* Posts by }{amis}{

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Campaigners cry foul over NHS Digital plans to grant policy wonks and researchers access to patient-level data

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Joke

consultation that is buried in the basement of a consultation

Presumably guarded by a leopard?

Russian sailors maroon themselves in Bristol Channel after drunken dinghy ride goes awry

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lost in the Bristol Channel

The Bristol channel is well known as a right nasty bit of water it has a lot of nasty tides, sandbars and rocks just below the surface.

All told as long as you have sufficient food and water you are far safer lost in deep water where theirs nothing to hit than something like the Bristol channel.

Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

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law that it cannot even implement itself

Since when did any government need an understanding of the matter at hand when ramming policy down other peoples throats??

Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report

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Re: "there were 112 companies slurping up information"

Nah you're 887 short of an emergency on this side of the pond!

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Public sector bodies now have the opportunity to lead by example

The only examples any government IT effort is capable of giving is a tour de force in what NOT to do.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Murder and rape are ALWAYS illegal

I hate to break it to you but there are plenty of countries where as far as the "law" is concerned a wife cannot be raped by her husband and killing one's daughter for dishonouring the family is fair game.

if you want to be depressed at how crap the world is I suggest you look at the www.amnesty.org.uk website.

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Re: only wanted to brutally murder my colleagues a couple of times

Per minute some days!

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Re: Free Thinkers

I think you vastly are underestimating the number of people who get involved in <Insert subculture of choice here> solely to give them a better chance of getting into somebody else's underwear.

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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Re: Choices Choices.....

I had a cursory look into that, given my background as a SQL/C developer I realised that that approach has several major downsides for me:

1: I am, not an admin so I would have to spend a bunch of time learning how to do a decent job of running Linux box.

2: Any decent VPN provider comes with robust multi-platform tools so you don't have to spend ages trying to get your phone and desktop to agree.

3: You only have 1 endpoint used by a small user pool, one of the main strengths of using a large VPN provider is the network of endpoints that all of which have enough traffic running through them to allow you to hide in the mass.

4: Encryption of any stripe is Reallllllllly hard to do right and really easy to get badly wrong whilst giving the impression of working to a non-specialist.

All told the £40 or so a year I would save by going it alone does not justify in my view the ease of use and peace of mind I get having this kind of thing done right.

The caveat emptor is that you need to do your homework before picking any encryption provider, its a market saturated with snake oil and there is no such thing as cheap security only cheap illusions.

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Choices Choices.....

Option A: give my credit card details to a known security fail house like mind geek.

or

Option B: Pay €10 a month to ProtonVPN (Other VPN houses are available) and have the side benefit of making the home offices life harder.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'

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Re: So are we starting a pool?

Too late the Matrix is a documentary and the machines are just messing with us!

Long phone is loooong: Sony swipes at flagship fatigue with 21:9 tall boy

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Verry nice

I've had a couple of xperias alongside a mixed bag of lg's and Motorola phones and the Sony kit has always lasted longest and gotten the most consistent and long patch life cycle.

I stopped buying them when the price went sky high so a return is most welcome.

UK.gov pens Carillion-proofing playbook: Let's run pilots of work before we outsource it, check firms' finances

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Childcatcher

suppliers the government is both courting and policing – including Capita

So yet again the government is asking the foxes to teach the chickens self-defence!

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!

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Hirzon angles??

Part of the reason why a sat nav system has so many birds is to retain accuracy in areas with a restricted view of the sky eg cities valleys etc.

As such I am really curious as to what the availability of this system is in the field given that are proposing only 3 satellites to cover the whole globe.

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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The concept is not reall dead if you ask me

As things like Reddit just feel to me like BBS reheated for the internet age.

Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

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Holmes

and investment into digital and data literacy for the public.

Not that I don't broadly agree with this report but I do have to point out that the average member of the UK government knows less about tech than most toddlers these days.

Glass houses and stones etc...

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: or an un-improvable legacy interface designed a thousand years ago by a goblin

There can be only one!

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or an un-improvable legacy interface designed a thousand years ago by a goblin

I resent that comment I am not a day over 500 years old.

More seriously though we are at the moment working our way through an MVC intranet app that will only ever be viewed on laptops and desktops, so why must we have a responsive design and a 1/3 of the screen blank??

Troll as there is no goblin icon =>

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: they have been even known to sit on their new born offspring

A sad fact about the pork industry is a major cause of piglet fatality is being crushed by their mothers this kind of accident are in no way unique to pandas.

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether UK Home Sec can legally push comms watchdog around

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Big Brother

I hope the home office looses

As the historical record suggests that allowing any countries interior department to just pull the rules out of their collective asses usually ends in the kind of horror that the Hauge was created to deal with.......

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: there are lives, and entire nations, waiting to be ruined by gobby know-nothings

It's not What you know its WHO you know that matters to an MP hence why the most important qualification for the title of MP is having the right stripes on your school tye.

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Re: This Identity thing is the key

Its another example of a crappy law created just to be seen to be doing something I suspect it will go the same way as its many predecessors ie: a couple of weak prosecutions on soft targets and then forgotten about.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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It's the fact that they've been called out on it time and time again

Why would they change we have all been eating the same crap happily from the Tabacco, Pharma, Oil........ ect,ect for as long as commerce has existed.

To be honest I wonder if part of the reason why the social messes won't move decisively on the political interference issue is that they know that as soon as a solid government appears in the States the hammer will fall on them.

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Re: Promise to do better

Can we make sure to get the whole area so we can cull the bulk of the social $h1t holes at the same time please.

