How many cases like this make it in to the statistics?
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"sensitive information relating to the economy [should] be brought within the scope of the legislation... in so far as it relates to national security".
Hmmm. So Robert Peston would've had to watch his back when he told us all was not well in 2008? What about private citizens who might have spread dangerous gossip about queues outside Northern Rock?
Re: Is it a bird? is it a plane?
I think the new POTUS is a red herring here. It's not him but the preceding generation he's so rude about that brought Patriot and Snooper's Charter. Some things will get worse, but I don't think the particular issue of online privacy will be one of them.
One straw in the wind: he's already at war with the US courts. If you want to extend PATRIOT into something even more sinister, the last thing you want to do is alienate your henchmen tasked with enforcing it.
Unless you go the full totalitarian, and run a private security state separate from the law.
Re: And while THE PATRIOT stands it always will.
Nothing wrong with the Google line here.
What would be very wrong would be to promise privacy and then do the opposite. Or to use weasel words to appear to promise privacy, but leave themselves nasty loopholes. Or perhaps just fudge and evade the issue.
In this instance, they maintained their user's privacy until a court order told them to do otherwise. Much like mumsnet in another recent story.
I wouldn't rely on privacy from any provider. Regardless of Good Intentions, they could be bullied by courts, penetrated by spooks, or infiltrated by rogue sysops.
Cult of useless HTTPS
HTTPS offers some security, but with dangerous points of failure (like CAs) that should be familiar at least to regular readers.
However, statements like this indicate a bandwagon onto which people are thoughtlessly jumping:
"Incidentally, The Register can be viewed over HTTPS, from our forums login to white papers to editorial articles – hats off to our tech team for that."
The cost of that, in terms of loss of cacheability, is akin to that of a stoppage on the trains driving millions of commuters into cars. Why is a site whose contents are public imposing that cost on the 'net?
Even forums has nothing more than low-value passwords to protect: if someone impersonates me here, they haven't got anything like access to anything potentially valuable like my money or private communications.
Re: Whisky Galore
There is actually quite a bit of modern housing in Princetown. A couple of new estates went up in about 2005-ish. Before that, there's some probably-1950s stuff, and then the older buildings where you're most likely to find something half-decent. House prices are also what you'd expect on a fairly ugly estate, not at all like more desirable Dartmoor villages.
However, any time you're in the area, the Dartmoor Brewery's Jail Ale is an excellent pint. If they can produce a chaser to match, this local won't say no.
ObLocalFact. The prison has (or recently had) a writer-in-residence. Well, not physically in residence, but an official post: I guess she was there literarily rather than literally. I found out when I learned that my new neighbour downstairs (where I lived until recently) was that writer.
Re: Good job...
And on that subject ... might I ask the wider audience whether (in general) there is any reason to keep the http version of a site (any site) going alongside an https version?
Just in case that's not meant to be ironic ...
Yes of course, HTTP is much more efficient and imposes vastly less load on the 'net than HTTPS. You might ignore the minor matter of processing overhead at each end of a secure connection, but you can't ignore the damage it does to cacheability. Think of it like moving a million people out of commuter trains each morning, and each into their individual cars.
"Sorry, alt.right readers,"
That's not me, but it reads like a challenge to turn the story into a conspiracy theory. So here goes. Not actually one I find plausible, but could be tweaked ...
When .gov websites enforce their own rules and only work with browsers that have an NSA backdoor, it'll help weed out privacy.
Re: No, the enemy is the idiot who wrote the specs
Problems often arise in the name of security itself. See a well-known tickbox risk, fix it by creating more complexity and a bigger - but unknown - risk. Security tickbox ticked.
Reg readers will not be unfamiliar with entirely-predictable consequences. I'm reminded of http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/everything_over_http/ (from when I had an Apache column in a branch of this publication).
They can add a number simply by dialling 1572 after receiving the call
OK, something the victim can do to register with them, as opposed to some third-party. This is progress.
