* Posts by Halfmad

568 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too


Re: He doesn't get it.

No idea why you are being down voted, as a patient you're allowed to give your information out to the GP like this especially if is suits you (not everyone can speak after all and call in).

e-mail is also useful but most GPs are sensitive about patients contacting them direction purely because they may be on holiday etc and miss something. GP workflow is surprisingly complicated and I'd suspect that in this instance fax is easier for them to handle than e-mail..

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: Goodbye Youtube?

I also suspect what constitutes terrorist propaganda isn't set in stone and will change over time, let's hope they don't run retrospective reports then eh?

Accused hacker Lauri Love tries to retrieve Fujitsu lappie and other gear from Britain's FBI in court


Re: "Britain's FBI"

State laws is something that I found really odd although I guess you could say that as Scotland has it's own legal system and some of it's own laws the situation here isn't that different, just not as fractured. Then again, the distance from London to Edinburgh is far less than the drive across most states in the USA!

Oddly enough you could get caught out just crossing our invisible England/Scotland border as Scotland has extremely low drink drive limits so you're legal on one side, then bam - breaking the law once you pass that "Welcome to Scotland" sign.


"Britain's FBI"

If only our American visitors could understand that other countries have different law enforcement agencies..

I don't know if I was from the USA I'd be rather annoyed at the need to dumb down like this. What next El' Reg? Headlines like "Teresa May (Sort of Britain's President, but not really) met in Brussels (not the vegetable, the city) with Jean Claude Juncker (More like our Pres.. but not as gropey) to discuss stuff which doesn't relate to oil, so President Trump isn't interested."

Trakt app users' personal data exposed: We were hit by a 'PHP exploit'... back in 2014


Re: It only took them 4 years

But... but... yeah I've got nothing.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Re: Office 365

Office 360 is pretty good. Last week my manager was talking about how good Office 361 was but only because his director has been bragging about how reliable Office 364 was the week before.

Colour us shocked: Google in €50m GDPR fine appeal bombshell


Re: Can the fine be increased?

Google will never leave the EU, they make too much from it. Additionally it would leave a space for a competitor to grow in and threaten dominance globally if there was a large market they have no presence in.

Not going to happen.

NHS England's chief digital officer goes full digital, ditches health service for GP app biz


Surprised they aren't calling that "AI" since that's what seems to be deemed as artificial intelligence these days..

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...


If women were genuinely cheaper to hire than men for the same work, most men wouldn't get a job.

There is no gender pay gap. Likewise gender base pay discrimination has been illegal since the 70s so if it happening, employers should be in court for it.

Not anon because frankly I have a backbone AC.

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper


Re: What a hero

Particularly as DDOS can knock of collaborative working on care between institutions and make it harder for clinical information to be transferred from abroad.

We routinely have to send information quickly to the other side of the world as someone has been injured whilst on holiday, it absolutely would impact patient care at that end if they didn't have knowledge of prior treatment.

This is also why the NHS still has faxes, it's not popular but in many cases they are there as a business continuity backup, very much a last resort though.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock


Re: Hmmmm

Headphone jack is why I haven't upgraded.I don't want to have to use adaptors and I have a set of headphones I've used for almost 20 years that I LIKE and don't see why I should ditch them as they are super comfy.

I don't really have any brand loyalty, if a product is good and I like it then I stick with it until it breaks or is obsolete - My iPhone SE is a couple of years old now but it's fine for what I need it for and I see no point in changing it, but if I did the replacement would have to have a headphone jack!

Marriott: Good news. Hackers only took 383 million booking records ... and 5.3m unencrypted passport numbers


Re: WTF do they do with Passport IDs?

My guess would be that it was a change to the system after it was bought in and the request didn't include encrypting it, so the developer didn't.

Struggling to see any other scenario where it wouldn't be encrypted on purpose to be honest.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


What about banks?

Last time I went into a bank to discuss a mortgage the "mortgage advisor" - who I needed an appointment to see just loaded the same damn website and typed in exactly the same as I did.

Apparently it's all handled in mortgage call centers now, not in branch.. jesus no wonder branches are closing!

Full frontal vulnerability: Photos can still trick, unlock Android mobes via facial recognition


Re: Fingerprint sensors are useless

You can make it as secure by limiting attempts then wiping the device.

But would any of us trust it to be reliable enough to do that? I repeatedly have problems with fingerprint sensors on phones.

