* Posts by Lyndon Hills 1

313 posts • joined 7 Aug 2009


China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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Re: Right

One might also note, that there is quite a lot of content on TikTok taking the piss out of Trump....

After banning Chinese comms bogeyman, UK asks: Huawei in this mess? It was a failure of capitalism, MPs told

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Re: Ha

If they are so worried about the transmissions being intercepted (an assumption they should make anyway) shouldnt encryption be the standard?

Would that be ordinary encryption, or special, government breakable encryption?

Finally done with all those Patch Tuesday updates? Think again! Here's 33 Cisco bug fixes, with five criticals

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443 bugs

What a lovely number of security bug fixes. I wonder if they saved some up till they got the right number?

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: distance and signal strength

Some interesting thoughts, but let's get real. This discussion is about the problem of estimating range between two phones. In a tube train, the phone might be within 2 metres of up to 20 others. If the phone is going to be performing this 'complex analysis' measuring response times and sending audio 'pings' to figure out the distance between itself and these multiple other phones, it won't actually be much use for anything else...

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Cake and government remind me of the 'Brass Eye' stunt, where they persuaded various people that cake was the latest drug menacing the nations youth. youtube Led to questions in the house, ISTR.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Re: How is no one in JAIL?!

They were also trying to gear up for privatising the business at the time. Probably hard to do if you have to admit that all the branch accounts are in doubt due to a faulty computer system.

Certainly various people knew this, as I think I recall reports of errors at the branch being 'corrected' by transactions entered at head office.

Meet ScrAPIr, MIT's Swiss army-knife for non-coders to shake data out of APIs (It's useful for pro devs, too)

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RSS Feed

El Reg. already has one. No need for the tech team to build another one...

Outposts, Local Zone, Wavelength: It's a new era of distributed cloud, says AWS architect

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Preference for hose

Within a few years they realised they would be better of doing the processing in-hose. I can't recall why this was, maybe other readers can.

More women working in IT?

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt

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I think this sentence was produced by a bot...

All's fair in love and war when tech treats you like an infant

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Re: Am I perhaps too old to use a payment robot?

If you were buying booze, you have to wait until an assistant comes over to ok the purchase. Quite likely quicker to go to a staffed till in the first place.

Windows Subsystem for Linux adds pop to release, SAC-T sacked, crypto-jacking apps: It's Microsoft's week

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lack of throttling meant they consumed "the majority of the computer's CPU cycles

and the symantic software consumed the rest..

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: The thing is

They didn't take steps to ensure that they were handing over our data to someone who was taking the necessary steps to secure it.

I know this is an Amercian story, but this sounds like something covered by the GDPR?

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: Not turn them in to apps.

Edlin had the ability to be used along with a file of commands to be executed, which was pretty useful occasionally. The next comment (when I was reading) suggests programmers are using Linux, in which case they can do all the same sort of things from the shell.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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Re: 'It's not clear whether he also has a FB account or whether he's a non-account'

The individual is not (necessarily) a user of Facebook so there is no way that the data is collected as an essential part of any service provided to the individual.

The 'service' is not being provided to the individual, it's being provided to advertisers.

Miss America 'scholarship program' adds Microsoft Azure developer to lineup

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97 year old contestant

just for a second, I thought there had been a breakthrough in anti-aging products.

Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Re: What is clickbait?

Or words ending in! ??

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

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Re: Who else is available

The NHS would do better to just hire a few capable sandwich students.

People who study sandwiches? Where do you sign up?

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: Customer Delight Providers

better than deskside support, which often got auto-corrected to the strangely appropriate despised support..

Ticketmaster breach 'part of massive bank card slurping campaign'

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Re: WHY...

Additionally at least one has detection of repeated transactions per ip address. Causes problems if people in an office are on one shared external ip, and many of those people try to buy something at the same time.

IIRC this protection (and others like disallow a card issued in one country from being used from an IP apparently in a different country) can be turned of by request of the website owner.

UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: Don't be cretinous

I think what he meant is that for the import side, we can charge whatever tarriff we want, so if we have no tarrifs then we have no processing of imports to do. Exports are really the responsibility of the receiving country so again no need for the UK to do anything.

This would be to ignore export controls we might enforce on weapons etc, that would still need handling, although there might not need to be much or any chnage here. It would also suggest that people can bring in rabid animals, nuclear material, drugs and so....

Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Re: Invest in hard drives

Need to check el Reg rules, but I believe this comment is copywright to me. It'll be a bit of a faff for me to now generate a hash of my comment and distribute it all websites.

--edit now I need to generate another hash and redistribute...

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

indeed. The 'I feel lucky' result from my search went to an article in The Guardian about this court case. Might well be different if I was using google in Australia tho.

Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online

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Re: Your bank will know

If you decide to use the "premium" paid for offering that is. Which of course also means the government will know via the Inland Revenue (and if you bank with RBS as it's still 71% government owned).

And if you bank with TSB, a lot of their other customers....

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

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The idea that it may not be fixed before the contract expires is almost funny.

Presumably we then sign another contract with a new suppier and start all over again, perhaps with some lessons learned.

Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

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Digital or so-called smart TVs that automatically pause when you stand up to pop to the kitchen, and play again when you return and sit down And If I get up to adjust my trouser region and a bit of a man-scratch?

It'll change channel and find something else to help with that...

We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding

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the uppers classes and brain dead celebrity spotters.

Are the celebrity spotters comparitively brain-dead due to them not taking enough uppers?

Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

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Small point of pedantry - that should be Fairey with an 'e'.

