* Posts by tiggity

1547 posts • joined 2 Oct 2015

Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke

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@ Velv AA do effectively exclude

Try being an atheist and going to AA.

.. part of their 12 step stuff is all very mystical / religious, accepting a higher power guff - that if you are resolutely not into fairy stories means AA is not for you. so its essentially discriminatory to the non religious drink addicts.

(full disclosure - never been to AA meeting- know people who have who described their experience)

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It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

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Microsoft

Made it a pain for devs

.NET 3.5 and below default was 1.0 (and not really a viable nasty hack workaround without major grief)

.NET 4, default 1.1 (1.2 not even supported unless you do a nasty hack)

Needed 4.6 for 1.2 as default

So, a lot of legacy .NET apps will have issues with TLS 1.1 / 1.2

MS "it's all about the developers" ... really????

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♬ Finland, Finland, Finland, the country for new cloud DCs ♬

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Re: Hmmm...

Healthcare will come in handy for the chlamydia (Finland is a high risk area for that - random fact of the day)

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

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Re: ID isn't the problem

I have NHS and NI number, they are sufficient to identify me - no need for an additional ID card/ stealing my biometric data - you just know UK govt would keep full iris scan, fingerprints instead of just a hashed version so they were "covered" for changes in biometric hashes....

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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

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How are stats gathered

It mentioned a company called RootMetricss this phones purchased via the mobile providers?

Was it just a survey?

Or is data gained in some more accurate way?

.. Not sure how it would deal with people like me, who have SIM only deals, a couple of sims & often move them between phones.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Pedant Alert

@ AdamT

The hassle on Mull is not so much the other cars, more the suicidal sheep (& occasional deer) with their attraction for the road! - night driving better as less livestock issues.

They run a nice rally around Mull BTW

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

@Voland's right hand

"You need 75m braking distance for 70mph. Nobody does that. "

I do actually try and leave a nice safe gap on British motorways - usually without success.

.. Because there.s always some driver who cant resist that stretch of empty space and so has to pull into it.

Only time I get to have a "safe" distance is when MWay is very quiet.

.. I;m a realist (& keen on myself & other road users staying alive) & acknowledge my concentration will not always be 100% when suffering monotonous MWay driving, hence I like a nice safe distance as I expect sub optimal response time if I happen not to be fully focused and so extra reaction time needed.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Maintenance

If a malicious actor wants info, given UK F35 maintenance is, for some deranged reason, compulsory to be done in Turkey, then plenty of scope there to get info about *current* F35 tech details (not what might have been planned 15 years ago) as lots of "anti West" feeling set in motion by Erdogan as he promotes nationalism and with the my enemies enemy is my friend logic, then bungs from China for F35 info might have a good chance of success

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The only way is ethics: UK.gov emphasises moral compass amid deluge of data plans

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Re: The Department for Bad Grammar

My response to DCMS is normally digital ... a single raised digit

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: Damn...

@ Kris Sweeney

Why an alternative.

If you are happy with Kapersky, keep using it

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

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Brexit means Brexit

Only a muppet would be surprised at this.

I used to be a member of a gym.

I left that gym.

Surprise, surprise I can no longer use that gym, unless I join again

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Green belt is needed, our country is a wildlife desert, we need proper greenbelt (not monoculture farmers fields but woods, scrub etc)

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Re: Expert opinion

Unfortunately DD (remember his election campaign) is Dunning Kruger effect writ large

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Re: Well

@HPCJohn - and Rolls Royce have just announced thousands of redundancies

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Re: Dictionary anyone?

I live outside urban centre and did not vote leave (though the local racists did)

Take back control ... FFS

The less control in the hands of May, BoJo etc. the better, as negotiations are showing (if it was football it would be EU 100, GB 0) UK gov are not very competent compared to EU.

