* Posts by John Jennings

235 posts • joined 14 Apr 2011


Virtual inanity: Solution to Irish border requires data and tech not yet available, MPs told

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Re: In event of Brexit emergency, break grass

Most Irish counties were initially defined in C6th AD they were formalised in the time of Henry 8th in around 1550

600 armed German cops storm Cyberbunker hosting biz on illegal darknet market claims

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Re: Is it just me, or does 200 servers sound like a small number?

Last place I was in had 900 servers in a single Vblock. We had 2 of them.

If you have enough of this type of gut microbe, you can get drunk for free after eating carbs

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A new definition of homebrew....

Mine is the kid by the pool

GDP-arrrrrrgggghhh! A no-deal Brexit: So what are you going to do with all that lovely data?

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Re: Thank god...

With the devaluation of the £ over all the dithering, and uncertanty in average salaries - I calculate (others might disagree) that the average person has ALREADY LOST as follows:

Average Salary in the UK is 497 PW. - in real terms this is LOWER than the 2009 recession.

That is approx 26K PA

Devaluation $1.32 pre referendum monthly average -> $1.13 (1.22 average for the month TD).

So, a 8% (approx) devaluation.

on the 26K annual salary- we have seen an effective cut (or we will by Christmas) of almost £2600.... Average.

Perhaps half that, if consumables (beer and baked beans) are produced locally...

Source - https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/averageweeklyearningsingreatbritain/april2019


Welsh police use of facial recog tech – it's so 'lawful', rules High Court

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How in the name of sweet beJesis is this legal?


Claim a false positive of 1 in 2-3 thousand - its damn lies. The system seems to scan thousands of peoples faces against a watch list (assume a small number - it says in the privacy notice that the list is MOSTLY people from the criminal databse - not exclusively)

The RATIO of correct matches and interventions to Incorrect matches is often 50%! When they tested it with 7 (count them ) 7 faces - it managed a whole 75 percent!

Their privacy notice is a joke.

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How in the name of sweet beJesis is this legal?

What is the legal basis?

Have they a privacy notice?

Data sharing agreements - which third parties are doing the processing?

Has it worked?

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected

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I have no idea what the article was about

but the title is one of the best ever.

Huawei goes all Art of War on us: Switches on 'battle mode' and vows to 'dominate the world'

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In the iraq war the T-72s wer hulls from the 1970's - generation 2. The Iraqis used rounds from the 1960s.

The optics could not see in the sandstorm. They had no FLIR and only a few laser rangefinders - mostly iron sights.

The latest T-72 went into production in 2010 and is a different tank entirely. Modern optics, FLIR, modern gun, (more of a missile launcher now!) modern reactive armour. Its a 3rd gen tank. The chinese have copied these, and the result would likely be considerably different in a rematch....

Relax, satellite hacking is unlikely to lead to Earth-blinding Kessler effect – at least not yet

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theoretical only

There is very little chance of a true Kessler event for several reasons:

As pointed out before - space is big - very, very big. Orbits can miss each others by very little - they are still a miss. Orbits are rarely perfectly circular - its not as if they are on some sort of racetrack. Exceptsions might be L2 - but there most of the 'sattellites' are planetary dust.

It is expensive in weight and fuel to travel in any old direction. To maintain orbit, a sattelite must achieve high velocity . The vast majority steal some of the velocity from the spin of the earth - thus they almost all go west-east (a few go north/south to a greater or lesser extent). They then have a relatively low RELATIVE direction (if in an orbit). Relative to each other - of course. They are delicate, however, and of course bits can break off if there is a bump.

An explosive detonation of a satelite may impart kinetic energy on some weird vectors - either by a missile/shootdown or a fault - however - its still much more likely that a natural event (bolide collision) would take out a sattelite than a collision.

hundreds of thousands of LEO cubsats might be more of an issue - but even then - it will render a particular orbit difficult - not all of space. Cubesats dont maneuver currently - so hacking one would not trigger an event, as you couldnt drive it into anything. If there are large satellites in the same leo - then they have problems from drag and wont stay up for a long time.....


Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French

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Re: Recoil

The russians had a 20mm auto canon (and tested it) in the 1970's fitted to modified Salut space stations - the Almaz project.

The US proposed under kennedy to have nukes on space stations. - and what do you think the X-39 is for?

China and possibly India have proven the tech previously.

Why shouldn't ESA/the french?

Machineguns in space would be just another weapon up there. The concern on corrupting the orbits is not as much as is painted. What goes up, eventually comes down. It might take 20 years. Targets are likely LEO spysats, so decay relatively quickly.

