* Posts by cantankerous swineherd

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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god help them when little bobby drop tables turns up.

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Re: Crapita

no need to test anything, matching on name alone was bound to fail. absolute muppetry.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: User story

so not a solution really.

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BGP hijacker booted off the Internet's backbone

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in other words, the internet is broken.

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Re: 50MB over what time ?

virgin ecml's wifi sign on page used to have tiny map and speedo display, lner may have carried this over?

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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have to say she doesn't have a very good record identifying people. and it's not so much the "lots of arrests" we need to worry about, but the random shootings by anonymous and unaccountable cops.

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UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

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this is about flogging people's health records. targeted adverts for quack cancer doctors? fantastic revenue stream right there, especially if you ration nhs treatment.

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Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

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istr a Charlotte Hogg leaving the bank of England under a cloud? nice to see she's managed to get another gig if so.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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identity cards? go and get fucked.

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Shiny new Capita boss to UK.gov: I know you are but what am I?

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I see they've got the traditional pension deficit, presumably loads of goodwill on the balance sheet as well.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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my fingerprint lock is invincible to people with no fingers. ask me how.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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Re: Tesco Does Not Know More About Me

sainsburys will inform the DWP you've been doing your shopping and you'll be sanctioned.

don't get ill, don't get old.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: Oh yes...

only the finest popcorn being processed here kind sir.

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UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

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this is what happens when you let managers run things.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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Re: Lock ‘em up

the cops certainly should be.

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Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

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looks like my next phone will be an apple one.

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Sort your spending habits out, UK Ministry of Defence told over £20bn black hole

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Re: I love the smell of Austerity in the morning.

nothing magical about 100% debt to gdp:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/UK_GDP.png

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Re: Simple solution

there we were, neandering in our valley and then some sapient homos turned up. ruined our whole day I can tell you.

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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luxury.

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It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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Re: Aerospace Valley

could an arduous and protracted business if it's a genetic complaint...

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Re: Aerospace Valley

yes but higher taxes, big government and those other reasons that lord lawson and mr taxpayers alliance live in la belle France.

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There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees

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just love the bit about pensions! the trustees have been well amd truly rolled.

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Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Re: Password Managers?

secure yes: useable, not so much.

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sounds like they've constructed an oracle?

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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

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ditto Amazon.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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as a matter of interest, are they bouncing your cheques? will they let you withdraw cash from a branch? I understand this may not be your usual MO, but I'm wondering how deep the rot is?

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we're looking at creeping privatisation of the payments system, something that's starting to bother the Swedes. a cashless society as presently conceived hands over control to a few sociopathic institutions, who will go on to screw the country mercilessly, either by malice or incompetence.

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: Paper tape anyone?

veering off the topic of Jupiter's moons, Beethoven wrote some pieces for the musical clock. now available as a midi file!

https://www.flutetunes.com/tunes.php?id=168

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Re: The problem probably wasn't the software...

kermit! there's a program I'd forgotten all about.

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Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure

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Re: Job Security

lending 125% of inflated valuations? not failing at all...

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UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

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branches. cheques. cash.

use them or lose them.

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It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

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email: just say no.

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Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

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the home office are lying.

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ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets

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it's fraud by misrepresentation you dolts, get it right.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: I apologize for being ignorant in this...

which law says this?

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eh? the land registry is open, ownership of properties is public knowledge?

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Sorry spooks: Princeton boffins reckon they can hide DNS queries

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Re: Oh Good Grief

downvote for the something to hide gibe: the fact that your current stance is acceptable to TPTB doesn't give immunity for all time.

however, have to agree with some of it, I see no reason to trust CAs and given that you eventually get to naughty.com I can't see how you can hide that fact other than by using tor.

I think a look at the threat model would give some clarity.

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El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block

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Re: Still at it

your triumphalism is unwarranted. but nice try.

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I see a bright future for "ancillary services".

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Facebook confirms Cambridge Analytica stole its data; it’s a plot, claims former director

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mug punter: this is a subject access request tell me everything

ca: why, we have nothing on you mr punter, hth hand

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Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on

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alternatively, put some humans in the loop who can jfdi.

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"While it's hard to fault the ambition of Lloyds"

let me help you with that. the object of the exercise is to improve the flow of cash to firstly directors and, a distant second, shareholders. this is achieved by getting rid of buildings full of people who were sufficiently intelligent and well trained to do things like, oh, entering a new address into a database. this laughably old fashioned way of doing business was replaced by a series of robots programmed to say things like "we're experiencing extremely high call volumes at the moment" and sending emails requesting information from no-reply addresses.

the ambition to divert more money into directors pockets has been achieved by saving huge amounts of money on people and buildings. any impact on customer service is spun by mindless pr droids wittering about new ways of working.

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Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

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"software functioning as intended" well yes, obviously hugely profitable.

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23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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the internet is unsuitable for anything serious.

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Brit spooks slammed over 'gentlemen's agreement' with telcos to get mass comms data

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and don't forget the spooks have an unlimited budget for ladies underwear.

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Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

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http://www.rosettacode.org/wiki/Rosetta_Code is still up.

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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any word on the pension deficit?

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: re the fluffy little women can't hack it nonsense.

lots of bros who collectively couldn't make 1% of the contribution that woman did.

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re the fluffy little women can't hack it nonsense.

twitter thread "about Constance Tipper, 1st woman faculty @Cambridge_Eng whose work helped feed Britain during WW2"

https://mobile.twitter.com/paulcoxon/status/878169235188584448

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KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

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so unfurling a no entry sign will just stop the cars?

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