* Posts by Domquark

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

Domquark

Re: Dictionary anyone?

So the elected representative of any given area doesn't have to actually represent the will of the voters who elected him/her? And actual representation of the voters is bollocks? Wow! No wonder British people are totally disillusioned with their politicians if they only represent their own personal views.

You said yourself in your example - Brexit might lead to the closure of the factory in Broughton. Might. It hasn't happened yet.

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Re: Well

According to the OEC, the UK is the 10th largest exporter in the World, but only 21st by population. I'd say that the UK is "punching above its weight".

The UK not only exports to the EU, but imports as well. Ultimately, if Brussels wants to risk losing a huge amount of jobs and commerce within the EU (by ceasing trading with the UK), then that's not going to make them very many friends is it?

How do you think the Spanish (who have a huge market growing fruit/vegetable produce for the UK) are going to react when those business close because Brussels screwed up negotiations? Spain is a basket case already - putting thousands of Spaniards out of work just to be bloody minded to the UK will be disastrous for the [Spanish] economy.

The German auto industry is already lobbying Merkel to get a good deal - they don't want to lose the UK market (especially as Trump has just imposed large import tariffs on them).

The UK's trading relationship with the rest of the EU is not a one-way street. So, yes, there is a lever.

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Re: Dictionary anyone?

"I'm sorry, but every single Leave voter I know is ignorant of economics, geography, and British political history. Not stupid but ignorant."

Ok, that's your opinion.

But before the EU and the EEC (the UK joined the EEC in 1973, NOT the EU), the UK survived for over 1000 years. That's more than a millennium, trading with countries all over the globe. Why can't that level of trade be achieved again? Or does the last 45 years overrule all other history, to the point where the sky will fall and seas will boil when the UK formally leaves?

As for economics, I (personally) have a distaste for pointless waste - something that the EU is particularly good at. An excellent example of this is the EU having to move itself from Brussels to Strasbourg (and back) once a month at a cost of (somewhere between) £90 and £300 million per year. Nobody actually knows the true costs.

Geography. The UK is leaving the EU - NOT Europe. For the UK to leave Europe, there would have to be some serious changes to the European tectonic plate combined with some (worryingly rapid) continental drift. The UK will still trade with the EU - even if it is under WTO instead of a "special" trade agreement. Look at the German auto industry, which is already under pressure due to Trump's new import tariffs. They won't (and don't) want to lose the UK market.

The areas of the country that voted to leave had just as many Labour voters as Tory - see here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/oxford-and-brexit/brexit-analysis/mapping-brexit-vote

Tony Blair twice promised a vote on leaving the EU. It was part of the Labour manifesto. Gordon Brown just ignored it. At least Camron did actually do what he promised.

MP's should NOT vote with their personal opinions. They are elected to represent their constituencies opinions, not their own. If an MP's constituency voted to leave, then it is the MP's duty to represent that. If they decide to vote the way the feel (instead of the way the vote went), then they are not representing their voters are they?

As the UK has voted to leave the EU, arguments for and against "Brexit" are mute - we just have to get on with it.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

Domquark

Re: Not an "autopilot"

"They're not pretending to drive the car for you, but objectively improves safety."

But that's the issue - they ARE "pretending" to drive the car for you. Take the example (here in the UK) where a driver was taken to court because he engaged "AutoPilot" on a motorway (freeway for you chaps across the pond) and climbed into the passenger seat to read a book! That (very stupid) man felt comfortable enough to actually do that - where do you think he got that sense of security from? If you are driving a "manual" car (even with ABS/traction/cruise control etc), you need to do something continually - at the very least steer. If you didn't, you would drive straight off the first bend in the road!

And the safety systems are questionable too. I know someone who has a car with "auto braking" for avoiding low speed crashes and cruise control which keeps speed/distance to the car in front automatically. It works well, until the sensor at the front of the car gets the slightest bit of dirt on it. 5 or 6 squashed mosquitoes and the whole system fails!

The future looks like a place where drivers won't know how to drive or control the vehicle, but will have the responsibility to do so when things go wrong.

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

Domquark

Once upon a time

On a helldesk far, far away...

