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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator


Re: Without the ability to be Anonymous, you cannot have free speech


I think you make a good point here - eliminating anonymity would obviously reduce shite postings, but equally cause the "I once said that" problems that can cause issue - particularly for the youth who like all youth from all time say and do very silly things they later regret.

I am lucky in that being older, my youthful thoughts and deeds are not available to my employer to review now I am my forties.

It doesn't need to have been something totally outrageous and stupid to later tar you for life.

Look at politicians and other public figures. Their words have always been quotable and discoverable and they suffer from the backlash of history regularly and they are usually careful what they say. Average Joe doesn't operate in that world.


Re: Hmmm

No idea about foreign jurisdictions, but under UK publishing law the publisher was always responsible for the content of the published article.

Back in those days BBS and forums were considered publication.

In the UK written work promoting terrorism, racism, sex with minors/animals, crime, liable/slander etc aren't allowed even under "free speech". Other countries may have different views on the matter.

Plenty of sysops/admins back in the day had their systems shut down because of it and you used to have to actively censor content.

Today, if you have a website with user comments, you can be in the same place - I'm sure even El Reg protect their backsides against that too.



I never understood how FB and friends got away with it.

In the days of BBS's the sysop was liable for the content. In the later days of forums, the forum owner was liable for the content.

There were plenty of system owners who got in serious trouble for failing to moderate the content created by their users.

I don't get how Facebook or Twitter etc are not liable for the content on their systems. Claiming to be an ISP doesn't cut it - ISP is someone who provides network connectivity, not computer systems to write drivel on.

Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap


Re: Chisholm trail

Ironically, Carillion were actually a demerged part of Tarmac...

Palo Alto Networks rattles tin, wants $1.5bn for, er, stuff and things


Re: Really?

Oh wow, they have a bug list.

I'll bet you work for the vendor who doesn't disclose their bugs.

I could tell you how to mitigate nearly all of those Palo bugs before they are even published but sounds like you don't need to know anyway because your company are writing their own firewalls.


Re: Really?

You can break through a Palo firewall? Really....

I could argue all day about the pros and cons of the different firewall vendors but being able to break through ANY of them is some sort of movie based nonsense.

If anyone is achieving access into a network beyond a palo firewall then its because someone has configured the rule base to allow it.


Re: Really?

I'd disagree.... but much like Cisco have one decent product followed by a inventory of burning dog poo, Palo have a decent firewall and a load of other fluff around it which doesn't offer much...

Cisco opens its network automation system to the unwashed masses


Rubbish Cisco software

Given their appalling track record in any software product, you'd have to be a stupid customer to buy this.

I can't count the number of amazing promises Cisco have rolled out over the last 25 years and every single one was a bug filled, feature lacking pile of unfinished dross that never ever works even after years of "improvement".

So unless you are seeking the 8th layer of hell, I'd suggest giving this a wide old berth...

(their routing and switching hardware products are generally fine though...)

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency



....I thought he actually told us that the security services were fully capable of subverting most of the common forms of messaging platforms anyway... by virtue of leaning on the providers themselves and installing taps on the unencrypted data centre connections beyond the transport security... Actually, not just able but actually doing this for some time.

Oh hang on, thats GCHQ and the NSA, not the NCA, local plod or my borough council, who obviously all have need to spy on me too. Couldn't they just ask to share nicely? Oh hang on, security doesn't like to share.

Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt


Re: So sad

"an obscure six hundred year old battle that almost no one has ever heard of"

I take it that you aren't too familiar with major British/English victories much then...

Or Shakespeare come to that...

Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK


Full emulation?

Will it need a heavy thing stood on the cable to pull the connector down so fixes the broken solder on some of the pins?

Really bad connector assemblies were the biggest nightmare I had with Commodore gear.... but I loved it still!

UK Ministry of Justice knocks down towers, brings IT BACK in-house


Re: Who??

No, not Capgemini.... CGI bought what was the UK business Logica...

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?


Re: First of all, I don't accept bribes. Ever. Personal policy.

"Does it matter to you what his daughter looked like? Really?"

You aren't picky?

Infosec brainiacs release public dataset to classify new malware using AI


Re: Antivirus needs a different approach

Whitelisting doesn't work for most environments, particularly if the user is responsible for the whitelist adding...

Sandboxing is increasingly defeated by modern malware too after big organisations deployed thinks like FireEye, Wildfire etc etc.


Interesting sort of

Various security vendors have already done this sort of thing using both supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms.

