* Posts by just another employee

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UK procurement is too glacial to bring AI into defense, MPs told

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ChatGPT creates mostly insecure code, but won't tell you unless you ask

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Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Ok, I stole the phrase from from Napoleon...


Skynet. Developed by AI. With vulnerabilities built in.

Isn't this what we all would all want?

Techie fired for inventing an acronym – and accidentally applying it to the boss

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Not heard FUBAR for a while.

I always wonder what was being inhaled by the DEC coders who, when a VMS systems crashed, provided you with a FUBAR address / code.

FUBAR = Failed Uni-Bus Address Register.

I never knew FUBAR meant anything else until I was much less green.

Elon Musk reportedly outlines horrible Twitter layoff process

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"Worth" - to those who think losing ~$0.25bn a year is 'good business'.

Sounds like far too many people making a living of some other fools money.

Oh wait.... maybe that IS 'good business' .....

Boffins grow human brain cells to play Pong

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OK - who out there asked for this ?

The new GPU world order is beginning to take shape

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Re: Hah

PDP-9 Ha!

I still remember the increase in render calculation time when we moved from the abacus to the slide rule....


G7 countries beat UK in worldwide broadband speed test again

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To dream....

Totally agree with your comment about BT/Openreach.

BT for me guarantee 1Mb. I repeat - 1Mb. We did have a BT line (DEL) when we moved in but BT couldn't meet their guarantee - averaged out around 400Kb. At full cost. With a need to reclaim service credits monthly. And still to be marketed at for 2Mb sky services (!).

Use 4G also here. Only one tower and quite a few people using it (especially if road traffic is busy). Might get 3Mb, rising to 7Mb at quiet times.

Oh to live in London........ 5G, Gigabit, FTTP (even FTTC). I can dream....

Virgin Orbit trims losses, eyes two final launches for the year

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Re: Purpose

Name one.

Browsers could face two regimes in Europe as UK law set to diverge from EU

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..and some EU countries don't even have data protection laws compatible with EU GDPR yet..... Slovenia being case in point.

Tech pros warn EU 'data adequacy' at risk if Brexit Britain goes its own way

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Re: Inadequate approach to data adequacy

No new industry - its already here. It's called the 'Legal' industry - you know, the ones that set the massive compliance requirements of EU GDPR in the first place.

Why do people have an issue with the UK (or anywhere) trying to move away from *MORE* regulation and towards a risk approach?

I want to know - what day will we be subject to less rules than the day before?

There MUST be such a day - or society will implode - but the rate of regulation and law coming out of the EU means their citizens won't see that day in their lifetime.

Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukrainian media

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Re: The best way to eliminate an enemy is to make them a friend.

Continental Europe?

Not sure I understand. Can someone pass me a map please....

Of course the UK are 'European'.

A bit like the Continental US state of Hawaii are Americans.


Fibre broadband uptake in UK lags behind OECD countries

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"It’d be interesting to know just how true that is"

Totally true.

"By contrast, a crew can easily string kilometres of overhead fibre in a day if the poles are in place. "

Totally true.

But they don't. Because BT declare the poles unusable. So fibre provider must plant new poles. And once they do - it has maxed out the budget so they do not follow through with the fibre.

I know - we have a new pole along a BT pole at the end of our drive. BT won't use it and the fibre provider won't use it. Great.

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Re: Doh!

If all BT can offer you is a Direct Exchange Line - there are no plans to upgrade. Ever.

The most we can get is 0.4MB. for £29.99 a month. And only from BT. BT still try and push sky package as well. So we cancelled.

Now use a 4G router in the loft. Not great. But better than any plans BT have.

Then Cambridge 'County Broadband Ltd' took our pre-order for FTTP - it also helped them justify claiming the grant available.

Grant in hand they then pulled out of actually installing anything. Because "it would cost them". No sh*t sherlock.

So.. Back to our intermittent 4G it is - wait - seems its raining so only 3G today.

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids

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The Circle


Facebook overpaid FTC fine by up to $4.9bn to protect Zuckerberg, lawsuits allege

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Re: "transparency is essential for social media platforms"

..and I stopped using LinkedIn for professional use because a whole bunch of people joned who seem to think it is just a 'better' faffbook for non-professional social media type topics.....

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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Re: Does he expect anyone to trust a word he says given his history?

Let me get this right.

You are saying you believe someone you are calling a liar.?


Something there I can't quite put my finger on...

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

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Crypo tokens are not a real currency.

Why do I say that?

- tell me the 'value' of one unit of any crypto WITHOUT using a real (aka Fiat) currency in the answer.

So, look down on Fiat currencies if you are a crypto fan-boy - but until you can prove they are worth something without reference to another Fiat currency, and that there are rules and regulations to protect people, you are nothing more than a lower level ponzi scheme member.

