* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16449 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

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Re: Not sure I understand

"What your registrar is doing is GDPR compliant, but against ICANN rules."

And the latter are unenforceable.

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So probably EU-based registrars could have an opt-in tickbox, but if you opt out then they still have to manage your domain but with a private registry entry.

And they couldn't pre-tick the box either.

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"Why not, when someone is registering a domain, have a clearly seen notice, notifying the person registering the domain of the following?"

You can but you'd be lining yourself up for a big fine.

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"Would it be possible for registrars to make it "opt-in" for making the info public at least in the EU? Or is that option illegal under the new rules?"

It is.

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Re: @Doctor

It all boils down to consent. So what would be easier than to add a checkbox in the domain registration process: "I give consent to add my details to the ICANN database"

Firstly, you can't pre-tick the checkbox. Secondly, you can't refuse the service if the checkox isn't ticked. So, although consent would allow the user details to be published, ICANN can't assume that it will be given and that they can enforce that term.

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Generally speaking, law overrides contract terms. If the ICANN contract requires the other party to do something illegal then surely that clause would be unenforceable.

Now let's think about the more complicated aspects: if an EU citizen registers a domain with a non-EU registrar is that registrar obliged to follow EU legislation? If so how does the EU bring the registrar to account if it has no EU residency and how does the registrar discover that citizenship of the registrant?

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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" there is nobody on the planet other than the utterly deluded who can consider Trump's account to have been operated within the bounds of the rules Twitter set themselves"

That's a statement to reflect on. I'm sure you're right.

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Re: Fake news

"Twitter shouldn't have it so a CS employee can unilaterally delete *anyone's* account under any circumstances. There should be something like a two-step process that requires a supervisor's approval."

Maybe a whole lot of them got together to do it and then blamed someone who was leaving.

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What's the turnover in Twitter staff? How many leave per day?

Maybe this could be written into their leaving process: clear your desk, collect your final pay, delete Trump's account.

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Re: Chirp

"Well, he is [leader of the free world]. I understand that that upsets you."

I don't acknowledge him as my leader here in the UK so either he isn't my leader or else he is but I'm not free to choose.

Your statement fails.

Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Re: freebie USB sticks

"But it's main failing is the case is so FAT"

Right there is an example of why you shouldn't go all Bob on us. I was trying to work out why its formatting was a failing.

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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What were top secret files doing on a USB in the first place? Were they being smuggled out to be hidden under a pile of leaves?

Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

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Re: There may be trouble ahead

"Please identify the bank that hasn't outsourced any of its core competencies."

It's usually only the IT core competency that gets outsourced. They hang onto the other half of the business, the casino.

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Re: "outsource management of its data centres to Big Blue"

"The senior management never learn, or they are in another world. How people with a previous reputation of messing up still keep on getting top positions"

Two possible, and not mutually exclusive, explanations:

1. They move on on the basis of the projected savings of what they did in the last place.

2. People value people who look like themselves so wankers in management appoint more wankers instead of workers.

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Re: Johnny Cash

Maybe they thought his name was appropriate for a bank.

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"Total Inability To Support Usual Pecuniary activity"

That's an improvement. Not long ago they were impecunious.

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: I wonder if...

"Doesn't anyone who own a small boat and trailer ever look in the rearview mirror?"

No point. There's a boat blocking the view.

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Re: One of these days...

"I can't off hand remember a time when you would have been welcome at your local recycling centre with a boat"

If the site at High Wycombe is still being run on the lines it used to be you wouldn't even need to unhitch it yourself.

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Re: One of these days...

"Mine did that, and now they're embroiled in a court case to work out if it's legal"

Do you have a link to any reports of this. I'm sure a lot of us would be interested in the outcome.

My local council instituted similar shenanigans a little while ago which included registering vehicles, limits on the size of vehicle that could visit the sites, the size of trailers and removing the rubble and plasterboard skips. Everybody told them it would increase fly tipping and end up costing them more but they went ahead. Oddly enough, fly tipping has increased.

Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Re: The US has an inverted system

"Again, the wealthy liberals getting tax breaks in the name of the green movement."

You mean wealthy conservatives aren't allowed to get them?

TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

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"They may be shite, but they are consistently shite"

That's ISO9000 for you. So long as the quality of performance is consistent it doesn't matter what the actual quality is.

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One customer deserved the issue as "another **** up from TalkTalk". He said: "I have emailed the CEO's office as its an absolute joke! My broadband hasn’t worked properly for 5 months and constant issues, they are still happy to take the payment every month.

And he still can't work out what to do about it?

US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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Prosecutions? I'd have thought Trump would have given them some kind of reward.

Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

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"But this might be tolerable compared to a situation ...where borking your password locks you out. If it's after 2PM, you may as well head to the bars because the IT department is on the other coast and won't arrive until 5AM."

What happens when the PHB who's running it locks himself out?

So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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Re: Applying pressure on Twitter

"If they push too hard, Twitter doesn't have to be based in the US."

If they push too hard none of the multinational tech businesses have to be based in the US as legal entities. Running down the US-based resources could take longer but could happen. All the US govt would then be able to apply pressure to would be a local subsidiary or, for added distance, a local franchise.

Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

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It ain't necessarily so

At least, not as far as program size is concerned.

This morning I've just installed upgrades for 3 graphicsmagic packages, 2 tzdata packages and wpasupplicant. Overall it reported freeing 116kB of disk.

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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"I can expect sh, awk and sed to exist ... and to behave exactly as they did a few decades ago. Two decades from now the same will likely be true."

Unfortunately one place you'd expect sh to exist is in /etc/init.d but that's looking dubious.

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Re: Horses for courses

"hard to say whether perl or C wins the designed for obfuscation award"

I thought APL was the outright winner of that trophy.

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Re: Perl's issues are not Perl as such

@ Adam 1

Can't agree more about Delphi. AFAICS it reached its best at about D7 & then rapidly headed downhill. As luck would have it that was as far as I needed to go with it but continued with some sporadic FPC & Lazarus on Linux and only then for my own use.

What you didn't mention was the way in which it (and Lazarus) build GUIs. I took a look at both the Gnome & Qt/KDE offerings before going with Lazarus.

Competition law could help solve data-slurping monopolies, peers told

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Re: Fair point....

"The average age of a lord is 69"

Ah. The typical PC ageist is still with us. Would you make a similar statement using gender or race as a measure of competence?

Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder

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Re: Swept away

"But you never hear about them because each one is a tiny, uninteresting event that affects only the person who did it."

It depends. If you lose your own data the part I've highlighted is true.

If, on the other hand, you're a DBA or sysadmin for your own company it can affect multiple users. If you're any good in that role it makes you a bit paranoid because they're colleagues and the potential effects on the overall ability of the company to function affects its ability to keep paying you. That's without the separate risk of being fired. But you'll never hear about those cases because unless they're serious enough to have visible knock-on consequences to the company's performance they'll not be publicised.

Only if the data is that of other companies where, as here, the data is that of clients will the situation be immediately and conspicuously public.

It's as well to remember that the number of staff won't scale as fast as the size of the system. The in-house staff for a small business might still be one, just as with the individual data holder. With a larger business it will still only be a comparative handful. At Google scale the staff to user ratio will be minute. Providing the situation can be retrieved in bulk it's not a problem but if it had to be handled on a case-by-case basis sorting out a "small percentage" at Google scale could become nigh on impossible.

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Re: It wasn't just the flagging, it's Google scans your documents

"For these cretins, they were only being blocked FROM VIEWING AND SHARING these docs"

AIUI one of the purposes of Google docs is to allow online editing by multiple users which requires viewing and sharing rather than downloading.

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Re: Vapourous clouds

"Are you sure about that? Because I'm not."

We're on the same wavelength. The OP wrote "Yours [i.e. your computer" doesn't do that [i.e. shard data and store it in multiple geographically dispersed data centres]." He was right. My computer doesn't do that. It stores it out of Google's reach. Even my mail service provider is UK-based.

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Re: Misreading the problem

"Not really sure why people are downvoting you."

Because the implicit argument is that it's no more difficult for a company to control another company's policies than it is to control its own.

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Re: Misreading the problem

"Companies are making their content so secure that not even the users can access it "

That, when it happens, is in the control of the company concerned. It's not only the responsibility but also within the power of the company to manage it. When it's another company doing it it's not so easily resolvable.