Pair programming? That's so 2017. Try out this deep-learning AI bot that autocompletes lines of source code for you

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Self generating code. Someone has to say it

'I for one.... Yada Yada Yada....'

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, where to go? Navigation satellite signals flip from degraded to full TITSUP* over span of four days

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Re: What's the point of a pilot phase

Its not been in testing that long - the constellation is not yet fully deployed. it has just reached critical minimum this year.

The FIRST satellites went up only 2 years after the proposal was funded. I think its pretty damn good going.

GPS can (and has been) selectively turned off at will by the military. This Gallelo system has a lot more functions and makes some others more financially achievable. GPS is in its 3rd or 4th generation, Gallelo does not use US tech in its assembly of course.

As to a whole level of cock up - no its not - GPS has been out for almost as long in the past- and parts are out often - or reolution goes down to 10s of kilometers. GPS has only got the minimum constellation up at the moment - if any go down now, its goiong to be inaccurate until replacement series 3's can be deployed. You can review GPS outages here:


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Re: Huzzah!

Morning and Evening Colours (not of those colors here!), precise around the world (well, not really). And a cross-check when the sun creeps over the yard-arm. https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/-/media/royal-navy-responsive/documents/reference-library/brd2/ch91.pdf)

6 bells for the tot of rum*

BTW where is the yard arm on an aircraft carrier?

half a pint, originally, of 57% Jamacan ! (truly a sad day in the 1970's) when that was abolished)

Huawei website ████ ██████ security flaws ██████ customer info and biz operations at risk: ███████ patched

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Re: Stop signing those NDAs

Pen testing bounty hunting is commonplace now.

you might not like it, but it doesn't really harm you - directly or indirectly. It appears to be proprietary web-sites that were vulnerable, and Hauwei (and google, and others) pays when this is brought to their attention. The site gets fixed, and the bounty hunter is allowed to say they found bugs etc - for their credibility - after the issue has been understood and resolved.

Better that than just selling the vuln to a competitor or a hacking team to do real mischief.

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Re: Any worse than Cisco?

It wasnt their gear - it was their website.

Come on, (almost) everyone have bugs in those and you rarely hear of companies giving the full details on the issues.

There is nothing to see, here, really.

$30/month email upstart Superhuman brought low with a blast of privacy Kryptonite

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Re: Tracking Pixel

They are prohibited under GDPR - unless you opt in - but the ICO has a 'target rich environment' - to say the least!

Yuge U-turn: Prez Trump walks back on Huawei ban... at least the tech sector seems to think so

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Re: The Art of The Deal. Just waft enough cash

That is the "art of the deal", according to Trumps doctrine?

Problem with it is that it wears thin after a couple of tries....

N Korea - was begging to have a deal

China - US was begging for a deal

Europe (with its Nato contributions) - US wanted a deal - got that

Russia - still in play - but election interfering is really weak as a arguing point for trade deals.

Didnt work in Syria

Likely wont work in Iran - still in play.

I wonder if there is one for the Climate change thingy?

Could an AI android live forever? What, like your other IT devices?

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Re: Android vs Robot?

A Robot is a term (Hungarian or Czech or there abouts) derived from the work a Serf had to do for his lord.

Usually 1-2 days per week labour in exchange for a plot of land. The serf could leave, however - one step below a peasant

First used in the 1920s in a play as a machine to carry out repetitive tasks.

Android comes from the greek as Andros (man) and Eide (appearance)

Its not a true merger of the term.

FedEx fed up playing box cop, sues Uncle Sam to make it stop: 'We do transportation, not law enforcement'

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Re: Seriously?

Completely different - the original packages were not transitting through the US. at LEAST THAT WAS THE INTENTION.

A courier has to comply with the local laws within which you transfer the goods - you cant post living things in most countries, for example. Or banned substances in most countries - including China. The choice of what is banned is the country the package is going to and from - not the transit countries (even if that is a 'accidental reroute' through the US.

What is the problem for fedex is that they are handling post (in this case from Japan to China) and are still potentially going to get 'done' if they were to handle say an engineering sample between the same 2 contries.

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Re: Damn

You wont. There is no indemnity possible under EAR. No contract to sign. If a carrier breaches it, they are fined.

This is what happens when a law is put in place for one purpose, but used for another. It kicks people in the arse in unexpected ways.

This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead

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Re: On the other hand

Concur - I remember the building of the Sherpa at Shorts in Belfast. They didnt build parts to be as strong or stiff as physically possible - the built them to be as consistent as possible.

