Re: The real world
I just love Mike's post. It's my new mantra. A relative works in safety critical systems and I am definitely passing that one on :D
100 posts • joined 24 Jul 2012
"Google is the LAST company I'd want to have access to my health information. It wouldn't matter if it was anonymized, since it would be so simple for them to de-anonymize if you use Gmail and get your appointments from your doctor emailed to you, or an Android phone that can track when you are at a doctor's office or hospital."
Why trust them with your email? Why trust Android infected with Google?
"I suspect some policies can be referred to as long as they are easily available."
Once you leave a company, nothing is "easily available"...nothing. Also how can you sign a document that links to documents you have no sight or control over that are "easily available"? This case is tragic.
"I'm not sure if promising to wipe out student debt to (try to) win an election then backtracking *even though he didn't win* should get Jeremy Corbyn on this list or not..."
Maybe not, but THAT train journey puts him on this list...along with pretending he isn't an IRA sympathiser.
So apparently we have posters already printed...
I suggest placing them on each landing, opposite lift-shafts. The idea I have has an enormous face that will gaze from the wall. It must be one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. If only I could think of a suitable caption.
Your point appears to be that if someone comes and takes out your toilet, you'd be happy shitting out of your windows because, well, we all did in the good old days didn't we?
They might have used this thing called "email" she used while at her home (sat at a device known as a Personal Computer or "PC"...or even a device called a "tablet" connected to a magical device called a "WiFi router").
You can't just scoff and pretend that people don't rely on technology for certain things or suggest that because you're happy without quick access to porn that everyone else is just dandy too.
What you want to do is upgrade that twenty eight point eight kilobaud internet connection to a one point five megabit fibre-optic T-1 line. The main question is will your ISP be able to provide an IP router that's compatable with your token ring ethernet LAN configuration?
"fly tip their rubbish...One lot was left last month and the dumbass drove right by a sign saying hardcore wanted. He could have dropped it all for free and .... instead the council had to come and shift it all."
He DID drop it all off for free! And hey, you got a fresh batch of hardcore (if you like that kind of thing)! Win-Win!
I am pretty sure if i order a box of tampons or parecetamol from Superdrug online they're not going to request copies of my passport and a utility bill...this makes the date of birth field on their website as useful as a favourite colour field for verifying that purchases are being made legally. There are no age restrictions on buying OTC medicines:
Note from the NHS website: "There are no legal age restrictions for buying over-the-counter (OTC) medicines."...no need for DoB checks here.
From their terms and conditions:
We only accept orders from persons aged 16 and over. By placing an order for pharmacy-only medicines, you are confirming that you are aged 16 or over.
2.4 The purchase of certain products and services on the Site are subject to age requirements specified by law. We are not permitted by law to supply these products or services to individuals who do not satisfy these age requirements and, if you are underage, you must not attempt to order these products or services through the Site.
I just registered an account with them with a DoB of 2004. I then added some parecetamol to my basket, answered some health questionnaire questions which didn't include my DoB and hey presto...they'll deliver them tomorrow! Odd, because it says my DoB will be used for checks (it doesn't even check that I am 16 and therefore allowed to use their website!)
To the dude who thought they restricted based on Nicotinell Mint 1mg Compressed Lozenge 96 Lozenges...I just bought some with y 14 year old profile.
On the medicines questionnaire they even ask "how old the patient is" when I have selected "the medicine is for me". I selected 18 years +...no verification against my supposed birth date...
TLDR: they use DoB for marketing purposes and nothing more. Superdrug work on the "Trust" policy of assuming you're the correct age...
This one made me laugh. As a precaution I never give my genuine date of birth to any website uppity enough to ask for it...that might bite me if I need to make a subject access request (as I do with Dixons/Carphonewarehouse/Curries etc who mentioned I am a lucky one of fifty million who has had their data siphoned by proper hackers).
