* Posts by Uberior

37 posts • joined 2 Feb 2018

Brit banks must disclose outages via API, decrees finance watchdog

Uberior

Well Pascal, you are either a fool or a liar if you claim you can't tell the difference between:-

Bank of Scotland - Constituted by an act of Parliament in 1695

The Royal Bank of Scotland - Constituted by an act of Parliament in 1727

Here's another clue, until the 1980s, you were unlikely to be employed by BoS if you were Catholic and unlikely to be employed by RBS is you were Protestant.

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If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

Uberior

Lenovo, Android 7.1, 10" Tablet - £99

Perfect for watching downloaded content at the gym or on the plane. It's not worth using it for anything else.

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

Uberior

You can always let the ICO know about them.

The ICO is completely swamped post GDPR and calls that are holding drop after 60 minutes.

They don't respond to email enquiries and their "Live Chat" function hasn't worked (for me anyway) since May.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

Uberior

Well, he's not going to get far with legal action against "Halifax Bank" is he?

"Halifax" is just a brand name. The banking licence is held by Bank of Scotland, which is owned by Lloyds Banking Group.

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Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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Re: Have I shopped with them?

They have been relentlessly selling data for years anyway.

I tracked down the alleged consent for a spam marketing (for a high APR Credit card) to a company in Bristol who claimed to have been supplied with data from Dixons-Carphone. This was prior to GDPR so Dixons refused to disclose when I "ticked the box" unless I sent them £10...

This isn't so much as 10,000,000 records "stolen", it's more just 10,000,000 records that Dixons aren't getting commission for.

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I've just had a similar demand from a marketing company when I asked for them to provide evidence of consent for a campaign they were involved in.

They demanded:-

Passport

Driver's Licence

Council Tax Bill

Bank Statement

I have refused, so they are refusing to evidence consent. There's absolutely no way that I'm sending that level of detail so they can tell me where I ticked a box to receive spam. I've offered to go round to their head office and allow them to view the documents (but not take copies) - but that is "unacceptable" and they don't meet with "customers".

Off to the regulator with a complaint I go.

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

Uberior

Ah hot-desking, sounds so good on paper.

Just add a couple of people into the mix who won't sit near a window in a tall building, those who don't like sitting underneath the air-con vents, the people who have a chair set for their back issues, or tall colleagues with a desk adjusted for height (which might just be four bricks under the legs). The member of staff who is so obese she needs to sit on a wooden bench (trust me, I've worked with one) or the rampant football supporter who wheels the red, blue, green, yellow chair from the other side of the colour co-ordinated office because they won't sit on a red, blue, green, yellow chair.

After all that a rack of Chromebooks sounds easy.

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What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

Uberior

Re: Data Controller

Interesting...

But that was 2013, pre GDPR so it probably needs retested.

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Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

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Re: How do you get a menu or breakdown of all the actual charges?

Surely if you do travel a lot you'd have an fx free Mastercard or an Amex International Currency Card?

I certainly wouldn't be using a Visa, unless either Mastercard or Amex had limited acceptance.

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The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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I have a Wileyfox mobile phone, it was discounted by £50 on the basis that I'd accept targetted ads on the lockscreen.

Now, I don't mind *regular* advertising, but the day-in day-out image of Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones or Martin Lewis scam advertising is outrageous for sanctioned targetted marketing. The fake ads for "Ask.com" that are riddled with spelling mistakes are irritating too.

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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Photo ID for GDPR queries?

I'm on a data-trail at the moment.

I was sent a marketing email about Company A's product. Upon querying the point of consent:-

Company A blamed Company B

Company B blamed Company C

Company C blamed Companies E, F, G, H & I for providing data under warranty.

Company C claims that their owners, Company D (with whom I have a relationship and hold a "no marketing record) do not share data whereas Company D explicitly state on their data protection statement that they do.

Company E claim to neither hold nor have supplied data to Company C

Company F refuse to engage with me until I post them clear copies of my passport, drivers licence and a bank statement!

Company G, H, I & J have stll to respond.

It's all a bally mess, there's no way any reasonable person is going to send copies of photo ID and financial records to an organisation they are suspicious of poor data handling and there is absolutely no responsibility or ownership.

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

Uberior

A magnet & a sock...

"Part of INSINIA's BSides London demo showed how home and small office safes could be opened using only a magnet and a sock."

Two items needed to open a small electronic safe?

Who needs such luxury. Most can be opened with a firm slap, or at most with a single strike to the top from a hard-back book.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

Uberior

Re: Once the Competition Commission have allowed all the networks to be combined...

The Competition Commission?

Surely the bigger worry is that the Labour & Momentum will nationalise the networks in line with their policy to nationalise all utlitiy companies?

