* Posts by stevo42

8 posts • joined 15 Feb 2018

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that


I was once put on 'non-hold' when the person went to go get my file (I'd been ringing about a support issue every monday morning for a few weeks now. "We're busy, we're busy, we'll get round to sorting your issue as soon as we can."). While she was gone I could hear 2 colleagues of hers in the room discussing how absolutely smashed they got on the weekend, staggering down the high street at 4am, and now too hung over to do anything at work. When she got back, she got quite an ear full for what I thought of their work ethic, and the necessary level of productivity increase required to get my issue sorted.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


Fact checking

[quote] A potential problem with Article 13 is that limitations on media sharing could affect firms like GitHub and organizations like Wikipedia. [/quote]

I think you'll find that when this issue was highlighted back in 2015, the EU updated the text of the Copyright Directive the very next month to specifically exclude code-sharing platforms and online encyclopaedias. Yet the internet rumour mill keeps peddling this falsity because people can't be bothered to check the actual source document.

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future


Copy Editors?

Please can you fix all the mistakes in the article. Missing words and incorrect word endings throughout, makes for difficult reading.


Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament


They're barking up the wrong tree. Getting round end to end encryption is easy. Just ask the OS to do it. https://www.macworld.com/article/3070767/ios/googles-gboard-doesnt-send-your-keystrokes-but-it-does-leak-chicken-and-noodles.html

Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs


Re: That

They're not allowed to take past performance into account when awarding contracts.

National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office


You don't get issued an ID card based on your birth certificate number. The NINO card you refer to specifically said 'this is not an ID card'. Nor is it a unique number used for all govt services, it is used for National Insurance purposes only. DWP use a different identifier, passport has a different number, driving licence number, tax URN, VAT reg number, I could go on. That and they don't issue NINO cards anymore.

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor


Tinsy winsy little favour

Hi tech peeps, FBI here. Look, I'm not asking for an encryption back door, I've done 6 months intense studying on this (read a pamphlet some guy in the office gave me) and realised that it isn't a good idea. So instead, what I'd like please is a govt issued key logger and screen grabber installed on every device in the world, capturing everything in real time (before it is encrypted), and constantly streaming everything to my data centre where I can run some black magic AI to basically keep tabs on everything and send me an alert for when baddies do terroristy things etc. Easy peasy, all done before Christmas please. Ta muchly.

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle


Re: When does enough become a problem?

These ones will be in low orbit - so won't be affected by anything already up there. If you read the specs for them, they had to demonstrate end of life de-orbiting process - everything going up into space now has to have a plan for countering space junk

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