* Posts by CommanderGalaxian

180 posts • joined 21 May 2013

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Rights groups challenge UK cops over refusal to hand over info on IMSI catchers

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Three?

Yeah but if your your phone isn't locked to Three (mine isn't) then it can fallback to 2G if there is no (or weaker) Three 3G signal.

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

The Emoticons are Shite.

No seriously, the new emoticons look like they've been done by a retard.

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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

CommanderGalaxian
Paris Hilton

IQ tests should be needed for Internet access.

The Internet needs to be sectioned off into walled gardens based on IQ.

IQ < 50 = idiot, padded cell playpen.

IQ < 70 = morons, but hopefully will fail the test : "stick your tongues on the terminals to see if there is a lethal voltage".

IQ < 100 = kinda like above average IQ people when drunk - so can be tolerated.

IQ > 100 = fingers crossed, can self-segregate.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Is it important?

>Even with satellite there are speed limitations.

You sure you've ever used a satellite link?

The thing that makes them tortuous to use is the latency. You might be able to torrent something down in a reasonable time - just don't expect to be using them for anything that requires any degree of real-time interaction.

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Re: Should really be advertised as it is...

There is a fundamental unfairness though - people buy the same service, get charged the same price, but those living close to the cabinet get much faster speeds than those living further from it.

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Unhappy

Re: Same in Canada

The whole "last few hundred yards" statement that BT Openreach & the ISPs trot out is also misleading. The nearest cabinet here is about 0.7 to 0.8 miles away. 1200 yards is not "the last few hundred".

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Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

CommanderGalaxian
Holmes

Once-upon-a-time I was a member of the IEE. I let my membership lapse because basically I wondered what the membership actually got me. No employer seemed to care if I was a member.

Sure, the IEE did do an academically decent magazine or two - but Computer Shopper had way more practical advice.

They never bothered to find out why I let my membership lapse. They did, however, send me a snooty letter telling me that under paragragh such-and-such I was henceforth terminated as a member.

None of that has made the slightest difference to my life.

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CEST la vie, IR35 workers: HMRC sets out stall for ignoring Mutuality of Obligation

CommanderGalaxian
Mushroom

Re: Fine HMRC...

Complete bollocks logic. A gardner or painter & decorator most likely have no intention of employing others. The fact of employing others or desire to employ others is utterly irrelevant to determining self-employment status.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: Just a question

That's the whole problem - HMRC claim their defintion of employment/self-employment for the purpose of collecting tax is perfectly ok to be different from (and irrelevant to) the defintion of employment/self-employment for the purpose of people being entitled to (employee) benefits.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Only cracking I have done is

A quick google will find How-To videos of picking bike D-Locks with a biro pen.

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

CommanderGalaxian

Removing data on request...

""Currently you cannot remove data from the key servers on request..."

This is, of course, fundmental to #GDPR. And about 99.999...% of businesses are currently in non-compliance.

Basically there should be a user driven process that allows them to select "delete all data" and a confirmation is then sent that all personally identifying data has been deleted.

It's not difficult, so what's their problem?

Seems a bit odd though to start with PGP as the whipping boy.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Code style

Either style is equally legible. The problems come when people start mixing styles (usually because some arsehole thinks their style is better than everybody else's) - that's what gives the readability headaches.

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CommanderGalaxian
Unhappy

Heaven help the newbies.

From about 1989 through the 2004 - I spent most of my time programming in either C or C++ and loving them both. Then for the last decade and a bit I've been programming SCADA sytems (which tend to have their own Pascal or C like languages).

On coming back to C++ in 2018 - all I can say is: WTF happened!?

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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

CommanderGalaxian

Re: At some point....

@Dodgy Geezer "cost/benefit ratio"

Pretty simple - for each offence face being fined up to 4% of your global turnover. That's the sort of numbers that concentrate the mind of even the most glutinous data hoarding spammers. The carrot approach didn't work, now time for the big stick.

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: Overreach

"I feel obliged to point out yet again, that if a US company has no presence in the EU (i.e. an office) then it can feel free to ignore the GDPR and stick it's middle finger up at the ICO.

The GDPR is a law that only applies to entities within EU borders."

Utter bollocks. #GDPR applies to anybody providing services to individuals or businesses in the EU - whether or not they themselves are.