A techie took a call from a very upset person, complaining about the smoke that was coming from the PSU on his PC. The techie told him to pull the plug immediately, but the customer refused, stating that he was a Journalist and needed to finish the story he was working on. The techie repeated his advice a couple of times, but the customer just got more annoyed, eventually asking for the Manager. Our Office Manager was a techie himself, but didn't suffer fools gladly. After 10 mins of arguing, the Manager decided enough was enough. It was the heady days of Win 98, so he instructed the client to open a command prompt and type "Edit Autoexec.bat". "Scroll to the bottom and add this line: NoSmoke.exe. Reboot your PC - is it still smoking?". The customer confirmed that the PC was still smoking, so the Manager told him that he would have to call Microsoft.

Half an hour later, the customer called back, asking for the Manager. "I've spoken to Microsoft." he said. "They told me that their version of NoSmoke.exe is not compatible with your power supply!"

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

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Coat

The bright side

Ooh think of all those nice shiney servers, now no longer needed, that will appear on eBay!

/coat

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

Domquark

Re: For Everyone?

Tried that - didn't work. Alas, with 20 users trying to get Google Docs and Mail syncing, the 4G dongle fell flat on it's aerial!

Had to limit access to only a couple of specific users, which worked just about OK until Win 10 tried to do the 1709 update and maxed out their download allowance!

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Domquark

Re: We put a man into space/landed on the moon? between 1961 and 1969.

I totally agree!

The specific service is called "Naked Broadband", but BT don't want to get rid of such a cash cow (from a purely business point of view, why would they?).

Virgin are just as bad. They do (if you dig deep enough through their advertising crap) offer naked broadband, but it's only about £1 cheaper than having the service with the phone line, so expensive that you might as well take the phone line as well.

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For Everyone?

Does that include businesses?

I have a customer in central London (Sloane Square) that can only get 6MBps. Another in Feltham who only gets between 500 and 800KBps.

So much for superfast.

The only solution given by BT is EFM/Leased Line at huge expense.

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Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

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Joke

Well well!

Airbus using the cloud?

"Hmm, this should do" says the operative working for [insert the name of a belligerent country here] whilst reaching for a copy of Hacking for Dummies.......

By comparison HP (EU) are bringing everything back in-house, moving away from the cloud. They obviously know something Airbus doesn't.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

Domquark

Re: Where?

"VPN is very dodgy as well on the Hub 3."

VM block VPN on their hubs. To unblock, see here: https://support.cultrix.co.uk/hc/en-gb/articles/202644875-VPN-Does-Not-Connect-When-Using-Virgin-Media-SuperHub

"I can understand choosing Verminmedia cable if your alternative is less than 35 Mbps, but otherwise, only consider VM if you don't care about gaming, VOIP, Skype, and are willing to take a chance on streaming. And you should also budget for a standalone wifi router, because the Hub 3 router is of similar low quality as cable modem side."

Couldn't agree more!

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Domquark

Re: Where?

Both customers get the same response from Virgin Business - "I'm sorry, but Virgin have no plans to install cables" blah, blah, blah. So Virgin are even more useless than BT - at least they are supplying something!

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Where?

Where is this fast stuff, let alone superfast?

I have one business customer in Feltham (for non-UK readers, a suburb of London) who is lucky if they get 1MBps - more often than not they get 600-700KBps. Another customer is just off Sloane Square (Central London) who cannot get anything faster than 3MBps. So much for "super" fast broadband!

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

Domquark

Re: Where's the Elon Musk Attack Brigade today?

@Hans1

May I attract your attention to the FACT that I never said that autonomous trains did not exist? In fact, I mentioned the DLR, which has been going since the 90's and I have used many times.

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Re: Where's the Elon Musk Attack Brigade today?

@Patrician

"I'm pretty sure that even when an aircraft is on auto-pilot a human being is expected to be monitoring the aircraft systems and radar/instruments at all times; I don't think that anyone believes that auto-pilot can be engaged and the flight crew pop off to bed for a "solid eight hours" leaving the flight-deck unmanned."

I'm not suggesting a pilot would or should leave the flight deck unattended. What i am saying is the autopilot on a commercial aircraft is a complex beast indeed, able to follow a planned course, make required turns, course corrections, speed and height changes etc. all completely automatically without pilot intervention. It is even possible for the autopilot to land the plane. In fact, the only things a Cat IIIb type autopilot does not do is taxi and take off (but this is to be included when Cat IIIc systems come out). Unless something happens, the pilot rarely needs to intervene. In a Tesla however, a driver needs to be concentrating at all times on the road ahead, needs both hands on the wheel to steer (the "autosteer function is minimal) and their foot hovering ready to apply the brake. What's the point in having it? What's the point in sticking an extra £10 or £20 grand's worth of equipment in, when you can get cruise control for free in another cheaper model?

