* Posts by easytoby

50 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jul 2010

Brit healthcare body rapped for WhatsApp chat sharing patient data


Used everywhere

WhatsApp is in wide use right across the NHS. On issued phones and personal devices. The issue here is a breach because someone outside was added (so - I agree with the address book leak issue).

It's an unfixable problem as far as I can see. But we are a in a better place than when it was by SMS.

The investigation here does nothing to address the issue that WhatsApp is the default messaging solution for both front line teams and and management teams in many hospitals. I know this is the case because I manage data security (as best I can) within a hospital. We know WhatsApp is there and in use, but cannot offer a compelling alternative.

Ambulance patient records system hauled offline for cyber-attack probe


Re: Several UK NHS ambulance organizations

"South Central Ambulance Service Trust attends incidents in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire, along with non-emergency coverage for Sussex and Surrey.

South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust covers Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and the Isles of Scilly."

World's most internetty firm tries life off the net, and it's sillier than it seems


It's not about the air gap

My view on this is that it’s not about the air gap is about imposing, dark satanic mills style control upon the proletariat of the employees

Asus packs 12-core Intel i7 into a Raspberry Pi-sized board


Re: Because we can?

I am wondering this too. I love the small board integrated set ups, right back from the mini-ITX. But heat and power must make this into at least a toaster sized unit in use?

Why your external monitor looks awful on Arm-based Macs, the open source fix – and the guy who wrote it

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SwitchResX has being doing this for a while

The team at https://www.madrau.com/ had an M1 update out early for SwitchResX which solved the external display issues for me, and also allowed M1 MacMini to address a big curved monitor (Philips Brilliance 499P) properly.

UK taxman plonks £23bn (sorry HMRC meant £23m) on the table, asks vendors: OK, so what can you do for us in terms of 'mobility services'?


They could at least take the original one down?

I love that that the original notice remains in place with no indication it has been superseded


Re: Business Op

I've not received any acknowledgment or replies to my enquiries.

I assume (hope) that it is a typo (else I will feel even worse about paying tax). But no confirmation yet.


Business Op

I've written to ask for clarification, because at £23b there is a retirement opportunity and a half here.


Mind Boggles! : £348k per staff person ?!

66,000 staff work at HMRC, this 'mobility solution' better include a car and a driver for each person at this level

UK to introduce new laws and a code of practice for police wanting to rifle through mobile phone messages


Re: Grim RIPA

Will be interesting to see how far vaccine passports get pushed into the gap left by national ID cards

If Google and Apple won't help us, we'll sort it out the Linux way: 21 companies form Mobile Native Foundation


Third Way App Store ?

I wonder if it would be worth Apple and Google antitrust interest to support this towards an Independent App Store solution as well?

React team observes that running everything on the client can be costly, aims to fix it with Server Components


Server side = not in user control?

The other advantage (to Facebook) is that server side is outside local European legislation protecting the privacy of individual users. This is how they will overcome e.g. the Apple restrictions on device ID tracking.

The Great IoT Protocol War may have been won: Thread's 1.2 release aims at business


LoRA for large scale still wins I think

Individual small numbers of items dropped into a WiFi network this seems positive. However for large scale deployments of 1000+ devices across a site the LoRA work still looks much more scalable to me.

Micron's new 9300 SSDs are bigger, faster and simpler... which is nice


Re: 16 TB. And if it fails?

Because Anon said 'mirror' I said RAID. Clearly RAID is not backup, just as mirroring is not backup. But RAID is where these units are designed and destined for.


Re: 16 TB. And if it fails?


NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform


Re: Shifting patient records to the cloud requires approval from NHS Digital

The EMIS contract claims that EMIS owns the patient data anyway, claim the customer is renting from EMIS.


Re: Storing PII Data in AWS (S3)

"EU-West-2 is the UK" - yes, London.


Re: Bullshit Alert

I assume they will be on a London AWS instance(s), not US

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections


Postal option?

I thought the biggest risk was associated with postal votes. But I cannot see anything on the release about that?

So my assumption is that this is a drive towards universal ID cards again, not securing voting.

I am a big fan of the convenience of postal voting, as I am often working away from home.

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange


Have found it smooth with no problems

Using a traditional on site exchange server v2016. All fine. No interruption. No probs after iOS 11

Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption


Whatsapp favourite for plotting

And all the while, Whatsapp groups remain the favourite vehicle for plotting politicians to secretly discuss business in private

'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered


It's an anomaly in comparison to NHS and many public sector and large charity situations. Here the knowledge in the customer organisation to specify and enforce appropriate contracts is missing. Also missing in many cases is the leadership strength to demand proper action on 'difficult' situations.


Unless they hare just plain lying...

Apple accused of counter-revolutionary pricing in Russia


who knew!?

(maybe the oligarchs' children wanted a less expensive trinket)

2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else


Re: How does this work in the EU?

And best of luck to you! (Really)


Re: You answered your own question

Agreed. I thought for a moment that IBM was moving on differently, what with Watson and all. Seems on this evidence they are still a behemoth run by broad brush top line figures (what's the quickest way to cut X% of wage bill, etc) rather than insight.

Would have been better to turn the Watson engine to analysing the performance of the staff and contractors and cutting accordingly. But is would have required proper management so far and clear objectives and goals etc.... This way so much less legal challenge. There will be some, I'm sure (see other post about Euro person below), but will cost less overall than a US class action.

I have been in companies where an old school CEO or COO, always with grown up children who have left the home, I might add, 'suddenly' decides to stop remote working and get everyone in 'where they can be seen to be contributing' Totally misses the point about what managing performance is supposed to be of course. But proper performance management requires earning the respect and loyalty of the team, not being parachuted in from an MBA course. And that requires work.


