autonomous cars."

If this is researched and documented then it will result in premiums being sky-high for owners of non-autonamous drivers all the more quickly. "You're insurance premium is going up this year sir, because we think you'll be acting like a dick!"

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

Aqua Marina

Just keep adding people!

Reply to All was the bane of my life at one of the places I worked a few years ago. It got so bad I was asked if we could remove it from up high because what started off as an email conversation between 2 people, ended up going back and forth with more people added, to the point that towards the end, 30 or mo people were now in the To: / CC: field.

There was no automated way at the time to remove or even displace it automatically without visiting each user, and making all the relevant clicks in their profile.

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AI boffins turn to StarCraft to train future neural networks

Aqua Marina

Re: Has been done

Hence the word "essentially". On an equal map, with equal resource allocation and equal starting, the game is reduced to being turn based via mathematics. One of them must be processed first, then the other, and will always win via milliseconds.

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