For Tesla to call their cruise control system the same as a commercial aircraft system is just wrong (I would say criminally), as the capabilities are a world apart and it is [understandably] confusing for the average monkey behind the wheel of a car.

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Re: Where's the Elon Musk Attack Brigade today?

I would prepose that the money would be better spent on automising trains. Maybe they would run on time?

The DLR has operated driverless for years (yes, I know it was designed to be driverless), the only 2 accidents they have had were when a human was driving! But at least (here in the UK at least), we may end up with a railway that is fit for purpose!

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Re: Where's the Elon Musk Attack Brigade today?

Hmm. Not many obstacles at 30,000 feet! Looking out for other planes is taken care of by TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) and on-board RADAR, as the chances are, a pilot of your average airliner wouldn't see another aircraft in time to avoid a collision. Your average 747 is crusing at 550MPH. And if you are in a situation where you do need to keep an aircraft away from obstacles, you're either landing/taking off or flying way too low!

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Re: Where's the Elon Musk Attack Brigade today?

@LucreLout

"Sorry, but some tool sticking the car on autopilot before going to sleep or surfing porn, can hardly be blamed on the manufacturer of the vehicle."

Trouble is, if you call a spade a spade, most people will assume that it is a spade. Autopilot is a contraction of Automatic Pilot which by definition is "a device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot". Most people know what an Autopilot is, so when Tesla call their glorified cruise control "Autopilot" the tool (as you call him/her) that is behind the wheel quite logically and reasonably thinks that this is akin to an aircraft's autopilot.

The reality is that the Autopilot system that Tesla have is cruise control, but they can't call it that because Autopilot sounds so much better. Because Tesla's own manual state that the driver has to be aware at all times, WTF is the point of having it? Rip it out, save money, save lives (by not confusing people with misnomers like Autopilot) - everybody happy!

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It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

Domquark

Not just WSUS

The latest patches don't just screw up WSUS - they also cause havok with some database connectors - especially ones that connect to Excel (for reports etc.).

KB4041676 tanks Win 10 machines, KB4041681 and KB4041678 do the same for Win 7.

The error is: "Unexpected error from external database driver(1)"

I had to quickly write a batch file to uninstall these updates at logoff to get rid of the offending updates.

Hope this helps someone who is stuck in the same position.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

Domquark

Re: Superfast internet speeds from different suppliers?

I have a customer in Feltham - a suburb of London. They get an incredible 500k max. That's it. No FTTC nothing. No cable broadband, so stuck with copper only. BT quoted silly money + first born child to install FTTP. My cousin who lives in a village in Somerset get 20M, for comparison.

So much for good coverage.......

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

Domquark

Re: "CCleaner, was recently acquired by Avast"

"Damn, there goes another of the very few half-decent apps for Windows."

I stopped using CCleaner when I discovered Windows Cleanup! by Steven Gould. The only annoying thing is the sound, which is easy to disable. I have run CCleaner, then Windows Cleanup!, with the latter discovering another Gig of crap that CC didn't find.

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What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

Domquark

Re: It's HP...

I support SME's and supply HP's. Yes they are full of crap, but we only supply boxes with SSD's now they are cheap enough (and because the SSD's are smaller it stops the end user filling up the HDD with their iTunes etc). The first thing that we do is reinstall Win10. USB3 stick + SSD = rebuild in less than 15 mins. Problem solved.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

Domquark

Re: Must be catching...

But unlike O365, your on-premises Exchange was still working!

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Re: Obligatory "Office 365" Joke

Of all the on-premises servers that I look after, the worst two down times were

a: 3 hours for HDD failure on a server that is 8 years old (22.5 minutes per year average downtime)

b: 2.5 hours (mostly traveling to site) for a failed PSU - that server is 7 years old (21.43 minutes per year average downtime)

Both servers are still running perfectly. OK, so I'm not including out of hours reboots for updates, but I don't have customers with Microsoft's budget for failover servers etc.......

So much for the resilience of the cloud!

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

Domquark

Re: It seems odd

While normally I would agree with you regarding Miranda Rights, you forget that he is not a US Citizen. Miranda Rights do not apply. They could have questioned him for 6 months him if they had wanted to.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

Domquark

Re: Domquark Kaltern Proportionality? - FAIL! Fail again.

Oh dear.

I think you need to pop out and clean your "Kill 'em all let God sort 'em out" and "God is a member of the NRA" bumper stickers........

