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

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A Living Legend

If anyone near this master of chaos is reading this please shake his hand! and buy him a beer on me!

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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Re: Um

Sadly I am willing to bet that they will be able to slither out of that on the basis of governmental / security exceptions.

I am totally sick and tired of the home offices approach to data of "Innocent just means we haven't caught you yet"

If the photograph db is not up to the task the whole lot needs to go.

It is not legal to break the law to enforce the law, I wonder if the poor use of this system could be used to prove conviction's involving it unsafe?

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Firewalls?

I fixed that for you :

If you care that much about your privacy, then you shouldn't be using Windows The Internet.

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Dear Microsoft

Please F*&%k off if I wish to send you debugging data when I have an issue I will, otherwise what happens on my hardware is my business, not yours.

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UK.gov's use of black box algorithms to decide stuff needs watching

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AI in government?

One of the core tenants of truly fair and democratic government is that the decisions concerning an individual can be defended and reviewed.

Which seems to run directly against any kind of machine learning as even the researchers that create it cant explain why a given decision has been taken.

How can anyone challenge a decision when all the data about the decision is lurking in the AI's code?

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Brit water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told

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Re: Fine is a cost of doing business

LOL Threatening a dog with a salami stick I haven't heard that one before.

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Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat

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Re: Well isn't that just great

As a big fan of blue steak, any cow that is not still mooing is overcooked!

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Orbital ATK launches another Cygnus without anything blowing up

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Re: Environmental impact of burning tons of space junk in earth's atmosphere?

The environmental damage caused by the space industry is mostly down here, as for every ton of stuff that reaches space the industry will have generated a 100X more crap and emissions here on the ground.

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Sir Nelson??

What are you doing setting fire to boats there the Spanish are further south!

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Excellent Work

True Journalistic integrity from the Reg you guys are both credit to and an example of what the news industry should be!

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Eye in the sea skies: Insitu flies Scaneagle 3 UAV in first public demo

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Re: trade-in

Meh the F35 is a bad deal but our Watchkeeper drones are far worse £1,000,000,000 spent and nothing to show but a list of crashes I seriously dought that those things will ever do anything useful leave out justify there existence.

I personally wonder whether they are kept around by the RAF flyboys for the sole purpose of being able to point at them and say how crap drones, are and we really do need super shiny new fighter jets with mad-boys at then helm.

We could send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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Re: "Lost"

Ride on the right tube train out of Whitehall around 17:00 and every third suitcase is likely to have a poorly secured laptop full of privileged government data.

I would bet targeting mid-level civil servants on the tube is a sport amongst the various spy agencies.

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Capita cost-cutting on NHS England contract 'put patients at risk' – spending watchdog

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Corporate Manslaughter

This will be a fun chain of responsibility it looks like Capata has screwed up by the numbers, but at the same time, the NHS seems to have both failed to specify a viable contract and also failed to enforce the terms.

Given that this has almost certainly resulted in unnecessary deaths and prolonged suffering due to delayed and or missed treatment, I hope the directors of both organisations get time preferably sharing a cell with "Uncle Buba"

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car aims to wake up Newquay: Rocket work restart in August

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Re: mono-propellant...

when you run pure Hydrogen Peroxide through a platinum catalyst it decomposes into steam and oxygen High-test peroxide

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Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

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Re: Inevitably...

Could be worse I started out in hardware maintenance in the 90s and have lost track of the number of times I had to scrape tipex off of screens

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Re: Expensive?

well reasoned I hadn't even thought about the amount of time that goes down the drain every day fighting with our Epson projectors.

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Expensive?

To play the devil's advocate for a mo even if it only makes 1 in 10 software planning meetings clearer how long does it take to pay off that $20K.

Because I know that even at that kind of crappy ratio in my office it would easily pay for itself under a year!

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Privacy group asks UK politicos to pinky swear not to use personal data for electioneering

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One rule

For them and another for the rest of us.......

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US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

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LOL

Popcorn where is my popcorn.

