* Posts by Derezed

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Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Big Brother

Posters?

So apparently we have posters already printed...

I suggest placing them on each landing, opposite lift-shafts. The idea I have has an enormous face that will gaze from the wall. It must be one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. If only I could think of a suitable caption.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Private Eye always has

Do you not see the problem with this reply?"...

...not unless the form factor of a laptop or desktop got miniaturised recently...

Internet != Telephony...maybe she doesn't like WhatsApp...

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WTF?

Re: Oh, the fallability of the BBC!

Your point appears to be that if someone comes and takes out your toilet, you'd be happy shitting out of your windows because, well, we all did in the good old days didn't we?

They might have used this thing called "email" she used while at her home (sat at a device known as a Personal Computer or "PC"...or even a device called a "tablet" connected to a magical device called a "WiFi router").

You can't just scoff and pretend that people don't rely on technology for certain things or suggest that because you're happy without quick access to porn that everyone else is just dandy too.

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WTF?

Not the US

What? A Chinese citizen arrested in Canada on a US warrant? I think Brexit is a more likely culprit.

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Trollface

Backup?

I based my entire existence on O2 infrastructure, but fortunately I have a backup mobile infrastructure in my back pocket...stupid normal people probably don't.

Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears

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Go

Re: Private Eye always has

What you want to do is upgrade that twenty eight point eight kilobaud internet connection to a one point five megabit fibre-optic T-1 line. The main question is will your ISP be able to provide an IP router that's compatable with your token ring ethernet LAN configuration?

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Coat

Hardcore, ay?

"fly tip their rubbish...One lot was left last month and the dumbass drove right by a sign saying hardcore wanted. He could have dropped it all for free and .... instead the council had to come and shift it all."

He DID drop it all off for free! And hey, you got a fresh batch of hardcore (if you like that kind of thing)! Win-Win!

Check this out: Radisson Hotel Group 'fesses up to 'security incident'

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Meh

Re: Private Eye always has

I'm looking forward to seeing hell frozen over...we'll see what our GDPR overlords do...my guess is it will equate to a fine equalling no less than three to four microseconds of profit.

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

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FAIL

Cost of doing business...what a waste of time.

I hope those milk teeth come out soon and our watchdog grows some seriously sharp kiddie pwning canine gnashers.

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

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Big Brother

1/1/1900

You run the risk of a letter from a queen though...or a visit from a BBC reporter finding out what you are "the last of" from WW2 (or actually WW1 with that age).

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Re: Why they store date of birth

I am pretty sure if i order a box of tampons or parecetamol from Superdrug online they're not going to request copies of my passport and a utility bill...this makes the date of birth field on their website as useful as a favourite colour field for verifying that purchases are being made legally. There are no age restrictions on buying OTC medicines:

Note from the NHS website: "There are no legal age restrictions for buying over-the-counter (OTC) medicines."...no need for DoB checks here.

From their terms and conditions:

Age Restrictions

We only accept orders from persons aged 16 and over. By placing an order for pharmacy-only medicines, you are confirming that you are aged 16 or over.

From their terms of use:

2.4 The purchase of certain products and services on the Site are subject to age requirements specified by law. We are not permitted by law to supply these products or services to individuals who do not satisfy these age requirements and, if you are underage, you must not attempt to order these products or services through the Site.

I just registered an account with them with a DoB of 2004. I then added some parecetamol to my basket, answered some health questionnaire questions which didn't include my DoB and hey presto...they'll deliver them tomorrow! Odd, because it says my DoB will be used for checks (it doesn't even check that I am 16 and therefore allowed to use their website!)

To the dude who thought they restricted based on Nicotinell Mint 1mg Compressed Lozenge 96 Lozenges...I just bought some with y 14 year old profile.

On the medicines questionnaire they even ask "how old the patient is" when I have selected "the medicine is for me". I selected 18 years +...no verification against my supposed birth date...

TLDR: they use DoB for marketing purposes and nothing more. Superdrug work on the "Trust" policy of assuming you're the correct age...

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This one made me laugh. As a precaution I never give my genuine date of birth to any website uppity enough to ask for it...that might bite me if I need to make a subject access request (as I do with Dixons/Carphonewarehouse/Curries etc who mentioned I am a lucky one of fifty million who has had their data siphoned by proper hackers).

Let's hope this is just a bunch of chancers attempting to extort money with no real hack and we don't learn a bit later that "originally we thought only Fred from Essex had his data stolen but it turns out one hundred billion personal records have been hacked" and "don't worry, we're not liable for any fraud because there's no way in a million years you can link it back to our incompetence" (cough: TalkTalk, cough: Dixons/CarphoneWarehouse).

