* Posts by EnviableOne

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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I've said this for a while but the F35 project is a lemon, the A and C are heavily compromised by having to accommodate the nesacary adjustments for the B, with the convention that the B orders are considerably smaller and considerably different to the A&C the current thinking is they may scrap the B all together, leaving the compromises in the A&C frames making them inefficient.

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Re: The Real Death Of Attack Carriers

The modern carrier group is a Defence in depth model

ASW frigates surround the fleet outside torpedo range, these are covered by AAW destroyers which protect the entire group from above, allied with air defence from the carrier air arm. beneath the surface are several hunter killer/fleet subs designed to protect against an incursion. C&C is done from the Carrier and this is all drilled and co-ordinated, with all the compoinents moving as one unit at the speed of the slowest.

this can then deliver a strike wing to anywhere in the litorial region (from edge of international waters to 200miles inland)

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Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

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BT's volunatry USO

How can an obligation be voluntary? its either a Universal Service Obligation (i.e. a requirement to provide said service to everyone) or its not

Got friends in the wilds of knowhere, that are forced to use exorbitent sat broadband or struggle to sync at 250kbps on the mile+ long cooper string from the exchange with perminant crackle.

In a former life as BB support for one of BTWs customers, I had to switch several off of the dreaded upto (max) service to get their lines to sync at anything resembling a connection

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Jobs was the visonary it was Woz,Federighi,Forstall et all that made stuff work

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Linus is protecting the kernel, and in Kees response you can see he accepts that.

He as much says, i know its not ready, i'll go back to drawing board and bring it back when it is.

If coders werent f*ing morons, XSS CSRF and SQLi would have been out of the OWASP top 10 by now. if

your code makes the kernel panic its Sh*t code, so it aint going in Linus's kernel

Admitedly he gets colourful, but he's been dealing with this for the last 15 years, and at some point, you have to start shouting or people dont learn.

It might be just me, but most of the Finns I've met are a bit direct anyway.

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Liberty and MXC jump into bed, light up joint venture

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Virgin media are still dtrugling to merge Telewest, NTL and Virgin Mobile and create a consistant model across the organisation. VMB has been trying to capture the SME market for a while but is seeing limited traction, due to the flexibility and price of LLU services and some less than optimal routing of circuits that lead to delays in the region of 100ms, when you can get aus for twice that.

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F5 DROWNing, not waving, in crypto fail

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Nah just the BIG-IP with big Intelectual Property holes in it again

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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hmm...

9.9.9.9 > 8.8.8.8 > 4.2.2.2 ?

now who's playing oneupmanship?

soon apple will launch 17.17.17.17 followed by DXC on 20.20.20.20 and AT&T on 32.32.32.32 untill daimler drop 53.53.53.53 FTW

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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simple solution

Wire the camera, or send the lock command over Zigbee, if you lose wifi

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Coming live to a warzone near you: Army Truck Driver for Xbox!

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Re: "used drones to observe the Ukrainians' movements"

The Isralie armed forces can do this, but thats because they have a large trained reserve force. if national service was re-introduced then it would be a possibility.

Currently the Joint Rapid Reaction Force is on 48 hrs standby, bringing on a semi-perminant specially trained reserve and then a generally trained populace, would provide an effective ramp up for any threat, providing the reserve and reaction force are adequatley funded and spread between the relevant specialities.

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Confusion reigns over crypto vuln in Spanish electronic ID smartcards

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Re: Are you hearing this, Blunkett?

at least one would hope the UK would have been more estonia than spain and had it all sorted in a fairly organised manner ......

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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Headmaster

There is a UK constitution, it is written down, its just not tidly in one document. It starts with The Magna Carta, and is built up by several pieces of legislation, a few treaties and some case law for interpretation.

The US has a right ot privacy of communications, which stems from the same route as EUropes and The UK, its one of the fundemental agreements of the UN:-

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Article 17

1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

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Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

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Becase the Marketing department push the insecure/easy method as Secure and Simple, so joe fanboi thinks their data is safe, when anyone with a clue knows they are just fooling thmselves.

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

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Outside bluetooth range you say

https://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2004-11/bluetooth-mile-away

Cantena for the price of Pringles will extend that further

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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

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a business case that washes its face

Has anyone seen one of these?

