Re: Yeah, but
... how fast is it compared to a European Swallow?
1121 posts • joined 21 Oct 2010
I was one of those subscribers ... very sad to see the email address disappear but that's at the whim of multinational organisations.
<Vodafone email> Reminder: Your Demon email will stop working.
Me on very protracted chatbot call: Hello Vodafone, I have an email to tell me that my Demon email will stop working.
Bugger, being a crappy Techbot it does not work in any sensible way shape or form.
Eventually, and many digital exasperation later ...
Digi Tech: I understand your problem. Hello, are you on wi-fi at the moment?
Me: err yes. Why?
Tech: Can you open a browser window and sign into the router please. 192.168 ...
Tech: So I can help you with your problem.
Me: Why? My Demon domain is being stopped. What's that got to do with my router?
Tech: It's to help you keep your email working. If you can just access 192.168 ...
Me: How is signing into my router going to help? (I neglected to mention I was in lockdown away from home so it wasn't even my service ...)
Tech: We've got to change DNS settings to keep your email working ...
Me: Why? What has that got to do with my email domain being withdrawn?
Tech: If you can just sign in to ...
Me: Why? What's that got to do with my Demon email being stopped?
Tech: <no response>
At this point I suspended things and lodged a formal complaint that I felt I was being scammed by an official Vodaphone "tech" trying to gain access to my system. After a month Vodafone denied it was a problem and called it 'a misunderstanding'.
Time passes ...
<Vodafone email arrives> We can extend your licence for two months until dd/mm/yyyy. Aren't we just fab? Do you want us to?
As it happens, the domain expiry date was that date and was fully paid up so I had already penned a draft "Give me my money back and compensate me for withdrawing the use of my domain early you gits" letter. I guess someone had realised the cock-up so the draft email was filed as almost the last entry in my Demon mailbox ... sad end to nearly three decades of use ...
Many thumbs up for Demon - thumbs down in as many ways as possible for Vodafone.
I know it's barely concievable but try to imagine a company writing a security-hole filled application, running on a buggy Microsoft Operating system, on an i386 platform managed by Intel firmware. Who would even consider writing the phrase "Intel responsible for security holes ..." in such a case? This story is the Trumpophile/xenophobe's equivalent ...
Pick your vendor and show me an intentional vulnerability ...
There will be the odd state sponsor involved somewhere but I'd wager 99.9% of all vulnerabilities are down to mistakes but the conspiracy theorists will never accept 'mistakes' as they believe anyone who suggests such a thing is obviously in league with the state sponsor ...
Given it's basically a dumb terminal, a UK based person uploads data then there should be some privacy agreement in place between the countries involved (eg the not-at-all-Safe Harbour) for the data involved. However if the user creates new data on a remote cloud computer (a commercial product design for instance), do the same international data agreements apply or the privacy laws of the host country(s) in which the data was actually produced and stored?
"There are also two voting caps in an effort to make voting more equitable: no one member can cast more votes than three per cent of the total votes cast in board elections, and 10 per cent when it comes to voting on other business. And there is preferential voting in which candidates for board seats are knocked out in different voting rounds."
It's easy and obviously based on the equally easy
"will those of you who are playing in the match this afternoon move your clothes down onto the lower peg immediately after lunch, before you write your letter home, if you're not getting your hair cut, unless you've got a younger brother who is going out this weekend as the guest of another boy, in which case, collect his note before lunch, put it in your letter after you've had your hair cut, and make sure he moves your clothes down onto the lower peg for you."
As per the story - this appears to be a violation of Apple's Configuration Trademark which makes siexure a reasonable course of action.
In the US you can register your product with CBP with respect to its design - so if it resembles an earbud, even if it's printed with a dayglo blue logo sayning "not produced by any fruity company" it could still be in violation of Apple's Configuration Trademark.
"This of course assumes that the identity provider itself, whether facebook, apple or google, in not hacked, dodgy or incompetent."