Gripe to UK, Ireland, Poland: Ad tech industry inhales, then 'leaks' sensitive info on our health, politics, religion

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I don't know why the big tech companies have such a hard time understanding GDPR.

It's no different to the tobacco companies fighting tooth and nail against the truth that they just peddle a slow death to their customers.

Francky I am in two minds which is more damaging to society, deliberately killing people with cancer or permanently screwing up democracy via the social media cesspit.

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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huh?

I haven't noticed outlook being any worse than usual but in my experience, an ant could jump over the bar set by o365 apps standards of stability.

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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If the cookies are required for website functionality

But they're not required for session maintenance .net had a cookieless option way back in asp.net v1.0.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Joke

Whats the problem??

We will just switch over to ersatz coffie

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

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Joke

Re: A Government that wants carte blanche with personal information

politician [pol-i-tish-uh n]

noun

a person who is active in party politics.

a person who holds a political office.

a power hungry moron.

a incompetent oxygen thief.

a asshole who should have been drowned at birth.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

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F@$% the creapy stalker tech

I won't have any of these "AI Products" reasons being:

1: It's just another thing to break and make stuff harder to repair.

2: Its yet more IOT $%&t you will be lucky if it gets even gets 1 patch leave out a decade's worth that a lot of white goods will need.

3: It's a microphone in your home controlled by the creepiest companies in existence.

These are enough reasons for me to avoid this stuff like a plague.

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

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Re: Vision Impared

The scaling code improved massively under windows 8 these days the only stuff that I run into that doesn't scale well is generally old Java stuff.

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Vision Impared

My cousin is legally blind with about 20% vision in one eye as such smartphones are almost totally useless to her as the largest phone sizes are far too small.

so for web browsing, she is stuck with a desktop and 23" monitor set to 250% font scaling, it's one area where Microsoft seems to be well ahead of the pack.

The problem boils down to money as it always has, disability access is hard to do and represents a small unprofitable user group, much as I am generally in the free-trade business corner it is one area that effective and enforced legislation is a must.

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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S.N.A.F.U.

So no surprises here Crapata strikes again and the military brass lives down to their reputation of having no idea what money is or how to spend it responsibly.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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They won't apply to sites on which porn makes up a third or less of the content

Amusingly despite being well renowned as one of the internets gutters, 4Chan would not seem to qualify as a smut site, given only about a 1/4 of the groups are NSFW leave out porn.

Linus Torvalds opts for the scream test: Linux kernel syscall tweaked to shut data-leak hole – anyone upset, yell now

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Re: The Scream Test

Meh as with any scream test the results only seem to count if the screamer is far enough up the greasy pole to be heard......

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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LOL

That's the closest that trumps ever been to something intelligent!

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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Re: VPL, erm, I mean VPN

I use Proton VPN though I don't have the technical experience to validate how good their security is its run by the same people who manage Proton mail which has a well-earned reputation for privacy and security.

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Doh....

Time to invest in VPN companies then as their user base is about to get ~60m new users.

If the VPN use does explode in the UK I wonder how much that's going to screw up GCHQ's work.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

I would like to offer you this video as a comment.

Thank you very much for that I haven't seen that one before and it made me smile.

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Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

Your law #1 does that apply to microcode inside your CPU too? Damn shame that is hidden from you to do your own audit eh?

You are right that it is impossible to audit everything but when you are not even attempting to defend against proven attack vectors you have failed at security.

Having script's that load untrusted 3rd party code on secure pages is at this point the equivalent of leaving the keys in the front door and wondering why you lost all of your stuff.

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Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

Thank you

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Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

I'm not understanding how that matters. If the script links in external references the script can be benign when tested but not necessarily in the future.

If the script has any ability to load remote code in after deployment it fails the can I put this in a secure area test.

If you want analytics of your payment tunnel, use an after the event log analysis tool.

There are plenty that can have this data uploaded to the cloud to give the morons managment pretty graphs that they won't understand to look at.

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Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

I don't like making excuses for myself but dyslexia sucks and tools like Grammarly can only do so much!

It's really depressing when you get spelling and grammar corrections from a coworker to whom English is his 3rd language!

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Offsite scripts GAH!

I've lost track of the number of times I've had to bash heads together over this kind of thing.

Its usually some sales or marketing drone think that adding a <Insert retarded social network here> link to the website will magically add a tone of traffic.

This tends to result in emails like this :

F.F.S. people if its an even vaguely secure area no script that you have not copied locally and validated does what you think it does goes in, is this so hard to understand.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Beer in the Sodastream?

I've not tried milkshake but one drunken night a bottle of wine was tried, the ceiling of that flat still had pink spots after 2 coats of paint!

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Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??

Because if its anything like any of my homebrewing disasters efforts you need will need it to clean up the seemingly inevitable tsunami of arse gravy.

App-happy SAP Santa offers partners free access to Cloud Platform

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Big Brother

Like any good dealer......

Hear son the first hit is always free.......

And then it's only £250 a line........................................

Galileo's magnifico measurement: 1976 redshift test updated

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Happy

When life give's you lemons....

Make lemonade.

Epic work from the ESA's scientists.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Does BOFH work for Crapita now?

Nah the BOFH occasionally achieves something as a side benefit whereas Capata only turns gold into $%!t

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Trollface

(Aside from everyone who isn't actually living on Rockall).

I'm told that there is a thriving population of amoeba on Rockall and am almost certain that they have a better grasp of the situation than people like miss hashtags.

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