* Posts by low_resolution_foxxes

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84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Re: WTF?

Well, I do get your point.

I'm trying the imagine what would happen if someone did the same with a working, weaponised and fireable Nazi tank, to clear the snow in a leafy Surrey neighbourhood.

There's a certain level of military cache, where you have to ask, what is the worst thing that can happen, when a potentially ill pensioner with poor eyesight gets loose with a 34 wheel tank?

I will say though. that unless there are extenuating circumstances, a 250k fine seems excessive, considering he displayed no antisocial, violent or problematic opinions.

Giant Tesla battery providing explosion in renewable energy – not as intended

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Re: Smoke 'em if you've got 'em.

Would they just use a gravity shaking/sorting device to separate the ore into layers?

Euro watchdog will try to extract $900m from Amazon for breaking data privacy laws

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Re: But will they actually have to pay?

Not officially. But I believe it can be classed as a cost of doing business, ergo reducing your profit and lowering your tax bill.

The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

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Re: Hmm....

371 comments? Bloody hell. Construction company & climate change bots out again?? ;)

As a colleague recently told me, you can charge your eCar at home for £0.14 per kW (~ £7 for a 400 mile range).

At one of these commercial/service station sites they will charge £0.30 to £0.50 per kW....... so basically anyone able to park outside their home will get a far cheaper commute.

Home charging is cheap because it doesn't have the absurd petrol taxes (is the price of petrol basically 80-90% tax?).

eBay ex-security boss sent down for 18 months for cyber-stalking, witness tampering

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Re: An excess of caution

Using the word alleged is a classic arse-covering journalist thing.

Imagine a case where someone is accused of murder and you say "Dave is a murderer", Dave might take offence and sue you.

So when court cases are involved, it's far safer for journalists to say "Dave is an alleged murder".

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Re: What about EBAY

"Expenses for marketing impact communications"

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Re: Wow

Yeah, that's a hell of a collection of parts to procure without leaving a papertrail.

It's not something you order after 5 pints on eBay...

Workday shares slide following claims Amazon ditched company-wide HR system

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Uhh, am I reading that right? Maine has ~1m population, so every citizen has a $50 bill to pay for a cloud saas HR system???

I know governments are a bit wasteful but Sheesh, go back to paper.

SSD belonging to Euro-cloud Scaleway was stolen from back of a truck, then turned up on YouTube

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Did they ever mention what kind of truck it "went missing" from?

Logistics carriers (in particular package companies, imagine UPS/DHL/etc.) often end up with 40ft containers full of undelivered packages, your contract with them usually even says that after X attempts to deliver, the package is legally there's and they basically just sell the contents onto a weird community of people who basically buy the packages in bulk, with the intention of selling the contents, or for weirder shipments, selling them back to the original shipper.

So in that situation, I could well imagine a tech interested in hard drives buying 'lost in transit' hard drives, and then buying one & getting in contact with them. I work in a sales department shipping internationally, and we've probably had 4-5 incidents where packages worth more than £10k just went missing, only to reappear on eBay, or with some weird middleman trying to sell them back to us (with confirmed serial numbers).

Dog eats UK government's Hydrogen Strategy homework just as summer recess arrives

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Exactly. Nuclear is usually pretty crap at responding to grid demand.

This is why lithium ion batteries are wonderful for grid frequency regulation. The response speed times for grid faults are currently something like:

Lithium-ion storage: 50 milliseconds

"Rapid" natural gas: 30 seconds

Nuclear: Hours

Hence why Li-ion embedded grid storage is popular (now they have a sensible price anyway).

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Well, I sort of see your point. But from recollection, wind power has been providing more power to the grid than nuclear (on average) for nearly two years now.

Wind is not a small player anymore. Our grid is being rebuilt around it, and hydrogen seems to be a key part of it.

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Re: Yet again, what about tidal power?