Any concept of control is a fantasy, with skewed first past the post system, many peoples votes are essentially wasted as their voice never heard *currently "Control" is via homophobic, anti abortion DUP medievalists - great!)

e.g. if live in Con stronghold but prefer a different party, live in Lab safe seat but hate Lab etc, etc

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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The simple solution is common battery packs (common size, connections, power output etc) and easy way to swap them in and out. Then a "fuel visit" would not be a charge up but swapping out low charge batteries for fully charged ones.

Drawback is garage needs lots of storage for all the batteries

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Re: Oracle got there first

@ LucreLout

Getting rid of 10% based on a one year review sounds a cracking way to encourage short term thinking

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Judge on Microsoft gender discrimination case finds 'flaw' in class grouping argument

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Re: A salient lesson

Or it could be setting up plausible deniability.

After all if there's nothing "in writing" you have a good get out of jail free card as can blame incompetence.

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Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

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Re: And still no messages from the stars....

@John Smith 19

"Although the Fermi Paradox remains as paradoxical as ever."

"Now all we need is the FTL/deep hibernation transport system to go there."

Your second line is one reason why the Fermi paradox might not be a paradox (i.e. long distance space travel may be very difficult / not worth the effort)

.. alternatively if a civilization has mastered space travel, then maybe they have plenty of technology meaning they can "cloak" from our puny tech or study us from huge distances without us being aware.

I could go on, lots more reasons why it might not be much of a paradox (if human belligerence anything to go by, big destructive wars trashing your civilization such that it never reaches such heights again is a possibility - as a lot of stuff is "one shot" - on next go after calamity the low hanging fruit of easy fossil fuels etc. that make advances "easy" are probably long since gone, harvested in earlier civilization rise)

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: software giant still needs to work a little harder

It drove my parents away - their PC totally bricked (by older update) - I'm no Windows 10 expert, so they got Linux installed instead so they could have a working PC again. Lots of casual home users do not actually need any MS products (web, email, music, images, video, documents etc. can be done on any OS)

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Re: Good luck with that.

@JimmyPage

Lots of people have not just lost time. If the Win 10 update screw up stops you working / reduces effectiveness then it costs money - e.g. borked PC so cannot use webcam to record bondage session and burn DVD for your punter, so cash is lost.

(There may be more family friendly use cases)

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Re: Mission at end?

upvote for the Martian film reference

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Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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Re: Most people think Chrome is the ONLY browser...

In terms of big name browsers

Firefox is good on mobile (as some decent privacy / security add ons), but eats battery and MUST be closed down when not in use if you want your battery to not be hammered.

Opera is OK (unlike desktop the VPN is a separate app on mobile, not inbuilt)

There's plenty of less well known browsers, but as FF does the job for me, I have been idle and not investigated much.

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Re: Vanila OS base

most useful thing would be to legislate to prevent all the pre installed crud (be it telco / handset manufacturer added) being system (and so not removable by non root user) - as most consumers get handsets full of dross installed.

e.g. Facebook often added as system app FFS - I don't use FB and its a total pain to have to root a phone to get rid of an unwanted app plus risk of something going wrong as rooting breaks warranty

I'm sure lots of people are happy at FB by default, great - I understand its popular (and I assume some other pre installed dross), but just make it simple for us (who want a pared down phone) to uninstall junk.

Yes I know there are vanilla phones out there but they are expensive (& I can't justify big bucks on a phone) - and sadly most cheap and cheerful phones come with some amount of non removable dross.

.. and force the manufacturers to give security updates, not treating a "new" phone as something to never get a patch ever. If a phone is being sold then should be patches for at least 3 years after it is last on sale IMHO.

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ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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let off lightly

100 grand for over 400K users details

It did not specify how many of those had credit card data (or how detailed the CC data was e.g. obfuscated card (not all digits stored - e.g. just last 4), full card, encrypted (properly), no card details just tokens etc.)

