* Posts by gypsythief

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Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

gypsythief

Re: The choices

"After all, there are still 1.5 billions of capitalists on this planet (as the result of ignorance) and such states as America and the EU will use AI in any form to get warfare advantage. Open your eyes and see imperfect world you live in.

I would write FTFY, but I doubt it's fixed even yet; we're all as bad as each other, and, as the saying goes, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

They're at it, we're at it. I keep hoping for a Star Trek style world, where nobody feels the need to shoot / bomb the living hell out of anyone else just 'cos the grass in greener on the other side, but I fear I hope in vain...

(...and besides, my neighbour has a new car that I wanna drive...)

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Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!

gypsythief

Re: that Chrome (and therefore Vivaldi)

This is incorrect, Vivaldi *does* respect your hosts file. I have just tested by adding "0.0.0.0 facebook.com" and bingo, I can no longer access Facebook from Vivaldi. Remove the line, and I can access it again.

Remember that Vivaldi is based on Chromium so doesn't pick up a lot of Googleisms in the Chromium -> Chrome conversion, like using Google's DNS servers.

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Astro-boffins find new type of super-fast supernova

gypsythief
Joke

I'd reckon the denizens of the nearby planets were a bit star-struck when they FELT that shock-wave go by!

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Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

gypsythief

Oops, Missed this one

Still, on the map now!

http://www.gypsythief.org.uk/GeeksMapToBritain/

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Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

gypsythief

Reminds me of this terrifying beast:

https://i.imgur.com/MKFArdN.jpg

The railway itself is disused, so you are free to walk across; however, the sleepers merely span the gap, with _nothing_ between them apart from the fresh air betwixt yourself and the sea below. The walkway to the side, despite being solid, really wasn't much better.

If anyone fancies testing their mettle against it, you can find it here:

https://www.google.co.za/maps/place/Kaaimans+River+Railway+Bridge/@-33.9977873,22.554871,17z

But back on topic, the Geek's Map to Britain has been updated with the Bennerley Viaduct:

http://www.gypsythief.org.uk/GeeksMapToBritain/

(only 4 posts to go (after this one) until I can post actual proper hyperlinks. Yay!)

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Fear the wrath of robots, for their judgement is final and irrevocable

gypsythief

"we need to remember that...

...ratings hide as much as they illuminate. Data scrubbed of story can be cruel and unforgiving."

Obligatory XKCD:

https://xkcd.com/937/

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Iiyama reanimates LCD cartel lawsuit corpse, swings it at Samsung

gypsythief

Re: Can we add to that Size-fixing

Well, to be partially fair to them, the whole 16:9 thing came about because of the unwashed-masses watching and buying their telly-telly-junkum-boxes in that horrendous ratio, thereby driving down the wholesale price of 16:9 LCD panels.

That said, I am fully with you that 16:10 kicks donkey-ass, and is the One Ratio to Rule Them All (well, apart from maybe 3:2, but you're looking at an oh-my-flipping-goosberries, 'ow much!! Microsoft Studio for one of those screens).

In the interim, may I highly recommend a Dell U2412M*, @ 1920x1200 16:10 goodness. I've had mine for several years now and have been very pleased with it, using it for tasks such as gaming and photography. You can pick it up in the UK for £250-ish which seems quite a good price for a Proper Monitor.

*No shares with Dell, so feel free to bung me one of those virtual beers the Reg offers as compensation for my sage advice:)

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

gypsythief

Re: Why can't I remove Groove from Win10?

Obstinate [cr]apps can be removed with Powershell. Open Powershell with administrator privileges and enter:

Remove-AppxPackage "Microsoft.ZuneMusic"

followed by:

Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage "Microsoft.ZuneMusic"

to stop it appearing for new user accounts.

Jobs-a-good-'un!

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Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

gypsythief

Re: One thing I am intrigued by...

From what I recall of the original Nanny article here on the Reg, she was a bit rubbish at nannying, and rather good at fact recall and finding out useful stuff.

I think she was a plant: an undercover PI placed by Google to dig up some dirt. And the perfect recall? Recording device. Heck, probably had his whole house bugged.

That would make the law suit she's bringing a cunning sham to get the dirt into the public eye and nicely discredit Kalanickers.