Thats the main reason planes mostly use rivets, (and usually many types of rivet) rather than (potentially) stronger welds. Welds (even robotic) are not as consistent - even though generally they are stronger.

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Re: Really?

More likely this project has been on the brew for years - the timing of it leaking out is crazy, but sometimes, thems the (wing) breaks!

What's up at Microsoft this week? Windows 10 builds of course, Skype screen sharing... zzzzz... New Flight Simulator?!

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If I can land a sopwith Cammel on the Nimitz again, I will be happy....

You're responsible for getting permission from subjects if you want to use Windows Photos' facial recog feature

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It does if MS is keeping, linking or useing the data anywhere else.

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Consent nonsense

Under GDPR, you need to record consent, and that consent needs to be understood.

Photographs off themselves I would not class as Special Category. The post processing of the photgraph to create a record is used to create a suggestion would be special category - the linking of features to a person - and with your confirmation. This requires 2 forms of legal basis (as noted by LDS). Assuming that photographs are post processed, that data and processing (and then the photo) should fall under the category. Microsoft needs that basis - not the user, I would suggest.

Re consent -

Does Microsoft store the images in a post process world for its own use? Will MS use the data to 'improve' the user experiance of confirmed 'hits' of your pics with those of your friends, others - or security apparatchik ? We dont know - how can someone consent to it?

With this feature, the way this reads, one person who did not consent would mean that the system would throw a canary - or does it process the picture regardless, but not show you the matches?

As noted, onedrive automatically stores pics you take as you take them. Does it process then? Do we know what it does?

Generally, consent is one of the most problematic legal basis for processing under GDPR - mainly because you must keep a record of that. That does mean its a right royal PITA!

Far more questions than answers!

Probably best not use it. Or onedrive (of FB/Google, for that matter) for happysnaps.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though

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Pass the popcorn

I love watching these spats.

Is theRegister.co.uk up for renewal soon?


Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them

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Re: Debunked?

Its worse than that. 1200 is just 1 supplier/owner.

Think Amazon/Imrasat/US gov/Russian/India/China/ESA/all the other operators. LEO gets busy. If we add in future projects/proposals like BEAM (fecking big balloons, visible from earth) then it will be more than a pixel.

Let's Pope mass upgrade of Vatican Library data centre is blessed with some of that famed infallibility

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Re: Backups

15thC library. Methinks that this is one organisation which will manage backups effectively. Probably a few hundred monks scribbling away.

Gawd but that would have been an interesting implementation project!

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America

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Re: And that, ladies and gentlemen...

You have been reading Smileys People again.

Lot you can learn from it.

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Re: the real enemy

The US doesnt need to use governments for this - thats Kinetic - they can do it with business instead.

Uh-oh .io: Question mark hangs over trendy tech startup domains as UN condemns British empire hangover

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Re: Get real

It exported sugar cane. The locals were freed slaves. Garcia and 3 or 4 islands had crops on them - they we not inhabited - or were when the work was done.

There was ship-wrecking and piracy occasionally too- the trade winds would blow antartic whalers there.... 200 years ago.

There is no viable market for any of that now.

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Get real

The Chagos islands are mostly less than 1M above sea level - apart from Deago Garcia. And it was leveled for an airstrip. The land is not viable for habitation without massive expenditure (every year).

There is only one other island left for anyone to live on the archipeligo - and it doesnt have a natural source of fresh water.

The land on the islands (except Deago) is regularly (every 10 years or so) submerged in tropical storms.

Noone is going back to the islands. There were only around 1000 - 1200, and they lived on Deago.

The one of the reasons the vote went the way it did was because France, Mauritius, China and Russia all want the US/UK out of the strategically important base.

Their strategic value far outweighs other considerations. Stupid and insinsitive politicions memos from the 60's notwithstanding.

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

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Re: Airbus & China

The Yuan would never replace the dollar as the reserve currency - Any prez would go to kinetic war - with anyone - to prevent that.

Tractors, not phones, will (maybe) get America a right-to-repair law at this rate: Bernie slams 'truly insane' situation

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Very pot luck if the Alfa is working or not.

Slip-sliding to May: Another Dragon delay and JAXA makes a bigger splash

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Re: Isle of Man moon mission stamps

Was advanced for a while - I think some of the main palyers went under in 2015/16.

Now, they still do fast, Darwinian bike races, which are a great watch

Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

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No, it doesnt

The Californian market is so large that any global company must comply there.

Its however less viable to have a separate system for CA as it is for GDPR countries - because the regs apply to to a much smaller demographic (scale) and CCPA, GDPR and other regs apply to residents of the affected countries/states. The borders are more 'fuzzy' in a state.

