* Posts by SGJ

9 posts • joined 25 Nov 2015

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

SGJ

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

SGJ

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.

SGJ

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

SGJ

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

SGJ

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'

SGJ

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

SGJ

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

SGJ

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

SGJ

Cyber Security at Civil Nuclear Facilities Understanding the Risks

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

https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/field/field_document/20151005CyberSecurityNuclearBaylonBruntLivingstone.pdf

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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