* Posts by Brother52

19 posts • joined 21 Apr 2011

Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED


no problems here

Ebuyer has been my supplier of choice for several years now and over that time I have had reason to return a couple of items, I've never had a problem with this, it's one of the reasons I use em.

You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user


Re: Technology Which Should Die

I'm sure lots of people are working on a replacement, and once a standard, secure, easy to use, impossible to lose and cheap to implement solution is found it will be rolled out to all systems within 20 years or so. In the meantime we have passwords


mobile = 5 character none dictionary word that is easy to type and remember with 10 attempt phone wipe

tablet = 10 character nonsense word that is easy to type with 10 attempt wipe

neither cause me any problems and I'm old with a really crap memory.

It really is not that difficult, ofc getting a director to see this point of view is :(



why don't you just use your browser's remember password function? for these low priority sites? or a password vault app on your phone. lots of easy ways to remember passwords these days without giving your security manager apoplexy :)

In any case, maybe your systems have some exploitable link between the H&S site and the nuclear warheads, once in the weak system a North Korean hacker could build access to more trusted sites and ultimately end western civilisation as we know it.

WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters


Re: Some form of Child Monitoring Adult Required?

Exactly, god forbid we teach them how to think for themselves


Some form of Child Monitoring Adult Required?

This is ineffective and expensive, we may as well go the whole hog and assign one or two adults to each set of brothers/sisters and make them legally responsible for the safety and well being of those said children up until they come of age. These nominated adults could live in the same house and oversee the development of the children across a wide spectrum of areas.

The adults taking on this responsibility would be People Acting Responsibly, Educating, Nourishing, Teaching and Stimulating their charges or PARENTS for short.

Big Brother

Neigbours WiFi?

What if my neighbour has the block removed and then sets a week password on his wifi and my little angels connect to his network and view porn, oh the horror, then can I sue him?

I told you I'd be back: Arnie set for another career revival


Re: C´mon, think positive

My coffee mug can act better than Arnie

Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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PDP-11 and RSTS and RPL, those were the days

I started out my computing career programming in a superb decision table language called RPL on a PDP-11, don't remember any RSTS now, but I reckon I could still maintain the RPL code given a day or two to get back into the swing of it. Shame that IIRC RPL didn't make it past the Y2K thing

Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar


Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?

The Producers anyone?


'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin


Missing the point?

I'm sure that strong well thought out passwords will be providing good protection for a while yet. But, as few people actually use them this doesn't really contribute to the digital safety of the average user. We need something to make it easy for even the stupidest or busiest and most harassed user to be secure. We can tell people about strong passwords, give them complex rules or pretty strength meters all we want, but we will struggle to make them follow good practice until we make it easy for them.

Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?


DPA Anyone?

Until you mentioned $5 I couldn't understand why you were ignoring the opt out/opt in prompts that are required by law for websites that collect your personal data. At least here in the UK we have legislation to protect us from this sort of thing, if a site doesn't offer the option then I don't use it.

So, what IS the worst film ever made?


Re: The Langoliers

It wasn't from the same collection as Shawshank, that came from Different Seasons, the langoliers was in four past midnight

Reding's 'right to be forgotten' bill polarises Euro biz world


Real World?

Reading the posts here, and the original article, it strikes me that people have a very unrealistic view of how businesses work. The focus of most businesses is on making money, this is, as they say, what makes the world go round. For every business making mega bucks there are thousands making a passable profit, these businesses are, in total, more important to the economy and jobs than the biggies but they are also less likely to have the resources to implement and manage this type of legislation.

People seem to point at targeted ads. in these debates and use this as evidence that business is evil, now I hate targeted advertising that tracks my activity from site to site, but this is one of the most in your face and easily targeted problems, also one of the easiest to fix (adblock, private browsing etc)

'm not saying the laws don't need reviewing, but let's keep it real for everyone's benefit.

For those in doubt;

[making money] != [killing babies and eating puppies]

People who complain about businesses making money (and therefore driving the economy) remind me of teenagers who complain that their parents are ruining their lives and then ask for a tenner and a lift into town.

Are IP addresses personal data?


But isn't it the case that ISP customers are being held responsible for the use of their connections?

I have 5 PCs, various smart phones with wifi, games consoles and two sons at home in their early 20s, hope they don't come knocking on my door asking who did what when!


Anonymous said at 10:34 "Also, there are some major flaws in the approach used to analyse the legal judgements. At no point do these state that an IP address is personal data - they both state that personal data is present alongside the IP address."

But The DPA covers any data "that can be combined with other readily available data to identify an individual" so on that basis I think this does constitute personal data as far as the DPA is concerned.

Judge cracks down on Bayesian stats dodginess in court


Yup, Dexter did it!

Gov removes 'general appeal' rights for accused freetards


I'm with OFCOM on this one

If we have to have this then at least build a law that allows sensible defence and can cope with the changes in technology and behaviour that we will certainly see.

I'm not a big fan of this full stop, I want the criminal activity to be prevented but at the same time, I don't want my ISP to have to put up charges to cover their process costs and to be sending letters to people who are innocent. I'm still not convinced that the benefits outweigh the costs and that proving a user's inocence (er that whole concept is wrong surely) will be a simple, free and stress free process.

AutoTrader crashes off the road in DDoS congestion


I still can't access the site

when I go to www.autotrader.co.uk I get

Access Denied

You don't have permission to access "http://www.autotrader.co.uk/" on this server.

Reference #18.1e9d9bd5.1303383966.2007736a

Guess they're preventing further DDoS attacks by blocking IP Ranges or something.


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