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Doctor, doctor! My NHS Patient Access app has gone TITSUP*

Uberior

Rumour has it that EMIS is an evolution of a package for veterinary surgeons. The version used in Health Centres has species hard-coded as "human".

Sometimes I wonder if it's a tall tale, but it also makes sense...

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Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

Uberior

Re: Follow the money...

Isn't that technically there anyway?

There is a bit of law, dating from the 1870s, that is still relevant today. It's called "Agency Law" - it essentially means that a company is responsible for the action of its agents.

The ICO has previously found in my favour when a UK based financial services company has used an opaque marketing company based outside the UK to try and sell me sub-prime credit card.

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

Uberior

GDPR Cycle of Deactivate

My little pub-quiz group are all Wileyfox fans and we've come up against a bit of a problem.

It has Truecaller pre-installed. Now, I really don't like Truecaller so have never activated its services as such, but it handles all the call management.

Ahead of GDPR, we had to agree toTruecallers T&Cs or it locked us out of making calls. The "deactivate" function didn't work. Now I started looking into it on the day it kicked off, but as I'd witnessed a nasty accident, I had to agree to the T&Cs before I could dial 999 for an ambulance!

When bloatware limits a phone users access to the emergency services until they agree to new terms and conditions, there's a bit problem.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

Uberior

Re: along with bringing in solicitors Slaughter and May

The word "prestigious" never needs to be used to desribe anything that's truly prestigious.

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Virgin Media to chop 800 jobs in Wales call centre

Uberior

They send me a letter once at least once a week addressed to "The Householder" inviting me to join Virgin Media.

On one single day I received 200 envelopes all addressed to "The Householder" at my address, all identical. I could barely open the front door when I got home at night.

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Noise from blast of gas destroys Digiplex data depot disk drives

Uberior

Re: Safe for personnel?

It was the suicide method of choice for a former colleague.

He blocked the door to the server room from the inside, banged on the windows whilst holding up a sign detailing that our boss was a "fud" (check the Scottish slang).

Then activated the extinguishers. They extinguished.

It was awful. Obviously our boss was promoted out of the department...

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

Uberior

At the front end, I recall switching from the legacy NCS to Core Banking System. Whilst CBS wasn't pretty to look at it, I don't recall it ever going "down" during the time it was in use and was amazingly quick to use.

Then we switched from CBS to Lloyds CBS - awful. Glad I left.

(When I started work, we were still keying on a 3604 terminal and had microfiche in the sub-offices.)

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I'm wondering if the details of people who have posted on social media are being harvested right now by crooks ready to make the call:-

"Hi, It's Sonia from TSB. I'm really sorry about the trouble you've been having with your account. Can I take you through security and we'll start to get things sorted out..."

Most of the cheques written in the UK are still using the heritage system of shifting bundles of paper around the country. I hate to think about the risks facing TSB right now if they haven't got a clue about the balance of their customer's accounts when the cheques hit. If someone timed it right by banking a large cheque on Thursday to hit on Monday in hope of system issues. The money will have cleared and swiftly moved on by now.

Tomorrow and Friday will be fun. It'll be payday for:-

Anyone who gets paid weekly.

Anyone who gets paid on the last Thursday/Friday of the Month

Anyone who gets paid on the 26, 27, 28 , 29th

It's going to be bloody.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

Uberior

Hasn't it already been disclosed that the sign-off for the destruction of the documents was undertaken in 2009?

Which makes perfect sense as this kind of thing takes ages to sort out, and the plan was to leave the building in which the documents were stored in.

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Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result

Uberior

Re: Since the EU can't for Google to erase searches worldwide

Despite the journalists at El Reg being forced to keep quiet.

There's nothing to stop the Scottish Press from publishing the details in their print edition. Wouldn't be the first time that I've read something in "The Scotsman" that's illegal to be published South of the Border.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

Uberior

I have a colleague who has a brilliant attitude to email.

He has two key automatic filters:-

CC - "Thank you for CCing me to this email. In line with my personal effectiveness policy, I review CC'd email around once a quarter. It may be up to 90 days before your email is reviewed."

Out of Office - "Thank you for your email, as I am now on holiday until xx/xx/xxxx, it has been automatically deleted. If you believe the matter is still pertinent after xx/xx/xxxx then I invite you to resend the email for my review."

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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

Uberior

Limited court reporting is usually a bit of a farce.

It's like the celebs who go to extreme lengths to limit publition of their naughtiness. Only to find that the court order only covers England and it's business as usual in the Scottish Press.

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Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

Uberior

All 12,000 people who work for the same University Hospital as I do are still banned from accessing the FitBit site.

This is what happens when moderators take a hissy fit and ban a single IP address when a single user queries why it was taking so long to rectify a fault with the downloads.

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The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly

Uberior

Re: "The Atari ST was a total non-entity"

I loved my Atari ST. It was £299 and is still in my parent's loft. Upgraded to 2.5Mb, double sided internal drive, double sided external drive, and a staggering 10Mb external hard drive.