People only accept crypto tokens when the $value of the tokens meets their requirements. They don't give a fig how many tokens it takes to reach that value. i.e. a car dealer may accept payment in tokens PROVIDED they are valued in a real currency to the value expected there and then in the real currency.

And let's face it - 99.999% of us cannot influence a crypto token system OR a currency system. So who cares who can controls them? and why?

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth

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A small ask, but...

...does this mean they may also be a bit better at forecasting tomorrows weather ?

Congratulations Peebles. Felicitations Queenzieburn. Openreach is bringing you FTTP (yes, they're real places)

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Re: Yet more claptrap

Anyone on a Direct Exchange line is srewed. BT would need to re-cable/fire to your individual property (in a lot of cases - such an mine) and they couldn;t be arsed to do that if you also have no competition to take your business to.

BT/Openreach should be PAYING for my custom UNTIL they provide >10MBs (OfCom's own estimate of minimim viable speed required to partake in modern economy) OR there is an alternative provider willing to deliver.

As it is I have ONE choice - £29 per month for an at-best 0.5MB download. No planned update. No alternatives possible.

I do get FREE access to sky sports though (minimum 2Mb required). Gggrrrr.


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4 down sounds great!

You need to get into the countryside more.

We cancelled BT/Openreach as the best we could get was 0.25 down. No plans to upgrade, no options from other suppliers. Bt or nothing. They have no incentive to upgrade us - but they do have an incentive to upgrade those with better options from other suppliers.

A lot of people forced now to work from home will be left behind - priority needs to be connecting those with sub 10Mb anf completely forget about any location that can but 10Mb+ (regardless of supplier).

At the Supreme Court, Morrisons pops data breach liability win into its trolley – but it's not a get-out-of-compo free card for businesses

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..but he was an Auditor.

Maybe he needed access for his job... like... you know... to Audit how staff data was being managed.?

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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Checks todays date....



We won't CU later: New Ofcom broadband proposals mull killing off old copper network

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Cancelled my BT account

I live in the country (i.e. >100M to the nearest fibre point).

I have no alternative providers available other than BT (Openreach)

I am therefore a captive audience (or 'sucker' as BT probably classify me as).

My broadband, on a good day, was 1.4Mbps. And frequently all the way down to 0.4Mbs.

BT did not offer to reduce my monthly bill below £29.

BT wanted £25,000 to connect me to the world (that's the 110M final leg to the nearest fibre).

I told them to stick it. Cancelled my contract. I now have no landline. I never had 'Broadband' (Ofcom consider you need >10Mbs to partake of the digital economy). BT didn't care.

2027 seems an awful long way away. But something has to change for us country folk.!

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: A quirky investigation into why AI does not always work

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Re: AI, or A-not-I

A computer will forget if it uses HP SSD's apparently.

Sorry - but we all thought it.!

Y'know how you might look at someone and can't help but wonder if they have a genetic disorder? We've taught AI to do the same

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Get your Callipers out

1930's Germany here we come.

AI obviously makes things (now) acceptable.

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Re: I don't think many of the opt-in/out menus are legal

Yes they did.

GDPR - Article 7

3. The data subject shall have the right to withdraw his or her consent at any time. ..... It shall be as easy to withdraw as to give consent

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Car in space

So - which one of you Uber users booked this car ?

Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU's data protection beast

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GDPR and UK Data Protection

For clarity, and to stop spawn of discussion on the facts:

1) Current EE Data Protection DIRECTIVE (1995) is implemented in UK via UK Data Protection (1998)

2) New EU General Data Protection REGULATION applies to all EU (and EEA) countries, directly, from May 25th this year.

3) UK, after Brexit, is planning to continue to 'apply' GDPR requirements via the UK Data Protection Bill currently doing the approval rounds. This Bill will cover areas where GDPR allows member states to choose their own rules (i.e. Security, Defence etc) AND where states can implement GDPR flexibly (such as age of children, 13 versus 16 etc).

4) When it comes to personal data used for marketing rules, EU Privacy DIRECTIVE is implemented in UK via Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR) (2003).

5) EU is planning to update ePrivacy DIRECTIVE to be a new EU ePrivacy REGUALTION later this year.

You may all wake up now.

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Risk Management

Let me correct you.

Using a computer is a KNOWN risk (do not even think of trying to tell me Linux is 100% secure - would only prove your own incompetence)

Using an OS where the manufacturer has stated "No more patches" is more of a risk than using an OS where the OS says "Patches available ASAP". Anyone choosing to use an unsupported OS should accept the responsibility of doing so.Thats was my point. (Why did you have to drop to the daft level of slagging of Windows?)


