* Posts by cantankerous swineherd

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Verified: UK.gov launching plans for yet another digital identity scheme

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Re: bank security is handwavy nonsense

your bank knows your ni number? i either feign ignorance (easy at my age) when asked or ask them if they're going to be making contributions to my pension.

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Re: bank security is handwavy nonsense

didn't the top gear guys do it to Clarkson?

England's controversial extraction of personal medical histories from GP systems is delayed for a second time

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only sensible course of action is to assume nhsdigital are lying and/or acting in bad faith.

their get out of jail free card is that their basis for legal processing isn't consent...

Microsoft adds cloud enablement to 1970s Altair 8800 tech

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re check out Dave Tyler's microservice-powered Space Invaders emulator

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"A blockchain based backend is probably the best solution to this problem."

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Lightweight VS Code is only getting heftier with addition of official web server extension

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running a server on your machine sounds like a good way of being owned, unless you disconnect the internet.

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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lol, unpopular opinion!

IT for service providers biz Kaseya defers decision about SaaS restoration following supply chain attack

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here's hoping it was a sophisticated sql injection, really embarrassing otherwise.

Not very sage rage over UK pay outage: Opayo says 'ohheyno' as payment processor's payments stop processing

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Re: It's all well and good to complain

talk talk may be nasty, but they're also cheap.

Tech contractor loses IR35 tribunal appeal: 'Right' to substitute didn't mean he could, say judges

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you've had a good run lads.

Indian government reverts to manual tax filings as new e-tax portal remains badly borked a week after launch

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resilient paperwork ftw.

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?

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+1

-> obligatory letters

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

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Re: One Time Pads.

first distribute your key material...

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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putting all your eggs in the internet basket is the opposite of resilient.

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

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internet unavailable

not many dead

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant

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Unhappy

unpopular opinion!

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this turkey won't fly.

nuclear power isn't a commercial proposition, this is just a billionaire's toy

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: Examples...

bonus points for explaining the page file!

weren't hard disks fast backing store back in the day?

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

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I never put up with this bullshit and I'm glad I didn't.

NHS GP data grab: Royal College of General Practitioners urges health body to communicate better

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general practitioners have been recruited as government spies.

Nobody expects the borkish bank-wisition: When I said I wanted some notes from the ATM, I never thought I'd see...

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etc/hosts worth a try Shirley?

AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'

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"free"

looks like one for trading standards.

Axa insurance offshoots pwned as Ireland reveals second ransomware hit

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Mushroom

come friendly ransomware and deliver us from robotic customer unservice.

Cloudflare launches campaign to ‘end the madness’ of CAPTCHAs

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but who will drive the driverless cars?

UK's Computer Misuse Act to be reviewed, says Home Secretary as she condemns ransomware payoffs

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got to laugh at people welcoming a review turkeys voting for Christmas. this will be the spooks and cops wet dream come true.

SolarWinds CEO describes overhauled Orion build system after that 'very small, unique' security breach

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"By that, I mean using science and tech to help defend against threats. To amplify our values. And as a consequence, make Britain stronger and more prosperous."

a grown man spouting this bilge.

Microsoft embraces Linux kernel's eBPF super-tool, extends it for Windows

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hope I'm missing something here

"it allows Linux kernel behavior to be modified by loading an eBPF program that's executed"

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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this is what happens when you rely on the internet.

it'll get worse before the lesson is actually learnt.

House of pain: If YAML makes you swear, shout louder – the agony is there for a reason

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ini files ftw.

Yahoo! and! AOL! sold! for! $5bn! as! Verizon! abandons! media! empire! dreams!

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standards! being! maintained! at! el! reg!

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

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Re: Blame the Cable

I bought a dodgy monitor, weird random blankness. took it back, the ppl at the shop said no it's fine take it away son. cue grinding teeth. a week later after faffing, I found out I had a dodgy VGA cable. so there you go...

JavaScript developers left in the dark after DroidScript software shut down by Google over ad fraud allegations

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had a quick go with it, running a server over wifi that seemingly can't be turned off once you've started it isn't a good look.

edit: now it's offering to open sparse rss links...

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Trollface

google are bringing a competitor out?

Capgemini scores £150m contract to help Student Loan Company overcome its IT problems 5 years after £50m superfail

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Re: Realism

education is a public good.

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: Correlation or causation?

not sure a nice shiny building (add roads and bridges to taste) regenerated by the EU makes a blind bit of difference to the poverty stricken unemployed.

Brit authorities could legally do an FBI and scrub malware from compromised boxen without your knowledge

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so can the spooks get via the compromise, or can they just get in? article doesn't seem to clarify this?

University of Hertfordshire pulls the plug on, well, everything after cyber attack

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Re: Learning without a computer

computers are fine if not connected to the internet. if you do connect something, expect to lose it and start again with another one.

China whacks Alibaba with US$2.8bn fine for breaking antitrust rules

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this is nothing to do with "being critical of the government" but the fact that Ma was trying to wrestle the ability to give credit ("printing money" for the goldbugs amongst us) away from the state.

unregulated credit (a policy introduced in the early 70s in the UK) is responsible, amongst other things, for insane house price inflation as the banksters are only too happy to have indebted people chained to their benches for fear of losing their houses.

We have never given census data to anyone – not even the spy agencies, says the UK's Office for National Statistics

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"to the extent permitted under the law" - ye olde get out clause allowing govt to do what it wants.

anyone answering the where were you born question with anything other than "within the sound of bow bells" was chancing it.

Under threat of judicial review, UK.gov agrees to consultation before extending Palantir's NHS role beyond pandemic

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can't accuse NHS England of selling patient data when they're giving it away.

Big tech suggests Vietnam rewrite its digital tax plans

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what are amazon et al going to do, start bombing them?

And that's yet another UK education body under attack from ransomware: Servers, email, phones yanked offline

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it took them from Tuesday to Saturday to realise they didn't have phones or computers?

After oil giant Shell hit by Clop ransomware gang, workers' visas dumped online as part of extortion attempt

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"Shell uses this appliance to securely transfer large data files"

when will these turkeys realise that there's no such thing as security on the internet?

No JavaScript, no trackers, no SSL security: Retro computing boffin gives Google News a Netscape 1.1 makeover

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stableTwitter would be good.

The kids aren't all right: Fall in GCSE compsci students is bad news for employers and Britain's future growth plans

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a level maths nearer the mark than some wanky o level

Outsourced techie gets 2-year sentence after trashing system of former client: 1,200 Office 365 accounts zapped

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super sophisticated attack, jaw droppingly awesome.

Trail of Bits security peeps emit tool to weaponize Python's insecure pickle files to hopefully now get everyone's attention

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torch.data

Australian police suggests app to record consent to sexual activity

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no sex without the body cam on.

With Nominet’s board-culling vote just days away, we speak to one man who will publicly support the management

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bloke from Ireland uninterested in cleaning up british public life.

Brit college forced to shift all teaching online for a week while it picks up the pieces from ransomware attack

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don't let critical systems anywhere near the internet?

'Business folk often don't understand what developers do...' Twilio boss on the chasm that holds companies back

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worked on the shop floor for a firm run by a mechanical engineer, doing minute operations as part of the whole effort. we were given a mass of words and numbers printed out from a spreadsheet that had "all the information". so complicated that the fuckwit manager couldn't understand it, whilst we, of necessity, could decipher it. no attempt was made, or even conceived of, to present relevant info in a useful fashion.

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