* Posts by Robert D Bank

167 posts • joined 15 Jun 2015


Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: iTunes more important than pandemic?

Jeez, we must know the same 'august colleague!

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Re: "we discovered a technical barrier that every other country [...] is also now hitting."

when it's degraded to the point where 'Rylan' is employed...time to switch off permanently, for my health

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Re: "we discovered a technical barrier that every other country [...] is also now hitting."

what was it I heard....£11m spent on this crock? So someone will be smiling.

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report

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I would prefer the £6k going toward a scheme to re-power existing diesels/petrol to electric. I really don't like the idea of so many serviceable vehicles being crushed when they could be re-powered, saving all the energy etc required to build a new car from scratch. Also, this sort of scheme would allow a lot more small scale operators to set up conversion factories, or local garages to set it up a useful side scheme. Also local electronic companies could start concentrating on building conversion kits and the associated 'smart' electronics to manage them. Other engineering firms could build kit for the KERS systems to be retrofitted. and battery storage kits to replace fuel tanks etc.

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Re: Electric cars....

how many nuclear power stations have been FULLY decommissioned, with the old fuel stored safely for the next few thousand years, and at what cost?

and nuclear is not carbon free by any stretch. How do you think the fuel source is prospected, mined, transported and processed in the huge nuclear power stations that are mostly built and maintained using largely carbon generated energy?

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

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No choice?

It seems implied to me that these crooks (and GCHQ) will be granted access to NHS records regardless of whether you have installed the NHS App or not, or am I missing something?

The arseholes really are a piece of work aren't they. This whole App seems to have been conceived as a commercial opportunity first, with a possible side benefit to public health. They were so hungry to commercialise it that they forgot about the small issues of GDPR, security and that many people distrust them and keep an eye out for their tricks.

Expect a continuous stream of this sort of nonsense as trade agreements are being drawn up with the US and others.

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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Re: Conspiracy time?

to me that is the real rub with this App, the fact it was designed to be monetised from the start. It seems there was more focus on that than making it attractive, trustworthy and beneficial to people.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: average office

more like the density of sheep in offices

or rocking hose shit

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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you get the same sort of bullshit with 3rd parties scarfing software and ideas out of their clients. They'll resell it as there own either internally to the same client or externally to another. Never any attribution to the originators..oh no.

India makes contact-tracing app mandatory for passengers as domestic flights resume

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Actually, train travel in India is very good as long as you're not in 'General Ticket' class. The S or A class carriages are particularly good, roomy, clean, comfortable, AC and a food service. They provide newly laundered sheets and pillows for the overnight sleepers. And I'm pretty sure they're made it illegal to travel on the roof of the trains over there now. As long as I had time I would prefer to use the train to flying because they are so good, and very cheap.

'General Ticket' class is another matter, there's no way I'd use that especially now with Covid19 aroud. We had to use that once a few years on a 14 hour trip from Goa to Bangalore as we couldn't get anything on the other classes because it was a public holiday. Getting on was like the Pamplona bull run, the carriage was full, and I mean totally full seats, under seats, floor and luggage racks within about 10 seconds. We had to stand amongst the people on the floor for about the first 6-7 hrs, although the kids were given some space on a luggage rack. The train split at some point with half going to Mumbai. When the new engine connected the bump caused the toilet to overflow and it flowed in to the passenger cabin! After a couple of hours it dried so people started sitting on the floor again. Was a very long night that one.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: Perfect example...

So the Gov't keeps saying they have done all they can...

The investigation by BBC Panorama found that vital items were left out of the stockpile when it was set up in 2009 and that the government subsequently ignored a warning from its own advisers to buy missing equipment.

Why some NHS workers are wearing bin bags

Are NHS staff getting enough protective gear?

The expert committee that advises the government on pandemics, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), recommended the purchase of gowns last June.


And now, trying to relax the lock-down with having mass scale testing or track and trace in place...recipe for a 2nd wave...we could be stuck with this for years...

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account

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Re: comparison

or just don't go there in the first place?

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent

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One of those moments, just relax, picolax

A lot more protected now, but the IDCAMS DELETE USERCATALOG FORCE command was a pretty effective way to ruin yours and anyone nearby's life, at the very least for many hours, more if no effective backups in place.That's about as much as I want to remember of that horror show, getting to old to deal with it now, so do nothing at all where possible.