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

gypsythief

Re: Just finger trouble

"I managed to keep the button in, so the power stayed on"

I did this a few times, back when computers had Turbo buttons and switches were Real Switches instead of these noncy soft-switches they are today. The trick was to very quickly let go of the button, then instantly slam it back in again. Usually, enough residual power resided in the capacitors of the PSU to carry it through, and the computer would stay on.

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

gypsythief

And they were so close...

I get to use Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB at work, and you know what? It's great. It's fast, it's stable, it has (virtually) no slurp, it has 10 years support; y'know, like Windows versions always did.

There are no unmanageable [cr]apps to deal with, no frantic 6 month upgrade treadmill, just quite, peaceful computing. So, it gets slapped on everything that comes with any other version of Windows 10, and Just Works.

I think that if Microsoft had made the standard Windows 10 like they made the LTSB version, they would have had a much more compelling product, that would have done a lot better. As it is, the stats speak for themselves.

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What a Hancock-up: MP's social network app is a privacy disaster

gypsythief

other fairly intrusive "deets"

What the fuck* is a "deet"?

(Apparently, according to Urban Dictionary, it's a "detail)"

There's another journalist who writes for The Register who insists on using "peeps".

For fucks* sake, you're professional journalists, not children. Use proper language.

*Apologies for the swearing, but this pointless neo-millenial abbreviation drives me up the wall...

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Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland

gypsythief

A Geek's Guide to the World!

I've just updated the Geek's Map* with this entry along with the recent Osowka one (https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2018/01/11/osowka_underground_city/), which was filed under bootnotes.

I posted a quick comment on that article, but as it is already a bit old and might not be noticed, I thought I'd re-post here: is the Geek's Guide going to expand to Europe? Heck, why not get the American and Australian Vultures involved too?

A Geeks Guide to the World! It would make for some fun diversions whilst on holiday.

*http://www.gypsythief.org.uk/GeeksMapToBritain/ is a map of all the Geek's Guide to Britain sites for those who don't know. (But please try not to boot me off Mapbox again for exceeding my free views! (although they let you straight back on again, so whatevs :))

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

gypsythief

The Geek's Guide to Britain is officially dead.

Welcome to the Geek's Guide to Europe!

(P.S. Dear El Reg: I am wanting to go on a road-trip around Europe soon; please add lots more interesting European Geeks Guide spots before then. Thanks, Gypsythief)

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Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

gypsythief

Re: So, they've invented the book? Or the hinge? Or both?

No, they've invented the connector. I think...

from the patent:

"The connectors can connect the displays to each other and/or to other components via conductors, such as flexible printed circuits that are connected to the connectors."

Really! How the donkey-dooberries is that possibly patentable?!? The connectors are connected to the connectors? Well, duh! Welcome to Circuitry 101...

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

gypsythief

If I were granted three wishes

I'd have a hundred and eleven wishes.

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Juno's July fly-by gave NASA a close-up of the Great Red Spot

gypsythief
Headmaster

Re: there is no muzak in space

Muzak!! Muzak!?!?!

That was Vangelis, you heathen!

Report at once to your nearest Electric Sheep re-education centre!

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'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

gypsythief
Joke

Why not ban planes?

Because, according to a recent report, it is safer on a plane flying to or from Australia, than it is being there.

Banning planes would condemn all the poor Aussies to a fate of being eaten alive by rampant crocodiles, or bitten to pieces by hungry sharks, or mauled to shreds by a ravenous drop-bear, or stung to death by ants the size of bulldogs, and deny them a fair chance of escape!

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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

gypsythief
Pint

"The proof of a pudding is in the eating though"

Ingredients

4 Big Birds

8 Rashers of Bacon

500g Suet Pastry

Method

Place the plucked Big Birds in a roasting tray, and drape 2 rashers of bacon over each Big Bird

Roast for half an hour at Gas Mark 6, basting with the bacon fat.

After half an hour, wrap each Big Bird in suet pastry, and then steam for 4 hours.

I think you'll find that does a grand job of prooving the pudding!

(And don't forget a nice pint of ale to wash it down)

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Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

gypsythief
Trollface

Re: That's all very well ...

"One thousand quid, my arse"

Did you really mean to write that? 'Cos a few money-bags MP's with a particular leaning might well take you up on that...

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gypsythief
Joke

Amazing Infinite Processing Power!