Which was basically my point. Person A grabs my FB signin (though we all know that FB accounts are never ever hacked ...) and away the naughty person goes ... Instead of having access to one site they've now got credentials for 10 or 20 ...
"Never reuse passwords"
"It can be more secure to use one or two identity providers run by top technology companies, rather than using separate logins for every internet service"?
Just getting ready to use my Facebook password to log into my bank account ...
"This case exposed one of the ways that Chinese intelligence officers work to collect classified information from the United States without having to step foot in this country,"
Or, in plain English, a paid agent nicks it from WITHIN THE COUNTRY, passes it to a paid courier WITHIN THE USA who manually transports it to China ... the only bit that's 'without having to step foot in this country' being the final delivery. Isn't that chain similar to the way every case of espionage works?
Obviously the CIA don't do that as they always set foot in a foreign country and directly send their spying results to HQ (probably after opening channel d) and would never employ local agents and dead drops to do naughty stuff for them ...
Oh dear. Another example of not knowing the difference between a "civvie SUV" and military Wolfs. Or the difference between an armoured vehicle and a rapid response vehicle. What the military *should* have been buying is up to the military specification procedures.
"... a suicidal person died before police found them, ... IPCO said after investigating it had "notified the affected person of the fact of the serious error," "
Does the ICPO actually own a Ouija board? Ok so that's a bad joke but did the IPCO investigate itself after this travesty and if not, why not?
... hissss ...
"Come in Can-berra"
... hissss ...
Dum dum dum ...
*_click_* "Apologies Voyager 2. Your call is important to us and will be dealt with as soon as possible in line with normal GP appointment sheduling guidelines. You are currently NUMBER 1 in the queue ...If you wish to hold your call may be answered by a receptionist between 8 and 8.30am next February ... If your circuits have suffered a hiccup, please try rebooting. Returning for a service due to any sort of cough is right out ..."
"Virtually" ... except I also have a fixed phone as the DECT devices obviously fail when there's a power cut and, as has already been said, emergency contact systems, burglar alarms, the extension into the shed because the DECT phone signal doesn't reach ...
At present I would assume that Openretch will be fitting new cabinet/premise lines and terminators as required for free ... unless of course it falls under the current 'Full fibre' meaning "fibre somewhere in the network" ruling, and the new "fully digital" system means "analogue copper to the premises" which would of course save a lot of money ...
We were part of a 'smart bin' pilot where bin weight was logged on emptying using a smart tag. In the long term it was fully expected that 'pay as you dump' would be introduced. The experiment was abandoned as people dumped rubbish in other people's empty bins. It was "designed to increase the levels of recycling" so we had the bin gestapo to check bins ... Unfortunately, as the system was designed by a bureaucrat, you were expected to produce a certain mass of recyclable waste but they hadn't considered that the greener you try to be, the less recyclable waste you produce and the more likely you are to get a visit for not recycling ... Yes, you were targeted as not green because you don't produce enough waste ... doh!
This system will basically be the same - bins full too soon, bill the customer; general waste filled too soon - bill the customer. It's all going to link in with full privatisation of waste disposal and charging households directly (without taking the cost off the Poll Tax obviously). If the system is used for street bins, who in their right mind will send someone out to empty one bin in a street that's full but leave the others if they haven't triggered the sensor yet?
Why is the network slow?
Because it's Nokia.
Why is the network so expensive?
Because it's Nokia.
So why did we buy Nokia?
Because it's Nokia ...
Isn't there an alternative that's quicker, cheaper and more reliable, isn't likely to be owned by the US state with built in US backdoors?
Well, I think there is Huawei ...
Ok, we've been Trumped. Where do I sign?
In the UK if the sky is dark and you've got half decent eyesight then naked eye observation will deliver at least one per minute, often more than one ... The figures given are just pants.