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In memory of

had one of those moments back in the 80's...days when there was issues with some of the old SLED disks started to lose their rust. Had one reporting errors so was asked to copy it to a spare just in case. Proceeded to do this using a very familiar utility I used daily, but not normally for disk to disk copy, usually disk to tape. Unbeknown to me, the copy function targeted DD statements in the reverse of a disk to tape backup, which meant I copied an empty spare disk over top of the live one! This wasn't immediately apparent as it was the mastercatalog volume which is largely static data and is mostly held on memory once first read, so the system carried on quite happily until something tried to update something on the volume but found it couldn't, because the volume was now effectively empty with no VTOC directory. Then came the realisation moment and having to fess up to the boss. Given the nature of the volume we realised that just restoring it from a backup would be OK, just wait until later in the day when we could afford to restart the system after a stand alone restore. So, next was to find a record of the last backup of this volume. Looking through the inventory I couldn't actually find one. Oh shit! The next step was having to find and wade through piles of line-flow paper to find any record of a backup. Please, any 'kin record! Eventually found it as one line on one single page at the bottom of one of the piles, which took about 2hrs. The backup was a bit old, but it was the only option available, and it was used to do a successful recovery and no actual harm done.

After that unpleasant experience I then audited the backup inventory and found many holes in it. This lead me to do a complete rewrite and revamp of the whole disaster backup and recovery strategy, which included both backup and recovery information generated at primary and secondary sites.

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

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Re: Pedo-guy?

don't give him ideas, next thing that will be on the market as a new scent.

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Re: Surprised

I cannot stop laughing at your last sentence...what a picture. My old ladder is struggling to hold. Pint on me.

You can forget about that Black Friday deal: Brit banks crap out just in time for pay day

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Re: What is the Problem?

all those thieving Aussie owned banks shafting NZ..they get away with way to much

Tech and mobile companies want to monetise your data ... but are scared of GDPR

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Re: (U.K) A.S.A. having a go

They should be called influenza's. Those whore's are just as pernicious, if not more so.

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Re: GDPR working

the NHS and all that lovely data..

Twitter: No, really, we're very sorry we sold your security info for a boatload of cash

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Re: De ja vu

hear hear

The immovable object versus the unstoppable force: How the tech boys club remains exclusive

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Never had an issue in working for or with women, it's not an issue. Most I get on with, some I don't, just like blokes.Merit where it's due.

Having women around does seem to make guys behave in a bit more mature way, and maybe that's what some don't like. And there are certainly some men who just don't seem to able to abide having a women in control. Sad, weak, bastards.

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

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Re: Fear of missing out

I'd prefer MoFo. Or Deux (as in Doh!)

other options..

- Bender :-)

- Double (french form)

EU's top court says tracking cookies require actual consent before scarfing down user data

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Re: Sliders

Totally agree. Just the way the options are worded sometimes has me scratching my head whether I'm turning something on/off. Very obviously designed that way as it's not difficult to ask a question about a binary 'kin answer. Rips my 'kin tits, and I'll usually just exit the site.

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Re: That was nice

'kin Oath, have to agree, they're one of the worst. To the extent I don't bother gong there anymore.

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

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For simplicity I feel a transaction tax would be effective and simpler to administer. A transaction would be taxed in the physical jurisdiction it takes place which would be indisputable. It should also include any internal transfer pricing transactions. The larger the value of the transaction then graduate the tax accordingly to prevent artificial aggregation of smaller transactions. This would level the playing field between smaller and large business.

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Re: Please send more tax than our rules say you should.

we'll find out when we try and get a trade deal with the US. It'll be like Last Tango in Paris, without the kindness of butter to smooth the way.

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Re: This how its meant to work and Hodge knows it.

have 10

Like that other bloke who rose from the grave, the El Reg security desk is back this week...

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Re: Weather Channel


Your ugly mug may be scanned yet again – but at least you'll be able to board faster at Gatwick

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No escape

where are the camera's located? If they're at the gate you HAVE to go through then presumably you'll be face scanned regardless as your passport itself is scanned.

First they came for 'face' and I did not speak out because I... have no face? Then they came for 'book'

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Waiting for someone to try and trademark 'FUCK', and all variations. Or am I too late?

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence

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All I can say is...


Watchdog: Hush-hush UK.gov blew £97m on Brexit wonks from six of the usual suspects

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Thinking and shaping'. Does that translate to polishing a turd, or using it as modelling clay?