Let's hope this is just a bunch of chancers attempting to extort money with no real hack and we don't learn a bit later that "originally we thought only Fred from Essex had his data stolen but it turns out one hundred billion personal records have been hacked" and "don't worry, we're not liable for any fraud because there's no way in a million years you can link it back to our incompetence" (cough: TalkTalk, cough: Dixons/CarphoneWarehouse).
My favourite glib statement is the one about not worrying, only stuff you can't cancel/change has been splurged into fraudsters hands...trivial stuff like DOB and full name and address...if someone has my credit card details I am covered up the arse...if they have my identity not so much.
"I know that people should probably be not giving them this info"
Very easy to say. I have just had a demand from a pension provider to send them copies of my passport and driving license which they are legally required to keep "on file" (i.e. in some unlocked draw) for 5 years or the length of my business with them (i.e. when I die).
I told them to fuck off so they can't provide me with a service.
When the state makes it the law that all of these pissant (and not so pissant) companies demand copies of your nut sack imprint, is it any wonder that every fraudster under the sun has your DNA on file?
Company buys lots of little companies to destroy competition and acquire IP...human collateral damage when inevitable asset stripping begins is high...company doesn't give a fuck.
Bear eats honey in full expectation of transforming it into brown matter to deploy in nearest woods.
Pope decides on balance that Catholicism fits his (or her [LOL]) worldview and selects Jesus Christ as focal point for worship activities.
"Just thinl about the first Gulf War which was started by something we now know was a lie."
What seriously? I never knew that Iraq never invaded Kuwait. It goes to show you learn something new every day!
On a separate note, it's good to know that only the CIA and GCHQ manufacture evil software and that it is beyond impossible that Russian, Chinese or other powers can create software to spy on our nation...all government sponsored malware is created in the West and anyone who says otherwise is a CIA stooge. It is such a relief to know that only our own security services have malicious and evil intent towards us. Was there a garage sale of tin foil hats around here?
Not sure every SME has the resource to employ a full team of software developers straight out of university to reinvent the wheel with slightly rounder spokes hence the market's need for reasonably generic, highly configurable software. Just coding for "what is required" is definitely for smaller applications and not things like ERP systems...or state management of the court system (no, you can't do that in Access). Writing exactly what is needed from scratch when you're not a software company is a risky business...but then again, if the client is big enough and the software house small enough you can pretty much dictate the roadmap of the product...this is just your bog standard implementation fuck up right here.
"A real AI system would have some form of inner voice that questions its decisions and re-evaluates them and learns. It might make mistakes but it would learn from them and perhaps apologise when it buggers up."
The last thing we need is more mechanical apologies. I've heard enough of those on train platforms to last a lifetime.
By "Toff" do you mean someone who has an education? Did you not hear that David Cameron (a "Toff") has not only relinquished control of the Country to someone else, he has actually stepped down as an MP? A quick glance at May's Wikipedia page identifies her as the daughter of a clergyman...hardly a Toff...but don't let the facts get in the way of your spit flecked anti educated individual bile!
Said with no irony. What a piece of chaff.
I know a thoroughly gifted Harvard statistician who is also a devoted Christian. Being exceptionally intelligent and religious are not mutually exclusive, the same goes for being left/right wing. The glib smugness of your inaccurate post makes me cringe. Not religious here by the way.
Agreed that Edward Snowden has put his ass on the line for free speech...but Bradley Manning? The two cases are in no way comparable. One was done by someone with sense and was targetted, clear and totally justified. The other was done by some flappy soldier who had no regard for anybody's safety and remains a traitor to this day. He didn't deserve the solitude and nakedness and the US looks very bad for that, but he does deserve what's coming to him in the courts.
I know the page has a red top, but am I reading the Morning Star on this commentard thread? What the hell has happened to people since Thatcher died...clearly they weren't alive when the unions were dictating how everyone should live (better everyone in poverty than somebody not)...how civilised!
Back on point...when the hell was everyone entitled to a job for life? I thought this was Umerica...is this a communist country now? Oh sorry, I thought this was Umerica...
If they are genuinely NOT "non-assets" (aka dead wood), then I am sure they will find other jobs...people who deserve jobs normally do.
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