Does it also clean behind the ears?

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Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

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BT revisionist

BTs Voice network was state of the art in 1978, but it then sat on its monopoly for 20 years while the rest of the world were building fibre networks and even downgraded the data carying potential by patching some bits of the network with Alu and not keeping records of which bits that was.

When they woke up a bit, they though ADSL2+ was a fix (cos nobody needs more than 24Mbps) untill they had to rapidly re-think and try to bolt FTTC onto the core designed for ADSL2+

Now they are looking at a USO of 10MB, and a FTTP roll-out, they are going to have to look at capacity in the core, improving the peering (see Telecity Fails) and maybe flogging off the copper

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Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two UK.gov contracts

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Could this be why the Universal Credit is taking so long.....

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Credential-stuffing defence tech aims to defuse password leaks

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Troy would be a little standoffish, he has a datables of over 330 million passwords that were in the breaches on hibp and an API to check against them too

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Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

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IT Angle

so has it not escaped notice that any US startups that get anywhere get borged by there friendly sector specific megaZilla?

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Re: It's easy

Have you ever tried getting any info from HMRC, its a pain in the rear...

Also dont you know none of the 1% ers pay tax and the census data is used to provision things to keep them happpy

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UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

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Re: Where Are The Complaints Against IPA ?

There was a successfull challenge to DRIPA 2014, that lead to the gov having to draft the IPA, there is a current challenge to IPA going through the legal system, a Judicial review has already been granted.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/06/30/governments-surveillance-powers-challenged-high-court/

https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/campaigning/people-vs-snoopers-charter

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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there are as many different cancer cells as there are cells in the body, and the trained doctor doesnt have the persistance of recognition, as the human brain will have re-clasified the textbook image as irrelevant if its not used regularly, so chances are it will be overwritten by the cost improvement formula the DoH have decided he is responsible for achieving works.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Tax Havens

Has anyone else noticed that the UK.gov are juming up and down about Off shoring and tax havens, and the three bigest tax havens Caman Islands, Bermuda and Jersey are all overseas teritories or crown dependancies.

If they want to crack down, all they need to do is enforce international tax agreements on the OSTs and CDs

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Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Got to go with a building society then

Newcastle Insource everything and even do other ppls

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Re: The US has an inverted system

Tesla have always made their own batteries, its the only way they could get the performance they needed, and why the roadster took a long while to build.

What do you think they are doing in that gigafactory?

Tesla have also released all their patents for anyone furthering the technology

https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

the subsidy is not that much compared to the cost of a tesla, you're talking $70k-135k for the model S, $90k-140k for the X which has basically funded the ramp up, so they can now produce the 3 at $35k+

the $7500 is a drop in the ocean, for the S or X, but as the 3 comes in the range of the normal person, the subsidy is a big percentage of the price.

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ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

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As i Said last week

the solution is clear, its what Nominet (.uk registrar) have been doing for years, dont publish individuals details, except where they have explicitly requested it. Direct copy from my domain's whois entry-

Results returned from whois.nic.uk:

Domain name:

enss.uk

Registrant:

Peter Marquis

Registrant type:

UK Individual

Registrant's address:

The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their

address omitted from the WHOIS service.

Data validation:

Nominet was able to match the registrant's name and address against a 3rd party data source on 20-Jun-2013

Registrar:

Easy Internet Solutions Ltd [Tag = EASY-INTERNET]

URL: https://www.freevirtualservers.com

Relevant dates:

Registered on: 31-Oct-2014

Expiry date: 31-Oct-2020

Last updated: 03-Oct-2017

Registration status:

Registered until expiry date.

Name servers:

ns1.afraid.org

ns2.afraid.org

ns3.afraid.org

ns4.afraid.org

WHOIS lookup made at 14:24:04 03-Nov-2017

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

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Hmm Managed SMB Dashboard aaS

Sounds like a business proposition

Yeah PHB buy this system from microsoft, you cvan see whats going on but i'll work it from my place and make sure everything runs nicely for a fee....

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Competition law could help solve data-slurping monopolies, peers told

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New constitution?

One election, Parliment elected by alternative vote, so each constituency has a representative.