You answered your own question

"This is a calculated move to get rid of people and if anyone thinks it isn't then the medical marijuana they are smoking is good stuff," an employee told The Reg.

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list


Encouraging efforts

I am encouraged that USA is not lost. Liking the sound of Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY). “You were chosen by him, you work for us. I’m sure that’s what you meant,”

EU cybersecurity directive will reach Britain, come what May


Bigger Problem: May's stance on encryption

The bigger cloud accompanying May's appointment (as opposed to election....) is her stance on encryption. I assume she is an intelligent person, however her past comments on encryption and her desire to see a state agency back door into private communications, point either to an ignorance of the facts or a deliberate ignoring of the implications

Bitcoin to be hammered – in an auction, that is


Re: Duh

The point being that this way E&Y get a nice fat commission

North American teams land in Oz to race for the sun


Interesting UK entry also

There is a in interesting UK entry this year also. Employs novel option of constantly adjusting tilt of the solar panels to keep maximum output.



Reg to Australia: Here's your chance to find NBN answers

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Damn Straight

And a follow up study for the UK rural areas?

Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

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When is this available. How do I get it?

Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?


Squeezing the last drops

This feels like the Dinosaur incumbent squeezing the last drops out of an outdated business model. I think they need to see the writing on the wall, and accept that the current way of doing business does not have much longer to run.

The future has to be the customer paying for content to be delivered at their own convenience. The BBC iPlayer is, I think, the best current example of this. However, Netflix, Amazon and even IMDb feel like they are circling like vultures over the carcasses of the old media executives.

Perhaps when the fat cats have taken their comfortable retirement packages and retired to the coast the inevitable truth will become clear that change is not in the hands of the traditional controlling centre, but will be driven by the consumer ourselves.

Second US Navy robot stealth bomber takes flight


Once you own the skies you control the battlefield?

The taliban still control Afganistan, Pakistan and Dagestan,,,,, No sign of air superiority achieving anything but longer lingering march of death (on both sides). The IED is still the 'killer' app. Once there is a way to find and destroy these, there will be another example of inimitable human ingenuity that will emerge from the minds of a desperate people with nothing left to lose.

A true stealth weapon would be something that crept in and created an an economy providing structure, reward of opportunity, and a hope of a future worth not dying for.

Amazon on Facebook: 'la la la we're not listening'


JD Sports in Poor Customer Service Shock!

nuff said really

Dell intros '14in screen, 13in body' notebook


That looks just like my old MacbookG4

I have an old MacBook G4, looks stunningly similar to this machine, right down to the vents on the side.

Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree



"efforts proved fruitless"

tee hee

Amazon solves wait-at-home-for-deliveries problem

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not so limited

Although I can get my stuff delivered to home, it almost always seems to arrive when my wife is taking or collecting the children to or from school.

It is clearly not going to work for all, but there is a pretty big niche here I think.

Dob in suspect blingy neighbours on Facebook, say cops

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Take it National

Sounds like a half decent plan on the face of it. Needs to be rolled out to all areas though.

LinkedIn U-turns to appease peeved users


All of the above

It is lazy, duplicitous and stupid all at the same time. The only extra I can add is that it is mostly driven by blind greed in a desperate revenue grab in support of an over-valued IPO.

Anonymous unsheathes new, potent attack weapon

Black Helicopters

The alternative plan?

Perhaps this is actually the 'plan'

Let some tameable skiddies loose to stir up public opinion in support of regulation (e.g. French Pres. Sarkhozy's recent speach) - so there is something else to focus on (apart from gov having no money, no gold, no clue).

Once they get too damaging, reel them in and put them on show, then roll out controlling legislation.

(Mind you, our western record of controlling guerilla forces that we set up is not exactly spotless, so there may be a problem here)

Apps overrated in mobile web wars


New FT.com case in point

The new ft.com site (http://m.ft.com) optimised for iphone/ipad to bypass Apple's restriction on the customer relationship is a great example of what can be done well. An optimised mobile experience instead of a platform specific app.

There are specific optimised versions for ipad and galaxy tab, so platform specialisation is still necessary and being done - but the FT / Pearson Group maintain the direct relationship with the customer; not Apple, Android, Samsung or the Carriers.

Content is still king in the end.

NASA eyes Atlas V for 'naut-lifting duties


Strap On?!

Giant penis indeed. Coupled with 5 solid strap on's - quite a party! (if a little expensive). Phnarr

Sydney newspaper hacks Wi-Fi networks!


captive portal login

If you use a network with a captive portal to control security of access - e.g. conference centres, hotels, etc - the initial network is unsecured (no 'little padlock' icon), but you cannot go anywhere until you have put your voucher code / room number / username + password / etc.

In these cases, the network shows up as "unsecured" but _can_ be quite secure in fact, as you are being dumped into a walled garden (captive portal) first.

ISS and Atlantis crews face 'daunting' box-shifting job


"for return to Earth" ?!

Surely: "for incineration as it burns up in the atmosphere from the friction of trying to return to earth" ?

Nuclear merchant ships could open up Arctic routes for real


What could possibly go wrong

Small, portable nuclear reactor - ready in a transporter box (ship) surrounded by huge amounts of explosive fuel (methane)..

What could possibly go wrong !??!!!

IM what IM


OK, noted.

Trevor, OK, will wait for next instalment. Thanks for taking time to respond.

However, I am still with @Sebastian Brosig at this point - I am not yet convinced that it is worth the expense and overhead against ad-hoc others, especially for smaller teams.

Clearly the enterprise type functions, message archive retention particularly are important and missing from the free alternatives.

However, 37 Signals' Campfire product does well, and is integrated into Basecamp as a bonus. And does not require any setup, plus the conversations are filed against the project automatically.



This sounds like paid advertising to me....