Oz opposition caves, offers encryption backdoor compromise


Re: That's OK then

I mean it's not like we're telling them there is a compromise eh?


New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches


Re: Abandon hope all ye who buy Microsoft

Sceptics may say this is a way to nudge people to upgrade to O365.

I say it's an improvement to security and we should laud Microsoft for taking such dramatic action!

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog


Best not be too tight lipped Amazon

You only get 72 hours to contact the ICO here when you become aware of a breach.. you don't need to tell them what's happened just say "we dun goofed and will get back to you" but they will be slightly peeved if you don't get in touch for a few months as usual.

Not that they'll do anything mind.

When selling security awareness training by email, probably a good shout not to hit 'reply all'


Holland was clearly making a point..

and I'm glad he did as otherwise everyone else would have been itching to do it anyway. However one of the problems we have with modern e-mail clients and e-mail on the web is that BCC is increasingly hidden away to keep the interface clean, so even when staff know what it is they can't always figure out how to get access to it.

Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead


Re: Have

TSB have a free pass for a while though, just blame the previous idiot in charge until the problems are past then celebrate how great the new CEO is..

Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware


Re: Outsourced...

Same staff who use to do BT Broadband support.. you know? Indian Terry.

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP


You'll need access to the hardware in order to pick up the cash anyway so you'd be nearby regardless.

"we need to be physically near" isn't really a get out when these can be placed in quiet shopping centre areas, sides of petrol stations, closed back branches etc.

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao


US have to accept some responsibility..

When they keep using voting machines which have been publicly denounced as vulnerable, private servers lacking in security oversight etc

You can't say you take security seriously when you make it easy for your opponents.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


Re: Throw the book at him

Difference with Jean Charles de Menezes is that there was genuine public outcry about it and the media reported it essentially as a public execution.

Did this swatting get similar treatment in the US or is it lost amongst the wealth of similar police killings?

Web domain owners paid EasyDNS to cloak their contact info from sight. It was blabbed via public Whois anyway


Re: Registered private domain owners.

GDPR only protects EU citizens and their data. Someone in the US or Canada for example has no recourse to GDPR.

Incorrect, GDPR is about the data, irrespective of who's data it is.

AMD's shares get in a plane, take off and soar to 12,000 ft – then throw open the door, and fall into the cool rushing air


Re: Nothing to do with AMD in particular

I think many of them bought in when TR2 came out expecting to ride the crest for a while until Q3 results.Fact is even AMD fanboys will agree the GPU side needs more work, they need to take Nvidia to task the way they've been doing with Intel recently on CPUs.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


He wants his asylum to be removed, then it's another victim card for him when he goes to trial by media etc.

I hope he walks out of there and no government even bothers acknowledging it. That would be the ultimate slap in the face. Let Sweden say they'll pursue him if he ever enters their country, but beyond that.. 8 years of self imposed stupidity by an egomaniac.

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling


Another option to tackle the pension deficit

is for BT to pay less to shareholders and more into the scheme. Tada! problem solved.

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE


I always admired the royal marines, the SAS and the SBS

Now I take my hat off to the brave men and women around the world who bravely take on early adoption of Microsoft patches.

May the farce be with you.

UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits


Hate to point this out but DPA 1998 was replaced by DPA 2018 + GDPR. We still have a DPA though..

What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers


Re: Barbarians!



I'll show myself out.

Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them


Re: Scanning?

Consider the time and cost setting these machines up then collecting them etc and needing staff on-call to fix them urgently if they break during the voting period.

Now consider just collecting sheets of paper and counting them..

This is use of tech where there is no need to use it.

Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking


there's no plan to fix older versions

Le sigh.

None too chuffed with your A levels? Hey, why not bludgeon the exam boards with GDPR?


Re: Can't believe they publicised this...

Can we charge a fee?

In most cases you cannot charge a fee to comply with a subject access request.

- I doubt asking for exam papers would be considered manifestly unfounded or excessive in nature.In fact from my own experience of dealing with the ICO over this they'd absolutely not see it as either.

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less



No, now please stop shouting at me Morrisons POS.

Scot.gov wins pals with pledge not to keep hold of innocents' mugshots and biometric data


It certainly makes it easier to commit, however until recently Scotland had several Police forces so even though those were much smaller than most other forces in the UK it still meant different entities.

Also need to look into the political dimension here. The Scottish Government love to highlight things they do better than Westminster, this is yet another one to add to that list. I suspect irrespective of the number of forces, they would have set this out anyway.

