* Posts by krivine

31 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jun 2013

IBM settles age discrimination case that sought top execs' emails


Re: I'm shocked, I tell you...

Quite! I've never forgiven those Vulgar Latins who used "folia" as the nominative singular, instead of "folium". Consequently, I insist on making French "feuille" masculine.


I'm shocked, I tell you...

... that an IBM official statement flouts their style guidelines, and treats "data" as plural.

"The facts of the matter have not changed: there was and is no systemic age discrimination at IBM and the data back that up," IBM's spokesperson said.

Popular password manager LastPass to be spun out from LogMeIn


And Syncthing, to keep it all local.

Locked up: UK's Labour Party data 'rendered inaccessible' on third-party systems after cyber attack


Not some footballer then?

"The UK's Labour Party, the official opposition to the country's ruling Conservatives..."

Can someone let Sir Kieth know?

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good


Re: One Time Pads.

Upvoted for the pre-1918 spelling. ;-)

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld


Legal redress for the crims?

Just wondering if they can sue the feds for flogging them something that's not as described.

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


Re: KeePass implementations

KeepassXC here too, with Syncthing to - well, keep in sync locally.

Privacy activists prep legal challenge against UK plan to keep coronavirus contact-tracing data for two decades

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Dido Harding, ex bungle-in-chief of TalkTalk, runs the shop, doesn't she? There isn't a bargepole long enough.

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...


Re: To be clear ...

Once upon a time a mate switched from his philosophy course during the first term. Lectures were all about the meaning of meaning.

Yes, TfL asked people to write down their Oyster passwords – but don't worry, they didn't inhale


Re: RE: Blockchain Commentard

I've left Virgin Media. While with them, my frequent complaint was that if they rang me, their second question was to ask me to prove who I was.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well


Re: Just wait until all the old people die off

"Not to worry, the NHS will see to that"

The *underfunded* NHS will carry on doing its best for all of us as long as it's permitted.

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?


Plus sign in email addresses is often fun

When registering with some sites I add '+${siteName}' between my username and @. This makes for easier classification using Gmail labels. Many sites reject the plus sign, although it's a valid character in email addresses. Morrisons supermarket took it one step further, by letting me register username+morrison@gmail.com, but then refusing to let me log in with it. I gave up on them.

US govt's final bid to extradite Lauri Love kicked into touch


Pedant alert

No no no! An archer might loose or shoot an arrow...

Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos


The wet liberal b*****d! Fancy drawing the line at merely banning them/you.

IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers


Mme La Guillotine?

"... we will move to an involuntary separation phase"

Or just managementNewspeakBollix for "compulsory redundancies"? I'd put nothing past them.

Why you can't boycott the Mail: Google makes a mint from 'fake news'


> Toys R Us on a porn site

I read this as "Tories R Us", and thought it would suit some of them down to the ground.

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox


Roll your own

Raspberry Pi +amp, Logitech Media Server, speakers, Squeezelite on phone. It's possible to do multi room sync, but our house is not big enough to need it.


Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM


Sympathy to the staff affected

"As a result, around 500 staff will transfer to IBM on 1 September 2017."

Poor buggers.

Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?


Happiness is...

... starting off the bank holiday with a Curved Air vid. (And I'm retired.)

What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass


Local storage

Syncthing and Veracrypt

Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer


Re: Just demand Migration Access Codes

"... you just order the service from someone else, and they deal with talktalk."

Where's Tony Soprano when you need him?

Mag publisher Future stored your FileSilo passwords in plaintext. Then hackers hit


Those pesky lawyers

I just looked up their privacy and security policy: "7. Security: In accordance with our requirements under the Data Protection Act 1998, we *will* adopt appropriate security procedures to help prevent unauthorised access to your information. Neither Future nor any of its group companies shall be liable for any attempt to hack or crack or otherwise gain access to any part of this website including any of your information. "

(Emphasis on the future tense is mine.) So I suppose they're acting exactly as they say they will. At some unspecified time in the future, they'll look after your data. Till then, FU! I too am grateful for password managers that allow unique, hard-to-crack passwords - not that I'll be using these particular clowns again.

TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog


Re: Where's that vomit-inducing CEO now ?

See her in government? She helps pass legislation that lets this sort of thing go without any practical consequences.

She's a Tory peer.

Israel's security minister suckers Zucker for Facebook'ed killings


Criticism of Israel != antisemitism

You do the cause of antisemitism no favours by conflating legitimate criticism of the Israeli government with antisemitism.

Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law


Re: Pas de Probleme

Vive le Québec libre! (Or something.)

IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit


Because IBM staff value senior management's opinions...

... this recent escapee from IBM reckons that if Mr Stokes's intervention has any effect, it will give a slight boost to brexit.

IBM shuffles units, axes staff, sees profit shrink


So long, it's been (kinda) good to know ya

I'm glad I worked at IBM; I met some great people, and learnt stuff.

I'm delighted to have left earlier this month. I couldn't wait to get away, and passed up the opportunity of being considered for their latest, and meanest, redundancy scheme. Wasting another summer there just wasn't worth it.

It's like a weight has been lifted off my chest.

What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps



s/(What do) UK (and Iran have in common?)/$1 Cameron $2/

That's better!

Shellshock over SMTP attacks mean you can now ignore your email


Windows users: don't forget Cygwin

Linux at home. Windows at work, with little-used Cygwin. I forgot all about it, till our IT department sent round a note listing what needs patching.

It's official: 'tweet' an English word – not just in the avian sense


Re: It's official!!!!

AC: Countdown uses the "Oxford Dictionary of English", not the OED. The ODE reflects popular usage, and "tweet" in the social media sense made it in some time ago.

(Nowt to do with Oxford Press, but I do love Countdown.)