Using Microsoft Word (yes for the Atari ST) and Degas Elite for artwork along with a bizarre hand held scanner, at least 4 issues of our school magazine was prepared on my home computer way back in 1988/89 - the BBC, Mac or PC just did not have the same options for gaming as well as sensible stuff at a reasonable price for the home.

As I run off a few copies of a document on my colour laser printer here, it's a good reminder that in order to get basic economical colour printing in 1988 at school, we had to print the document on my Star LC10 with a high-carbon content ribbon, then use a thermal copier to transfer those prints onto ink-duplicator sheets, then a separate sheet and run through the ink-duplicator for each colour we wanted to use.

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Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case

Uberior

Re: I feel you are vindicated as well

At a meeting with the internal audit team of my (former) FTSE100 employers I was frisked for recording devices at the start of the meeting. I had to leave my mobile outside and telephones were unplugged from wall sockets as was the videoconferencing unit and the room thoroughly searched including floor boxes, decorative vases and they looked above a number of suspended ceiling tiles.

They didn't take a second look at the re-engineered "running man" emergency exit sign that a "contractor" had installed in the meeting room the previous day.

Fortunately it clearly recorded everything from the bizarre or intimidating depending on your view searches at the start of the meeting, along with the thumping of the desk, raised voices and fist being waved at my face whilst the individual who was taking minutes was deliberately looking away...

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UK data watchdog's inaugural tech strategy was written with... *drumroll* Word 2010

Uberior

This will probably shock some regular readers of The Register, but last week I needed to quickly prepare a letter during a snowie power cut.

Clearly the laptop would work, but as for the printer?

So, my ornamental Adler was pulled from its place by the side of my desk and a sheet of A4 retrieved from the printer tray and a minute or two later a typo-free letter was being pulled from the platen.

If all you are doing is preparing a basic document, you really don't need all the gubbins.

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Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

Uberior

Re: What about the manifestations?

Blend some egg and smear it on.

It can be a pest to remove from glass once dried.

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Uberior

Re: A great shame, but probably inevitable.

On Easter Sunday at 7am last year, my 3 year old niece came bounding into my bedroom with her Ipad to tell me that the WiFi was broken and I needed to fix it. On investigation, the router lights were all off with a vague odour of burnt-out capacitor.

Being England, rather than a civilised country like Scotland, I knew nothing would be allowed to open. But after a quick check, I found that... Argos "Fast Track" delivery was open as usual. So at 07:15, I placed an order, at 08:00 I had a call from the delivery driver to say he was on his way and at 08:15 I had a brand new router in my hand - all for £3.95 extra.

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Re: A great shame, but probably inevitable.

Not forgetting that Argos are absolutely ruthless on financials.

They had details of all the bank accounts for all the companies involved in factoring or cashflow financing. So if a company was caught using a factor, they'd immediately demand the equivalent discount on the debt themselves.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Uberior

The funny thing is, (almost) everyone over the age of 65 has a government issued photo ID - it's called a "free bus pass". Just think how much better boarding a bus would be if the old dear didn't have to faff around in her handbag and could just touch a finger on the reader...

The eventual DNA scanning thing could get interesting. Imagine how non-binary groups will react if their DNA betrays their presentation.

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Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

Uberior

Re: 60 calls a person

Just play the wildcard game.

Anything that starts 44

Anything that starts 0203, 08, 0161, or any dialing code in Wales.

It pretty much covers most of the phone spam.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

Uberior

Over complicated as always

It just needs a mechanism that will open upon receiving a secure electronic instruction, but will lock mechanically when the door is closed.

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UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls

Uberior

Re: How about....

Ah, but it does matter.

The call handlers were acting as the firm's agents. Even though the law dates back to the late 19th centure (with various revisions), it's still very relevant today.

For a while I was being spammed by emails inviting me to "improve my credit history" by taking out a high-interest credit card from several of the banks that focus on the sub-prime market. The mail was being generated by a third party mailing house "not directly from the advertiser"

The complaint bounced between the ICO and Financial Ombudsman. Until the ICO confirmed that the banks, when they engaged their agent, should have undertaken due diligence that I had given clear consent to receiving these details. I accepted £1000 from each of them for my distress at being targeted for a sub-prime credit card, and a further £1000 when one bank's agent started emailing me again 13 months later.

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Capita contract probed after thousands of clinical letters stuffed in a drawer somewhere

Uberior

Re: ICO angle

Royal Mail have a legal obligation to deliver the mail to where it is addressed, it might not be yours, but it's been delivered to the correct place.

The ICO issue is with the sub-prime health centre staff. Once a few of them are taken through the courts individually and fined for breaches concerning clinical correspondence, it might encourage GPs and their staff to take more care.

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