Tidal is a funny one. There is a moderate expansion of tidal going on in Scotland - SIMEC=Atlantis have a 6MW turbine array with planning permission for 400MW. https://simecatlantis.com/projects/meygen/

The historic problems with tidal were reliability, cost, site location etc. It is surprisingly difficult to get planning permission for a site to install dozens of large heavy spinning rotor blades chopping up animals/swimmers in a tidal flow area. The ocean tends to absolutely pound any machinery you put in the water and leave it requiring persistent maintenance.

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Have a look into the reason Hitachi started pulling out of the new UK nuclear power market.

When the latest UK wind projects are clocking in between £39 to £50 per MW hour, while the new nuclear power plants are £90 to £115 per MW hour, they could see a fundamental shift in the economics + you didn't have to worry about nuclear storage for 1000+ years.

Granted, the nuclear stations do not suffer the intermittency of wind.

Hydrogen can explode, but no more so than petrol/natural gas (I believe... could be wrong!). I believe hydrogen tends to float upwards, so in theory it has lower hazard of explosion, since any accidental release would typically result in immediate dispersion of the hydrogen upwards into the air (more complicated in confined spaces).

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To me (working in energy, but not an expert) I see several positive and likely uses, with several areas I am pessimistic about.

It will probably solve a number of energy storage issues, particularly around long term storage of wind power, which is growing massively with surprisingly low costs (for those who wish to argue, the old costs were indeed high).

It solves the problem of grid capacity issues (store energy on site or wherever, just like natural gas, getting rid of the grid capacity limitations when wind is plentiful). It is early days, but quite simple to convert heavy industry (initially steel Mills) to hydrogen and the EU plans are essentially in place to do so. Pilot plants are already built and working well.

Alas, hydrogen is a very small leaky atom. It will be a fucker to use at home or in the gas grid. I'm personally not convinced home heating and transport will use huge amounts of Hydrogen power. Does need some work on cost though. In the UK, nuclear is almost dead now that offshore wind costs are less than half the final cost.

As Europe hopes to double its share of global chip production, Intel comes along with $20bn, plans for fabs

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To be clear, are they asking for a "subsidy/grant/handout" or are they asking for "we'll invest $15bn if we can have a tax break window for 5 years" ?

The latter is usually how they ask for things in the USA when there is a critical supply chain requirment on home soil.

Galaxy quest: Yet another sub-£500 phone comes to trouble mobile big dogs in the form of Realme GT 5G

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I won't touch Samsung anymore. around 5 years they fucked me off with the lack of headphone jack, inability to delete Facebook and American apps (no surprise, Samsung are ~50% owned by the US pension funds). Then I had a Samsung tablet that seemed intentionally hobbled/crap.

At least the Chinese don't lie about spying on you. They just tell you they're doing it.

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Xiaomi Poco X3 pro. £180 on Amazon. Surprisingly high spec

Snapdragon 860 7nm, 6GB ram, 128 storage, 2 day battery and 33W charging, includes a phone protector in the box. No 5G though

In conversation with Gene Hoffman, co-creator of the internet's first ad blocker

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Re: Okay, now I get cryptocurrency

American banks are just technological relics.

It's unusual how the British banks mainly merged into 5-6 big banks, while the US has ~5000 smaller banks with older legacy paperwork processes, that are often tricky enough crossing state borders.

The newer tech and EU regulations made this far simpler. I use Revolut and it's a breath of fresh air compared to old school banks.

Dell bigwig: Expect another 6 months of supply woes. Oh, hello Windows 11

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I'm sure that glass vials are part of the story, but I really doubt glass vials had such a major impact. Global sand use is ~50bn tons of sand, I seriously doubt glass vials even in a quantity of 10bn would touch that.

But sand raw materials have their own sustainability issues. Heck, you often can't use desert sand (for CPUs probably impurities, for construction the shape of the sand is different) and there are literal sand mafias in Asia/Africa illegally "mining" sand from anywhere they can.

