* Posts by BlockChainToo

147 posts • joined 2 Feb 2018

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

BlockChainToo

Re: Adventures in a NEW Android 6 Phone

Apple is beginning to look like a paragon of virtue, aren't they? That's the advantage of hanging out in a bad crowd.

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You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

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My records however are probably in a big brown folder,

God, I hope not. I can only speak for the hospitals we own, but your records would be available immediately to anyone involved in your care.

I go to Vanderbilt hospital here in Nashville, and no matter which facility I go to (usually 30 - 40 miles away from Vanderbilt since I live out in the sticks), they bring up my complete records as soon as I show up.

If I get an XRay or other test done here at a small outpatient facility, it is generally reviewed by someone at the main Vanderbilt facility: before I leave, if it's urgent or the next day if not.

Also, I can login over the internet and see my own records.

Like I said, that is the standard for the 40+ hospitals/600+ clinics we own (Vanderbilt is not one we own - I go there because we don't actually own a hospital in Nashville). I had assumed that was pretty much the standard everywhere for large healthcare providers.

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US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

BlockChainToo

she has to wear a gold crown?

Given her penchant for falling down, I think that may be a crash helmet.

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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It's up to others to figure out how.

10 Build a brick wall.

20 Add another course of brick.

30 GoTo 20

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

BlockChainToo

Did you just say "damp squid"?

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Pay More Tax

It makes more sense to shoot it into space.

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Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure

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The Royal We

So the job posting refers to the position over and over in the first person plural.

Is there a paycheck for each of my personalities? Are they targeting the Borg collective?

Or perhaps their HR department is adhering to the same high standards demonstrated by their IT department?

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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

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We view IBM as still in the throes of a turnaround

I think they completed the 180 degree turnaround at apogee and are accelerating downward.

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Amazon: For every dollar of op. profit going into Bezos' pockets, 73 cents came from AWS

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Re: "a cloud provider with a gift shop on the side"

I wonder if the profits from AWS are subsidizing the gift shop?

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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Drowning Man

So the drowning man is going to pay for the privilege of being thrown an anchor?

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

BlockChainToo

Re: If you have any recommendations, post away in the comments.

You had me up to #7) Learn to hunt seals and whales for food.

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And I'm not buying that it could be "matched up"

I think you suffer from a lack of imagination and an understanding of the subject.

One example: Say you had a Dr appointment at a certain location on a certain day. Suppose Facebook has your location at that day and time - people do check in, God knows why. We got a match.

The problem then isn't a potential employer seeing something posted on your account.

Here is a scenario: You apply for a job. That employer checks you against the data sold to them by Facebook. Well, this guy is going to be out a lot because of his medical condition. No offer.

Was that their intent here? Who knows? But why in God's name would Facebook want "anonymized" healthcare data in the first place?

Would Facebook do that? Well, they had no problem directing real estate ads to their accounts based on race in violation of the civil rights acts in this country.

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Explain to me what the real life cost is of "your data"

As mentioned in a previous El Reg article, Facebook had requested and obtained "anonymized" healthcare records. Not sure what their purpose was except that, of course, it was doubtless for the greater good.

So: match up that "anonymized" healthcare data with the Facebook account data and you'd have a nice little treasure trove. I imagine Facebook would find willing buyers for that information: Life Insurance companies, Health Insurance companies, Potential Employers......

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Hints & Tips

Shaun, Your Hints & Tips needs to be more widely disseminated.

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Medic! Orangeworm malware targets hospitals worldwide

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Security

When I started my current job with a Healthcare Company (hospital and clinic owner), I found my system's servers hadn't been patched for three years. When a major clinical system went down, we found out that they hadn't been performing backups either.

I'd like to think that isn't typical.

PS: Those things are happening as they should now, and being verified.

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Bungling cops try to use dead chap's fingers to unlock his smartmobe

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the magical Face ID offered by the iPhone X

So you cut off the owner's head to have it handy then?

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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My theory, which is mine

I believe that theory is actually my theory, which is mine

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US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

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People seem to think Russia is some military powerhouse

Any country with nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them is a military powerhouse.

That's a card that pretty well trumps anything else you can put on the table.

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Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

BlockChainToo

Re: The Model 3 is coming.... er??? 2019 or is that 2020?

Here in the US, the Chevy Bolt is available at a lower cost (the Model 3a actually in production are running around $49K) and a greater range (238 miles for the Bolt vs 220 for the Model 3). That has to be a consideration when looking at a small EV such as the Model 3.