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Re: Kaltern Proportionality? - FAIL!

@ Matt Bryant

Though that's a bit like claiming "hey, I taught that guy how to rape, but I never actually thought he'd do it"

So a gun manufacturer could say "Hey, I mass produced millions of guns (a device designed to kill, maim or injure), sold them to millions of people, but never thought anyone use one to kill/maim/injure someone".*

No, sorry, your argument doesn't work.

The problem is that sharing such code is standard practice. What is done with it after sharing is beyond the original creators control. While I agree that we should wait for all the evidence, there are some serious issues with the case already.

Firstly the mystery co-defendant.

Secondly, his admission of guilt (without legal representation present) - although if all he did was share the code, he probably though he wouldn't need representation. So [the most likely secinario is that] he was honest and admitted that the code was originally his (before being used by someone else in Kronos).

Thirdly the timing of his detention. If he was of such interest for so long, the FBI would have arrested him on entry, not exit. He would have been too much of a flight risk not to detain him on entry. Why do you think the FBI asked for him [in court at his indictment] to be detained without bail because they considered him to be a flight risk?

Fourthly, the lack of evidence presented at his indictment. While not all evidence needs to be presented by the prosecution, enough evidence must be shown for detention. All that was presented were accusations, not evidence (so not following standard legal procedure).

Fifthly, the extremely low level of bail set by the Judge. This is perhaps the most compelling, as it suggests that the total amount of evidence and it's quality (as seen by the Judge) is actually quite low (otherwise the bail would have been set in the millions, not tens of thousands).

I'm (and many others here) are not saying that he is innocent. But there is a lot about this case that smells fishy.

* US weapons manufacturers are all but immune from prosecution in such cases.

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Has someone informed the NRA?

Has someone informed the NRA that all their members are under threat from the FBI after this comment - "US Department of Justice prosecutors cited Hutchins' recent trip to a gun range as proof that he should be denied bail and kept in jail"

All they have to do is change the name and this could apply to anyone and everyone who visits a range.

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

Domquark

Maybe...

Kálmán Dabóczi is getting PR lies - oops, I mean lessons - from Alex Cruz?

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

Domquark

Re: The point is, someone noticed it.

I was trying to make the point that Linux can be just as vulnerable. And not only that, but it was something that wasn't realised for years. But, as we know now, Linus Torvalds knew about the issue 11 years ago and did very little.

Yes, Linux is more secure than Windows. But assuming that you are and always will be secure on Linux (especially because I only used one example) is also a logical fallacy.

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Re: The point is, someone noticed it.

"Actually, it was noticed 11 years earlier. See the commits messages here:

https://github.com/dirtycow/dirtycow.github.io/wiki/VulnerabilityDetails

Why do people insist on shooting off their mouths about things they clearly don't understand?"

Thanks for pointing out that "Dirty Cow" is actually a WORSE situation than anybody thought - Linus Torvalds knew about it for 11 years, but did nothing to correct the issue. And you are right - I clearly didn't understand that it was so bad.

Hell, even M$ try to fix things when they discover them........

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Re: Reality check

"Open Source products such as Linux and most of its apps get heavily scrutinised"

Sorry, but the "Dirty Cow" privilege escalation bug (or CVE–2016–5195) had been around for 9 (yes 9!) years before someone noticed it.

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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver thousands of grocery orders

Domquark
Joke

Maybe..

Their cloud melted in the heatwave?

I'll get my coat......

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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

Domquark

Re: Days?

"These days though pretty much every building in Oslo has a fibre connection, and I even have a couple into my house in a village 50km outside of the city."

Population of Oslo (2016) 1.7 Million

Population of London (2015) 8.7 Million

Population of Norway (2015) 5 Million

Population of the UK (2015) 65 Million

Oslo may have loads of fancy connections, but the UK is not really comparable, due to a much higher population. This means more connections and more (read: older and obsolete) infrastructure to modernise, in more densely populated areas. This increases costs (to both Telecoms companies and customers) and slows the rate of uptake in higher speed connections.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

Domquark

Re: "used only in extreme terrorism cases"

To: Al fazed

You Sir, are full of shite!

If you had been around in Germany in the 1930's, you might have a different perspective. Nazism was about eugenics and the extermination of all bar "the Master Race" (which included Germans, Scandanvians, Scots, English, Irish and Dutch) - EVERYONE else was included in "the Final Solution" so became candidates for the gas chamber/firing squad.

