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40 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Re: this is just the start of a very ugly battle for your home

If youda fixed it, youda said "It is cheaper THAN its competitors..."

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The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

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Well, if it were just a private business venture and not to do with the state, who would be their client? Who's got a commercial disagreement with both WADA and the OPCW and wants to use Russian hackers to penetrate them?

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Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams

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Re: Prison Time

The US already has the largest per capita prison population. I don't think they need encouragement to lock up more people.

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

"* Are the overwhelming majority of sexual harassment complainants"

We've discovered that our factory is poisoning a nearby river, so we've decided to solve the problem by getting rid of the river.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

"That, and it's entertaining when it hits the news."

Ahh...so you're saying it's a feature, not a bug?

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US Treasury goes after IT shops for funneling cash to North Korea

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"Why should we give a flying fuck if the Norks or anybody else steal from banks whose only interest is paying themselves fat and undeserved bonuses, and who are too lazy to secure their systems?"

Because when the North Korean regime steals a billion dollars from the Bangladesh Bank (the central bank), they're stealing money that could be used to improve the lives of 150,000,000 crashingly poor people and spending it on propping up its own regime's oppression of 25,000,000 crashingly poor people.

It's no skin off your nose, Mr IT Middle Manager, but in the wider world it's a big deal.

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Re: Solicitors from London law firm Pinsent Masons

Yes - it's bad form of El Reg not to mention that Pinsents are media partners/sponcon(?) with El Reg.

Also, considering the reported detail but also the [sic], it seems like The Reg was relying on a source in court who was not a hack but who was keen to name check the barrister and law firm. Who might that have been?

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Salesforce boss Marc Benioff objects to US immigration policy so much, he makes millions from, er, US immigration

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Re: Help from a broad

Not quite - Trump's second wife is from Georgia. Georgia the US state with the fried chicken and baseball, that is, not Georgia the ancient Caucasian country with the khachipuri and chacha, mmmm....

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Re: Unreasonable without reason

" A question for non-US countries--Why don't you allow American citizens the same immigration reciprocity & work permitting?"

Work permits and immigration procedures generally are reciprocal. If the US and country X don't have such an arrangement, it's because the two governments haven't agreed on it. And in reality if the two governments haven't agreed on it, it's probably because the US doesn't want to loosen restrictions on people from country X emigrating to the US - because let's be honest, for most countries in the world, the traffic would mostly be into the US rather than a balanced flow in both directions.

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Scot.gov wins pals with pledge not to keep hold of innocents' mugshots and biometric data

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"It said that the code would apply to Police Scotland [etc...] - but not for national security or private companies."

Private companies would of course continue to be covered by the DPA/GDPR.

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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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Re: "No, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange"

I feel dirty and ashamed. This is what happens when a pendant is hanged from their own canard.

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Re: "No, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange"

You're wrong, and the article explains it. A bitcoin exchange is a money transmitting business and they require state and federal licences.

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Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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"despite...insisting that the lack of a Whois service...will cause an uptick in online crime, no one has yet to provide any evidence that that is the case...Law enforcement continues to be able to access full Whois data by simply requesting that registries and registrars provide it to them. So the issue is really large American corporations who want full Whois access in order to chase down anyone potentially infringing their trademarks"

Although ICANN has certainly butchered this whole issue and really ought to sit on the naughty step, what is written here is not correct. First, law enforcement can't compel registrars to provide data just because they say so in every jurisdiction - it really varies from place to place. In some places they can just ask; in others, they'd need a court order. Second, even if law enforcement can request it, you need to get their attention with your problem in order for them to do so - and there is a gigantic tidal wave of fraud that's reported through Action Fraud that just doesn't get dealt with. Third, if the registrar is in a different country to where the crime has been committed (e.g. UK crime, Egyptian domain), then you're going to need UK law enforcement to make a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty request to the foreign authorities to get the data out of the other registrar. Fourth, not all Bad Things (counterfeiting, diversion of opportunity, defamation, harassment, passing off) are crimes or crimes that are serious enough to warrant a criminal investigation.