This is going to be fun the theoretical top end for the fines in this one are in the region of $75B that's a fine big enough to do some fairly serious damage to Zuk and co.

Good luck to the people of Illinois as they are in for an uphill fight as FB will try every trick in the book to get away from this.

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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The Maths

Given that these figures are probably low balling the reality of the situation the Met seem to have found a new branch of maths where is possible to have a greater than 100% screw up rate.

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

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Moral Black Hole

Google has long paid no attention to any kind of morals frankly I can think of arms companies that are better behaved.

Google bearly notice when half the governments in the world say you shouldn't be doing this do something, does anyone really think they are going to ignore the Pork-Barrel because people start whinging?

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

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Deviation From Plan

The 2 new Aircraft carriers were bought too soon.

They were intended to use the new-fangled electromagnetic catapults but Gorden Brown brought their commissioning forward by about 10 years in an attempt to keep his seat.

Which meant the new catapults were not ready for prime time and BAE took the opportunity to screw the taxpayer.

So we are left with a pair of nearly useless boats that can only fly 1 hyper-expensive and just as useless airframe.

Without any alternative, the Yanks can price gouge us to fill the ultimate pork barrel fund that is the F35.

If S£$% politics was not involved we should have had a pair of nuke carriers using the production tested reactors the RR built for the subs and be able to fly any naval air-frame.

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Re: Another wee problem

Given that the 2 White Elephants New aircraft carriers were commissioned primarily as a bribe to keep as Scottish MP employed I think that Scotland would miss the military budgets.

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No Hope

Having had to spend some time in MOD Abby Wood for my sins there is no hope of the MOD ever fixing their budget.

They have the frying pan of budgets shrinking in real terms and the fire of ever-growing costs of military shiny, and in the middle you have a bunch of idiots who learned everything they need to learn in life at [Insert Private School Tie of Choice Here] and as such have no understanding of what money is and where it comes from.

All in all the situation is a total disaster.

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Blooming Hell

Go direct to the soylent green plant do not pass go do not collect £200.

This kind of S@#% has no place in a Seposadly democratic society this loony need's hanging before this kind of idea gains traction.

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Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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Re: MS reps in general

Like al wishy-washy departments they have a style guide on how to talk b#%*$'s in the company style!

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Noooooooooooooooooooooo.......

Not more XMAL kill it with fire and give me something that doesn't take 4 hours to make small formatting changes in.

Seriously I maintain 2 .net apps one is an awful automated port of an old vb6 app and the over is a WPF app with a modern DI framework.

Even with the spaghetti-code mess that is the super legacy vb code, I still get stuff done faster in there as I don't have to faff around with the shoddy XMAL language and its lack of documentation.

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Mobileye's autonomous cars are heading to California. But they're not going to kill anyone. At least not on purpose

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Smart??

This kind of rant just goes to show that idiocy and intelligence are not mutually exclusive.

You only have to look at the history of car models that have caused deaths to know that people will not tolerate a machine that might kill them, it is an emotional response and no amount of logic or stats will cover that kind of behaviour.

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Re: Strawmen

Your Lucky dude, I had the exact scenario happen to me less than 6 months after passing my driving test and narrowly missed hitting a 5 year old chasing his toy.

I felt guilty about that incident for weeks even though I knew that I did nothing wrong and reacted to the best of my abilities.

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Trademark dispute by Dr Dre against Dr Drai the gynaecologist dismissed

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;->

I'm sure Dr Drai is chuffed with the outcome.

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Oh this will be fun....

So just as your burning off an HGV on the M5 the car connects to a nearby cell tower and does a Microsft and bluescreens at 70mph.

The only evidence left over is wrapped around the axles of the said truck so the car company walks away.

Given that the car companies cant even write a basic smartphone app for their cars without leaving gaping software holes I don't think I'm overstating the situation.

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Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial

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Rip Off....

Perhaps if the stopped jacking up the prices year on year for their existing customers they would have more business.

I get sick of having to phone up every year and threaten to leave just to avoid an inflation-busting hike.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Trademark Lawyers...