My favourite glib statement is the one about not worrying, only stuff you can't cancel/change has been splurged into fraudsters hands...trivial stuff like DOB and full name and address...if someone has my credit card details I am covered up the arse...if they have my identity not so much.

Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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Mushroom

"I know that people should probably be not giving them this info"

Very easy to say. I have just had a demand from a pension provider to send them copies of my passport and driving license which they are legally required to keep "on file" (i.e. in some unlocked draw) for 5 years or the length of my business with them (i.e. when I die).

I told them to fuck off so they can't provide me with a service.

When the state makes it the law that all of these pissant (and not so pissant) companies demand copies of your nut sack imprint, is it any wonder that every fraudster under the sun has your DNA on file?

Dem gubment.

IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

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They sell advertising...that's what they do...

Trust a fucking advertising company to diagnose illness? Do me a favour.

Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

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Re: Let me understand...

100% agree with this.

The wild West approach to personal data management at companies needs to end. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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It should be...

It should be for life. People can't change their date of birth or social security number. They also shouldn't have to move house to avoid being scammed because some fuck witted company can't keep its data off the internet.

UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog

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Linkage

Have you got a link to the source that tells you that this project was outsourced instead of some council employee giving their nephew "who is very good with computers" free reign to build a piece of shit web front end using some ill developed PHP skills?

Virgin Media mulls ditching 1 in 3 UK facilities, starts £20m spend audit

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So...

Company buys lots of little companies to destroy competition and acquire IP...human collateral damage when inevitable asset stripping begins is high...company doesn't give a fuck.

Bear eats honey in full expectation of transforming it into brown matter to deploy in nearest woods.

Pope decides on balance that Catholicism fits his (or her [LOL]) worldview and selects Jesus Christ as focal point for worship activities.

'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Re: Private Eye always has

ad nauseam

WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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Re: Attribution is a myth

"Just thinl about the first Gulf War which was started by something we now know was a lie."

What seriously? I never knew that Iraq never invaded Kuwait. It goes to show you learn something new every day!

On a separate note, it's good to know that only the CIA and GCHQ manufacture evil software and that it is beyond impossible that Russian, Chinese or other powers can create software to spy on our nation...all government sponsored malware is created in the West and anyone who says otherwise is a CIA stooge. It is such a relief to know that only our own security services have malicious and evil intent towards us. Was there a garage sale of tin foil hats around here?

God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Childcatcher

Not that bad

HRH had to entertain former members of the IRA who were directly responsible for killing members of her family, so I doubt this oik will prove too much of a handful. The only difference is that Jeremy won't be supporting this one's cause apparently.

Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Re: Highly configurable

Not sure every SME has the resource to employ a full team of software developers straight out of university to reinvent the wheel with slightly rounder spokes hence the market's need for reasonably generic, highly configurable software. Just coding for "what is required" is definitely for smaller applications and not things like ERP systems...or state management of the court system (no, you can't do that in Access). Writing exactly what is needed from scratch when you're not a software company is a risky business...but then again, if the client is big enough and the software house small enough you can pretty much dictate the roadmap of the product...this is just your bog standard implementation fuck up right here.

OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Megaphone

Re: Piss off Google

"A real AI system would have some form of inner voice that questions its decisions and re-evaluates them and learns. It might make mistakes but it would learn from them and perhaps apologise when it buggers up."

The last thing we need is more mechanical apologies. I've heard enough of those on train platforms to last a lifetime.

EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Meh

Whatever she is, she isn't a "toff". I didn't say anything else about her credentials, but the recent fad of calling anyone who doesn't stand behind Comrade Korbyn a "toff" or some kind of establishment shill of Israel is really, really grating.

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Re: Meh

By "Toff" do you mean someone who has an education? Did you not hear that David Cameron (a "Toff") has not only relinquished control of the Country to someone else, he has actually stepped down as an MP? A quick glance at May's Wikipedia page identifies her as the daughter of a clergyman...hardly a Toff...but don't let the facts get in the way of your spit flecked anti educated individual bile!

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

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Re: You have a choice where you live

Yeah, whether you're interested or not, a tax is a tax...so you'll pay...unless you're Apple, in which case we can come to some kind of arrangement.

ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

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Re: "university education"

Brilliant.

Said with no irony. What a piece of chaff.

I know a thoroughly gifted Harvard statistician who is also a devoted Christian. Being exceptionally intelligent and religious are not mutually exclusive, the same goes for being left/right wing. The glib smugness of your inaccurate post makes me cringe. Not religious here by the way.