Maybe you should read a history book or two, before coming out with comments that are nothing short of insulting to the memory of the people who secured the continuation of freedoms; freedoms that include the opportunity for you to write your misinformed drivel here. I doubt if Londoners (or any other major UK city) stopped to consider "a whole heap of democraticmonopolisticbullshite" when German bombs were dropping on them.

And as someone said, your comment "if they didn't pick up arms and charge over the top" would have been the First World War, not the Second. That would make it your Great Grandfathers. This shows your ignorance to a conflict which cost the lives of 50 million people.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Domquark

Oops?

Just looked through the downloads at M$ for legacy systems - they appear to have forgotten Server 2003R2.

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=4012598

And no, the 2003 version doesn't work!

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Domquark

If it has come in on an email, then it says a lot for Trend Micro's cloud-based email scanning service they provide for the NHS.......

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

Domquark

Re: Harley perfume

I had a KH400. The front disc wasn't too bad, but the back drum brake had as much effect as a slug in KY jelly. What I found more concerning was the "Hinge in the middle" frame coupled to weak spindley forks, making handling - err... interesting. This was amplified on the larger versions - KH500, H1 and H2, which gained the collective nickname of "The Widowmaker".

But the noise from the two stroke triple engine made you forgive it's faults. And they are worth a fortune now - especially the ultra rare H2R.

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Re: Betamax - Betamax quality wasn't actually that much better.

One major - if not THE - reason for VHS winning the battle was that Sony refused to let porn be put on the Betamax format. This gave away a massive market which VHS took full advantage of. Interestingly, Sony subsequently let the porn industry use Blu-Ray, which killed HD-DVD.

I know there are other factors, but the porn connection is a major one.

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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

Domquark

Re: Cloudiness: No Silver Lining

Remember the Adobe farce of 2014? Their Worldwide operation was offline for over 24 hours. Many EU users were left swinging in the breeze for almost a week! Adobe had multiple sites and still everything failed.

My point is that the cloud CAN fail, just like any in-house tin. And, as I pointed out, cloud-based systems have more potential points of failure. Like someone taking out the local exchange and trashing everyone's broadband. Or power failure. Or someone hacking the cloud provider. It's all happened before.

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Re: Cloudiness: No Silver Lining

"The same thing can happen with tin. Indeed, tin could have a better chance of a Failsafe Failure."

No, not necessarily. I have tin out there which can (and has) better(ed) any cloud solution for uptime. I have one client with 2 custom built servers which have logged 2 hours downtime in the last 7 years - and that includes 1.5 hours for moving the servers from one room to another! We all see the stories (some here), where something has happened that has taken out the cloud provider. Whilst the in-house tin just keeps chugging along, enabling the workforce to continue working. There are many more "potential points of failure" with the cloud compared to in-house tin.

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

Domquark

Why don't people protect their systems?

One simple Group Policy to prevent users from running executables in the Temp folder and you instantly stop 90% of ransomware - Simples!

For the other 10%, regular backups, decent A/V and educating users.

I have to do this to SMB's - why don't larger organisations do this?

Sorry, not too much sympathy when there are ways to prevent this sort of thing..........

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

Domquark

Wouldn't Trust 'Em

A customer of mine has Talk Talk. He had a very specific issue with Talk Talk TV, which was resolved with a phone call to the Indian-based help desk. 10 minutes later, he received a call from someone claiming to be from Talk Talk. As proof that he was who he claimed to be, the person described (in detail) my customers [previous] specific issue that he had had with his TV. You can probably guess the rest, turn on your PC, go to this website, let me take control etc. etc.

Needless to say, when I got there it took me an hour to remove all the rootkits/malware that the "Talk Talk Representative" had installed.

Of course the question is, how did the second (dodgy) rep know about the first phone call? They must have been in the same call centre, with reps giving the details of customers to the dodgy ones. So, if you ever wonder how they get your details, that's how... After all, how can the supplier (Talk Talk) properly regulate the quality and privacy of a service that they buy from a third party 10,000 miles away?

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Domquark

Re: All it is..

Where do I start?

To answer your points:

If a country, business or individual wants a certain level of data protection then simply get your data centre to sign a contract to that level of security, if they break the contract, move your data and sue them.

This is addressed [very] comprehensively in GDPR. It goes further, to include (read: require) risk assessments, conducted by both the data owner and the data centre.

If your worried about government snooping, then another lay of bureaucrats isnt going to fix anything.