Perhaps a visit to a dark sky area - "dark" not being a park in the middle of a city - would improve the reporter's perception of things?
Pay one man in a van to drive all the streets once a week with a sat nav or a mobile phone to assess and record all the hole positions (assessment is the manual un-costed part of the AI process). I guess with on-costs that's £30000. Perhaps they use five of them, or one senior executive to do this instead, say £250000 ... I'm still £750000 short of savings. I really can't see how they can save £1m pa in *finding* pot holes ...
"They take out your health service computer network, so you could crash part of their power grid control system, but a missile into a single substation may cause less damage overall, ..."
Excuse my ignorance but who are "they"? (I said they did not know the where or who ...)
Unless you intend to stop the infection in your systems by blowing up your own electrical infrastructure and taking your infected systems offline is your idea, which may arguably work, but I feel would not be a wholly appropriate or sane response, I believe I have just well and truly rested my case against a military response ...
... infers a military response which infers a targeted response against a state or individual actors.
Isn't one of the issues that 'they' have no real idea of the where or who to target? It has been touted to be "The Norks" or "The Chinese" or "The Russians" but maybe five blokes in a bedsit in Basingstoke routing stuff around the world. Are we just going to lob missiles indiscriminately at a few million square miles of inhabited land hoping that we hit a 'responsible' person?
Follow the money and you'll find the perpetrators. Difficult, some would argue impossible, but the only reliable way ... We are not fighting a military campaign but in-your-face organised crime gang who, in the case referred to, have probably never heard of the NHS but they know their software has found an open network with lots of machines hanging off it which means a sizeable business and potential cash.
The biggest problem we have now is MS not giving security updates to Win7 - tens of thousands of users with apparently stable systems which will gradually and invisibly become less secure. I would like to see at least high security updates being mandated by the powers that be ... If you have a monopoly you must have your arm twisted to assume some responsibilty for the product if the product is flawed.
But how the elephants get up there in the absence of an infinite improbability drive?
Amazon prime <click> ...
elephantidae <click> ...
African <click> ...
Deliver to: new address <click> ...
New Zealand <click>
two hundred thousand feet<click>
If nobody answers leave on firey burny thing <click>
What rubbish! 'Half of them'? At least most :-)
I find it very strange that customers are happy to complain when there's a crackle on their landline or their home broadband is slow, yet they seem to put up with mobile voice signals that make two cups and a piece of string sound brilliant or have no mobile data signal whatsoever ... Surely the point of a mobile system is, well, to have a system that works when mobile?
Perhaps what we need is an umbrella group that could assess the security of core infrastructure components before installation. We already have Huawei 'liasing' with GCHQ quite successfully and have apparently shown little to worry about (apart from the normal shoddy programming). However, the alternative core components should be equally assessed before installation for back doors, holes etc. Cisco, Samsung, Nokia ... After all, what's good for one should be good for all unless the UK Government wants to be accused of wilful and blatant bias against a company in the procurement process with no evidence of any security reasons for taking such actions.
I can't believe you sneakily led me to click on the screenshot from the "International Bean Counters Journal of Obfuscation Techniques" or whatever it's called ...
I am not an accountant but I actually read some of it accidentally. Is accountancy catching? Can I get cream for the itch and will my hair still fall out? Look at that nice speadsheet over there ... ARGGHHHH!
Just wrong, so wrong.
Gravity is amazing.
If my laptop batteries were going to explode in Southampton and I had to scoot up to Aberdeen to be on the safe side I'd be rather annoyed ...
Thank heavens for gravity and a toast to Newton, who decided things fall down and was obviously English. Up until that time Europe must have been a confused place with all that not falling in any predictable direction ... Come to think of it, if we invented it, did we copyright falling down? Perhaps a lever in the Brexit land grab negotiations ... "we demand Europe returns everything that falls down to us".
<Particularly strappy coat already on, sound of trolley wheels echoes in the corridor ... :-) >
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