"...several hundreds of gigaflops per second"

So several hundreds of giga floating operations per second per second.

Accelerating frantically, until at 15.67 times the theoretical maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum, its mass increases so much the phone collapses in on itself, forms a mini black-hole, and sucks the bushy beard right off the hipsters face!

The horror! The lolz! The raw, unbridled, infinite processing power!

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Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

gypsythief

Re: Still better than ours want

"A targetted investigation requires a warrant or court order in the U.K. "

Yes. Yes it does. A targeted investigation does indeed. So, why bother targeting? Way too much work, old boy. Let's just introduce the Snooper's Charter and slurp it. Slurp it all!!! Why, there's nothing targeted about that!

So yes, unless Belgium has its own Snooper's Charter, it is indeed better than what Britain or America are up to.

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Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

gypsythief

Re: Backing up and patching an email server is relaxing?

No, knowing that the NSA or GCHQ aren't rifling through my emails, or that the corporate behemoth isn't selling my data to the advertising agencies, or that said corporation isn't going to suddenly change its terms or offerings and make me have to move... they're the relaxing things.

Patching: I run Axigen, a mail-server-in-a-box, on an Ubuntu vm; Ubuntu is set to auto-update and drop me an email when it does. Axigen only occasionally release updates, so I install them as needed.

Backups: as I mentioned, its all in a vm; I have Veeam backing up the entire vm nightly, and again emailing me the result.

All I have to do is sit back, swig my coffee and keep an eye on the notification emails. Bear in mind of course that this is for personal email for me, not mission critical stuff for an enterprise.

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gypsythief

Re: Bait and Switch

I wouldn't really call it bait and switch; Outlook Premium has been around for long enough that this doesn't really count.

Rather it seems to be more a consolidation of services: Outlook Premium and Office365 offer similar features, have the same front-ends, but run on different back-ends. This will allow MS to combine a few servers and save some admin effort and a few bucks.

That said, I got fed up of their constant tweaks to Office365 some while ago (focused in-box?!? I'm the only one who knows which emails are important, thank you!) and now self-host my own email server.

Not being beholden to some corporate behemoth for my email is strangely relaxing.

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

gypsythief

Re: Could Defender stop showing a warning icon...

Yes, it could. I'm probably 12 hours too late for this post to be seen, but here goes:

Screenshot 1: https://i.imgur.com/dnIkfvs.png

Here, I have just turned off Automatic Sample Submission. Notice how the Defender tray icon is showing a warning icon, along with an alert in the main Defender Security Centre window.

Critically, clicking the "Dismiss" link by the alert does not just dismiss the alert from the Security Center window: it also dismisses the warning icon from the system tray.

Screenshot 2: https://i.imgur.com/AjHPfxB.png

Notice how Automatic Sample submission is still set to "Off", yet the tray icon has a happy little green tick icon on it again.

Aaah, peace!

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

gypsythief
Coat

" I can't even get the spark plugs out of my wife's car."

That's 'cos they don't have spark plugs in diesels.

Ok, ok, I'm outta here. Mine's the one with the Haynes manual in the pocket.

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

gypsythief

Re: Already patched here.

Except that as I understand the issue, _everything_ needs patching; not just your laptop (not withstanding "but then I don't have Wifi on this machine either"), but your router also.

And good luck getting any patches out of Brontosaurus Telecom. This problem ain't going away anytime soon.

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Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

gypsythief

Ha, haaaa, ha ha ha! Ha, ha ha! Hee ha, ha *cough* *splutter*, ha ha ha ha ha!

"If you witness what you believe to be a dangerous use of a drone please contact 101"

Where upon you'll get some bored operative who'll tell you "well, if we see it again, we might do something about it. But only if we see it again..."

They couldn't give a flying drone fart.

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

gypsythief

Re: "I looked again at Vivaldi..."

@ Jonathan Richards 1

"...but their script blocker didn't seem to have the functionality of NoScript"

Vivaldi does not supply a script blocker. However, being based on Chromium gives you have access to the Chrome Web Store for extensions, including many different script blockers. I use uBlock Origin for script blocking (you need to enable Advanced Mode) which I personally find just as powerful as No Script, but I do accept that No Script is considered the pre-eminant script blocker.