There are numerous products out there for some time using it.

In case you hadn't noticed, it hasn't stopped malware yet, because it never will.

Its always offence vs defence and a new defence spawns a new offensive technology. Given both the rewards and the players involved, it always will be an endless war.

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector


Worthy cause...

...but these figures don't show you much of any use.

I'd love to highlight cases where there was genuine discrimination because I'm fairly sure it does exist.

Equally I'd love a proper look at equal pay full stop.

DXC Tech CEO continues to wash away HPE old guard


Re: Just following IBM

...following IBM also into the grave...

But yes, you are right, DXC are no leaders of anything, simply followers. Bad followers.


On strike....

...maybe everyone will go out on strike to protest this sacking...

Looks like DXC Belgium has already:


Tech’s big lie: Relations between capital and labor don't matter


Where did it go wrong?

I think a combination of things conspired to create what we see today (which is what the article talks about):

1) IT people being both part of a new industry on an upward path, being paid very good money, didn't see that unionised labour was needed. They were the rich, the untouchable and unions were kinda seen after the 1980's as protectors of legacy and dying industries. Coupled with UK law attempting to blot out union power, why would you join a union?

2) Moving 30 years forward, the IT bubble has definitely burst. Sure, every business needs IT but the massive deployment of IT is over. Its run and maintain by and large. The days of endless new leaps forward in tech are done, dusted and gone. Unless we see something new and big... I think it will be new but not big.

3) Combining #2 with the crash in 2008 (which technically we haven't actually recovered from), we now live in a world where there isn't real growth anywhere. Big business (IT and others) moved to cost reduction as their only vehicle for growth. Its false growth of course, particularly in the case of IBM et all because the only true value they have are their technical skills in deploying complex IT solutions for customers. The axe swings not to remove excess wastage but actually to remove vital organs. The CEO gets paid huge rewards for his/her carnage and the impact won't be felt in the limited number of years of their employment. Sadly, their replacement won't have another game plan and just looks to cut even harder.

This possibly isn't felt in smaller operations, but certainly the big names in IT services (IBM, HP, DXC, Accenture) are slowly spiralling into the ground.

Maybe the future is smaller, more dynamic niche companies.

None of this helps the generation who built what we know today - their future (my future) is outside of IT it seems. Which is a shame, as we built this digital world. I'll see you all with an orange apron at B&Q.

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on


Crystal balls

"GE is still in the middle of a continuous transformation"

So if its continuous transformation, ie over the length of the company's existence... and they are half way through it then if we track back to when they started it we can predict when GE will collapse.


TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps


I thought it was quite good for a company to tell investors that they were paying for the investment with their dividends.

Makes a change for the stock market to actually be about something real (although obviously it upsets the pin stripe w@nkers a lot)

Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe


Re: Corruption on an epic scale

El reg post of the week for me!

Have an upvote!


Re: Delusional Thinking

When offshoring happened big time I stated the (seemingly obvious) that the fall in quality would cause rejection by clients, like it did with offshored call centres.

What I hadn't realised at the time was that clients actually care less about quality and more about cost. If you pitched the offshoring deal as "same price" (not not "cheaper") vs onshore "more expensive" (ie price RISES) to the client, they took the cheaper option.

Clients care about their SLA's being met. Their SLA's being defined as a good enough service to meet their requirements and supplier cock ups are a positive financial thing to their balance sheets as long as it doesn't totally kill their business. The SLA and indeed the entire deal is "good enough" and as cheap as possible.

Basically, most clients do not reject offshoring, despite every person in the Western IT world knowing that its an inferior service.

In the same way as people buy a cheap car brand and not a premium one. Its good enough.

If you were able to find someone exclusively offering a truly gold standard service, I doubt if you'd find their order books full.

Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly



Haven't we been here before?

For those of you not old enough to remember....

"Representatives enthusiastically described a language that could work in a wide variety of environments, from banking and insurance to utilities and inventory control. They agreed unanimously that more people should be able to program and that the new language should not be restricted by the limitations of contemporary technology. A majority agreed that the language should make maximal use of English, be capable of change, be machine-independent and be easy to use, even at the expense of power"

(Wikipedia quote)

And what happened to COBOL? Far from being an enabler which rid the world of computer geeks, it simply created a new one - COBOL programmers.

Did it reduce development costs? Maybe. Did it create a whole new layer of hell? For sure.

HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy


Re: Two ways to look at it: Massive overkill or massive target

Wasn't the same always true for RN or USN carriers since ww2?