But given the huge amount of time it takes (defrauded person) to resolve card fraud (& problems of getting some fraudulent transactions refunded) then its not a biblical old testament level of punishment

(SO had card physically stolen a while ago so recent experience of how much time spent on phone to bank anti fraud team is requited to get things resolved - it took quite a long time)

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Platonic form

Surely the platonic form of the salad is just vegetables / fruits (e.g. tomato is a fruit)

You can have "extras" such as egg, tuna whatever but most (UK) person would regard just the "veg" stuff as salad - and stuff like dressing should be regarded as optional too.

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

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Re: Not an "autopilot"

I had a car with cruise control but, after trying it a few times, I did not use it afterwards.

It was too easy to lose concentration when the CC was doing the work - not a good idea on a 70 MPH motorway.

Obviously people are different, I'm sure some drivers may be able to stay fully focused with CC doing the work - I can't pull that trick off so avoid CC use.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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@ Ol' Grumpy "For me personally, it's all about the camera."

.. so you are the lone target audience for the cmera obsessed phone reviews of Andrew O!

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UK.gov lobs £25m at self-driving, self-parking, self-selling auto autos

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Self parking car

I would be up for that.

Streets seem to be full of huge cars, bigger than vans used to be years back

With old age creeping up (hence being able to remember vans smaller than modern breeds of Chelsea tractors) it's painful (literally) doing all head turning to manouvere into tight spaces without hitting anything, so self parking would be good

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UK military may recruit wheezy, alcoholic keyboard warriors

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Re: I'm guessing stoners (again)

Ditto GCHQ, plenty of skilled folk would not go near military or GCHQ. Not necessarily to do with drug screenings, asthma etc. but because some of the actions of these organizations are at odds with the non applicants personal set of morals.

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Continental: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones. GDPR, innit?

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I really hope

Some of their phones had nasty contact slurpers "system app" pre installed and so (without jumping through rooting hoops) impossible to uninstall thus GDPR illegal as user could accidentally fire them up.

Really needs a big GDPR inspired legal action to stop phone makers / telcos installing junk that cannot be easily removed

(obv rant mainly about android)

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You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency

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Re: Just more BS

Just replaced Snow Leopard with Fedora on old iMac (approx 2007 model I think - Snow Leopard was highest OSX it could run as not enough RAM rec for later versions)

I liked Snow Leopard, but needed an OS that was more up to date (bonus of more recent security patched) as there's only so long you can keep an unsupported OS & browsers going even when you take care to avoid malware

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UK judge appears in dock over Computer Misuse Act allegations

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Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Re: Rolled out != working users

After Win 10 broke parents machine (totally bricked - after W10 reinstall it bricked again later when updating) I installed Linux.

There was no model specific driver for either of their printer / scanners ... but a bit of hacking around gave a workable solution using drivers for other models by same manufacturer

Not perfect (duplex printing would not work but not vital for home use, just an irritant as uses more paper for home use) but better than a bricked PC & no printing (or anything)

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Those internet trends? It's bad news if you're not Amazon, basically

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amazon search

most of my searches of amazon are via a search engine as Amazon web site inbuilt search is absolutely dire

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A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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Re: Or...

No, thats the sort of I'm a skilled coder language use that can be unreadable to someone else.

Long winded loops are easier for someone (who may be less proficient in teh language / from a different language background) to analyse in code review.

Using someone with limited knowledge of a language in code review can be good as it means code has to be very clear and verbose

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BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

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Re: BCC is actually slightly hard

The mass mailer (I wrote for a club I help run) just sends (same) mail to each user, so bandwidth heavy but no chance of email address leakage. As the membership is only in 3 figures and the mailings are just text then the bandwidth "waste" is not really an issue, but would be if mail numbers were significant

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Storm in a teapot: Anger brews over npm's jokey proxy error messages

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@AC - still posting about it on lots of products it means many people get to see him as a humourless person

Anyway, I'm sure there will be an IoT Teasmade along at some point to make valid use of that code on a status check API call

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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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Re: balanced fact based reporting please

@ Ian Johnston

"Many employers only give sick leave for illness, and using it for elective vasectomy, circumcision, or hysterectomy would be gross misconduct."