What we really need is a version of that that applies some kind of penalty on any caller who collects more than a handful of 1572s. Say, £1 per spam call, collected by BT/phoneco as in normal billing and going to Good Causes (in the manner of a Lottery).
Goodbye, free press
OK, others have made the obvious point: where the heck have you been all this time?
Anyway, you piqued my curiosity, so I looked up when I blogged predicting this. Turns out it was July 2010 when News of the World closed and they were about to launch Leveson. "Con-men and fraudsters everywhere will stand to benefit if investigators better resourced than the police have their hands tied." Villains and Scapegoats.
Goodbye, free press. It wasn't entirely nice knowing you, but I fear your replacement will be a whole lot worse.
Re: Junk Mail..
I got those after moving in here. About monthly, in a pattern alternating between "we are about to open an investigation" and "we have opened an investigation".
Now they finally seem to have given up: nothing for ... hmm ... maybe six months or so. Guess they must've closed their investigation. Or something.
With no touts, when you phone up you will get the tickets that they are no longer getting.
With no touts, the official promoters would have to build their profits into the official price. Or find some alternative way to reduce the amount seen by the taxman, and perhaps resented by the fans if faceless 'touts' aren't taking the blame.
Re: and what about VAT?
It's a while since I've charged VAT to someone in another EU country, but ISTR charging at my own country's rate. Are you saying that's changed?
My recollection is also that reclaiming VAT on cross-border transactions was something of a nightmare. Anyone know if it still is?
Please sir. Point of order!
We have - and always have had - forms to fill for the US government whenever we release software with cryptographic capabilities. Just a box to check, alongside things like internal processes and intellectual property audit with any software release. I don't know about operating it for customers: that's not my field.
I wonder if this will look any different in practice? Maybe El Reg could commission your tame lawyers to give us an expert analysis?
Principle vs Practice
Our smart meters do have the appearance of a badly botched scheme about them. I'd want to escalate some questions above the level of the salesman before I'd accept one. The vulnerabilities (real or otherwise - I expect there's an element of both), the incompatibilities (strewth!), the bottom-line price comparison to France and Italy (insofar as that's like-for-like), and of course the failure to persuade the public.
On the other hand, I'm perfectly comfortable with the underlying principle of demand management. We've had a lower-tech version called Economy 7 for decades, and even though I'm not on it, I find it convenient to run the dishwasher overnight when energy is (or would be) cheapest.
Where's the problem?
Our listed companies are owned by shareholders around the world. Mostly the big institutions, such as our insurance companies and pension funds.
The foreign-listed companies who buy them are likewise owned by shareholders around the world. Want a stake in ARM? You can still buy softbank shares: just ask your broker. Or more likely today, just log in to your platform.
I note your list omits Autonomy, the company bought by a hubristic Hewlett Packard (to lots of scepticism from Reg commentards), and more recently re-acquired by Micro Focus, a British company that also owns quite a few former US software companies. Though your list does feature quite a few companies that were bust when taken over (some of them repeatedly bust: most notably the car makers that have been bailed out countless times by taxpayers, going right back to British Leyland in the 1960s).
Oh, and I don't think you're even factually quite right. Was there ever a business called EE that was under different/british-labelled ownership?
@Ken Hagan Re: only thing I ask
Live CD? Really? Can't remember the last time I had a 'puter with a working CD (or DVD) drive. Oh, wait, maybe that tower next door has one: guess I should take a look.
Surely what matters is whether you can rescue from USB. Don't some machines have security features in BIOS that might get in the way of that?
Who needs a visa?
I've worked as employee for two Silicon Valley companies in my time, from right here in Devon. Not to mention the US companies I've done contract work for! Who needs a visa?
Let's see if he can do the world a favour. He's sent out a signal about not wanting to fight foreign wars: that could lead to relative peace in Syria within a few months!
Hmmm .... just speculatin'
Should I name my wifi AlQaeda or somesuch? Can't see plod taking any notice.