Just because some military asset can be destroyed is not a reason for it never to have been built.

That's just stupid arm chair general top trumps.

The perfect indestructible weapon system has never existed and never will. Assets are consumable and you expect to use them up.

Strategy is how you preserve them or choose when they get eaten up.



"The ceremony, held this morning at Portsmouth Naval Base inside the carrier’s own hangar"

They built a hangar to put the carrier in? No wonder the project cost so much!

Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights


Game of Monopoly

Yes, undercutting and driving out competition is what they are doing. Its the modern business model isn't it? That and ensuring that even when you do make money, you don't...thereby avoiding staff pay raises, bonuses (for plebs, not C level), pay no tax and no dividends.... all the while promising jam tomorrow.

They've all seen Amazon, Apple, Google etc do it and they want a piece of it too because they too are "sexy market disruptors" (even when they aren't)

MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers


Re: I run a business that competes


"The assumption that capitalism will eat itself was alway the hope of the Marx's of the world. It's hopelessly naive though."

Actually, Marx uses the term "dialectic of history", which implies that Socialism is inevitable because of the nature of capitalism.

Much like the Baby Jesus, all we have to do is wait :D

Anyhow, when I used the term "Socialism", it doesn't have to be the sort of thing many imagine when they see that word. Most of Europe is actually a socialist democracy. Their people are far happier than ours and their workers more profitable for their businesses too.

We seem to be caught up in American style ultra-capitalism, which really isn't healthy for anyone in the long term.

However, the moneymen have led us away from the possibility of European Social Democracy and into the arms of the offshore banking slave labour world. Ironically, by telling everyone that the EU is all about big business. Quite an effective lie it would appear too....


Re: I run a business that competes

Trouble is, these days, people see these ultra-race to the bottom sorts of business model as the "new idea".

Ultimately though, the race to the bottom game has an ultimate bottom level... no, not that its impossible to cut costs any more, but that eventually when everyone has taken part in this game things actually fall apart in a much wider sense than your own business.

Its short termism. They think they are being clever and making a fast buck, but ultimately it will crash the system. Where is the market for your goods and services when nobody has the money to buy them?

I suppose that is the end game of capitalism (it will eat itself) and actually what will be needed to correct that is socialism.

Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach


Card details ripped by the ripper

Cryptic message left behind in the logs

"The Juweson are the men that will not be blamed for nothing."

Rackspace, HPE pitch pay-as-you-go private cloud


Re: CIOs are becoming buyers of Cloud

Unless you fancy getting murdered by GPDR you'd better hope shadow IT caused by random people with credit cards is something you can fix...

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed


Re: Improvised Marketing Term to defend the defence industry.

Yes, improvised bomb... explosives and a detonator.... that's pretty much covering every base isn't it? Unless they mean that it wasn't commercial, hadn't got EU type approval and didn't come with a risk assessment and environmental impact assessment paperwork.

I believe "bomb" also now has a EU Protected Designation of Origin claim filed by BAE Systems. Its not a bomb if its not made in one of their factories.

SSL spy boxes on your network getting you down? But wait, here's an IETF draft to fix that


Re: Huh?

If you are talking about nation state spying, they have compromised/paid for the root certs higher up the chain and are decrypting further down the line - boxes in ISP's or taps on international cables or simply ordering your favourite social media provider to allow them to sniff the unencrypted traffic at the other end.

Did you not read Snowden?

Flagging outsourcing biz and sports rights weigh down BT profits by 4%


Re: Love it...

I got it wrong probably because I don't give a stuff about football, other than it seems to cost me money anyway, occupies media space that could be used for something more diverse and is one giant massive cartel of excess.

Its about time that media refused to prop up a multi billion pound racket and let them suffer.

Literally however the only thing that was going to get subscribers to BT television was by holding football fans to ransom by cornering the market - even if you like football you have to see the dicey capitalism monopoly there.


Re: Love it...

Yes that does seem rather evil doesn't it.

That's the 1% in red raw reality - greedy FIFA and over paid footballers extracting their blood money from ordinary workers loosing their jobs.

On the other hand, looking at the rest of the figures, where is the growth coming in BT?

EE added some customers? Great, but how much did buying EE actually cost them? When are they going to see the actual purchase price covered by future profits? Probably never.

Just another corporate cluster f*** like they all are, desperately trying to find the holy grail amongst an economy that has been flat/falling/failing since 2008 and no sign of turning a corner other than in the fake Ponzi games played on the stockmarket.

Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted


Al Capone

I see the TFL case against Uber the same as putting away Al Capone for tax evasion.

Uber is symbolic of everything that is wrong with employment today and if they get shut down because of some issue which is the tip of the iceberg, so be it. Find something to destroy this disgusting exploitative plague.

When you are done with that one, target the next one.

Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe again


Re: Sure a merger...no decimation

The current load of closures are a mixed bag but mainly former HPE sites because:

a) HPE had hundreds and hundreds of sites

b) CSC had already shut most of its sites!

DXC was 180,000 people on day 1.... it will be 100k at the end of the first three years - that's not speculation, that's fact from the investors day presentation.

That's a 45% head count reduction, almost every other employee to get the bullet.

If decimation is the term for a form of Roman army punishment where 1 in 10 soldiers are executed, I'm not sure what the term for this is. Something like Russian roulette with a double barrelled shotgun?

HPE unscrambles its services eggs, calls the results 'Pointnext'


Re: What's the strategy?

Move on to the next suckers^H^H^H^H^H^H talent pool.

The world is a big place, there are always countries poorer than the USA.

HPE CEO Whitman says everything's 'on the right track' as sales are literally decimated


Re: Yesssss........

You have to wonder exactly that point don't you.

Although on the investors call you did see some of them getting quite pointy - which is a rare thing, usually they close ranks to prevent their funds crashing in value by their own hands.

From the call:

Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi pointedly asked whether the current issues stem more from market dynamics and the company’s execution problems rather than currency and memory-component issues, noting those issues should have been known and accounted for by now.

“Most people were aware of a much tougher commodity environment in November,” Sacconaghi said. “In fact, your sister company HPQ had been calling that out well before November and had made provisions to adjust for that both in pricing and in building inventory. So I guess the question is, the only thing that really seems new, or that you shouldn’t have known about, was either the market changing or execution.”

TBH whilst I think the likes of Meg (and similar CEO's at other similar companies) *SHOULD* be brought to the same book as the employees who take the shitty end of the stick each quarter, I don't actually think the situation is one that anyone could resolve. IT, particularly big IT, is a declining market at about 7-10% per annum. Its been like this since at least 2008 if not before. Its a downward death spiral that I think is some way off of finding its natural level.

I'm never quite sure where the actual root cause of this decline of the industry comes from, but given that Amazon are in there with their usual loss leading cut price approach, I wouldn't mind betting its something to do with them.

Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016


Yes I am sure switching to a cheaper product is exactly where you are going to find better customer service.... NOT.

Given the utter shitefest you see when you look at the complaints numbers for all of the telco providers its unlikely that you will find any better happier place than where you are either - unless you get lucky and in the swap whatever problem you had went away by magic and you are problem free until you have a problem...

Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery


No El Reg SI units in this article?

How far away was the asteroid? In Nelson's Columns or Olympic Sized Swimming pools...

Was the asteroid bigger than a London Double Decker bus or just the size of a Shetland Pony.

I demand proper measurements!

Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems


Go on, lets out the culprit contractors

And your winner is... Unisys


I'd forgotten those dinosaurs still existed until now.

Six car-makers team to build European 'leccy car charge bar network


Fast, how fast?

What this article is lacking is just how fast a 350kw fast charger could maybe charge a car?

Anyone care to guess?

IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities


Re: Tinfoil wallpaper time

You can get foil coverings for windows too. One of my company's new offices had it - to stop being dazzled in the new all glass modern building.

We had to deploy our own bloody femto box to the site because nobody could get a phone signal....

So yes, perfectly possible to have a sexy looking emcon building :)


Tinfoil wallpaper time

Or if you want a classier look than the inside of a Soviet space capsule, there is always:


Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you


Hackers with no ambition

I'd have rigged the thing up to buzz the Monty Python theme tune.

Eight in ten IBM Global Tech Services roles will be offshore by 2017



No customer of an IT service provider cares about a high quality service. They are all trying to drive their own internal costs down just the same as everybody else.

They want to define the absolute bare minimum service level for their business to function and then pay absolutely the least possible price for it.

If any of you think we can ever put that genie back in the bottle, then you are sadly mistaken.

The technology no longer is a nice pet thing that people play around with because the MD "likes computers", its just another piece of business tooling that needs to be as cheap as possible.

Sophos grabs ATP-thwarter tech firm SurfRight for $32m


Someone doesn't like tennis

ATP thwarter?

APT surely...



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