There are medically necessary reasons for all those ops.

e.g. vasectomy - 2 partners have genetic predisposition to an illness that would mean stillbirth / best case child lives a few agonsing months / years then dies. To avoid the mental health issues of that then a vasectomy makes sense (lower risk op than female sterilization, potentially reversible)

Circumcision - various nasty infections can necessitate this late in life

Hysterectomy is about the only option for women with severely debilitating endometriosis.

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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As expected

It is in the EU interests to ensure UK gets a really bad, financially & politically shafting deal

This will discourage other countries from leaving & make EU membership attractive as its a nice earner for members (all the intangible benefits of frictionless customs borders etc outweigh the net inward payments to EU by the UK - when Brexit occurs we will see how huge tiose intangibles were).

Thus EU negotiating team giving zero concessions - this was always going to happen (unless you had a brexit fantasy vision) so no surprise.

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

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Re: Not quite so fast....

@ Cederic "What makes you think I care about whether we're better off? The economy wasn't the primary factor in my preference to leave the EU."

Makes a refreshing change from the usual person who voted brexit for racist reasons but claimed it was for economy reasons

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

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Re: Corporate users?

@Herring "Maybe if your MP isn't a complete tool (mine is) then it could be worth a letter."

Surely the vast majority of MPs are tools (I would say all, but not familiar with behaviour of every MP (as have a life) so cannot definitively say all)

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Indeed - referencing a classic movie too

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Re: Fiat 500

Mine did not eat brake pads, but then again I drive anticipating situations so emergency style braking is rare & it was fine with standard gentle in advance braking.

Surely all (non leccy) cars have petrol and so can catch on fire? Given all the ludicrous tests cars have to go through I doubt a car with a massive fire hazard would be allowed

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Re: Fiat 500

I had one and it it did its job well (small car so great for areas with limited parking), minimal tax in UK, frugal on petrol. Basic small run around

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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Re: >> burger flipping

Desserts are the biggest "brought in" item for most restaurants, always best to avoid dessert at low priced Italian restaurants as although they will typically do homemade starters and mains, the desserts will be often the same selection as the Italian restaurant down the road from same 3rd party Italian dessert suppliers

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HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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Re: No Headphone Jack, No Sale

Indeed, although Andrew is keen on camera / video info a few lines detailing other features would help e.g.

SD card?

Headphone Jack?

RAM / Processor info

Dual SIM?

Removeable battery?

Android version & chance of updates for longer than a nanosecond

USB C or B to charge

How much unremoveable pre installed crud

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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out of context

"more battery hungry than a traditional tranny"

Maybe not all users will be aware tranny meant as abbreviation for (typically portable) transistor radio AKA analogue radio - certainly distracted me for a second or 2 reading that line

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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deja vu (CBA with fancy accents)

As the article mentioned it

Is this article a padding out of some of the musings part way through this article?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/28/need_the_toilet_watch_a_video_ad_about_erectile_dysfunction_while_youre_hanging_about/

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Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen

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Breakable systems

Are a fact of life.

There's already software that can be trained on a small amount of speech audio recording and will do a great job of mimicking someones speech so the super advanced speech recog bank system mentioned is on borrowed time

Passport and driving licence details are easily grabbable - e.g. many a young looking person has to flash one or other of those as ID for access to a pub / club

Biometrics are stupid - as article said, if images / videos of people exist then possible to subvert biometrics. I managed to open OHs device (at their request as they were not present and needed some content on it emailng to them & it was not configured for remote access) and had no pin fallback - this involved defeating fingerprint ID system (lots of OH prints around the house to give me raw material to work with).

All you can do is put up decent barriers to your system being broken - and as ever there's the sweet spot of not too much security else people give up using your system as it's too difficult

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