Upper house elected by PR based on the first choices in the parliment vote

All members to be paid the median wage of their constiuency (for upper house this is the national one)

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Re: House of Lords ...

Here here, and the only ones who are likley to know all of it are the Law Lords, or there Replacement US styled "Supreme Court" (who can hear judicial review of any decision by parliment)

The UK constitution works from base documents and a ton of case law the initial document is the one the US constitution is based on, The Magna Carta, and there are several acts of parliment that add and crystalise other parts. starting from the Bill of rights and Crown and Parliment recognition act, that etablished the Constitutional Monarchy, through Acts of union 1707/1800, and Parliment Acts 1911/1949, to to the Human Rights Act and devolution acts 1998 and Constitutional reform acts 2005/2010. The 2005 act seperates Parliment from the Judiciary.

Currently the 1972 European Communities Act is a key piece of the constitution, but with brexit, most of its clauses will be repealed and replaced by the 2018/19 Great Brexit Act

back to the article though, this is something which should have been considered years ago. its to late to legislate for Facebook and Google, Equifax, Experian, Microsoft and IBM, but I would think if any of them tried merging there would be considerations made.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Where there's blame

Simple the owner is responsible for the maintainance and the software drives the car so the manufacturer/programmer is liable for its operation.

In a fully autonomous world where the car is controlled by the software and owned by a car share company, why would the passenger need insurance?

if the programming is robust and rigourously tested, why would an autonomous car break the speed limit in the first place, and for that point with no humans on the road, why would there neeed to be a speed limit anyway?

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UK.gov: Snoop laws not 'significant' obstacle to EU data protection talks

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Its not just the IPA thats a problem, the Article 29 working party have at leats 5 issues with the UK implementation of the old Data protection directive, and that was before the DRIPA / IPA debacle. One of them is the FIVE EYES agreement and its opacity but details on the others are scarce

So UK chance of an adequacy decision, let alone an adequacy-plus is far from certain.

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A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

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Re: What's wrong with the exiting system?

I'm sure Zuk or @Jack wil suggest this soon (for a modestly high fee)

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Facebook and pals to US Senate's Russia probe: Pleeease don't pass a law on political web ads

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the fix is switch to an alternative voting system, that way attack ads become a bad idea (as you want to gather second choice votes) and you get rid of the duopoly that exists both sides of the pond with Red vs Blue.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......

the panther and tiger were designs stolen from the SKODA arms factory they got by taking the Sudetenland from the Czechs, and was the real reason they wanted that bit of land.

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Level 3 thrown in the C'Link after watchdog approves $34bn gobble

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time to update my slides on 4.2.2.2 again .....

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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If there's a market one will appear, and I think if you look at the combined revenues of Microsoft, Google, Facebook et al that they run through Ireland, there is a market and the issues are not unsurmountable.

its been done before (i.e. Wiebo, Yandex, baidu, Alibaba etc) and with the mass of professionals in the EU there is likeley to be something wipped up quick.

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Re: what part of end to end doesn't he understand

love the encrypted byte stream embeded in the message

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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Re: They will not learn

Dispite the government's assections, there is no such thing as the NHS.

There are 241 seperate NHS trusts that try to get the best deal they can with no backing from the centre

and any economies of scale or central contracts have been killed (to get the headline off the DoH budget)

any one of these trusts can try fix it or we go elsewhere, but GE, Siemens, Phillips, Agfa are too big for one trust to affect them and the smaller companies you havent heard of, quite often have nigh on monoploies in there specific area, so if you need this tech you have to use them.

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Re: RE: "but where does the money come form"

every sysadmin in the nhs would love to have the time to do this

they are too busy trying to get all the outdated systems to talk to each other or monolithic integrated systems to retain their delicate balance that keeps them on while still working just about for the user, while at the same time trying to deal with the all important users, changing regulations and unexpected new systems some department has decided to addopt without any change control.

All of this on stick thin budgets and about 1/10th the staff of an equivalent sized private organisation.

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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I've said it before

and no doubt I'll say it again 1924 Washington Naval Treaty was when the British Empire started to fall apart. Allowing other navies (US) to match the RN and limiting the numbers so it was impossible to adequatley man three fleets (Home, Med and Far East.) this left inadequate cover to enforce rule and independances came thick and fast, dropping the net income, so the funds for ship building further.