Whats the bet that was not submitted directly by Tmobile but by whatever bunch of <span class="strike">pirates</span> lawyers they have hired to "defend" their intellectual property, making this a case of the soft target getting worked over so some arse can be seen to do something?

Ps anyone knows what I did wrong with the span it's not rendering for me?

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Blank Sheet

Using the BBFC is indicative of the UK governments make do and mend mentality.

If they were actually serious about making something work a new organisation focused on the issue would have been created.

The BBFC will never take this seriously you only have to look at the number of arts grads that make up their board to know this is a disaster looking for a place to happen.

I expect this will fail and quietly be dropped from the manifesto when Mrs May is no longer in power.

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Re: The Government* response?

At least a retired Muppet have a future as couch stuffing I cant think of a use for a retired politician!

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Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

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Re: (as a best practice you shouldn't be reusing passwords anyway)

Nope P0rnHub!Blows!

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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An Interesting Indent.

But I don't see what they can do about it.

Consumer drones are here to stay, and if this is a fishing expedition for some wonder tool to jam drones hows that going to work?

Most consumer drones operate on the unlicensed 2.4 & 5ghz band's it's not exactly subtle to roll up and disable all wifi in a block's radius, even the dumbest drug dealer is going to notice that.

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IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy - MPs

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Excuses Excuses.........

Let's face it even if they had had a clear definition of exactly what needed to change from the day after the referendum they would still be screwing it up now.

The mess that is the negotiation is just a convent excuse to plaster over the militant incompetence that is a government IT project.

Their systems were @~*& before Brexit and will be @~$% after the dust has settled the only thing that will change will be the excuses on the press statement.

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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GAH!

I'm sure I got PTSD from dealing with the Oracle support site!

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45-day drone flights? You are like a little baby. How about a full YEAR?

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Re: 45 days vs 365

Back in the early spy satellite days, they did exactly that: Corona (satellite)

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Re: 45 days vs 365

I would guess the batteries.

The nominal rating on a given cell is not an absolute, it's a value that it will maintain over a given number of charge-discharge cycles.

I am guessing that the Airbus unit is using older cell design and thrashing the snot out of them, hence the short lifespan.

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Another quarter, another record-breaking Tesla loss: Let's take a question from YouTube, eh, Mr Musk?

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Pioneers

Hats off to Musk and co for proving that the electric car did not have to be a milk float, but I think like most pioneers Tesla is going to die to pave the road for others to follow.

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

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TSB..

Totally Shit Bosses....

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'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

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Death by Computer

What a time to be alive....... I'm sure some tech will end up taking the fall for this. Ignoring that they were probably under totally unreasonable time constraints and mismanagement.

I bet they won't even be able to produce specification documentation for the project, leave out dreams like comprehensive testing reports.

Sooner or later the IT industry will have its Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash incident and some probably really crap regulation will follow.

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Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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I am Shocked I Tell You.......

That the yawning black hole for data this is Google is demanding ever more data and that someone else takes the inevitable shaft.

The Silicone Valley data hogs business model is fundamentally incompatible with GPDR.

Note to self stock up on more popcorn because this entertainment source is going to run and run.

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Let's be Frank: Bloke drags Google to the US Supreme Court over $8.5m privacy payout

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Wow

Well, knock me down with a fether a Lawyer with some morals.

Someone get this near-mythical beast some protection before he gets shot and his head mounted on somebody's wall.

More seriously though all power to anyone who steps up to try to halt this kind of abuse of the system.

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Facebook furiously pumps brakes on Euro probe into transatlantic personal data slurping

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Quite the opposite

Quite the opposite I expect, given that the bulk of the UK's income is from services so maintaining GPDR compatable privacy regs is very necessary.

In this case, the highest common denominator is the easiest way forward.

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GPDR

I wonder if dragging their feet over this will open them up to GPDR issues. I bet they are hoping that they can claim immunity to it until the legal challenges have finished.

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US citizen sues France over France-dot-com brouhaha

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What are you going to do, bleed on me?

I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal-food-trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.

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