* Posts by Credas

1233 posts • joined 23 Jan 2013


What's in a name? Quite a bit when it's the most hated abbreviation of 2018 (GDPR, of course)

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What a missed opportunity

I think I'd have just negotiated a referral deal with some GDPR snake-oil outfit consultancy and banked some free money.

Apple reseller Solutions Inc pulls down shutters, calls in administrators

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Re: One wonders...

if employees' personal effects left on site are really company property or could said employees have a case for theft of said personal effects?

Well, since the article says the company are offering to send personal possessions to the owners I would guess not.

Presumably they're paranoid about the potential for "shrinkage" in remaining stock on the premises, or maybe a bit of employee retribution for the way they've been treated.

Oracle's claims of secret deal is a bid to 'distract' from pay bias case, says US Department of Labor

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Re: El Reg is red, the Earth is blue

I'm guessing you haven't been coming here for more than 364 days. :-)

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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How covert was it?

The UK police body-worn cameras I've seen have bright red LEDs on the front to show when they're recording; is that always the case, and if so can the cop turn the light off? I'm in no way defending the officer's actions - the Tribunal seems to have got their ruling spot on - but I would certainly be suspicious of a cop with a camera that has a bright red "recording!" light on it.

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target

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Re: re: Too bad they couldn't continue operating as normal with paper records,

The UK NATS only phased out paper flight strips last year. They've been replaced by... a direct electronic emulation of paper flight strips (EXCDS).

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister

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Re: That could plug the EU's brexit budget gap.

The EU is providing 50% of the funds.

No, the EU is just providing 50% of a small element of the preliminary work on HS2 - up to a maximum of €40m. While it's nice to get back some of the money the UK pays into the EU's infrastructure fund, it's a drop in the ocean compared with the enormous cost of HS2.

Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

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It's not far from that already, is it? Most obviously here in the EU Google is forced to block search results under the "right to be forgotten" that are freely available elsewhere in the world. I'm not equating the Chinese and EU governments in terms of human rights, but every company has to abide by the laws of the country they're operating in - or not operate there at all.

Do you feel 'lucky', well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

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Re: Yiddish?

Racist? The last I heard Yiddish is a language spoken (mainly) by Orthodox Jews, not a term of racial abuse. Granted a lot more people speak Hebrew, but even so...

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

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Re: War? Nope

I hope you read your own contracts more carefully than that, because an exclusion for "hostile or warlike action in time of peace or war" by a "government or sovereign power" doesn't require an actual state of war to exist. And BTW, Mondelez is the customer, not the weasly insurance company.

Having said that, I still don't think Zurich has much hope of avoiding paying out. More likely the aim is doing a quick out of court deal to lower the quantum.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: Adding to the paranoia maybe?

The news here in the States has done a lot of coverage of the plod and the government's stance on drones, airport, and border security in Blighty. Could this all be security theater (or theatre if you prefer) so that Parliament and the plod are "doing something to keep everyone safe"?

I'm sure that some of the more asinine comments by government Ministers are just arse-covering to demonstrate that they're "doing something to keep everyone safe". However aviation-related security theatre is more of a US speciality.

Despite vows to spend more with smaller firms, UK.gov sure does seem to love legacy lock-in

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If they had any real world experience they wouldn't be surprised

Contracting with the government is a horrendous hurdle for an SME to overcome, as these MPs would know if they had any experience outside of an Oxford PPE and politics - factors like long delays, a slew of obscure mandatory requirements, complex and not particularly proficient procurement organisations, and flip-flopping on priorities or funding. The big boys are used to all this and have the financial muscle to ride it out; not so much the average SME.

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

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Re: Stupid idea in the US

Now, contemplate the smudge pattern your PIN entry has left on your display and think about a new PIN...

Which is why if you have any sense you enable the option to randomise the PIN keypad layout.

Hacker cyber-gang: Give us cyber-cash for cyber-cache of 18,000 stolen Sept 11th insurance docs

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P.S. actually the World Trade Centre towers were SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED to take a full-on, full speed 600 KMH plus hit from a Boeing 707 jetliner! I was actually SURPRISED they stayed upright as long as they did! THAT shows just how GOOD the original design and engineering actually WERE on those towers! What they COULD NOT TAKE though is a full on heat from the much heavier and higher inertia-level of a B767! And TRUE the fireproofing insulation unfortunately was NOT up to par and did simply blow off contributing to the eventual pancake collapse!

They weren't designed to withstand that kind of impact - rather the lead structural engineer ran some calculations against the final design to see how well it would stand up to an accidental hit by a B707 taking off or landing at a nearby airport. The mass is neither here nor there (the B707 and B767 being pretty similar), but the 9/11 impacts were at much higher speed, and the calculations were only looking at impact forces and not the effects of heat on the structure. So yes the structure actually did a surprisingly good job, but those inaccuracies in your version just pander to the conspiracy theorists desperate to prove that the towers should have survived.

