* Posts by CommanderGalaxian

277 posts • joined 21 May 2013


Another UK government limb that can't get IR35 right: Court service pays taxman £12.5m


Re: Wedge

"If a company wants a worker to be inside IR35 then they write a contract that puts the worker in scope. The individual circumstances of a contractor don't matter at all."

Not really. If a contract puts you inside IR35 - i.e. makes you an employee - then you are an employee - that's actually really always been the case for all practicle purposes (from even before IR35) - regardless of your actual working conditions.

The problem is really the opposite of what you describe - if your contract puts you outside of IR35 - HMRC are free to disregard your contract AND then you will have to prove your working conditions put you outside IR35 - even if any reasonable person would regard then as barn door conditions that illustrate self-employment.

How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs


Freedumb day!!!1!!

Now that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have said that you don't necessarily need to self-isolate (and aren't bothering to do so themselves) just because you have been in contact with somebody who has #Covid19 - there doesn't seem to be much point to this App anymore.

Linux Foundation celebrates 30 years of Torvalds' kernel with a dry T-shirt contest


What sort of weirdo is still using Adobe Illustrator!?

NHS England staff voice concerns about access controls on US spy-tech firm Palantir's COVID-19 data store


LOL. Who would have thought that BoJo and Co. would monetise people's health records - while simultaneously denying the people themselves and pro-bono researchers access to those records.

America tops ITU's Global Cyber Security Index, UK in tie for second with Saudi Arabia


Re: Tectonically

A good part of Sicilly - not Italy - is on the African plate. And Turkey is mostly part of the Eurasian plate - not the Arabian plate.

Mensa data spillage was due to 'unauthorised internal download'


Re: Wow

IIRC, Mensa recommend doing 2 or 3 practice tests to familiarise yourself with the format. Further practice beyond that doesn't tend to yield improved IQ scores in the tests.

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger


Adam Smith warned against his kind.

LOL. Me thinks he doth protest too much.

How annoying it must be that Bitcoin is beyond his control. And how annoying it must be that little people ganged up using Gamestop and poked him in the eye.

British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica


Because they wanted to?

Signal app's Moxie says it's possible to sabotage Cellebrite's phone-probing tools with booby-trapped file


Re: I don't consider a locked phone to be safe anyway...

User policy will then be to write down said 10 character PIN because they keep forgetting it.

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine


Can't remember, but was probably there for a few days. These places do tend to operate a policy of "oh while you are here, could you also take a look at...".


Got called offshore (helicopter to an installation in the North Sea) because the system (used for metering) wouldn't accept input from the keyboard and the mouse cursor had frozen.

I plugged the keyboard and mouse into the KVM switch. For some reason somebody had disconnected them.

Free Software Foundation urged to free itself of Richard Stallman by hundreds of developers and techies


Should Stallman come out as a woman?

Why does he not just put on a dress and self-id as female like Eddie Lizard and everybody can go back to sleep again?

US govt indicted me because I make privacy tools, says crypto-chat app CEO accused of helping drug smugglers


Re: So tomorrow Signal, Telegram?


We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser



After all that, the video doesn't even have sound.

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases


Re: *Takes a deep breath*

"sometimes" shouldn't come into it. It should always be "always".


Re: Design



Re: Familiar kind of scenario.

Why go for the plain vanilla stuff? We need OLE for Process Control everywhere.

Probably could do with a decent SCADA front end too.


Re: Familiar kind of scenario.

Couldn't they just have tweaked their DCOM settings appropriately on their systems and done it all via OPC?

Paris Hilton

Why not in Excel?

At the end of the day, all it's really doing is a telephone-type directory lookup with a couple of bits of information cross-indexed. You'd really need to be a complete idiot to get such a simple thing so badly wrong.

Paragon 'optimistic' that its NTFS driver will be accepted into the Linux Kernel


Re: @DrXym - Whatever for?

Why exactly would you be wanting to defrag a Windoze NTFS drive by booting into Linux (rather than Windoze) on your dual-boot machine?

Now don't get me wrong, you might want to be booting up some Linux based password cracking utils and file manipulation tools to be deployed against a Windows system - but these aren't the sort of thing your average user or business is likely to be doing on a day-to-day basis.

