Re: Some time ago...
'You might need to explain to some of the youngsters here (I guess about 50% of the readership) what a "punched card" is'
I wonder if I've still got one or two. Just to show the grandchildren.
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"Never use your own machine on stage."
OTOH I've seen relying on the lecture room's machine be a little...difficult. This was back in the days of slides. There was a 35mm slide projector and an ancient epidiascope (no, spill chucker, not an episcopalian) which would take very large glass slides. The lecturer brought along glass slides which were too big for the 35mm & not big enough for the epidiascope. It ended up with someone suspending the slides in the gate of the large projector with sticky tape. IIRC the lecturer belonged to a department which shared that particular lecture room.
"After hours of PowerPoint presentations she wanders on stage with some notes and just talks to the audience."
I used to do more or less the opposite. I had a carousel of slides in my office. I could pick it up, collect the projector and do an introductory talk on forensic science with no notes because I'd pitch it at any level of audience from a school class to CID training as required.
7 - Leave the lectern. If there is one, don't even stand beside it. Put your large font crib sheet on it that you can walk over to whilst talking, and quickly glance at if you need a lead. Show determination and confidence.
It used to be the case that people would be bound to the lectern. Then the occasional person would avoid it and, of course it looked special. Eventually all presenters avoided it. I've often wondered whether, after a series of such presentations it would be more effective for the presenter to stand behind the lectern and look authoritative.
"white is a vague reference to what the color of this board may have been at some distant point in time, mid grey would be a better description"
We had a nice new supposedly highly reflective screen so it would be legible without taking too much care over blackout. A cleaner wiped it over with a not too clean cloth. The streaks and dribbles were there for ever.
Presentation methods in decreasing order of reliability:
Whiteboard. There's always one pen that's dried up and one which is solvent based and can't be wiped off without the special solvent that's not there.
Overhead projector. Fine until the bulb goes.
Slide projector. The remote fails or an automatic timer cuts in. Or else the bulb goes.
Powerpoint. The embodiment of Murphy's law combining not one but two electronic devices, a remote and a projector bulb.
"You can replace 'calendar' with whatever you like - the OP was clearly just trying to come up with a simple example."
Of course. I was just taking his example in the same way. Whatever you use a service to store there's likely to be lots of criminal value in it beyond the login and financial stuff. What other examples do you want? Email server? Password store?
"If company A doesn't need your address and bank details, then the compromise is an inconvenience to the average user."
Really? A calendar as per your example? What's on the calendar?
Uncle Fred's 60th birthday next week? Ooh look, with got Uncle Fred's DoB. Is Uncle Fred identified in any further way? Does it have his email address? A little bit of information for ID theft and material for a more convincing phishing attempt - click on this e-birthday card.
Leave on holiday in 2 weeks time, return 10 days later? House unoccupied - nice.
Lots and lots of scope from a busy calendar.
"Andrew Neil on This Week wondered why on earth C4 would pay so much for the show without securing the talent"
I'm wondering whether C4 will still take it. I'm waiting to see it offered back to the Beeb who'll want a couple of million knocking off the price and the original presenters insisting on a pay rise to go back. Karma.
"hundreds of years ago and then kept having new things tacked on to it with more weighty sentences for those who can't pay for a top lawyer"
Hundreds of years ago you could be hung* for not being able to pay a fine. I don't thing they've added more weighty sentences than that.
*Or beheaded in Halifax.
“and we do suggest to our customers to look at a dedicated email provider if they want to look at something more encrypted or secure.”
Very sensible advice. Having email independent from the ISP makes it much easier to jump ship from the ISP. Having your own domain independent from the email provider also makes it easer to jump ship from the email service.
"Use an online hosted email address or run your own server locally."
There's a range of options. One is to use a small, specialist hoster. Unless it's the sort of thing you do for a living yourself they're going to be better at securing things themselves (see Charles 9's post above) and small enough to care - it's their livelihood.
"Yes, my plan is to check out around 70; that seems to be the point at which my parents stopped enjoying life."
OTOH both I and SWMBO are in our 70s and still functioning. When you get into your 70s you might find you stuff to do - such as looking after grandchildren.
"My problem with Which? is the weasel words timing of this, the day after Microsoft removes Windows 10 nagware? Coincidence?"
Are you saying MS timed this to coincide with Which?'s publication date?
"Now I know a lot of people will have the attitude what have you got to hide ?"
Do you notice how hardly any of those who keep saying that never bother to unhide stuff like there banking details. In fact the only one I can think of was Jeremy Clarkson and he quickly discovered that he had stuff he should have hidden.
The truth is, of course, that not only do we all have stuff to hide, we're contractually bound to hide it.
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