* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper's Charter lawful

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Wanting an extension on the deadline to do something they don't want to do? ICANN't think where I heard of anything like that.

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Re: Write your damned MP people

"So please write your MP, there is a website and everything that makes it easy, and tell them that you have along memory, so come election time"

I had this conversation with my MP before the last election. He's no longer my MP.

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Re: Way Back...

"I was given an apology and lunch with drinks in the local pub."

The power socket controlled by a light switch? I might have gone to the pub for lunch and drinks but not gone back to the house afterwards.

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Re: Users....

"Print after print spews forth."

Long time ago I dropped in at a local computer shop found puzzled staff at the printer (sprocket fed - it was a long time ago). They'd sent some massive file by mistake and switched off the PC hoping to stop it only to find the printer continued for about 40 more pages. Well, printers have buffers don't they?

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Re: Angry client rolled over the Ethernet patch cable with his office chair

Why was a patch cable unprotected in a situation where it could be rolled over - or tripped over? Sometimes elfin safety have a point.

Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

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Re: French Cinema

"if it had been left entirely in Japanese it would be been entirely baffling."

My kids watched it. From what I recall how exactly would leaving it entirely in Japanese have been any different?

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Re: We are currently experiencing large volumes of customers

"unusually high call volumes"

The fact that they thought it worth preparing a recording of that phrase tells you all you need to know about their call centre planning.

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Re: We are currently experiencing large volumes of customers

"The pensioners seemed happy enough"

Huh? This is one who wouldn't have been.

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"During the cold spell last month, calls to my gas boiler maintenance insurance hotline (Corgi Homeserve, if you must know) "

More fool you. Just find a reliable local boiler engineer. Yes there some.

BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

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"I'm surprised they aren't already using work purchased hardware for mining crypto currently."

Shhhh. Don't tell.

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So the new Boss has gone the same way as all his predecessors. Oh well, there'll be another along any time soon.

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Re: Missed a trick here

"But a good BOFH could have a ball with a building full of IoT tat."

The BOFH has many of these. It's how he runs things. He just hasn't told the company.

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Re: Cost benefit analysis needed

"Would using the headroom on virtualisation hosts to mine cryptocurrency pay for the increased power usage?"

For the BOFH, not for the company.

Openreach and BT better watch out for... CityFibre after surprise £537m takeover deal

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Re: Sigh .....

"BT offered back in 1997/98 time frame to fibre up the whole nation if only it could get out of the restriction of doing TV early."

Look back earlier than that to when cable franchises were handed out but BT was excluded as a matter of policy. The cable cable companies cherry-picked than and no doubt this current development will simply represent more competition in the cherry-picking industry.

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Re: Sigh .....

"it wasnt sold off to multiple parties it was just handed everything and left to get on with it"

Unlike the railways where the train operating companies had to run over someone else's rails.

I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

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"At 15 microns ... of the scale of a human hair"

Not quite that scale. A grain of hazel pollen is more or less triangular and about 25 microns per side. Hazel's fairly typical so 15 micron is about the size of a smallish pollen grain. You might see it with the naked eye as a point of light. If you wanted to see its shape you'd need a decent microscope.

But certainly bigger than what quantum physicists work on.

Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: Smedley Hydro

"Well well well"

Life's full of surprises.

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"it was the subsequent changes by the Tories that made it an issue"

You may be right but I tend to look at the constant in all this. The Home Office itself.

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Re: Excellent article

"And that's now where the national records office is?"

Yes, at least for England and Wales. Presumably you'll recognise the name Smedley Hydro.

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"allow people to exercise their rights"

One of the rights we've grown used to in the UK is not being challenged for our "papers".

On a practical basis how does such a paper-based registration system get booted? I can present to someone registering me a birth certificate of someone who looks roughly the right age but how do I prove I'm the person named on it? Does every baby get micro-chipped at birth so that in 70-80 years we have completely documented population?

Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

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Re: Best Outcome

"a proper international origination can be set up in its place."

Be very careful what you ask for. That "proper international organisation" is waiting in the wings. It's the ITU. Lots of governments would like to get their hands on control of the internet and this would be how they'd do it. An arm's length organisation like ICANN is better than that although what's needed is an arm's length organisation unlike ICANN. Or even a completely independent organisation.

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Re: I don,t get it.

Very simple.

Companies House data is statutory and statutory data isn't covered by GDPR.

Whois data isn't statutory data and is covered by GDPR.

Sigh. Not the first time I've posted this and I don't suppose it will be the last.

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Re: What's the problem?

"They need explicit consent to hold the email address in the first place"

The email address would be needed as part of the provision of the service to communicate with the registrant. It's making it public that's the crux.

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"Thinking here about non-commercial special interest sites."

You're right. If this option isn't a provided for in the S/W running them either the S/W is going to need an update or that feature will need to be turned off. The BT community kit which is one option for this sort of site has a tick-box for this.

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Re: Interesting wording

"Perhaps a smaller fine followed by a huge one if the miss the proposed timescales?"

That would have to be decided by individual regulators on a case-by-case basis. But a general concept of a moratorium would be impossible for the simple reason that if you grant it to one you'd have to grant it to all. The date has been known for years in advance. Just because they chose to ignore it it doesn't go away and they've absolutely no excuses to ask for any leeway.