Just the small matter of the bill for scrapping Blighty's old nuclear submarines: It's £7.5bn

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See one of the other infographics on that site


Compares a core (13 ft) to telephone boxes (9ft).... A new Register Unit of measurement?

Re EmilPer. I imagine that Nuclear subs are not cheap to run. They are also very primitive inside (compared to modern survey ships and would need refitted.

Likely they also need refuelled. I believe that a typical rod lasts about 6-7 years without reprocessing......

I dont think the UK would sell a military grade nuclear reactor to the private sector either.....

NASA: We need commercial rockets! SLS: Oh no you don't!

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Re: all a waste of money

Skylab cost 20 million dollars (in 1970s dollars) per day per crew member - closer to 120M per day per crew in today money now. And the first mission (there were only 3) was a scrub as they had to spend their time jury rigging repairs.

ISS currently costs less than 6 M per day - and that is falling the longer its aloft and manned.

Skylab was so horrenously expensive because it was an Saturn V hull. These were so incredibly expensive to build. given that they also needed a saturn V to launch it as well, and recover crew and send people to it 3 times. There was also nothing developed to dispose of waste etc. It only had 1 more mission possible when it deorbitted. It needed the Space Shuttle to raise its orbit - and with its delays it didnt happen.

How do you sing 'We're jamming and we hope you like jamming, too' in Russian? Kremlin's sat-nav spoofing revealed

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Old news

Have we have forgotten the Iranians sucessfully intercepted GPS and land signals - in 2011....

this was a 'mini-stealth' -high tech military drone, operated 100 miles inside iran.


Our own fair paper swallowed initial claims it was implausable - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/21/spy_drone_hijack_gps_spoofing_implausible/

however, later reported that a texan uni had done the same with a super yacht, in 2013....


Russian sailors maroon themselves in Bristol Channel after drunken dinghy ride goes awry

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Re: 4am?

Absolutely. An acquaintance of mine might have, after a few bevies, accidentally fallen onto the throttle of a rib as it negotiated a set of moorings, late one night...

The rib accelerated viciously, mounted a small yacht, demasted and literally broke it in half.

Noone on the rib or yacht was injured seriously - though someone had to pay 6K for being being a knob and replacing the yacht.

The rib was fine - strengthened bows.

I don't hate US tech, snarls Euro monopoly watchdog chief – as Google slapped with €1.49bn megafine

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Re: At some point Google will do a calculation

I dont think so. The reason is that, believe it or not, Euroland does also produce content- and Google needs to index it. Its mission is to index the world, afterall. If it puts EU (then perhaps Russia, and China) in boxes to remove them - what is left for the US? North/South america, Asia and Nigerian Princes?

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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Boeing - too big to fail.

Nuff said

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming

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Re: An already safe...

Technically, the DeHavelland Comet is more reliable at this point. 2 were lost after a year in service.

There were plenty of those made in the end - including the Nimrod - as soon as they discovered that punch rivets were not a good idea on a pressurised hull.....

Sniff the love: Subaru's SUVs overwhelmed by scent of hair shampoo, recalls 2.2 million cars

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Re: Progress?

Every major car maker uses modules these days. it reduces weight in wiring and switchgear.

Huawei to the danger zone, ride into the danger zone... Chinese giant denies America's secrets theft, fraud charges

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They are doing them for Tappy? FFS

A robot arm which pokes a screen - FFS its hardly a big deal

Wanted: DVLA CTO. Must love cloud, open standards, agile – and retiring outdated kit

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Public sector & Agile - contradiction

The whole point of the public sector is to slow innovation.

Where's Zero Cool when you need him? Loose chips sink ships: How hackers could wreck container vessels

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Re: MSC Zoe was a proof of concept hack?

Most likely not.

1400 containers fall off ships PER YEAR, on average.

The damn things can take years to sink. They are so massive that in collision tests, 9.99 times out of 10 , a yacht comes off worst.

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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So, the US threatens the EU to stop using Huawei - a company which has offered to show its source code to govt infosecs....

Meanwhile, US routers have more NSA approved holes in them than a colander. - https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/08/backdoors_in_ci.html

Perhaps 5 eyes are pissed because they cant hack Huawei routers, "methinks the ladies doth protest too much!"

and El Reg calls Huawei 'controversial' - :sadface: expected more from you

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

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sounds like...

They are ignoring their DPO as well.....

While its legal to do so, it requires an organisation to fully justify why.

Surprised that this hasn't been bought up yet.

the DPO is involved, closely and in a timely manner, in all data protection matters;

the DPO reports to the highest management level of your organization, i.e. the board;



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