* Posts by SGJ

14 posts • joined 25 Nov 2015

Rewriting the checklists: 50 years since Apollo 13 reported it 'had a problem' – and boffins saved the day


Episode 7, the final episode, of season 2 of "13 Minutes to the Moon" has been delayed because the presenter, Kevin Fong, is also a consultant anaesthetist at UCL Hospitals and anaesthetic lead for Major Incident Planning and he is currently otherwise engaged...

The European Commission digital strategy wants to, er, take back control of citizens' data


The link to the European strategy for data actually points to the AI paper. The correct URL is https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/communication-european-strategy-data-19feb2020_en.pdf

Big fat doubt hovers over UK.gov's Making Tax Digital, customs declaration IT projects


The Report is definitely in the Red category (if only I could see it)

I tried to read the report but, as I am colour blind (along with up to 10% of men) I found it impossible to distinguish between the amber/amber green colours and the red/green colours. I'd rate the report "Red" if only I could read it.

Scientist, war hero and gay icon Alan Turing is new face of the £50 note


On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem

"Turing developed the theory that underpins all modern computers while working at the National Physical Laboratory and later at the University of Manchester."

Turing's seminal paper 'On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem', which showed that his "universal computing machine" could, in theory, perform any mathematical computation, was wriiten in 1936 long before he worked at either the NPL or Manchester.

UK privacy watchdog threatens British Airways with 747-sized fine for massive personal data blurt


£183 million sounds a lot...

... but it works out at only £366 per card (or the price of a couple of aircraft?)

Er, we have 670 staff to feed now: UK's ICO fines 100 firms that failed to pay data protection fee


Re: Not paying the ICO is NOT the problem

I complained about my local MP who had admitted on Twitter that she regularly shared login details to her office systems with everybody, including office interns, and received a very prompt reply!

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


Re: Eric Laithwaite

Unfortunately Laithwaite believed that the behaviour of gyroscopes violated the law of conservation of energy! According to the Royal Institution web site he "appears to have used various engineering approximations in his calculations on the behaviour or gyroscopes and when told by professional mathematicians that once the calculations were done rigorously there was no discrepancy, refused to believe them."

The affair harmed his career considerably – he left his position at the Royal Institution and was never elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

Perhaps not the best role model to have on a £50 note.


Re: One problem with this

I think you mean a Big Mac, not a Mars bar. See https://www.economist.com/news/2018/07/11/the-big-mac-index

Workplace services-flinger Sodexo pulls Engage website after division hit by malware smackdown


Misleading headline

Whilst Sodexo Engage may be "a specialist in employee and consumer engagement" the headline is highly misleading. Sodexo, the parent company, is actually one of the largest multi-national comanies there is with over 420,000 employees and revenue running into the billions of Euros.

Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be


Not every document I print is confidential! Sure the point is that you should be able to print a non-confidential document to a public printer without revealing unecessary infomation about the device you are using.

Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'


I do some work for a local football club and during a recent audit of their telephone lines queried the presence of a fax machine which had been used twice in the last three months. I was told that having a fax machine was a Football League requirment as certain documents had to be faxed (plus multiple copies sent by post)!

The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment


Technically difficult "is not going to wash"

If the ICO is now of the view that compliance being technically difficult "is not going to wash" isn't it about time she acted against the Home Office's refusal to remove mug shots of innocent people from Police Databases?

see https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/25/custody_images_review/

£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash


Only six months late...

The NAO report on which this story was based was published in July 2017, so El Reg is only six months late in reporting it...

See https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/The-new-generation-electronic-monitoring-programme.pdf for the full gory details

Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger


Cyber Security at Civil Nuclear Facilities Understanding the Risks

A recent report from Chatham House is an interesting but scary read.


Findings, based on research which included interviews with industry practitioners, include the following gems:

"... nuclear plants may lack preparedness for a large-scale cyber security emergency, particularly if one were to occur outside normal working hours."

"A large-scale cyber security emergency occurring at night could be particularly dangerous."

"Often, nuclear facilities will have undocumented connections to the internet (i.e. connections of which the plant managers or owner-operators are unaware); these too can provide potential pathways through which malware can infect a nuclear facility."

"... network diagrams of nuclear facilities that map out existing connections are frequently incorrect; there are often a number of additional connections that have not been documented."


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