On the other hand, call it Lolita2002 and one could be stuffed for life.
Maybe I'll call it UpTheTrump and see what anyone makes of that. Or on second thoughts, that has a rather short shelf life, regardless of the outcome of their election.
Re: Reflecting on Britain's legacy of Alan Turing
The irony of that is, he'd be treated more harshly today (AIUI the chemical treatment was his choice, as an alternative to prison).
His conviction was for Gross Indecency, which is no longer an offence. But a forty-year-old caught having sexual relations with a youngster below the age of consent (21 at the time) is harshly penalised.
(Unlike a pair of mature homosexuals, even in Turing's time. Britten and Pears were tolerated as a couple, for example).
Excuse the rant ...
Rome? Pah! Clearly Athens is the centre of the known world.
No, wait, Euclid was from Alexandria, Eratosthenes moved to Alexandria for a good job. Archimedes was from Syracuse, Zeno from Elea, both in what is now Italy. Dammit, the STEM community has been globalised for a long time! Athens was more the world centre of luvviedom. I'm sure there's a moral in there somewhere.
Anyway, why Turing in particular? He's just one of many distinguished mathematicians, scientists and engineers in our history. His role in winning The War ... again, one of many, and who remembers R J Mitchell these days? Oh, right, Turing is beloved of the Chattering Classes for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with his work.
Re: The whole mechanism sucks
Yep. Every CA is a single point of failure.
So it's time to upgrade the Web to use distributed trust authorities. No single point of failure, the attacker has to compromise more than one independent trust authority to impersonate a site.
That's a central pillar of the M-Pin protocol (currently an IETF draft) and Milagro project (in incubation at Apache). Get on board and secure the web. And (by the way) secure the IoT!
Brewing for 20 years?
Computer speech recognition had been brewing for about 20 years when I worked (in academia) in the field. That was the early 1990s.
One of the conclusions of my work was the meaninglessness of percentage accuracy figures as a measure of performance. They're about as useful as measuring lengths in pieces of string. Information-theoretic measures (entropy) do an altogether better job.
Re: Dodgy numbers?
11.3% errors for a human transcriber is appalling!
You can see it in real life, where transcribed text is shown to the public. For example, look at the details at rightmove or zoopla, transcribed by some numpty at an estate agent. Some agents seem to specialise in entertainment value.
In the crowdfunding pitch, someone asked about the cost and got a reply from campaign director Olga Nasalskaya:
"The kitchen system will retail at around £80k initially, falling over time to £40k and less through modification of the system"
The adjoining campaign is called "Jet Pack Aviation", and features a sci-fi pic of a flying ... damn, I so want to say pig.
Neither campaign tempts me, though I do occasionally take a flutter on crowdfunding.
Re: £100 a week for a year with Tesco's delivery service comes in at about £26,000 cheaper
welllllllll, bear in mind...
Actually we do have as near to facts as we're ever likely to. The Ombudsman has reported on Tescos treatment of suppliers, and was on the Today programme just a few days ago reporting that the era of sharp practice is indeed behind them.
As for dairy farmers, that's deeply misleading media spin. Several supermarkets were fined for overpaying them in response to that campaign.
And in any case, Unilever is far too big to be bullied by Tescos.
I wonder if the fact that Tescos current CEO was recruited from Unilever has any bearing on it?
He then moved the mouse about some more, saw the cursor was doing the right thing, said "that fixed it" and left with a sense of achievement.
If I'd had an audience when I gingerly played with my first mouse, I might easily have done the same. As it was, it just took a couple of simple moves to figure out which way to hold it.
This thread is clearly the place to post the essential helpdesk video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_p3TYXmJFk
A ploy to retake Scotland?
This is a spectacularly expensive stunt just to wind Corbyn up. They must be more worried about him than anyone admits!
But what if it backfires and ends up making him look like a statesman? Aha, got it! This is aimed at Scotland. Antagonise them sufficiently and maybe enough of them will vote Corbyn to weaken the SNP!