When spelled without the 'e' the word has a different meaning, as in "the idea of the F35 ever working as intended is a complete fairy story"

Yeah, but who doesn't like the idea of going to war in a fairy swordfish?

Orchestral manoeuvres in the Docker: A noob's guide to microservices

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Re: Just curious

Amazon at least to some extent. This is quite good on the subject

Platforms rant

Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: There's an island somewhere...

Phones will have buttons running parallel on both sides, so that pressing the one on the right means you also press the one on the left.

Which just happens to be how you restart the bloody thing.

In a touching Monty Python tribute today, Microsoft's Office 365 makes everything spam

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So both emails correctly located in 'junk', then?

Rudd-y hell, dark web! Amber alert! UK Home Sec is on the war path for stealthy cyber-crims

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Re: Silk Road

They claim it makes you go blind..

There are 10 types of people in the world, but there is only one Melvyn

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Lovely turn of phrase

the joule in the low-calorie podcast meal,

Made my day.

Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS

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Schroedinger's Snake

I was hoping this was a quantum version of the old Nokia game...

Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed

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FTMV (fiber to moving vehicle)

It becomes even worse with cloudy-digital, running FTMV (fiber to moving vehicle) is proving tricky

Think trams....

NAO probing Capita's sickly £700m GP support gig

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List of Capita's successes?

Successful for who, Capita or the purchaser of the service?

Walk with me... through a billion files. Slow down – admire the subset

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Re: can’t retrofit … metadata generation, storage and access to an existing file system

Yes, I always thought MS missed the boat there

They did have plans a while ago....

winfs at wiki

European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

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Re: Alternate channels?

It involves existing treaties which exist for this purpose and which require TPTB to get a warrant from an Irish court. In order to do that they have to put together a convincing case as to why they think they should get the data.

You may wonder why they haven't done this.

I'd guess that if they (the DOJ) win, for future investigations they will know that they won't need to go through the international hassles and can just force a cloud provider to provide the data under US law. If they win they have set a precedent for the future.

EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

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Re: Just give Facebook the Finger

When they pester users to "just upload your contacts - it'll make things easier" without spelling out in big clear print and simple words that this is a criminal activity in the EU unless you get consent from every person who's details you upload.

Is this true? I've read some stuff about data protection, but it's all been approached from the point of view of a "company" and their handling of inidividual's personal data. I can see that uploading your contacts/phonebook might be a questionable thing to do, but is it actually illegal?

Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Tom Bombadil

see Bored of the rings for what the Harvard Lampoon made of Tim Benzedrino. IIRC it involved mushrooms not smokeables.

Also filmed .

Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a hack, claims angry upstart

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Frozen funds

reminds me of paypal.....

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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The Starfighter to Germany, a role for which it was totally unsuited

and to quote smudge's post

memorably described as "a collection of parts flying in loose formation".

very loose in the case of the Starfighter.

Must listen to Captain Lockheed again

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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Re: $ to pound £

It's in Manchester.

I think the industry sector is also relevant. You see a lot of very well paid jobs in London, the best paid are in banking/finance, and many of them require finance experience as well as tech skills (also degrees but that's a different article).

I'd say it's inevitable that if you say you live in London, and you don't work in finance, the salary calculator will suggest you're massively underpaid. At least it did for me......

Patchy PCI compliance putting consumer credit card data at risk

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Re: No impact on security...

If only there was some correlation on being PCI-DSS compliant and actually being secure....at least it forces you to patch.

It also forces you to think, for instance about your network architecture. Apparently there are rules covering taking payments by phone, and using an ip-based phone system, along with networked computers, which wouldn't have occured to me. Mind you this isn't my job area.

Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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Re: I'd like something similar, but for local network requests


Hi Mr Coward, is your name Ian?

Confessions of an ebook eater

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Re: Foyles

You visit your mother-in-law and she charges you for meals? Sounds a bit harsh.

America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Re: Exploding dogs

I think it was Tom Sharpe whio had exploding flamingos. Riotous Assembly or Indecent Exposure?

Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: " “decryption, reverse engineering or monitoring of such communications shall be prohibited”,"

but to ask to join either the EU or the USA (51st state)

I think Puerto Rica is reckoning to be 51st. We might have to settle for 5n.

Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Re: This is bad for business.

How many companies do you suppose are under contract to keep their data encrypted to protect their customers?

While not quite 'under contract', the new data protection regulations in Europe are certainly pushing companies towards encrypting all customer data. While this alone won't protect you from data theft, in the event this happens it will be important to show that you considered data security, and encrypting it would be an obvious thing to do. Pretty soon I'd expect encrypted data to be the default, and it's not a particular leap to suggest that this might include communications, as well as databases and the like.

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: hmmm

This is where we need a telecommunications operator to stand up and say ok fine we will develop a service that is encrypted in such a manner that we do not have the technical cabability even under duress to decrypt.

The whole point of this paper is make doing that illegal. You (as the telco) will be required to able to decrypt anything that you encrypt, if you can't do that you would be in breach of this proposed law.

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Banks etc

the last page of the document on ORG specifically excludes those operators who are providing telecomms for financial services, including banking.

As far as the e-commerce stuff is concerned, this only covers encryption services provided by the telco or isp. It might, for example, be a nice selling point for a telecom/isp to offer me a fully encrypted service. This paper would make that ineffective as that provider is required to be able to decrypt my communications on demand, if they are the ones providing the encryption. If I take the standard service offered today, and choose to encrypt the data I send over it (using https for example), that has nothing to do with this paper.



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