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It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

BlockChainToo

Re: If only

Now you're speaking like a crazy dwarf. You can't continually extort money from congress if things are working. Assuming you are capable of getting things to work.

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you should get your taxes done just as soon as you can.

You mention that you get a tax return - that's a good reason to file early and get YOUR money back. Now if you owe money, I can see waiting until it was due. God, I'd like to wait forever. With no penalty.

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"the agency is hoping a hard reboot of its systems will resolve the issue"

Oh dear. That generally means you don't have a clue. Hope the systems come back up.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Whenever I think of something getting Oriented

I think of facing towards Mecca. I don't know if that is a good thing for a satellite.

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Maybe we should fire them into space?

Well, we tried that with the Telephone Sanitizers, and we all now how that turned out.

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re-orientated itself

Why not just reoriented?

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

BlockChainToo

Re: My Hero

And that didn't take long. What a great story.

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Re: Similar but different at Yahoo

"went on to become a VP."

Al Gore?

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My Hero

We all admire a Go Big or Go Home type of guy. Who will ever be able to top this (after a suitable period of time has passed)?

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Having ended America's broadband woes, the FCC now looks to space

BlockChainToo

The IEEE sheds some more light on the matter. Apparently the FCC was concerned the satellites were to small to be reliably tracked. On the other hand, they had no problem with earlier launches of smaller satellites. It seems that their approval process is inconsistent and predicated on their whim on that day. Hard to plan when they keep changing the rules.

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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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I'll Never Forget Him

Unless I have to.

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

BlockChainToo

The Aristocrats are always worth an upvote, guv'na.

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Warfighter

I think the term warrior was deemed too agressive. I would have gone with Dispute Resolution Counselor.

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UK health service boss in the guts of WannaCry outbreak warns of more nasty code infections

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WannaCry was a shot across our bows.

A shot across your bows is a miss. I'd say the shot was more like a bulls eye.

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GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Since then I've been a financial drain on the UK taxpayer.

There are times when I aspire to be the equivalent in the US, rather than to help finance things I find morally reprehensible.

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" I keep getting invited to apply for jobs at MI5, but I've always assumed they are just being sarcastic."

I think they want you where they can keep an eye on you.

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"I actually don't doubt that the people in our security agencies are trying to do the right thing"

And that's where we part company. To me, the evidence seems to point to those agencies interfering in the country's internal political affairs.

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BlockChainToo

Which is different from the UK and EU?

If you don't think there is a difference, why not move to Russia and educate yourself on the matter.

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Russia has the world's best cyberwarriors, who can win elections.

Bunk. They can sow mistrust and discord and undermine confidence in the process - with the help of a complicit media.

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Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos

BlockChainToo

Re: A jury in an Eastern Texas

East St Louis is a personal favorite of the bogus class action and personal injury instigators. If you can get your case heard there, it's like winning the lottery.

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Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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Apropos Of Nothing

Turns out Mr Zuckerberg is only 5'7" tall. I was under the impression he was tall, because all of the photos I've seen - until recently - have the camera looking up at him. Now his image is being reworked for him.

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Re: Diamond and Silk

"You do realise that anyone using 'anti-fascist' as a pejorative, is confirming that they are 'pro-fascist'?"

Nonsense. Just because "ANTIFA" call themselves anti-fascists doesn't make it so. How many totalitarian states call themselves democratic?

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Passes The Turing Test

But how about the Heisenberg test? Is the cat in that box actually alive?

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

BlockChainToo

The "with specificity" clause was trashed long ago.

The "with a warrant" clause was trashed around the same time.

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Facebook tried to access and match medical data – report

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Would You Lie To Me, Baby?

Can we all just agree to all enter the same data for everyone, everytime in social media? I thing a good start when prompted for a name: "I am Spartacus!"

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Sounds Good

I don't see a problem. I'm sure there are safeguards in place to prevent things like: Matching "anonymized" medical data with FB user data and sell that info to life insurance, medical insurance and prospective employers.

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Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered Am I

Off subject: Is there no one at Oracle that can open their mouth without immediately establishing their identity as an utter asshole?

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Twitter whacks 270,000 terror accounts, majority flagged by internal tools

BlockChainToo

Re: Transparency

@ Trigo...

Their algorithms work so well on me that I don't even have a Twitter or FB account!

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Transparency

I'd be interested in the algorithms that identify and disable "terrorist" accounts. I hear the term terrorist applied to anyone someone disagrees with.

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

BlockChainToo

Re: In Other News........

Cock-eyed optimist.

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