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CommanderGalaxian
Thumb Down

Re: Wankers

Indeed - I noticed before that if I google my company name that many sites are selling my data - but much of it is massively out-of-date (by many years): wrong address, wrong company officer details, defunct phone number(s), etc.

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Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

CommanderGalaxian
Stop

We might not be able to hear the ultrasonic beacons, but...

Think of the cats and dogs. As these things and their countermeasures become more common, it's going to get pretty miserable for our pets.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

CommanderGalaxian
Facepalm

So Facebook's response is to shoot the messenger basically

"...caused a small number of people running the Facebook app and certain permission management apps on rooted Android phones to see a request for additional access permissions..."

How unfortunate that some people spotted those super user requests, if only every Android user had been a sheep...

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Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

CommanderGalaxian

Re: So confusing.

"So, if he had lost, would he have been able to claim back sick days..."

No. And that is what is so unfair.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: So confusing.

A bad contract will almost certainly doom you. A good contract won't provide you with a get-out-of-jail-free card if the reality of your working situation differs significantly from what is in the contract.

The three main tests are (for self-employment):

Direction & Control [you don't want to be under much]

Mutuality of Obligation [you don't want to have any]

The right to send a Substitute [you want to have one]

HMRC are typically ignoring the 2nd and 3rd tests; while not knowing the details of this case - the courts would appear not to be.

A good starting point for more info on IR35 and how HMRC are trying to apply it is here:

http://www.contractorweekly.com/tax-a-ir35-news/identify-yourself/

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S/MIME artists: EFAIL email app flaws menace PGP-encrypted chats

CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Not a PGP problem.

AFAICT this bug lurks in email clients that handle PGP - not actually PGP itself. Can't possibly think what organisations and governments would benefit from shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater?

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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: People should stop with the thought crimes.

@ShelLuser

TL;DR

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CommanderGalaxian
Flame

Re: We've stopped evolving as a species.

No, it's just that your understanding of what Dawkins was writing about has been lost on you.

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CommanderGalaxian
Unhappy

Re: Oh my fucking gawd/ess ...

@sabroni "Because if I ask you to stop messaging me and you keep doing it that's not harassment? "

And then when you do stop, the office bunny boiler sticks in a complaint that you won't talk to her anymore.

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

UK Gov well ahead of the curve on this one...

Thank goodness there aren't entirely free ways of circumventing the porn block - otherwise this Sisyphean task would be really pointless.

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CommanderGalaxian
Pirate

Re: RE: Opera's free VPN

True, but it works just fine for getting around geo-blocking.

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ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty

CommanderGalaxian

Re: They can have their one year moratorium

They've already had a 2 year moratorium - GDPR became law on 27 April 2016 - so you need to backdate it to then.

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Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

CommanderGalaxian
Headmaster

Re: I would agree with only LEAs having full access

"The real-world details of British businesses are searchable via Companies House so why not their online details too?"

I think you will find that you have been able to redact that information for quite a while now. Many companies and their directors now simply use (legally) an accommodation address - typically their accounts or solicitors and not their own.

Nominet's proposals are rather less than Companies House already does.

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Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

CommanderGalaxian
Flame

So once again the Scottish Tax Payer gets a bill - but gets zero back from Wastemonster. So whatever happened to David Cameron's Love Bombing of Scotland in the runup to 2014!?

Seems to be just a case of "get back in your box Scotland" and business as usual as your wealth gets extracted to prop up the remnant laughing stock that is "Great" Britain.

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HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

CommanderGalaxian
Pirate

Re: I hope that HMRC...

"The burden is massive and disproportionately affects the by-the-rules small fry, and goes nowhere to catch the rogues."

It's almost like there's an incentive for everyone to go back to using cash and not bothering to keep accounts...

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

CommanderGalaxian
Boffin

Re: In my youth

Cheddar cheese works too.

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CommanderGalaxian
Mushroom

Re: Don't get it

It's when you begin to detach from reality and start hallucinating - that's when you'll understand.

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: Why the focus on PUBLIC and MATHEMATICAL methods?

"What if Alice and Bob have created a word substitution cipher based on some unknown dictionary? "

Effectively what you are describing is a one-time pad - or in this case a one-time dictionary.

Fine if you only ever encrypt one message with it using that dictionary just once. But once you use that same dictionary for several messages. you run into the bog standard problems you get with any substitution cipher - i.e. letter frequency and word frequency.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: No~

"Not quite sure how it was broken, some really smart Poles and us Brits somehow figured out how."