In my head, it's just one of those perfect storm situations. Covid meant productivity was down, working from home created a step change in demand, Taiwan had a drought (TSMC use tens of millions of kg of water per day) + it's hard to build sub 8nm CPU factories.

Glass vials? Pfft. I'm sure it's a minor factor, but really?

US Supreme Court rules teens cussing out schools on social media is protected speech

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Re: Excellent

Why is this in anyway comparable to a teacher telling the kids to f themselves? One is a professional, on duty and employed to teach minors, with a duty of responsibility.

The other is a minor, talking to other minors, outside of school, in private. Sure, it's probably embarrassing and not the greatest feat. But seriously, cops could never enforce this, because it's not a crime.

Reminds me a bit of that 18yr old American girl who was kicked out of her University last year. Her crime? As a 15yr old white girl, she posted a Snapchat video of herself singing along to a rap song, singing the unmentionable word. Her ex sent to the uni HR team as a revenge tactic.

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate

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Re: He had three degrees

Considering they had three degrees and were training for a 4th, experience would suggest they are either insanely gifted, or spend their entire lives in academia and have no desire to get a real job.

I have a friend studying her 4th degree, I forget specifics but I think it was Fine art, English, Theology and now some kind of Education degree. I'd describe her as an emotionally unstable, green haired alcoholic, who barely survives a part time job in a small cafe. I love her to pieces, but I would never employ her in any capacity. On the other hand, my dad has three vocational degrees in Architecture that has served him well as an Architect.

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer

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Ouch. love a good conspiracy, but I have to say, I suspect he may owe the taxman a considerable amount.

Colourful chap.

MI5 still risks breaking the law on surveillance data through poor controls – years after it was first warned

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Re: "compliance risk"

#1 is more common, but I have worked for companies than perform #2.

It is surprising, that for something as important as "are we making a good product and are we competent at our jobs" the amount of effort put into compliance is basically box ticking for most.

It is bizarre how many great ideas come out of simple tools like DFMEA and VSM concepts. Even simple things like asking your engineers "stop fixing problems when they fail, spend the day looking for the obvious things that will go wrong and fix them in advance".

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Re: Is that it?

I can imagine an environment that rewards individuals for quick actions and information.

The law says that only suitable qualified and trained staff, can access certain data, with appropriate safeguards. It's not a trivial environment, multiple early staff were caught stalking their partners, ex-partners and ex-partners new partners.

The whole point of training and oversight, was to ensure that those accessing secret information, were doing so for a valid reason, within valid timelines and responsibly deleting that information after. No training = less likely to achieve prosecution later on (if you haven't done the training, you cannot be held to the same legal standard, since it hasn't been spelled out to you)

If you cannot demonstrate this, then you cannot continue to practice.

Whether they really need more legal help, I cringe at throwing more money at lawyers, as I am sure that the internal compliance teams and engineers are more than capable of doing their jobs properly, it is probably more about whether they really have the desire to do so.

PS I laughed at "using boiler plate language", but surely that's the point? You use legal templates for such things?

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Re: Storage areas within the environment

You mean it's like every engineering department in the world?

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

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Re: Phew that was close!

Bitcoin has no inherent value, until you realise a function that Bitcoin can do extremely well for you.

If you are Chinese and there are strict controls on money crossing the border, Bitcoin has a use.

Same if you have your money stashed in some exotic Caribbean island.

If VISA and Mastercard stop being accepted at PornHub... (note: that did coincide with a remarkable boom in Bitcoin demand).

The irony of fiat-based currencies stating that globalised bitcoin-variants have no inherent value is hilarious.

"Dear sir, please accept this piece of paper as an IOU from our government, backed by nothing of any value, except a promise to tax our citizens if we fuck up too badly."

Me? I'm not a big fan. Wish I'd latched onto Bitcoin in the early early days like everyone else, but I could also have thrown away cash at plenty of other get rich quick schemes, and "internet drugs and pizza coins" wasn't high on my lists.