After WWII - it had neither the money nor the inclination to re-arm and what was left of the empire disolved

with the empire disolving, so did the spending power of the government, and followed several strategic defence reviews '57, '66, '75,'81, '90, '94,'98 2003, '05, '10, '15 that have succesivley gutted the remaining resources. its a continuing trend.

If the '81 review had been earlier, the two landing ships Fearless and Intrepid (recently replaced by Albion and Bulwark) along with our new Aircraft Carrier (Invincible) would all have been sold off and the falklands campaign would not have been possible.

The escort frigates are getting on a bit now, the T-23s started in '89 and the T-26s have been delayed and decreased by successive reviews, now half of them replaced with th T-31. The T-23 were always ASW focused and worked alongside the T-21 GP frigates, that got retired and never replaced.

The Type-45 was a patch job done on the attempted NFR-90/Horizon-Class, and as such is not without its problems. It was aready cut from an initial 12 to 8 then 6 ships

the way things are going, by the time we get F-35 (wether they are Bs or Cs) the QE and PoW will have been sold off too.

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Re: ah the costs of buying abroad

The other option was BAe would navalise the typhoon or re-engineer the Harrier which based on the numerours cost overuns and software/hardware malfunctions on the F35 project, would have been a decidedly easier and cheaper job.

Afterall the US attempts at stealth anything have all been white elephants that are bearly useful in a handfull of situations, Rapier can pick up both the F-111 and B-2, the F-22 isnt as capable as the planes it was to replace. The Zumwalt cant stay afloat, and ... are there any that succeeded

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SAP to ban commission on public sector deals in countries at risk of corruption

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How has the US got a 74, you can get what you like if you slip the right senators the right brown envelopes

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US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

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So how did the data get erased

Sounds like a good case of hide the evidence it all happened, but as others have said, i FBI come up with the (supposedly forensically secure, TEMPEST stored) copy they have, then that puts most of the cover up theories to bed. which brings me to either deliberate action, lets cover our tracks:-

secure_erase routine thats a compulsory part of the ANSI T-13 standard (for all ATA drives) and Security_erase thats part of the SCSi standard (but optional)

or hanlon's razor:-

as its at university, the physics department might just have made a stonking electro magnet for SnG which degaussed the entire campus

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Hop on, Average Rabbit: Latest extortionware menace flopped

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Silly Wabbit...

hmmm perhaps it flopped as it didnt use eternal blue

My lot are patched, but some people still havent got the message.

And what self respecting APT group intentionally attacks russia ....

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Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

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Problem Solved right there,

Registrant type: EU Individual

Contact Registry For access

Registry requests consent from Individual

or supplies information under another obligation of section 6.1

If owned by a public organisation, GDPR does not apply and register as normal, with corporate details

An individual could have the option to publish information to Whois, but is not compelled to, with a Privacy notice "by selecting this option you agree that this information will be freely available to world+dog"

it puts a bit more work on the registrar, but is not to hard to implement

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Mauritian code-cutters to help deliver TLS 1.3

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Re: Convenience Trumps All Considerations ?

put a barcode under the key and supply a either USB barcode reader with it or build it in to the banking App on the device

works for telephony MAC entry and it fixes the who fat fingers typing code in thing too

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ATO, Dept of Immigration wrist-slapped for failing security audit, again

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Re: My guess at which of the four is done

Got to be OS patching.

Deploy wsus and set auto update = job done.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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And i bet the catalogue's gone up to over a fiver now too

Worked their while i was at uni, all the staff there then had atleast some related qualification, but the prices for anything other than components were extorsion, even with staff discount (that varied by product)

I'll miss the place when its gone, but its been fighting obsolecence since I worked there (2000ish) and quite frankly cash means nowt if your bottom line is all red.

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Security pros' advice to consumers: 'We dunno, try 152 things'

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No The IT industry built its world on a foundation that people are trustworthy (well those that used it then were) and then the public got hold of it and made it a mess of criminals and theifs

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what about your vault master password.

The change in tack came from looking at it from a user's perspective and recommends using password managers.

The rules are simple,

1) length trumps complexity

2) only force a change if its compromised

3) Use a password manager

4) use unique passwords

5) dont block pasting into password fields

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