Facebook Like, social sharing buttons on your website may land you in GDPR hot water if data goes a-wanderin'

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That's exactly what I do on my sites. There's no need to embed yet more dodgy JS or images from Facebook, a plain old locally generated link does the job.

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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Re: Finally

As long as you don't expect TPTB to leave it at that, before moving on to other "undesirable" behaviour...

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

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DNT by default?

Vivaldi remains almost unique in respecting the Do Not Track standard, which is on by default.

The Windows version I just installed certainly had the DNT box un-ticked. Much as I like Vivaldi, sync aside it seems to opt-in by default to most Google slurpage risks, such as search suggestions.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Re: It sounds like you're writing a letter...

It's bad enough that I have to write my Android calendar entries in a foreign language to discourage Google from spying

Only if you don't have the wit to use a different calendar than the Google one. And I'm not sure why Google would find it difficult to read a "foreign" language, anyway.

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Re: Crapita...

Capita + stunningly incompetent contracting by the customer = epically expensive failure. Why does government have to experience this so many times, and still not learn?

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: It's the amusingly named ....

I hadn't heard of that before - if it does work as described then it seems to me that it's a must-have for anyone lumbered with a W10 installation!

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Re: 80km?

It is a bit naff, not to mention sounding a bit desperate, having to try to convince everyone that "space" is now so much nearer that your spacecraft high altitude aircraft can actually reach it.

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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Re: I take it

Indeed; it was noticeable that "Dixons talked up four initiatives or "levers of value" that it will concentrate on to improve the entire business" seemingly without thinking of the novel idea that their sales staff should have the slightest effing clue about the products they're selling.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

There's more than one kind of radiation, with very different penetrating properties; in this case muons, which are massive and very penetrating, are produced by the interaction of cosmic rays with matter.

Incidentally whales and dolphins are sea creatures which do need to surface, to breathe!

Have a gander at this: Amazon agrees not to act as Silicon Valley's foie gras dealer

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Serves them right

They should have stuck to selling more morally acceptable products that aren't banned, like guns.

Qualcomm lifts lid on 7nm Arm-based octo-core Snapdragon 855 chip for next year's expensive 5G Androids

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Re: NE555?

I've no idea (other than it ends in "55"), but personally I'm grateful to the author for the momentary nostalgic frisson it provided me!

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: weirdly...

I'd be a proper messay bugger if I didn't have a cleaner.

No, you are a messy bugger - but you pay a cleaner to clean up your mess. :)

Google internal revolt grows as search-engine Spartacuses prepare strike over China

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Re: My advice to Google employees

By all means find an alternative employer whose business aims more align with your values - but good luck finding one that would then tolerate the open dissent to its business decisions that (so far) Google has allowed. In the real (outside Silicon Valley) world these employees could be in for a very nasty shock.

It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

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Do these people have any idea how an oscillioscope is actually used?

I can see the point about it potentially, somehow, maybe, being a point of compromise on the wider network. But the idea that someone could somehow gain anything useful from spying on a random oscilloscope, or somehow ingeniously altering its output, is laughable.

International politicos gather round to grill Dick, head of Facebook policy, on data slurping

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No need to rely on Parliamentary privilege

The documents were under legal seal in America as part of a court case brought against Facebook by app biz Six4Three – but Blighty's MPs are able to refer to the content under Parliamentary privilege.

Let's not play along with Facebook's whiny game here - a California court sealing documents has no effect in the UK. There could be an argument that they're Facebook's copyright, but in the absence of a British court order MPs don't need to rely on Parliamentary Privilege to disclose them once they've got them.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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Re: Codecs?

Enlighten me - what does WMP do that something like VLC doesn't, better?

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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Re: It's worse than Christmas...

However, here in Blighty, retailers have tried to co-opt this as yet another sales opportunity.

No, (almost all) UK retailers hate Black Friday and just wish it would die. Why would they want to discount just before the Christmas shopping peak, rather than their old model of coining it for Christmas and then dumping unsold stock in the New Year sales? This was an Amazon import from the US (where it makes sense) to the UK (where it doesn't), and few retailers have had the balls to ignore it since.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg can't remember smear firm, but 'some of their work' crossed her desk

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Re: Nothing to see here

Only a couple of million? That would count as grievous punishment in Corporate-World.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: How easy it is to get an international deal

French news were reporting on this last weekend, and surveyed random people on the streets for their thoughts.

Well they obviously didn't survey anyone who's actually been to England in a while, or they'd know that in practice you'd be hard pressed to find those old Imperial units anywhere (aside from the yard/mile on our roads for some strange reason, or a pint in a pub).