"and the killer is that they don't support nested bookmark folders. Heck, I've got bookmarks nested five and six deep"

I'm not sure what happened with your nesting, but if you see the linked screenshot, you'll see I've nested them 8 deep, with no sign of not being able to go further.

Screenshot of nested bookmark folders in Vivaldi:

https://i.imgur.com/rQecsYJ.png

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

gypsythief
Facepalm

Re: Climate change

"One eats a banana. Another slowly munches the scraps from a mammoth bone"

Where does Mr Dabbs write "woolly mammoth"? Woolly mammoths lived in the chilly north, yes, but their hairless cousins lived throughout Europe, Asia and North Africa.

You know, where bananas grow.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

gypsythief

Have an up vote!

(@Arty Effem)

Too subtle by 'arf!

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

gypsythief

Re: Kit Cars

Kit Cars are certainly legal in the UK; Caterham sell them for £17k, (http://uk.caterhamcars.com/cars/self-assembly) which given that they go like greased shit off a lightening shovel is somewhat of a bargain compared to that over-priced Italian nonsense.

I regularly see them (well, sunny Bank Holiday weekends, anyway) blathering along the B roads around where I live, and judging by the flies in the teeth of the drivers, they are rather good fun.

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Yahoo! must! face! the! music! over! data! breaches! judge! rules!

gypsythief
Coat

There once was an almighty stink,

At a Palace that's Purple, (not pink).

She lost all our data,

Oh! How we do hate her,

But now Marissa is off to the clink!

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

gypsythief

Re: Impounded submarine?

They lugged it away on a low-loader, there is a picture of that here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/21/missing-journalist-died-in-submarine-accident-inventor-tells-police

The follow-up article has a picture of it dumped in what looks like a weedy corner of the police station carpark (2nd picture down):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/23/danish-police-confirm-torso-found-copenhagen-journalist-kim-wall

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

gypsythief

"...uses a Solaris workstation running version 8 of the OS"

Which according to Wikipedia was released in February 2000.

A few years ago, I was talking to an RAF engineer, who told me that they still used Windows 95 as it was the last version of Windows capable of running the originally-written-in-the-70s code, used for diagnosing and configuring the Tornado's on board systems.

Is it the same thing here? Are they relying on a 17 year old OS as the only thing that can still run the 40 year old code written to communicate with Voyager?

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Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

gypsythief

I've never got my head around Economics...

I've followed this saga from the beginning, and there is something I don't quite get...

Toshiba lost a shed load of money when their Westinghouse Electric subsidiary underwent a Total Inability To Support Uranium Power ($8bn I think?)

They want to sell their memory business to recover these losses, and seemingly would like the IP not to leak to the Chinese.

Whoever buys the memory business for enough money for Toshiba to recoup their losses, must be confident of making enough money to both cover the purchase and then make a profit.

If the memory business is so profitable, surely it's better for Toshiba to hang on to it? And if they need money now, can they not get a loan from the national bank (who I think are involved in a consortium to bid for the memory business from Toshiba (to keep it from Chinese hands)), and pay the loan off with profits from the apparently lucrative memory business?

As I said, I've never got my head around economics...

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Trapped under ice with no oxygen for months, goldfish turn to booze. And can you blame 'em?

gypsythief

Oh, you amateurs!

Just squeeze your goldfish in to the top of your bottle of vodka, put _that_ in your freezer for a few hours, and bingo! Instant(ish) alcoholic frozen goldfish.

Mmmm, tasty.

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Geek's Map To Britain

gypsythief

Re: Geek's Map To Britain

2017.07.29 Added Postal Museum

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gypsythief

Geek's Map To Britain

So, I was planning a little tour of Scotland this summer, and thought I'd check out which Geeks Guides I could have a mosey around whilst I was there.

It turns out that on the Geeks Guide to Britain page, (https://www.theregister.co.uk/science/geeks_guide/) none of the article summaries mentioned whereabouts the article was set: I was going to have to grep through each article to find out.

And if I was going to do that, I figured I might as well record where they all were, and bung 'em on a map for easy future reference.

So without further ado, I present the Geek's Map to Britain:

http://www.gypsythief.org.uk/GeeksMapToBritain/ *

All the little pins are clickable-on, and include a link to the relevant article on El Reg.