If your purpose is really wanting to run some heterogenous network, you'd already have some common platform command-interpreter tool installed on your systems that received a command and told the system to get on with defraging in its own native way (and tell me when you are finished).

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone


Re: So we need to upgrade the physical locks....

With a modest level of signal processing you'd be able to pickout the clicks from the background white noise. What you would actually want is something that puts our random fake clicks.

Breaching China's Great Firewall is hard. Pushing packets faster than 1Mbps once through is the Boss Fight


Once-upon-a-time import/export financial tariffs were imposed to ensure free trade.

Now it will be data flow tariffs.

China has taken the piss for too long. This is easy to fix though.

Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour


Re: I'd much rather have my insurance rate...

They do now. Clearly you have been a maniac just waiting for the right time to outfox them.


GDPR says that people cannot be judged or disavantaged on the basis of automated algorithms. And that they have the right to opt out of such algorithms without prejudice.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now


Re: Wishy washy

Except that doesn't capture the essence of the relationship - since it is the Slave (/Apprentice) where the bulk of the work is done - the Master is dependent on the abilities and knowledge of the Slave to do its job properly.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

Big Brother

This would be funny, if it wasn't for the fact that the loony tamperers of language are actually serious (and seem to be in the driving seat).

Book burning parties can't be far off now.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'


Re: My first thought:

Loads. It is a common and well understood terminology in bus-based protocols. There's a gargantuan amount of code out there. People randomly changing terminology will cause a massive amount of confusion because one person's terminology will be meaningless to another person.

His choice of "dependent" is wrong as an alternative term for "slave" device. Slave devices are not dependent on the Master device to function - if anything it is the other way around - the Master device is dependent on the Slave device to be able do its job.

Something like Requester/Supplier keeps with the conceptual Master/Slave in terms of representing the functionality.


Slave devices aren't "dependent" devices though - if anything it is the Master device that is dependent on data from the Slave device.

Surely a better terminology would be Supplier (for Slave) and Requester (for Master)?

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread


Re: Why bother?

Dystopia, you mean.


Re: UK app

Why not just leave it at home?

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps


"Not everyone, it needs about 60%."

Last time 60% was mentioned was with the government's scientifically illiterate "herd immunity" strategy.

Just saying.


"My previous comments about contact-tracing app vs privacy were viciously down-voted. And maybe I deserved it then. Before down-voting my comment (again), put yourself in the shoes of the people who have died and their family."

Anyone using emotional blackmail deserves to be downvoted for that reason alone.

(The fact that you even resort to emotional blackmail probably means your arguments are pretty shit too).

Source code for seminal adventure game Zork circa-1977 exhumed from MIT tapes, plonked on GitHub


GRTX (Glasgow Real-Time eXecutive) was much better than that Edinburgh pish.

India makes contact-tracing app compulsory in viral hot zones despite most local phones not being smart


Re: so what *is* the solution?

"Those who would give up essential Liberty,

to purchase a little temporary Safety,

deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app


Re: I wonder whether they have actually thought this through?

They picked the same company that did the Vote Leave mega-slurp data hoovering to develop the app.


Re: Sunset?

Why don't they just use the same app as the Australina Gov is using - where everything is stored locally on the user's phone, and contact tracing can only occur if the (subsequently infected) user of the phone enters their password to decrypt the contact details and allow tracing to begin.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay


Ransomware scumbags are indeed scumbags.

Exactly why contractors who are supposed to operate at Top-Secret level able to be hacked by some smelly teen in his mum's basement, is he real question that needs asking,

Google warns against disabling websites during Coronavirus pandemic


Nuke Google From High Orbit.

Am I alone in seeing the real problem here!?

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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Re: Good, good.

No, a bridge to NI is not a good idea - for one of the same reasons that HS2 is a bad reason - there's zillions of other things that urgently need doing and would generate a far better Return On Investment.

And good luck with high volumes of traffic trying to access a bridge via a glorified B road.


Of course, none of this actually required leaving the EU - well not unless you want to pay the imported Scientists from poor countries a fraction of what you would have had to pay before.