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"I doubt they even require a warrant -from a GDPR perspective at least - there are access clauses for Legal and Regulator Enforcement."

What's really upsetting their constituency - IP* lawyers - is that that's probably not going to allow fishing expeditions.

* Not Internet Protocol!

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Re: Special process...

"it's implementation time that's the stickler"

Just start proceedings next month and you'll be surprised how short implementation time can be.

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"It's mostly just used by copyright cartels to sue people anyway."

I think what you're saying is that you haven't worked out how to use it for your own benefit. E.g. to check on the origins of a suspicious email? If you haven't I can assure you many of us have. It belongs with ad-blockers and Noscript as part of our everyday internet security measures.

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Re: No public details, no domains

"That would make a good argument for the organisation to be disbanded and put under the control of a global body."

That global body would be the ITU. There are a number of governments wanting to do just that with the internet. That should be enough to concentrate ICANN's mind. ICANN's mind? What a strange concept.

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"You think that if they did that, the EU wouldn't be able to set up a bunch of rootservers overnight"

Well, just a single rootserver for all the domains, fragmentation wouldn't be good. And easy enough to stand one up. Just select one of the current mirrors and make that definitive. I doubt the EU itself would even need to do anything. If the European registrars haven't got together and hatched a contingency plan for this I'd be surprised. The old saying is that the internet routes round damage; ICANN is starting to look like damage.

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"The other course of action would be for ICAAN to stick 2 fingers up at the EU"

Fair enough, but what does ICANN have to do?

Brit MPs brand Facebook a 'great vampire squid' out for cash

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Re: I don't seen this as sustainable.

"I really can't understand why companies think that people with entrenched positions and loyalties, are going to be swayed by a simple advert."

The advertising industry which, let's not forget, sells nothing but advertising will undoubtedly produce results showing how many people respond positively to ads. Rice-Davies applies of course.

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Re: OK: Facebook is a bad boy ...

Google try and circumvent that by pop up "our agreement with you"

It's going to be interesting to see what happens to this under GDPR given that agreeing to extended data collection, to coin a term, can't be tied to provision of a service.

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Re: "Vampire Squid"

Good to know that "vampire squid" is a acceptable parliamentary language. Maybe we'll get to hear more of it.

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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"You'd also move all of your staff's accounts over to the new system (fun for them) to see how it handles that volume of business for an extended pilot period in the run up to go live."

Maybe that was the plan but the staff saw it coming and switched.

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Re: So TSB's answer is to throw more people at at it.

"Clearly, nobody in TSB manglement has read The Mythical Man Month. Ironic, since it was written by a former (and highly respected) IBMer."

You might have read at least the first post.

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"it's nice to know the general is beside you when the troops are at the front line."

Even if he's only refilling the kettle and cutting the sandwiches. In fact especially if that's all he's doing.

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Re: What are IBM going to do? Wave a fucking magic wand?

"I am hoping the details do get leaked, but I for one am not pinning this entirely on TSB."

What has to be pinned on TSB is that they took stock of the situation and decided they were in a position to go ahead in a single operation. And then found they weren't.

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"It's nothing that you can't do yourself by going into a branch"

A bank branch? What's that?

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Oh, the irony

Wasn't the whole reason for splitting TSB from Lloyds to avoid the situation of having banks that were too big to fail?

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Re: What are IBM going to do? Wave a fucking magic wand?

"This Peter Pester twat sounds like a complete waste of space."

Sounds like the Peter principle at work.

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Re: not a customer

sounds like a complex undertaking done badly for good reasons.


I'm not a customer either - I escaped that fate. If I were I'd certainly be agitated.

There's an old saying, "if you fail to plan you plan to fail". What does the present situation tell you about their plans?

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Re: A disaster

"Shame really as the local branch have good long term staff"

It was one of the staff of a local branch when it was part of Lloyds that prompted me to leave Lloyds although the damage had been done when Lloyds closed my preferred local branch. Just as well I did - maybe I'd have been transferred over to TSB when they split.

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And the irony is that the book reflected his time at IBM when IBM was a force to be reckoned with.

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"We're putting things right"

After putting them wrong.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: How?

"No-one explicitly voted for what T. May and her cabinet are doing / proposing in terms of N.I., GFA, ECHR, ECJ, customs union, single market, Euratom etc."

No one voting leave explicitly voted for any particular thing because the only explicit option was staying in. The other was a load of unicorn droppings which would have meant different things to different people.

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Re: Europe doesn't owe the UK a living. You've chosen to leave. That means leaving.

"You've chosen to leave."

No I haven't.

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Re: EU friends apparantly

"Yes, have you?"

You seem to have omitted standards for the home market. What will those be and who will set them?

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Re: EU friends apparantly

I'm one of those people that don't see any need to change them at all, unless you're suggesting that the EU won't let "us" use "their" standards?

That's fine for existing standards. What about standards that get made in the next few years? Do we make out own or do we use the EU's? How much would it cost to make our own? If we made products conforming only to our own standards how would we persuade others to accept our exports? Would it be economic for manufacturers to produce two lots of products, one conforming to our own standards and those of the EU? Would that then mean it would be more economic to just accept future EU standards as well as existing ones? What input would we have into the EU's future standards? What was all that about taking back control?

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Re: £14 billion

"Ones who can be booted out by their local constituents."

Unlike MEPs who can only be booted out by their local constituents.

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