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579 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013
Re: Mining Costs and Speed
You don't mine Bitcoins anymore even with a single ASIC miner. You mine altcoins using ATI graphics cards, ideally several and trade those for BTC. It's much more effective.
ASIC miners can't currently mine altcoins like litecoin, digitalcoin, worldcoin etc as they use scrypt which ASIC doesn't support although there are rumours of them coming out in the future. However they won't mine faster than people using decent ATI cards, only run with lower power requirements.
It's still viable to run a PC with ATI GPUs 24/7, it more than covers the electricity and with a single 9750 you'll get around £80/month profit at current prices, but it's really those playing the long game - hoping prices rise that are doing it. Personally I'm not entirely convinced the profit calculators online are reliable anyway especially with the rising cost of electricity, potential HW failures if you don't keep everything cool and fluctuations in the BTC/LTC market which has been all over the place in the past month.
Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...
I've got a Nexus 7 and iPad v 4, the iPad is firmly in second place amongst my family as it doesn't allow mutliple accounts. Where as the N7 has one for each of us.
Annoyingly I've spent far more on the iPad in terms of apps, especially for my daughter who won't even look at it if the N7 is available.
GG&C is a muddled mess of old health boards shoved together, they have a lot of management, team leaders etc.
I'm just curious if this is down to lack of change management with a staff member doing something silly, however as it's IT this would almost certainly be covered up with "transient network issues".
This will continue to happen until we start seeing staff being personally held responsible for this and seeing it published - was this staff member sacked from gross negligence ? Was their department sticking to any agreed mandatory training for staff? If not why not?
People need to start losing their jobs for this sort of thing, but it rarely happens and usually involves some deal for them to leave with a golden handshake.
Re: English Taxpayers
Only for knuckle draggers - those with any common sense are waiting on the actual non-biased facts to come from the governments on both sides of the border and from the EU etc. Personally I detect Cameron, but I'm very skeptical of anything that comes out of Emperor Salmonds mouth too.
Why is this suddenly becoming abash scotland discussion?
I do love how this is twisted into an English V Scotland thing, would it have had that much impact if the Newcastle part of the story had been the main focus? Probably not, but then again bigots do thrive on bad journalism.
Dragging the referendum into the comments is purely retarded, it has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Let's all have a crack at Scotland whenever possible, but let's ignore the fact that a large number of English folk living in Scotland get to vote in the referendum, that Scotland is a net contributor in taxes and the fact that it's likely to remain part of the UK anyway, especially if the Scottish 16-18 year olds get a say :)
Re: I did not cost the council one penny
I agree with regards to sacking those responsible - the problem is that councils and the public sector never do.
However your point about the private sector is a little odd, we'd never have known about this loss if it was in the private sector, the chances of them self reporting to the ICO are incredibly small and of course you couldn't use an FOI to investigate it.
Re: What does the ICO do with the money?
Agreed although those frameworks have to be kept up to date, which many aren't otherwise you end up having to take an out of date product at an inflated price. Frameworks aren't the answer and certainly aren't an excuse especially when they could have used free products to encrypt these laptops.
Yet nobody will be fired..
The problem with these fines is that organisations pay up and there's no long term change in attitude, sure they'll do something in the short term as people try to cover their own backs but there's no fundamental shift in attitudes to IT and information security as the same managers, who usually have it as a very low priority remain in post.
The head of their IT department should be sacked for poor IT strategy and management, the manager of the offices where the laptops were stolen due to the poor physical security (regardless of encryption) should also find their job on the line. The role, of their IT security staff should also be checked to see if it's advisory (as many are) and whether those staff need extra backing from the senior management team - which is lacking in most organisations.
Until people know that their jobs are genuinely at risk for this sort of breach they'll never put the necessary importance on IT/info security.
Re: Sleek Looks vs Servicability
I don't want any company leaving site with either my personal data or that of my organisation, if it can't be done on site then the product and/or service isn't fit for purpose.
I use to repair Macs, back when the first iMacs came in and the clamshell ibooks, nice easy machines to work on even if they had a few sharp edges! But these days? I'm glad I dont' have to go near them.
Beautiful machines to look at and use, but no way I'd want to work on it's guts.
None, I can't explain why but I prefer having a bog standard mobile and using a tablet with 3G to lugging around a smartphone. I don't want my e-mail 24/7 and frankly don't like facebook etc enough to give a damn if I miss someones latest pointless post.
Nexus 7 with 3G on Samba Mobile (free 3G) and I'm happy to use it when I need it, without constantly being pestered by daft push messages. People know if they need me they have to call, not e-mail.
I don't trust dropbox with anything personal which is even vaguely important due to their track record, why on earth would I suggest or approve using it in a corporate environment? It's laughable.
They have to allow us to set the encryption keys and take any access away from their own employees before I'd even consider it. Let's not mention SLAs or where the data is hosted though..
Re: We do have the skills
IT security is an afterthought for most companies and although they have policies in place to allegedly keep employees in line it's rarely acted upon if they don't and most of it is lip service. The simple truth is that we need companies to start hiring IT security staff and backing it up with decisive action from HR departments when something is uncovered.
It's ironic that you can be fired for stealing from your employer if what you've stolen is physical but far fewer people are fired for data theft or losing valuable/damaging data and even fewer are reported to the police or ICO.
We have the skills in the UK, we just need companies and government organisations to start taking it seriously and giving departments with IT security staff in them some real power to make the changes necessary.
Unlimited for how long?
BT have a habit of changing T&Cs at short notice or with little consultation, "free" web space was recently removed from all home users, but that's dented my confidence in using any of their free storage they now apparently offer, not that they're interested in telling me as I'm an existing user.
As customers of BT Vision will be aware, what they say and what they do are entirely different. Just check out the "new" second on any of the on demand services, some of the products there have been "new" for a year.
Until March when Superfast broadband is available and they won't see me for dust.