Re: Yeah, no
397 posts • joined 25 May 2017
It would be nice if the article used correct and consistent terminology. It starts off talking about NHS England but then lazily falls into talking about the UK. As you say Wales did not seem to be as badly hit and they are part of the same NHS as England. Then you have Scotland which has its own NHS with different policies and practices.
El Reg journos - THERE IS NO NHS UK!
"Also, I rather doubt that Kaspersky's update process wouldn't have the ability to run any arbitrary code (either directly or by loading a freshly downloaded executable library in memory), at which point they're proven to have built a possible backdoor into their software."
Surely that accusation could be levelled at all AV software from Avast to Norton (ewww) to Windows Defender?
Even people who are "smart, critical and sharp witted" can fall for phishing emails. A good example is the "I'm stuck in another country and have lost my wallet, phone, etc please send me money to get home" email from a friend's address. I know one very intelligent CEO who would have fallen for that if he hadn't mentioned it to me first. Non-IT people have never heard of these standard phishing scams so the messages look legit to them.
"how to use WhatsApp to track the waking and sleeping patterns of almost anyone, anywhere"
Except me because I don't now nor will I ever have WhatsApp installed on any device. Nor do I use Facebook or any of these other services to post my photos online. Privacy and security is simple, just don't sell your soul to the likes of Zuck.
In order to apply for a criminal records check on someone else in England & Wales you need to be registered with DBS if you do 100+ checks per year or if you do less than that you must go through an umbrealla body that is registered. This is already done to prevent the kind of Daily Fail scenarios you are worried about.
I look forward to seeing people get slapped, punched and possibly arrested because they were stupid enough to rely on this Googlefish. Google Translate is a terrible translator, often changing sentences to the opposite of their original meaning. I read an article in German yesterday that was about a man bribing a tax official and Google translated it as he was BITING the tax official. As for adding Machine Learning to everything, Translate got worse when Google added Artificial Incompetence.
Did you not read the article? How about the many, many articles about their illegal business practices? Or their rampant sexism and harassment of female staff? Or the fact they don't pay the correct taxes because none of their drivers are employed? Or the rapes that have occurred because they don't properly vet drivers? Or the way they track users of their service before, during and after using it? Or the data on user's rides they used to release that could be used to identify those users and where they had travelled. Or.... the list is endless.
Uber are possibly the most despicable scum operating a business in the world today.
"Sometimes we do need regulation, like with the age verification laws to prevent children viewing porn easily online, just as they do offline."
If children are viewing porn easily offline is he also introducing similar regulation for the offline world?
I know that is not what he meant but it is what he said.
The quality of English in El Reg articles has gone seriously downhill in the last 12 months, did you sack all your proof readers or just not have any to begin with?
"BT has confirmed it was a user of Equifax services, with a spokesman adding it was in dialogue with credit reference agency about the matter. A BT spokesman courtesy told El Reg he wasn’t able to share any more at this point."
The first sentence in that article is missing a definite article and the second just doesn't make any sense grammatically. There are also multiple references to Equinox in the article that I presume should be Equifax.
It's just a shame he wouldn't pass an exam on the subject. Take these examples:
"Any data you have in Drive is absolutely not going away just because the app of the same name will soon deceased." - Missing the word "be."
"Backup and Sync is already-available app that does what it says on the can" - An article would be nice.
"Again, data's not going anywhere." - What belongs to the data? Again an article would be useful and might have prevented the apostrophe disaster.
I expect better of someone who is supposed to be an editor.
"Remember how Spotify "sold its soul" (in Michael Robertson's words) to Facebook in 2011? It made having a Facebook account mandatory. It needed the traffic."
I've never had a Facebook account yet I have a Spotify account. I even let my premium sub drop for a few months earlier this year and had no problem signing back up again without a Facebook account.
Slight problem with your wonderful idea... not everyone uses crap like WhatsApp. Everyone with a mobile is able to receive SMS messages and in some cases landlines can receive them too. Much like all the moronic organisations that now use Twitter for support & status messages despite having their own website, companies using WhatsApp to notify customers will be reducing their customer base for no reason.
"So offering a job only to someone over six foot tall... clearly discriminates against women."
No it doesn't. It clearly discriminates against short and average height people no matter what gender they are or wish to be recognised as. There are women who are over 6 foot tall so it does not discriminate against women.
Offering a job only to people with a penis, THAT clearly discriminates against women.
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