And how very neo-colonialist and parasitic of Boris - deplete developing countries of ttheir brightest and best for Make Benefit of Glorious British Empire 2.0.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption


Re: People SUSPECTED of a Crime

You don't need to be arrested for them to seize items as evidence.


Re: What the fuck is...no comment

When Police Scotland was formed, the UK Gov/HMRC refused to make it VAT exempt (an issue that now appears to have been resolved - and an issue that was essentially nit-picking on technicalities by the UK Gov) - essentially because unlike the regional forces of Strathclyde, Lothian & Borders, etc., it was no longer a regional force that ultimately lay under the chain of command that ended at the MET/Whitehall - but now is classed as a national (i.e. Scottish) force.

Police Scotland is now in theory (hopefully) answerable to Hoylrood - rather than Westminster/Whitehall.

I have much (common) sympathy for your position and experience - however the issues with Police Scotland are largely inherited historic ones; in time, hopefully, things can be improved.


Re: What if..

Reading their brochure there is much to cause concern. It talks in parts about techniques that may be similar to the one you just described. However...

It also talks about not making modifications by virtue of the fact that it deletes anything it has to temporarily install.

Their caveat in that it claims it doesn't alter the "user partition": so ok to alter anything else then?: "Cellebrite ensures that the process is non-intrusive and that nothing in the device’s user partition is changed"

And even if it does alter the (alleged) crime scene - apparently that's not a problem because at least you know those are your footprints in the snow: "This type of installation is comparable to walking into a snowy crime scene to retrieve a murder weapon. The investigator may leave his or her own footprints behind, but this necessity is acceptable in court as long as it is carefully documented. "

No worries then about overwriting evidence that could prove somebody innocent!!!???

And that it does alter things permanently: "This necessitates rewriting the phone’s memory, permanently changing the device boot loader to Cellebrite’s own."

There's plenty of contradictions in the document to befuddle the technically unsofisticated - so that's you fucked if you are the accussed in any UK court then.

Love this humdinger though: "Some agencies, for example, may require examiners to always disable the “automatic uninstall” setting, declare and document its use and leave the client in place. Other agencies may require this action only for suspect phones, but allow the client to be uninstalled from a victim’s phone as long as its use is documented."

Did they actually just say "victim"!? So any alleged suspect is a "victim"!? Nice Freudian there guys.


Re: Just wait until after Indyref 2

You have issues, don't you?

I'm guessing you are somehow related to this Holocaust Denier (expelled from UKIP for it) - (and not forgetting the idiot holding the banner who got done for booting a pregnant independence supporter in the stomach during #IndyRef2014):




Re: What state is the device left in at the end of all these shenanigans ?

"Exactly the way it went in. Worked in cybercrime dept for 5 and a half years and in that time no phone or tablet that came in left in any state other than the same it came in."

Disagree, if the equipment in the article actually accesses moblies in the way described.

If you start tampering with bootloaders and and trying to root devices - it is inevitable that some phones will end up getting bricked or automatically wiped.

Sure, bricked phones can be got working again. But the chances of doing it without data loss are small, and it can take quite a lot of time, patience and knowledge - which the person using the Celebrite equipment is unlikely to have.


Re: What if..

Unless I am missing something, unless the bootloader is already unlocked, they won't be able to do what they claim.

Mine is currently unlocked - but that's for the convenience of being able to make random mods to my phone at a whim.

However, if I was getting up to anything illegal, then I would, of course, lock the bootloader - and, as most modern phones do, subsequent unlocking (by manufacturing design) would cause the phone to be automatically wiped.

Unless they are claiming they have a way to by-pass or disable the automatic wiping process that occurs at the point in time when the bootloader state is changed from locked to unlocked?


Re: IndyRef2

Just install LineageOS. Even you won't be able to access your phone via USB afterwards.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


Jealousy is the sincerest form of flattery.

To be fair, those who use terms like "brainbox", "boffin", etc to describe those more capable than themselves are really only highlighting their ignorance and jealousy of others.

Junior minister says gov.UK considering facial recognition to verify age of p0rn-watchers


UK Gov double down on Dumb and Dumber.


Can't possibly think of how that form of verification couldn't be fooled.



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