* Posts by iowe_iowe

23 posts • joined 6 Sep 2017

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice


Re: Hope the hack is up to date with his TB jab

If you get to see a nurse instead of a doctor at your surgery, it's not a downgrade - they are usually specialists (COPD, Travel Clinic, etc) and know their stuff.. I think the triage nurse is only in hospital A&E. So only the receptionist to get past.

Boffins hand in their homework on Voyager 2's first readings from beyond Solar System


The ultimate Brexit, with many parallels.

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras


I like the idea of maintaining anonymity from all the cameras out there, but I'm not completely sure why. Probably because we don't know why, and who's doing it?

GitLab mulls ban on hiring Chinese and Russian support staff because 'security'


Wow - so code repositories are target for subversion. seems obvious on reflection. having heard about it on el reg, it must be a thing that's already happened

If you're going to exploit work's infrastructure to torrent, you better damn well know how to hide it


Re: i don't know...

with creative thinking like this, and a well-developed sense of self-preservation, I'd say our hero is probably very high up the corporate ladder by now...

Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long cyber-attack


Just wait till the gloves come off, and the national players really show how they can mess up comms and infrastructure.

Zuck it up: Facebook hit with triple whammy of legal probes, action in Canada, US, Ireland


Re: I can't understand the fuss over CA

"Faecebook" - LOL

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church


Confirmation that the antichrist has FAANG's..

Typical! You wait ages for a fast radio burst from outer space, and suddenly 13 show up


I'm presuming they don't need to worry about a forced windows 10 creators update..

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off


That opt-out question is such a good one. I thought GDPR meant the default position was to assume "opt-out". The way website cookie/beacon/hidden pixel tracking works on most websites is that you have to go out of your way to "opt-in", which is often a really time consuming mission.

Should be illegal?


Re: The dawn of digital "checkpoints" for government control

it's pretty likely they have these access mandates in place already: the US govt have long had legal recourse to access these data, using the "government note" legal device (we demand the right to slurp your data, and you're not allowed to tell the public about our arrangement). We (the UK) share data with our US counterparts and in fact are very good at innovation in mass-data gathering and processing.

This may or may not have changed since Snowden alerted us to this sort of activitiy - good luck making sense of the legislation.

<I'm just heading off to spend Christmas in the bunker>...


Re: The dawn of digital "checkpoints" for government control

I absolutely share your concerns. What's even more ironic is that we're choosing (and paying) to have these things in our house.

With the government intelligence agencies' regulatory checks and balances being as clear as mud, and their relationships with the commercial data slurpers equally murky, the ignorance of the masses is depressing (my parents love these listening devices).

Can't wait for the "googamabook 5000 - wireless brain shunt", for instant ability to order toilet paper.

White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend


Three years ago now, I was riding through the Nevada desert on a dead straight road at a little over UK M'way speeds. We had seen no other vehicle anywhere for at least half an hour, until we got stopped by a waiting county sheriff. Turns out we were tracked by drone. Stupid of us to think we could break the law, it's increasingly difficult not to comply.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Re: I'm out of here!

watch it - pigeons are notorious users of twitter.

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list


I tried to call both company directors for a comment, but they hung up..

Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure


Cool - the opportunity to play Grand Theft Auto while you're driving a car....

Brits whinging less? About ISPs, networks and TV? It's gotta be a glitch in the Matrix


We'll leave it as exercise for the reader to speculate why this may have been. Perhaps fewer people know there's an Ombudsman service to resolve complaints. Perhaps people know, but the Ombudsman is perceived as ineffective. Or perhaps service is – dare we say it – actually improving.

- The second for me. I used to be cynical about Ombudsman services, but realised there'd be no point.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


unexpected consequences

As a devout blackberry Passport user, I've been accustomed to the gradual non-functioning of various apps including LinkedIn and Whatsapp as support was withdrawn from them. I'm beginning to feel quite smug when I hear about the data-slurping antics of the US mega corporations...still the best phone ever (IMO), if you're concerned about data privacy, since no-one but government agencies and compliant ISP's can be bothered to update such a small demographic of users, take a look. You can buy one for a couple of hundred quid..

US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury


I love seeing big data slurpers on the hook and wriggling!

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS


Re: Wow

the last reply made by @doublelayer most interests me. I would have thought that moving data dominion from Ireland (GDPR) to the USA (using some diluted GDPR analogue like Privacy Shield) would not make a significant difference to our rights as EU-located individuals.

This is obviously not the case, however, as FB would not have bothered if that were true...

An unambiguous GDPR environment, interpreted and enforced by each country's Data Protection Authorities should put the fear of god into the big US-based data-wranglers.

Unfortunately, we're already working to dilute and re-invent the GDPR into our own UK version, for the benefit of our big US-based friends and for government (ab)use..

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?


Re: Rudd

Dilute the stuff - 10,000,000:1 - homeopathy principles say that this should make it more powerful, so you'd only need 0.00000041L for a 60Ah car battery. this answer has been approved by Jacob Rees-Mogg

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers


Data Slurp

Yep completely agree. There are so many ways an ill-disposed IT worker with admin rights could get bulk data access - remote admin login to the CRM, then use software robots to suck up responsive data through the front end UI.

Give staff privacy at work, Euro human rights court tells bosses


Re: Court is right

An organisation that has its employees sign a document permitting monitoring could still be in breach of the law, since the employee / employer relationship is not usually considerate to be an equal one: There is plenty of employment case law that has emphasised that point, and having employees sign documents like this could be considered as coercion and abuse of power.


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