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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The next South Sea Bubble is on its way

The last global satellite comms network to bet against rapid expansion of coverage by competing terrestrial networks was Iridium, and look how well that worked out - very well for GSM, not so well for Iridium investors. And just as with Iridium, I expect much the same will happen with this gaggle of satellite broadband constellations, with maybe one crawling up out of administration to serve the isolated pockets where terrestrial networks just will not go.

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

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Will criminals actually bother with all this?

It's nice that someone's thinking about the IT side of ATM vulnerabilities, but i can't see criminals bothering with gaining physical access to LAN ports, etc and working out how to hack the machine to dispense the cash. They seem to have worked out quite serviceable low-tech methods of doing this already, using JCBs, gas canisters, or even just a Land Rover with a steel cable.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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Re: Congrats

You're being a bit naive if you think the robo-calling PPI leeches have the slightest idea whether you ever had PPI, let alone were miss-sold it.

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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A note to USAian authors

a cryptocoin firm in London, England

To the world at large (ie not resident in the USA) London means London, England. Just like Paris means Paris, France. If you need to distinguish them from London, Ohio or Paris, Texas then please do so, but don't assume that the rest of the world is confused about which is the world city and which is the obscure USA town.

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination

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How can they even attempt to ban her from working for a totally different company?

They're not - they're saying she basically can't have any dealings with Microsoft while working for another company.

Setback for Qualcomm: It has to license modem tech to competitors

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FRAND definition

The commission argued that Qualcomm had voluntarily committed to the FRAND (free and non-discriminatory) licensing requirements

I would hope that the commission knows that FRAND actually stands for Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory - there's nothing free about it!

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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I wish I'd known this after I was burgled - the scrotes nicked some random items including yoghurts, of all things, and a power drill, but left before taking the valuable VCR (this was some years ago). The enthusiastic cops with their aluminium powder caused far more damage to this one item than the thieves managed in total.

In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you

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How they *EX-TER-MIN-ATE* billions and billions, over and over, is really beyond human understanding...

Just a cost of doing business with the US Government - a few $billion out of the marketing budget to kill that pesky spook-bothering encrypted peer-to-peer network.

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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Eco credentials?

Even the watery Natick data centre got a nod from Nadella in an effort to bolster the company's eco-credentials by using the ocean as a giant heat sink.

Pray do tell us, Nadella, how dumping heat into the ocean is ecologically better than dumping it into the atmosphere. Unless you're beaming it into outer space it's kinda the one environment, isn't it?

Yahoo! $50m! hack! damages! bill!, Russian trolls menaced by Uncle Sam inaction, computer voting-machine UI confusion, and more

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Re: Return to Sender ..... Re Cease and Desist or Seize and Persist?

How does a sentient being even manage to write such incomprehensible stuff? Admittedly it is some kind of a skill - or alternatively a state-of-the-art AI bot at work.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Speech to text translation engine adds asterisks

Google Translate and the like have a setting to "block offensive words" enabled by default, but unlike what the article implies you can in fact toggle it off for full effect!

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: I have a code of conduct

Whoever came up with these principles appears not to have heard of a fundamental notion for getting along with people of different persuasions, which is that in polite society you should never discuss religion and politics. I would have no greater desire to be part of a coding project that insists on commitment to Judeo-Christian traditions than Muslim/Hindu/Atheist/Communist/...

Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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Re: Buzzword bingo

Just what I though. The only quote in that article that was comprehensible was the last one - written by medConfidential, not the National Government Bullshit Delivery Agency.

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Fortunately there was this:

“It’s coming and will be a reality in 20 years,” Kott said

So that's the ever-receding 20 years characteristic of other things that haven't happened in many decades, like affordable fusion power? Only in this case I'd be delighted if it never happened.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: "viable and tested emergency system"

I remember reading that once one was in trouble and the other "passengers" disabled his ejector seat as an "incentive" to save the aircraft.

I remember reading that the Moon landings were faked and filmed in a Hollywood studio, too, but that was also a steaming pile of BS.

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Re: Performed as expected...

the actual crewed mission count is similar to that for the shuttle so the raw metrics are pretty similar

Maybe a similar failure rate, but the presence of a viable escape process for the Soyuz makes the outcomes very different.

LinkedIn has a Glint in its eye and cash burning a hole in its pocket

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You are the product

If anyone doubted that their "membership" of social media in general, and LinkedIn in particular, made them the product then this ought to disabuse them of that notion. Of what possible advantage to their individual members could this be?

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Why would anyone want to buy some dedicated Facebook hardware that replicates something they already have on their phone/tablet if they've bought into the Facebook walled garden, while being useless for communicating with anybody outside it? I just don't get it.


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