* Posts by Rakkor

17 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010

Watchdog asks UK.gov to reissue freedom of information guidance after councils are told to STFU about Brexit plans


Re: Why worry?


"Carney (who should have been neutral!)"

Why should Carney be neutral - He has one responsibility which is to look after the BoE within the constraints set by the Government - If he sees that Brexit is damaging to his task then he has to call it out, and since every single economic forecast for Brexit is damaging then surely it's his duty do say it

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world


"Not only more complex for the supplier, but it means that when I buy books from Amazon UK I have to pay 5.5% French VAT, instead of 0% UK VAT on them."

But surely that's how it's supposed to work, the consumer pays the relevant level of tax associated with their place of residence.

UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology


I've used the Met Police's hub to report traffic incidents on three occasions in the past year (https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/rti/report-a-road-traffic-incident/) and think that this is a fantastic way to report issues to the police that otherwise would have been difficult and time consuming. These included a white van jumping the lights and almost t-boning me and two close passes that scared the life out of me during my commute, it helps having a camera. If in this case, by reporting the idiots, their driving can be moderated then I feel it's money well spent.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB


A couple of years ago, while on holiday in Portugal, we were walking through the village where we were staying, when we heard a burst of cheering erupt into the night, a couple of seconds later there was another, followed by yet another a few seconds later. Portugal had just scored the winner in the Euro Finals and I reckon it propagated from Terrestrial UHF to Terrestrial Digital to Satellite TV with the least lot being a good 10 or 15 seconds behind the first to know

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android


Re: anarchic, fragmented, insecure, with a user base that lags far behind the latest code.

Google may well patch their OS, but they don't apply their patches to the devices they sell. My Nexus 7 tablet was running with a security patch date of 5th August 2016 on Android 6.0.1 until I installed Lineage on it, and now I'm getting patches every month.

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto


Re: I read "Google will be patching all affected devices ASAP"...


A quick check of my Nexus 7 shows an Android security patch level of 5th August 2016 - looks like nothing's happening here then.......

I wouldn't mind but I bought it 4th October 2016. Maybe an upgrade to Lineage is in order

OK... Red wire or black... *Clickety* You've emailed the schematic? Yes, got it! It's opening. And... WHAT? NO!


Re: What is considered an acceptable bandwidth ?

"(*) although if I could get a symmetric gigabit link to the outside world, I might concede that this would probably be good enough, for now at least..."

B4RN - Move to Rural Lancs/ Cumbria, Symmetric Gigabit for 30 quid a month

Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU


Re: Private Eye

Would it be this one ? http://www.private-eye.co.uk/covers/cover-256

German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods


There are 2FA processes that rely on fingerprints out there, in every major bank in the world

"But the day to day use of fingerprints is not really about security is it? My bank don't use it as part of their 2FA, my employers don't use it as part of their 2FA, and I can't think of any instance that a fingerprint is acceptable,"

Bloomberg - they have fingerprints as part of their 2FA process for Bloomberg Anywhere, and our security bods love the fact that they do, as it ticks their vendor security assessment boxes very nicely. Maybe a rethink will be in the offing

How practical is an electric car in London?


On Street Parking

Where I live in SE London 90% of the houses have no allocated parking, I'd like to know if there's an answer to this other than "move to a less pikey area"

Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax


Sales Tax ?

How about passing a law imposing a sales tax of say 20% on all UK sales for companies that sell direct to the public in the UK and are not registered for tax in the UK. That way they'd have to either register for tax promptly or lose out on all UK sales as they would instantly be 20% less competitive. With the added benefit of shoring up the high street.

Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE


Re: How did he end up being a candidate for the jury?

I spent three weeks at the Old Bailey and loved it - late starts, 4 hour days, - what's not to like - If my name pops up again I won't be trying to dodge it, quite the opposite.


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Re: found.....

Nah - Two digits too few for Norfolk

Cops arrest cop in alleged corrupt cop-bung probe


Probably nothing to do with getting away wit it

The Old Bill probably wanted rid of one, or both of these coppers and the easiest way is on a technical breach of rules - It's a damned sight easier than trying to sack them because of incompetence – If they’d been Masons they’d have walked away from it with a promotion

UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners



I wonder about this - Murdoch has been campaigning constantly about the BBC and it's dastardly "free for all" revenue model scuppering his plans at world domination of the internet news space - What's the betting that the whole of the BBC domain splutters to a halt for users of the Sky broadband package ? Super fast acess to the Times Paywall for all ?

Mine's the one with a copy of Ariel in the pocket (not really)

Data protection and surveillance: Swapping the speed camera for ANPR?


Not any more

SPECS3 Cameras are also rear facing, so that little avenue of fun has been removed from us bikers

Chip and PIN security busted



Last night's Newsnight revealed how this was done and the response of the issuing banks was "it's not our fault, it's a system failure" which I suppose is valid, if a little worrying. Whereas the FSA's response was to stick their fingers in their ears and say "Naaah Naaaah Naaah Can't hear you" Not good enough for a body that is supposed to oversee this kind of thing.


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