It will if GDPR trumps the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act. GDPR not only ensures that any company that has your details are responsible for your details, but those details are private and should not be shared with anyone without your express permission.

Governments need to provide reasonable cause before getting a court order and grabbing the data under current laws which they generally if not ignore are simply rubber stamp over.

This is a major argument against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, as it does not require ANY judicial oversight to government "data grabbing". So no court order (or reasonable cause) needed.

And when it comes to the UK & US, they have listening stations all over the planet and they grab your data out of the air.. so yeah a lay of bureaucracy really going to help there...

That may be, but the evidence gathered is not (generally) admissible as evidence in a UK/US court of law. Nor would any government admit to "grabbing your data out of the air" from a listening post in a public court of law.

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Re: Compliance

Agreed, there may be people out there willing to risk it, but the attitude of many Eurocrats is "We want to make it as hard as possible [on the UK], to set an example to dissuade any other [member] states from following the UK and leaving the EU". I am sure that any UK company found to be non-compliant would be have their cases rushed through the EU courts to ensure they are hung, drawn and quartered before the terminal point of Article 50, don't you think?

"There's the additional complication that whatever businesses do about compliance the effect of investigative powers legislation might be to undermine any chance to be seen as compliant from the EU perspective."

I'm sure that there are many people on here that feel that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act goes too far. GDPR could be the saving grace, to temper what is basically a Bill which legalises state sponsored spying on it's people (usually under the scaremongering banner of terrorism). Furthermore, non-compliance [of GDPR], combined with Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, may make the UK a pariah state (in Europe's eyes), forcing many businesses to mainland Europe after Brexit, potentially causing considerable job losses.

What we really need to know for definite (from the UK Government), is whether or not the UK will retain GDPR post-Brexit.

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Compliance

UK companies and organisations must comply with GDPR. Even if Article 50 was triggered tomorrow, the end point would be Sept 2018. GDPR compliance must be made [for all European nations] by May 2018, so there would still be a 4 month period where the UK would have to be compliant (until the 2 year period after triggering Article 50 is up, the UK would legally still be a part of the EU and subject to it's laws). As it stands, it's doubtful that the UK will initiate Article 50 until early 2017, meaning the UK would have to be compliant for at least 8 months.

Additionally, it would be crazy not to be GDPR compliant after Brexit.

Firstly, why waste all that hard work becoming compliant? After all, GDPR is going to generate many new jobs in the IT industry (for example the DPO role that many companies will need) and increasing security for people's data can only be a good thing.

Secondly, I'm sure many UK companies would still continue to do business with European companies and individuals. Showing that the UK/UK Companies are GDPR compliant would also go a long way to help exit/future relationship negotiations with the EU.

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Dear sysadmin: This is how you stay relevant

Domquark

"Usually there isn't a (coherent) answer, as the higher ups don't want to say we read it online and it sounded good."

Moreover, their "cloud research" didn't involve costs. When the financial implications start to become apparent, I find the Boss's enthusiasm [about the cloud] tends to wane - especially if you are an EU-based company with GDPR looming on the horizon, when all IT costs (especially cloud costs) will start to rise.

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Domquark

My cloud analogy was:

"It's like getting all your companies documents/bank accounts/secrets, putting them into a big box, running up to a stranger in the street and asking him/her to look after them (with the added bonus that you'll pay them loads of money to do it).

But your "Bosses Wife" version made me cry with laughter, so I might have to change!

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Domquark

Re: And the point is?

I have a couple of friends serving, both hate the SA80 with a passion! OK, it is possible to drop a target at 300m+ with the SA80, but you are at the range limits of the weapon. My point about the irons though, was to emphasise the reduced range compared to it's predecessor (the excellent SLR).

Yes, the 5.56 round is smaller and lighter, but with vastly lower penetration capabilities - especially when over 300m. If I was given the choice, I'd prefer to carry less ammo and use a more accurate longer range weapon. As for fragmentation, the steel rounds in the article will have no fragmentation whatsoever against a "soft" target, so the 5.56 round (up to 300m) would behave more like a standard 7.62 round and punch straight through. Agreed though, at less than 100m, fragmentation would be preferable.

I thought the Susat was being replaced with the Elcan LDS?

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Domquark

And the point is?

While I applaud British design and ingenuity, what's the point, when you are putting it in the piece of crap that is the SA80 (L85A1 or L85A2)? For a start, the SA80 only has an effective range of 300m. I used to train regularly at 300m (with open sights) on the SLR (L1A1) and that is rated at 800m!

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