That revolving door must be on bloody fire these days.

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Re: Collective noun for consultants

ConsUltaNTS more like it

Now on Amazon Prime: The Amazing Shrinking UK Tax Burden

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a transaction tax, graduated on the value of the transaction may be more equitable. Mr cash-in-hand business excluded of course.

You know what the NHS really needs? Influencers, right guys? #blessed

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So this app can access your medical records?! Fucking wonderful. How long before that gets hacked. Not happy.

'Hey Google, remind Greg the locks have been changed, and he should find a new place to live. Maybe ask his mistress?'

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imagine the bloody thing pipes up and says 'see you on the other side punk'.

(damn, just saw the two previous ones beat me to it!)

Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free

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the irony

Would it be a pretty safe bet that these same dev's are the one's who'd line up somewhere to buy the latest version of one of these games?

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill

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I'm sure most of those whinging about the 'exhorbitant contractor rates' here have never been contractors and experienced what it really means. It can be good money but it definitely takes it's toll in other ways as many have outlined.

I can confidently say that contractor productivity is significantly higher than their permie counterparts in most cases as the motivation is quite different. You stand on your own merits and only get rewarded for your own direct efforts, and you have to stay ahead of the game with the tools and business practices.

I've been on both sides of the fence and permie's take the piss in numerous ways, through sick (i.e. a terrible fecking hangover, or just can't be arsed) leave, over inflated overtime, self promotion on the back of others efforts, being obstructive to save their own positions etc etc, etc.

Dodgy-govt fave FinSpy snoopware is back and badder than ever for Android and iOS kit

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I wish some info was provided on how to detect and kill these infections. Would a factory reset get rid of it for example?

That this AI can simulate universes in 30ms is not the scary part. It's that its creators don't know why it works so well

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Re: Dark Star

Dark Star Revelation, lurvely!

Driving Xtreme Cuts: DXC Technology waves bye bye to 45% of Americas Security divison

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Re: Another reason not to use DXC

I agree that this offshoring of blame is a big factor. The c-suite types love that.

'AI is not the cause, it’s an accelerant. The pace of change is challenging' Experts give Congress deepfakes straight dope

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this could easily become like plastic pollution in the oceans, we all end up consuming it in little bits, whether we like it or not, and it'll be everywhere. At least until there's a way to recognise something doctored technologically.

Wanted: Big iron geeks to help restore IBM 360 mainframe rescued from defunct German factory by other big iron geeks

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Re: Just bunged them a tenner

still here, started on a 360/40 and DOS in 76. Now on Z/OS and z14's...ffs that reveals a bit too much!

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Re: Be quick... Brexit looms....

it's 'citing', not 'sighting', in that context...

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the 360 was carbon core memory, pre-silicon. I worked on a 360/40 with 48k main memory running DOS back in the mid 70's. Then moved to another place running the 370/125 which was considerably more advanced and included a screen for the master console, rather than the golf ball typewriter of the 360.

WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet

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'paranoid egotistical fantasist.' - come on that could be applied to many of the nutters in the top echelon of US politics. And worse, they are dangerous zealots who believe their own lies, and have untold power to abuse.

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this is 100% about chilling any journalist, or whistle blower, or anyone, from outing information the Gov't doesn't want you to know about. That is even where it is murderous, illegal, anti democratic and downright dangerous.

Assange is the one that will feel the brunt of this, but the knock on affects to journalism and in fact democracy as a whole are terrifying.

And yet all the other media outlets who fed off Wikileaks for years republishing a lot of the same material are walking away scot free.

Polygraph knows all: You've been using our user feedback form

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Re: Hot desking

It is a disruptor in that it ensures that teams should not sit close to each other, which could engender cliques in the desking system

Yep, that works really well, humans being naturally social animals...ffs. Where do they get these people?

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Re: Hot desking

agreed. That combined with open plan where you always have some noisy tw4t at the other end of the orifice talking loudly to their mobile or anyone they hope will listen. WFH is a pleasure by comparison, and much more productive, for me anyway. And losing the commute through London is a major plus.

Aussies, Yanks may think they're big drinkers – but Brits easily booze them under the table

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Re: Have you tasted American and Aussi beer?

it's not 'sour', unless it's a Saison. It's 'hoppy', the effect of a high IBU you get in mos IPA's. That is my preferred style, but I do still enjoy some of the ruby and other styles.



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