And so on. The lack of transparency on who owns domains makes investigating crime slower, more expensive and less successful. It also makes due diligence to prevent crimes more difficult. There's a (correct IMO) international push towards more transparency and public records of ownership of companies and property - why not also domains?

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Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

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I don't want to be that guy...

...but half of the eye-catching statistics in this piece are about what employees THINK might be happening at their workplaces, not what is ACTUALLY happening at their workplaces.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: FFS - NO

" non-UK, non-EU citizens already have to have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to stay for more than six months."

...and it's a shitshow. No one knows what BRPs are for. You can't use them to open bank accounts, you can't use them to get a driving licence and you can't even bloody use them to get in the country! In every case you still need to carry your passport. There is no point to them.

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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Re: Don't get sheep herded by the fake news media

"Putin is far more dangerous than Gorbachev and Yeltsin ever were - at least they seemed to play by the rules. That Putin changed the Russian constitution to allow him to have more than two terms of presidential office should tell you everything you need to know."

This is woefully and embarrassingly wrong. Gorbachev ordered peaceful protests in Riga and Baku to be violently suppressed with many deaths.

Yeltsin collaborated with the US to distort elections with literal duffel bags of cash, and had tanks shell a mostly democratically elected assembly that objected to his programme.

Putin did not change the constitution to allow him to serve more than two terms. The constitution prohibited anyone from serving two consecutive terms - and that has not changed.

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

"a few of which then massively neglect their military establishment (cough, germany, cough) while making a killing out of one sided trade with the USA and then saying that they treat NATO spending of 2% of GDP as a target they will work towards..."

Maybe Germany is able to get by with spending a smaller proportion of GDP on defence than the US because it doesn't feel the need to have a military base and two wars in every continent?

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India tells WhatsApp to add filters, ASAP

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Re: Shoot the messenger

"Perhaps it would help if you paid your police a decent wage so they weren't all corrupt as hell..."

There's actually no body of research that proves that improving the wages of corrupt officers reduces corruption. In fact, it might have the opposite effect. Corruption is a systematic problem of corporate culture [NB not national culture] and it's slower and more difficult than just throwing money at the problem.

http://cega.berkeley.edu/assets/miscellaneous_files/Opoku-Agyemang_WGAPE_2015.pdf

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

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Re: Never wanted one until...

Can you tell us what stuff you bought? I am just thinking about doing the same thing.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Re: Wait a minute

Nah, you wouldn’t serve avocado with whipped cream...would you?

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Re: London pubs

"£5 for a pint? We only pay that at the Edinburgh festival. We can get much cheaper Scottish ales up here in Scotland."

Well, yeah, obviously, but that's because rent is cheaper and wages are lower in Auchentyshoogle than in LoIFKCA (LOndon's Improbably-Fashionable Kings Cross Area).

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What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

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Re: Missed opportunity

"The girls are brought up to the equivalent of the old Afrikaner adage that translates as "Church, Kitchen, Children"."

Afrikaner? German, more like. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder,_K%C3%BCche,_Kirche

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Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

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“an ideologically motivated attack by an extremist organization working directly with union supporters...”

Tesla should be ashamed of itself. It’s one thing to say that you disagree with unionists, but saying this is an extremist attack is ridiculous. They’re literally bracketing the Committee for Investigative Journalism with extremists like ISIS, Boko Haram, the KKK, the UFF and CAMRA. They really need to take the tone of their communications down and not respond to every disagreement with a rhetorical nuclear counterstrike.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: I apologize for being ignorant in this...

"Like if you make a request to know whom owns the vehicle with plate $XYZ123 & the department of motor vehicles sends you not only the owner's name, but address as well. Both the name & address are publicly available, you can always do a reverse look up online or merely dial the operator & ask, so the department providing that data isn't violating any "private data" rules - it's all publicly available."