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Re: Modern day serfdom

I would rather have that than "real" property rights by paying for Office on a PC... until the next version of Office comes out and everything is incompatible.

You do realise, don't you, that there are similarly free good, working alternatives that you can run on your own computer? Or maybe you don't.

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Re: Vapourous clouds

"Gmail for instance encrypts and shards the database for your email across hundreds of servers across multiple geographically dispersed data centers. Your computer doesn't do that."

No, it doesn't. It keeps it out of US jurisdiction. Even out of extravagantly claimed US jurisdiction.

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"Your Google car has been halted on the overtaking lane of the M1 for violating its T&Cs"

UK.gov: Snoop laws not 'significant' obstacle to EU data protection talks

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Re: @ Rono666

"'If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.' - Melchett"

The Leavers to a tee. You must have seen the light, Codejunky.

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: From the department of stupid ideas

"As for wrong side of the street Chloe, you could just park on the other side to avoid trailing cables."

Streetlights on one side of the street- or alternating - only are a thing. So that would mean trailing cables across the whole street.

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I get the impression that Williams hadn't thought about the possibility of this question in advance and wasn't very good at thinking on his feet. It's a pity he didn't get the obvious follow-up questions. "The vehicle is doing 70mph in the overtaking lane when a software update becomes available. What happens then? Does this mean that the vehicle veers off the road to apply the update? Isn't that the scenario you were trying to avoid and now you've caused it? And what happens when there are several adjacent vehicles of the same model in close proximity, all trying to get off the road to apply their updates?"

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Re: I thought my opinion of MPs could go no lower

"TV presenters don't know a thing."

Generalise much. Let's start with a certain David Attenborough. And then let's follow up with a certain Brian Cox. Now I've pointed you in the right direction I'm sure you can think of more exceptions to your rule.

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"There was a nearby town (Hampton) that was nearly disincorporated (dissolved) for being a speed trap."

Many years ago there was a scandal involving traffic police in one UK metropolitan area and another force loaned some officers who didn't know the area to take over. The husband of a colleague told us that he'd just been stopped for speeding.

"What speed do you think you were doing, sir?"


"And what is the speed limit on this road?"




Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Re: Advertise you are out

"crap actor pretending to be a parcel delivery drone on the ads."

I wouldn't see such an ad. What made it crap? Did he actually deliver parcels?

Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: Reg strokes claw over Data Protection Bill

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Re: A problem for democracy

"reading about what the local parties are doing"

Reading about what local parties are doing is not the same as being prepared to receive spam. In fact, what they do may well not be the same as what they say. I'm old-fashioned enough to rely on the former.

Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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Re: Lots of criminals in here

> sexagenarian

It's an attitude, not necessarily a physical age. Some people refuse to grow up and accept the world as it is.

Some of us seem to have seen rather more of the world as it is than yourself.

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Re: Lots of criminals in here

"I have nothing to hide"

You must have given that one password is no information at all. Either that or you make no use of online facilities at all.

It's also possible that you haven't read the T&Cs of any online services you use because unless they were written by teenagers they'll forbid you from disclosing log-on credentials. Even if you don't see the significance of hiding stuff yourself you'll find yourself contractually bound to hide it nonetheless and bound by people who do see that significance. You will actually be helped in this, in spite of yourself, by the fact that these days any competently provided remote log-in will use an encrypted link.

Finally, you should reflect that some of us have spent years investigating crimes and really don't see why TPTB should facilitate the commission of crimes by having sensitive material flying around in plaintext. We're also well aware that those who are already intending to break laws are not going to be inconvenienced by being provided with more laws to break when they choose some non-govt-sanctioned communication system.

IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

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"Without all the interconnectedness"

Sure, you'd have to add the interconnections. As it stands it's not complete. But the ability to do this at the density of memory cells does shove it well up the parallelisation scale and could make it an enabling technology.

Advisory body to 'reconsider' ethics of hanging onto 'mugshots'

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" left on a bus/train/ wine bar/strip joint and tattoo parlour...."

.. under a pile of leaves.

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If the subject is innocent then it's difficult to see how the policing provisions in the data protection laws can apply. Time for the ICO to start fining a few police forces.

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