"Should this guy be teaching?"
I was wondering what branch of engineering he was teaching in and how to avoid any products his students might have had a hand in.
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"Also, when are ASA going to grow a pair and actually punish retailers for misleading consumers?"
They're essentially a trade body. AFAICS they have no statutory powers. Unless the industry itself agrees to fine itself (the money presumably to go on trade junkets) they can't issue fines.
The real question is then is a govt going to grow a pair and replace the ASA with a statutory body that does have such powers?
will actively attempt to have those reporting such vulnerabilities portrayed and/or prosecuted as "hackers".
Years ago, when open FTP was still a thing (don't tell me it still is) I went onto a download site - a Norwegian Universtiy IIRC - and realised that I'd just cd ..ed past my original access directory. And then realised I could keep going. Maybe to / if I'd tried.
Maybe I should let them know. Maybe not. I decided "not" would be easier.
"the company would put all the cold storage cryptocurrency in one wallet"
The article puts wallets in the plural. But it still makes no sense to have a sole password holder. If there are multiple wallets then the passwords can be shared out between multiple trusted employees. A business such as this does have multiple trusted employees doesn't it? For extra security the passwords themselves could be split and handed to different employees.
"the remainer PM"
I never believed that. She's a brain washed Home Sec who'd like to get out from under the ECHR let alone the ECJ.
"the remainer civil service"
That'll be the folks who actually have to try to advise governments on what's practical in the real world. I wonder why they'd be remainers (except for the HO thinking about those pesky European courts).
"Who needs data transfer and fancy IT?"
Data transfer and fancy IT are two different things. I hope you're not running a business on the assumption they're not. Your data can exist in any form including hand-written. Your data transfer can be anything from handing someone that hand written not upwards. Your data processing can be shuffling through that pile of paper on your desk.
"However having fully implemented GDPR then the European Commission could very quickly agree adequacy of data protection whether there is a deal or not"
How quick is quickly? And your argument suggests that GDPR is implemented. The current DPA contains various weasel clauses to allow HMG a good bit of wrggle room. If the examiners don't like them then a new DPA is needed.
"I don't think anyone stopped using US servers when it was found that Safe Harbour was not adequate"
They went to relying on contractual clauses which are again under attack in the courts. In the case of HMG's data there probably isn't a contract in place. How do they get round that?
In other words your bright idea has brought us the worst of all worlds.
Yup, there's a lot that's wrong with it but some of us contrive to avoid bringing sharp knives near our faces if we don't like what we see in the mirror.
"He is not a politician but a civil servant and as such is obliged to explain his actions to Congress."
I can't help thinking that a useful weapon to have in dealing with refractory public servants would be the ability to put them under a degree of financial micromanagement if their relevant oversight committee becomes displeased with them. Each month they are required to report back to the committee on what they've done in regard to their key objectives and their monthly pay is only signed off if the committee is satisfied with what they're reported. Obvious precautions could be taken to verify the reports from time to time.
"can we cull the people who write a Word document and email it as an attachment when plain text would have been entirely adequate"
Yup, just as soon as we've finished culling all those who write emails in HTML without embedded links to graphics (we cull those after we've culled those who include links).
"But as always they blame goes back onto the staff for using this method"
And as always the blame would go back onto staff for not using the now withdrawn method when an alternative was unavailable for any reason.
I'd like to think that front-line NHS staff had a strong preference for any working method that came to hand rather than the recommendations of a Whitehall committee.
"Almost all prescriptions require signed paper documents. Most pharmacies expect to get these faxed to them by doctors for confirmation."
It's over a decade since I had anything to do with prescription systems so I've no idea what the back-end of the current ePrescriptions is but I'd be surprised if it was fax.
However the current system seems to depend on the patient having a specific pharmacy registered to the prescriber, the latter being a GP practice. This means that other prescribers such as dentists will still rely on paper. Also, at least in our case, the registered pharmacy is not the one next to the surgery so if a doctor wishes to write out a new or one-off prescription they will write or print off a paper script as this is a lot more convenient than chasing off to our registered pharmacy.
Slightly OT: Years ago our then GP's receptionist had a printer next to the PC. They obviously couldn't be bothered going to buy regular printer paper so they loaded it with FP10C, the fan-fold prescription forms, face-down. All prescription forms were produced as secure stationery, ordered by a secure process and consequently much more expensive than regular fan-fold. Even when it had print-out on the back the paper coming out of that printer would still have been valid prescription forms; the waste should have been securely disposed off if they weren't going to turn it over and print scripts on it.
"why are you holding that bit of paper you want to scan-to-email in the first place?"
Because it contains important hand-written notes. They were hand-written because all the computers were down because of the latest virus infection.
And you don't actually want to scan-to-email. You just want to transfer it to someone else quickly and reliably. Start from the requirement, not the solution. "Quickly" probably leads to some electronic means of transmission. "Reliably" strongly suggests having a fall-back. "Quickly and reliably" means that sending a courier to the consultant 50 miles away isn't the best backup.
It's just as well to remember that when it all goes wrong you'll probably need the hard copy for the coroner's court.
eFax had to be "part of our digital transformation journey"
That little word* "had". Whatever happened to "could"? Did anybody ever decide whether removing fax was feasible or do they wait until their network goes down to discover that?
* The bigger word "journey", of course reveals the entire statement to be wanker-speak.
"But anyone who still maintains an account with them despite plentiful alternatives"
It was the behaviour of the former TSB that led to me abandoning Lloyds but as to the "plentiful alternates" they're only plentiful in terms of approximately matching awfulness. Awfulness includes all of them closing branches where I'd prefer to bank. Do actual branches matter? Yes, especially when you get online banking falling over and then telling customers to go to the local branch which doesn't exist for any acceptable value of local.
"You can't really expect Congress, or any Parliament, to bear the full burden to create each and every specific and detailed rule, often in fields elected people have really no clue about, and rules that may need to change faster than the legislative process allows."
As far as Parliament is concerned it passes legislation that empowers the relevant minister (in practice, of course, the minister's department) to make the rules. The minister is answerable in Parliament, directly and via the relevant Select Committee, and the rules can be challenged in court if the legislated powers have been exceeded. See the discussion above.
To what extent, if any, are the Federal Commissioners answerable to Congress?
"Actually the UK also has regulations made by government departments."
Yes. Statutory Instruments. The word "statutory" is key. The statute lays down what the minister can do and if the minister oversteps the mark the regulation can be challenged in court by anyone who gets bitten by it. The minister is also answerable to Parliament.
To whom are these Federal Commissions answerable?
"all pronouns I use to address the group or describe students in general are meaningless"
If I were in that position I'd probably take the line that as a male I personally find it offensive that "my" pronoun has been hijacked for the general usage.
The "I'm a bigger snowflake than you" approach is likely to be one they haven't anticipated.
"it could be traced back tot he Normans"
You can probably go further back still, at least to the hegemony of Wessex. They started a tax collection system to pay Danegeld. Beware the usual saying about Danegeld. The reality was that you could get rid of the Dane but you couldn't get rid of the geld. Domesday records the valuation for geld of each property TRE, ie. at the death of Edward the Confessor a few months before Hastings. England was already a feudal country, not necessarily along the exact lines of Norman England but feudal enough.
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