An an Enigma machine was captured and they were able to see how the rotors worked - in essence they got hold of the source code - thus giving them a significant leg up.

German operators were also often lazy - they didn't change their station identifiers and pre-amble greetings - in essence similar to using the same seed over and over again in a pseudo random number generator.

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CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Re: Backdoors

"Even the NSA has leaks."

The likes of the NSA and GCHQ will have millions of secrets - and yet how often are there actual leaks? Next to never. People who apply for these jobs like keeping secrets - they like operating in a grey area of moral ambiguity. These organisations screen people to ensure the likelyhood of those they employ becoming a whistleblower are tiny.

And when leaks do occur - it tends to have life changing consequences for the leaker - think Manning and Snowden.

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CommanderGalaxian
Black Helicopters

Re: The resistance to end to end encryption by these entities

Exactly. That's why the likes of UK Gov greet about how unfair it is that ordinary folks use cryption like WhatsApp. Because WhatsApp is already well rogered.

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Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

Re: OK, I'll bite

"The slowdown is not likely to be a problem for home computer...."

More specifically it has been stated that you won't experience slowdowns unless you are doing a lot of disk access or network access - so if you happen to be a freelance software developer working from home then expect your compile times to increase - or if you happen to be an online games player then expect to experience degraded performance - perhaps quite significantly so.

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CommanderGalaxian

Ambulance chasing lawyers have their place in the scheme of things - especially when the reason is that you've purchased premium kit - and discover some way down the line that the only way it can run safely is by turning it into crippleware, performance-wise.

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

CommanderGalaxian
FAIL

So people pay good money...

...and then discover their systems will only run at about 70% of the advertised speed or efficiency once the patches have been applied.

Why would anybody not be wanting - at the very least - a partial refund?

Case in point - Volkswagen.

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

CommanderGalaxian
Happy

Re: National scandal

"Pah! --Buckfast was for sophisticated lightweights..."

You're not doing it right. You're supposed to dissolve a couple of acid tabs in a bottle of Buckie the night before - and then drink it the next day.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: sachet of sugar... do the trick.

"Which artifical sweetener?"

AGBarr have chosen aspartame.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: sachet of sugar... do the trick.

"What - like xylitol?"

Xylitol might not have been too bad. But in their infinite wisdom AGBarr have chosen aspartame.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: sachet of sugar... do the trick.

"It'll be fun when the government eventually realise artificial sweeter is linked to dementia...."

Thankfully artificial sweetners have never been fingered as a cause in the increase of diabetes cases...oh wait...

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329872-600-artificial-sweeteners-linked-to-glucose-intolerance/

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: Is nothing sacred?

"I've had a couple of cans (while in the U.S.!)"

The U.S. version is different because AG Barr wouldn't disclose the recipe.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: Is nothing sacred?

The local chippy does gluten free ones on a Monday.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Tax increase?

"Given a UBI, do we still need a 'tax free' earnings band?"

No you don't. The Personal Allowance goes. The author and his source seem to be ignorant of the mechanics of UBI.

https://wingsoverscotland.com/the-missing-half-of-the-equation/#more-98905

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CommanderGalaxian
Mushroom

The author needs to do some decent fact checking of his sources.

'Based on Scotland’s demographics, Young reckons that a £50/£100/£150 UBI would cost £28bn annually. “That’s almost the entire devolved budget..."

Complete and utter bollocks. That sort of nonsense cost has already been well debunked. Once the savings of not having to pay benefits and increased tax take are netted off - the additional cost comes in at more like £3bn.

https://wingsoverscotland.com/the-missing-half-of-the-equation/#more-98905

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

CommanderGalaxian

Re: Curious Spanish attitude

"The difference is that Westminster has said yes, twice..." [innacurate on several counts]

As with previous referenda in Scotland and Catalonia - the governments of the UK and Spain only granted them at a time when they knew the opinion polls showed that the Central Government was almost certain to win.

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CommanderGalaxian

Re: the English want to keep Cymru and Scotland.

"Hmm. The "English" haven't got Scotland, the United Kingdom has."

The United Kingdom is a Union, so it doesn't have Scotland. Either party is free to leave at any time. Funny how every possible obstacle is put in Scotland's way to leaving by, errr, England.

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