I assume you are in the US. If so, this is not correct. Access to vehicle registration information is restricted by the Driver's Privacy Protection Act, which states that records may only be disclosed for a number of specified reasons. Those reasons are more numerous than in the UK, for example, but they're not public records (in the sense of "give me a copy and I don't have to explain why"). Access is a privilege, not a right.

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Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

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Re: Optional

Mate - they are regulated as private hire car operators in London and Birmingham, and only registered private hire drivers can drive for them. There’s no pretense at “ride sharing” by Uber in those cities. They’re not taxis because they don’t cruise for hire on the streets.

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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Re: 240/230/220V

Kosovo would love to be in the EU. The UK wants to get out. We could just do a swap...

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Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

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Re: 17 Johns

Scottish men of my age are all called David/Dave/Davie or Andrew/Andy, unless they're from north of Stirling, in which case they're called Hamish.

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My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background

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Re: No computer experience in 2005?

It seems like a metal service centre could just be a warehouse selling bits of steel, aluminium etc. I could imagine e.g. a small family-owned one in a small town not having a computer system but just dealing with hand-written dockets.

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

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Re: coincidentally

Agreed, and I can't stand the Tories.

One of Hancock's 316 fellow MPs is one of the 12 officers of a school, and one of the other directors of that school is also one of four directors of a media company (in addition to being an officer of about 20 other companies), and that media company did an app for Hancock...and this shows it's some kind of procurement stitch-up? Tenuous indeed.

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All your base are belong to us: Strava exercise app maps military sites, reveals where spies jog

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Re: Ahah!

Unfortunately, we will inherit it only briefly, before keeling over with a Gregg's bag in our chubby hands...

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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Re: Yegge slams Google for becoming competitor-focused

Amazon is a legendarily awful place to work: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html

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£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash

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Re: Radical Suggestion...

"maybe give them a kicking whilst they're their..."

I think you overplayed you're trolling with grammertical errors like that - its to obviously thrown in their too attract the attention of pendants.

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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Re: Art World

Piss Christ is 30 years old. I don’t think it’s particularly good but if you’re still banging on about it and think it’s representative of all contemporary art since then, you must be really angry. Quite pissed off, in fact.

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Facebook has open-sourced encrypted group chat

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Re: Facebook hates The Man as much as you do.

Facebook is the world’s sixth largest company. It is more powerful than most governments and answerable to a small clique of large shareholders. It IS the man, indeed.

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Re: TUBE

...or as it is properly known, sexual assault.

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Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers £1bn

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Re: Sounds like we need to start another war

The UK has had active military missions all day, every day, every year since these things were bought. They haven’t suffered for a lack of opportunity to use them.

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Three useless UK.gov 'catapults' put in Last Chance Saloon

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This doesn’t surprise me. I work for a large fairly well funded consultancy and attended a company workshop at the Digital Catapult in St Pancras.

The purpose was to work out how we could do our work better and more profitably. As I remember it, the day consisted of inspirational videos about fintech and airport POS systems (of marginal interest to us) and then us being asked how we could fix our own company (maybe Sandy from finance could pull his finger out and invoice some clients).

In other words, the usual consultancy toss, not very digital, and certainly no reason for the taxpayer to fund our session (partially?).

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Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

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Re: Feminazis are as real as chauvinists

"Nazis tried to kill one religion from one country"

Jesus wept, read a fucking history book, mate.

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Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

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Re: RE: Anybody with a link to that list.

The price is not set by the government in either country.

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Re: RE: Anybody with a link to that list.

Why do you think it's critical for PPP to be implemented? It's not measuring affordability, it's measuring cost.

It's very interesting that Russia (which has a tightly controlled economy and highly -cough- stable politics) is almost twice as expensive as Ukraine (which is a shambles)...

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