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


They should have bought the maths co-processor for DX power.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!


Re: 3rd party

Increasingly common these services, many GP letters use it too.

Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield


also ex-rentals

My car is an ex-rental, it came with the previous rental agreement still in it with the guys contact details and a photocopy of his passport.

It's not just the electronic data that's being mishandled. The automotive industry from manufacturers to garages is a **** storm waiting to happen.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator


OK then

This looks worse than the £15 Sega handheld I got my daughter for going on holiday (so I didn't care if she lots it). Ended up being rather good and she loved Echo the dolphin etc

No instructions in the box is not a problem, I think kids excel at figuring things out and get a kick out of it. I'm sure many of us on here are OLD at 35+ and remember having to figure out how games worked ourselves. I still remember the eureka moments with games like Deuteros.

Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true


Re: Internet of Idiots

IOT has it's place. My father was disabled and we got him a Ring doorbell as it was hard for him to get up and to the door quickly, it was also incredibly tiring and meant additional risk of him falling - he lived alone 40 miles from my brother or myself so we were constantly worried about him.

It meant he could check without letting them know he was doing so - who it was, and talk to them and say he's on his way if he wanted to let them in, otherwise he could ignore them in the knowledge the camera had stored their image with a short video should they harass him.

It's easy to say "christ nobody needs this nonsense device" but there are many use cases for devices like this, but I'd say that personally I have no need and no desire for one. But I'm not the target market arguably as I'm healthy and happy to tell randoms to **** off when try to sell me windows for the 3rd time that month.

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom


Re: Victim of its own success

Makes sense as it becomes more popular it'll become more of a target but Ubuntu and linux in general represent a fairly tiny proportion of desktops and that's where the money is, either hitting home users or as a gateway into the DB servers irrespective of what those run on.

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?


Laptop coolers won't be enough

No gaming laptop I've seen so far has been able to combine performance, good cooling and relatively low noise from the cooling solution.

Even with an external cooler it's not going to be much better, all this throttling does is expose how unsuitable the laptop chassis is for the CPU it houses. They can fudge a fix if they want, bottom line is that it'll still throttle and you'll still fail to get the full performance out of it for any sustained period because of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics.

Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records


Re: Don't bother paying the dosh

NHS England is running down the old sharing data with whoever they want, patient access via internet to their records, booking prescriptions and appointments online.

Shiny you said? It's happening very close to home, let's hope they get it right eh?

Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder


Re: The Inquiry said it takes data protection "very seriously"

The fine should automatically double if they use this statement at any point in literature made before the breach or in press releases afterwards..

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Let's not forget it'd also mean directly competing with Amazons own tablets which are sold through the largest marketplace on the planet, Amazon. Which I'm *sure* won't have any biased selling tactics to minimise your tablet visibility.

Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US


Re: Also if anything touches US banks...

It's an estimated salary per year based on what he was getting per week.

Really depends what he was having to do, if it was just tidy up the forum posts and ban users then I'd see that as pretty easy going.. sounds like he was up to his neck in it though.

NHS systems fell offline for 1,300+ hours over 36 months, cyber-nasties fingered – FoI study


You do know that every department in the NHS is required to have contingency plans for when systems are down and every trust also has SLAs attached to each of it's systems which includes a degree of "acceptable" downtime e.g. 4/8 hours.

Systems going down isn't unusual, it's actually becoming less of a problem as sysadmins are able to point to Wannacry and say "we've got to do maintenance" now where as before this was damn near impossible.

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…


I don't think many of the opt-in/out menus are legal

They make it too difficult to change options. I had one (on mobile) which required me to de-selected 150 different advertisers individually in a tiny menu as there was no "all" option. That was after going through two other buttons to get there.

It is meant to be clear, transparent and straightforward.

Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking


Re: Long-term?

This is why the NHS, particularly in England is constantly spending millions on restructuring because MPs are elected and start fiddling with the existing structure to "make efficiency and rid the NHS of middle managers"

Sadly those middle managers normally remove workload from clinicians, so without them clinicians end up managing. Likewise the restructuring costs a blooming fortune due to redundency payments, building moves, changes to clinical systems (which can take ages) etc.

Then those MPs are voted out and the next lot start it all again.

NHSScotland is marginally better but only because they flip/flop between Labour and the SNP so the ideology isn't that enormously different at least on healthcare.

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


Re: Hahashahahahahahaahah!

So incredibly satisfying. Such a nice article, at least from my perspective.


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