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Risk Management

Using windows XP is a KNOWN risk.

1. Name the chief execs of the trusts who had this risk in their risk register with "accepted" recorded.

2. Fire the chief execs of the trusts who don't even have it recorded as a risk.

Simple. Won't happen again.

PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Two words

End-point Security

Ok - 2.5 words.

Physical access is always a major step in hacking in. Install USB/FW/HDMI/eSATA port security then.

ESMA urges companies to disclose potential Brexit impact

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Didn't the EU ban anyone from doing or thinking about doing anything to do with Brexit until article 50 actually invoked.

Obviously doesn't apply to themselves.


UK.gov's pricey Five Year Plan to see off cyber thugs still in place

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Did you not read the article ?

GDPR is coming. Up to 4% of global turnover as a potential fine with it.

So. He is neither a total muppet or disingenuous.

You are,

The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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Re: Dezincification

Show off

The rest of us are only 0.0032% Zinc....

Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

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.. EU firms ..may simply find they their ability to work with non-EU clients profoundly challenged


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Re: People need to wake up to the fact...

School boy error 101

Confusing Data with Information, knowledge and enlightenment.

Most data (I don't know the exact percentage but its gotta be very high) is total garbage.


You just did GO based on GI.

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UK had a data protection act prior to the EU DPD. In fact - both those pieces of legislation are basically trying to implement a much earlier (1940/50's?) UN human rights clause.

Leaving EU will not affect UK DP abilities or how good/bad we are perceived by non-EU. With or without GDPR.

As for the EU - if they choose to cut of the outside world that is their choice.

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Re: Don't care

I do recall all those WITH a computer had to be given an extra bit of time to register because they couldn't be arsed to do so earlier....

..maybe you should consider that before being ageist.

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Re: Just move your business before actual Brexit

or stick it on a boat and call it Caroline...


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Here here

In fact - I am not even sure about using for ID either ....

Why? - you can't change it. Easy to cross link information about me if all my access is based on fixed Bio facts.

That said - it isn't as if there are big data breeches every day where someone could start to collect info on me....


Openreach to split from BT... so they'll be 'Legally Separate'

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Re: When all said and done..

I will swap you my 2.8Mbs for your 55Mbs.

We pay the same ....

Openreach boss Clive Selley wants Ofcom to wrap it up already

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so what.

If BT are refusing to do anything (they are) about Direct Exchange Lines (that apparently cannot be upgrade/moved/replaced/updated/FTTP/FTTC'd etc) then 2.8Mbs is all I will ever get.

Don't care about FTTP - just bandwidth.

FYI: I do not get a reduction in cost either. 2.8Mbs or 28Mbs = same price.

Maybe OFCOM should introduce a per/Mbs charging scheme ?

Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

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One word

Microsoft 'Binder'.

Well - two words actually - but an old MS app that let you keep all your docs in one collection.

At least it did - until MS dumped their support for it.

One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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A few advertisers may lose more money by losing one advertising channel to some customers than...

....the whole of the UK may lose if we vote to leave the EU?


If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

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Re: OT: NatWest again

Get your facts right.

The BBC report DOES NOT say money was paid away - only that someone accessed an account of a colleague.

Paying away means setting up new payee - which requires a Chip'n'Pin verification phase.

So - if I have access to your mobile phone and can convince someone at the bank to change the log-on credentials.....I have access to the same information as if I intercepted your printed statements.

Please - there is a weak spot in ID reset procedure, but nothing here indicates a flaw in paying away. Unless you have additional information ?


Sub-atomic boffins glimpse four-pack tetraquark

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Sorry, What?

I had mute on. Can you repeat that please?

BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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Re: Privatisation

I live just outside a metropolis - Cambridge.

I live in an area BT are allowed to colour 'green' as they have enabled us for superfast broadband.

Guess how fast my broadband is.

1.5Mb/s on a dry day. And no-one offers unlimited 4G anymore.

Hey - Maybe BT can buy a mobile phone company and offer a fixed price 4G contract to all those customers otherwise stuffed by them when it comes to cabled Broadband.

Now there's a thought....

The digital workplace transformation: Sooner than you think

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How could I have a full work from home environment...

..with BT's best effort only being 1.43Mbs ?

Some more fundamental fixes needed first.

But bring it on !!

Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

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Re: Welcome back the WORM drive

Still has to be an off-host drive - i.e. using a timestamp from somewhere else....

I also think a WORM drive is more specifically known as a CD-R ? (or DVD-R) (or BD-R) ??

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Off host logging not in place then ?

Not even an option to keep logs on-host anywhere even vaguely concerned about security.

You would only consider local logging on systems used purely as throw-away entertainment.