You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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Re: @nijam 14:04

My guess is he can't afford one.

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So what's your point? That they are better than you?

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Hum.

Hum. Odds are, he'll be an investment banker in 4 years time. If he's smart enough. The headmaster is a bit of a sad case though. I don't think he understands the point of education.

NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Megaphone

Re: Bingo

Agreed that Edward Snowden has put his ass on the line for free speech...but Bradley Manning? The two cases are in no way comparable. One was done by someone with sense and was targetted, clear and totally justified. The other was done by some flappy soldier who had no regard for anybody's safety and remains a traitor to this day. He didn't deserve the solitude and nakedness and the US looks very bad for that, but he does deserve what's coming to him in the courts.

Sophos picks up axe again, 'plans to DECIMATE staff'

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Meh

Eh?

I know the page has a red top, but am I reading the Morning Star on this commentard thread? What the hell has happened to people since Thatcher died...clearly they weren't alive when the unions were dictating how everyone should live (better everyone in poverty than somebody not)...how civilised!

Back on point...when the hell was everyone entitled to a job for life? I thought this was Umerica...is this a communist country now? Oh sorry, I thought this was Umerica...

If they are genuinely NOT "non-assets" (aka dead wood), then I am sure they will find other jobs...people who deserve jobs normally do.

Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

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Terminator

Re: re. Kirk, left, and McCoy

The positioning is very significant...I would NEVER let Bones stand behind me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD5eRjasM5Y

BT boss barks at TalkTalk for being 'copper Luddites'

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Headmaster

PlusNet is a BT company...don't let them market their way out of that turd of an association.

RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

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Headmaster

Re: next step - outsourcing

Wouldn't that be Number 11?

Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Thumb Up

Re: Blade Runner

I want more life...fucker.

Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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Thumb Up

I'm no fanboi...

...but I upvoted that. :)

Unlucky for you: UK crypto-duo 'crack' HTTPS in Lucky 13 attack

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Paris Hilton

Wow...a perk of being with BT!

Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Flame

@Shadowthrone

"While working at BT for 7yrs the number of small businesses trying to use a residential BB package for the business was staggering. Any time someone got indignant on the phone with me about losing money blah blah blah, I would remind them it is a residential line and using it for their business was a breach of their T&Cs. "

I know, how dare those ungrateful fuckers demand a service that they have paid for (Internet that doesn't just die suddently because some fat fingered BT engineer [oh sorry 'Open Reach'] got Greggs pasty dirt in the exchange or twisted another copper pair round your connection). The audacity!

I was once a BT customer...never, ever, ever, ever again. Even if they offered free internet. Maybe that's why the company you worked for is such a festering turd/ blot on the technological landscape. Remember those 'indignant' people were paying customers.

Myanmar to open telecoms to foreigners

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Pirate

J

God help them if BT express an interest.

Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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FAIL

@Reading Your E-mail

"Really?!?! You honesty think that's a good comparison, WOW, swinging wildly and making stuff up is very hard to counter with facts, so I'm not even going to bother."

Is this an answer? So explain to me how hiring expensive accountants to find ways of evading tax law is not the same as murderers hiring expensive lawyers to find ways of evading criminal law? Both are amoral, both know exactly what they are doing (exploiting a system set up in good faith where the law abiding follow, and they manipulate). I can't quite see coherent argument in your attempt at insult.

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@Reading Your E-mail

Of course Reading Your E-Mail...the law is black and white...the government just make these loop holes on purpose. I wish I lived on your planet.

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Meh

Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

I love you tax avoidance appeasers. Granted, nobody should pay more tax than they owe by law. Amazon avoiding taxis is equivalent to a very rich murderer getting away with it due to a technicality that can only be revealed by a horde of blood sucking parasetical lawyers manuipulating natural lanagage and bending the legalease until they get their vermim off the hook.

It doesn't make it right, it makes it 'legal' in a very loose sense (before the loop hole is plugged and deemed illegal a week later).

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

I can think of another company that made a loss...Starbucks wasn't it?

Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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Joke

Re: Three meters?

...and was it from the balls or the base?

Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

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Meh

Re: Web fads and video games

With you until the specious Tory remark.

UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'

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Big Brother

Totally. All the police do all day is cook up ways to frame nobodies because they hate the public and have nothing better to do. You are so right.

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Facepalm

Re: So now the cops give away THEIR OWN secrets

@AC 12:19 You so should not have gone anon. That post needed a helicopters approaching icon right there.

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Boffin

Re: IRC is not secure

...should have used BBM innit bled.

A tweet too far: UK contempt law reform push begins

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Black Helicopters

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