Oh, and bonus points for spotting the easter egg (although it's quite obvious!)

* Don't worry, hosted on Git Hub Pages, quite safe...

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

gypsythief

Re: "one vector"?

You're a pedat.

There, that feels better.

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gypsythief
Joke

Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?

Every year, at Halloween, we hang a semi-transparent white sheet in our living room window, then project a spooky pumpkin / graveyard animation at it, to let passing greb-finks children know that they can raid us for sweets.

The animation, of course, is done in... **cue moaning ghosts, rattling bones...** Flash!

What will the poor children do*, when I can no longer let them know that they can raid our home for sweets?!?!?

*Go to the dentist less, probably...

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Reg reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

gypsythief

So why is Dunsop Bridge on the list?

Huzzah! Congratulations, you earn the bonus points!

Dunsop Bridge was the little easter egg I referenced in my forum post.

Q: "So why is Dunsop Bridge on the list?"

A: "it's the exact centre of Britain"

Many years ago, my brother and I were cycling through Dunsop Bridge. For some reason long lost to the mists of time, he'd heard about this whole centre of the known universe Britain thing, so we stopped to admire the little brass plaque that had been installed inside the phone box by the bridge to commemorate it.

Plonking a plaque in phone box in the middle of nowhere to mark the middle of Britain is one of those bits of pointless science that I find to be great fun, so I thought I'd bob it on for the kicks'n'giggles.

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gypsythief
Pint

Thanks everyone!

An entire El Reg article about my map is certainly an honour!

Right, I'm off for those beers now (leaving do for someone at work; always a good excuse to start early!)

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Iranian duo charged with hacking US missile simulation software biz

gypsythief
Coat

Arrow got broken?

Is that, like, a broken Arrow?

I don't know what's worse; the fact that you lost your rocket simulation software, or that it happens so often, you have a name for it.

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Insurers claim cyber calamities could cost more than Hurricane Sandy

gypsythief

It's no good; I can't take it any more

" ...emerging cyber insurance industry."

"Estimating cyber losses is an inexact science... global cost of cyber disruption... "

"...'serious cyber attack' are quantified."

"...understanding of cyber risk exposure... global cyber risk market is worth between $3-3.5bn."

"... as well as taking out cyber insurance."

"... two devastating cyber calamities..."

I was going to write a long diatribe here, but on reflection realised it would do no good. It's become engrained. But to get it off my chest:

Cyber, from cybernetic, from Greek "kybernētikós", to guide, control with feedback.

Cyber: you keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

gypsythief

I strongly suspect Tesla involvment here...

"I had engaged the autopilot system but then I had disengaged it by stepping on accelerator" qouth the chap involved, after stating things like "I know I was pretty shook up..." and "To the best of my recollection...".

Knowing that he disengaged the autpilot by depressing the accelerator seems a very specific thing to know, when you're shook up and struggling to recall things; not something you would necessarily know if you were sufficiently distracted to not see a sharp left hand bend looming in front of you.

Rather, I think the chap involved genuinely thought he had autopilot on, and was not lying to the best of his knowledge when he spoke to the cops claiming thusly. However, somewhere in the panic of "Oh my goat! There's a corner!" (or just before) he accelerated sufficiently to disengage the autopilot, without being aware of this.

Tesla then spotted it in the logs, had a small "Woohoo, were off the hook!" moment, and a few lawyerly phone calls ensued.

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The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

gypsythief

Okay, figured it out.

"Medical data, information on sexual preference or trade union membership are defined as sensitive information under the current Data Protection Act but this characterisation doesn't apply to credit card info and the like."

The law was made by politicians. They all have herpes*, like choir boys*, and (although not quite a trade union), are members of the Masons, or Knights Templars, or some such*. None of which they want public.

The credit card they used to subscribe to that porn channel on Sky though? Well, that was a work one, paid for by the public. Who cares if the numbers for that leak!

*allegedly

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gypsythief

What planet is the Data Protection Act from?!?!

"Medical data, information on sexual preference or trade union membership are defined as sensitive information under the current Data Protection Act but this characterisation doesn't apply to credit card info and the like."

I'm mildly asthmatic, have an odd rash on my right leg, am heterosexual, and not a member of any trade unions. There.

Now, my credit card info? Bog right off!

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