It's 2021 and a printf format string in a wireless network's name can break iPhone Wi-Fi

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Re: So what happens if...

Does it fail on scanning and detecting the wifi, or specifically when you connect?



I mean heck, if you could find some way of sellotaping a wifi hotspot to the wall for a few days..

Ahem. Subject to the laws of your region.

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

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Re: The argument is a bit beyond Priti Patel

It may be an unpopular fact, but the vast majority of British asylum seekers are not fleeing war. If anything, it is a compliment that they should wish to join our country, I just wish their country did not have the humanitarian/economic issues they aim to flee.

It has been pointed out many times, that if you base your immigration/asylum policy on the absolute quantity of refugees who can travel 1000+ miles, with minimal cash, no ID and across several borders, without being caught, the primary result is the obvious one - the only ones likely to achieve this are military age young men (the system is thus chronically sexist AGAINST women and children, who have virtually no hope of managing that feat).

Hence the correlation with social problems, when the Home Office puts young military trained men in a hostel/B&B, bans them from working for 2 years while their application is processed, and gives them £40 per week for "food and sustenance" (it's very tempting to drift into dodgy lines of unofficial trade).

It is an absurd system all around. I'm not opposed to immigrants or asylum on any particular level, but you cannot continue a process that effectively taxes and prevents Australians and Americans becoming British across a multi-year process, while having a 2nd system where refugees arrive and a Human Rights lawyer is given £10-15k in legal aid to represent and appeal for the applicants.

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Re: The argument is a bit beyond Priti Patel

Yeah, it's all fine and good having a humanitarian mindset, but imagine those are Russian spies bringing nerve gas and explosives across the water and you can imagine why having boats deliberately avoiding customs and passport control is a problem.

Linux gods at last turn their gaze to Pi 400: Computer-in-a-keyboard receives mainline kernel support with v5.14

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A cloud rentable Raspberry Pi? Curious.

Apart from the novelty factor and educational sector, is there a practical user application?

Is it cheaper?

I think therefore IAM: It's not cool, it's not sexy, but it's one of the most important and difficult areas in modern IT

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Re: HR is the key

I tend to agree.

As with all trades, there are some gems. But HR draws a particular "non-techie" mindset. They may have years of experience on iOS interfaces, some may even vaguely understand GDPR, but will no concept of software, bad actors, information management, hardware provision etc.

Over the last 15 years, all of mine seem to have been under-25 yr old fresh uni graduates, or far-left CRT philosophers.

Report commissioned by Google says Google isn't to blame for the death of print news

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Can a newspaper that need printing, with added ink and paper, distribution and newsagent costs, ever compete with a competitor that runs a billion articles from a server in the basement that pays a fraction of the council tax? Surprisingly, the most efficient and effective option won the majority of the business.

Arguably their competitors hsve been cheeky ****ers with their user data though.

But the Internet changed the game. People no longer had to buy paper to find out the news. They could socialise and read free Internet sites instead. Free is more popular than "not free and not convenient". Internet readership figures have grown and newspaper sales have died. Fewer eyeballs and less power. A random dude posting from his basement is quite often more honest and accurate about local matters than a press with commercial agendas to grind (but also dies give a voice to all kinds of cranks).

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

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In my experience, HR seem to think that any engineer can perform any engineering role.

I suppose asking them to evaluate the merits of C++ vs transistor design is a tad unfair. It's all "engineering" really!

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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OK. So a persistent thief commits dozens of robberies and gives a fake stolen name and ID.

A mistake is made, and the wrong guy is arrested. This guy has his name briefly attached to a police facial recognition tool. When the mistake is validated, the facial recognition is updated.

Sooooo. Mistakes and assumptions have been made, they have been corrected.

Apparently, the lawyers wanted $1bn in damages. I have to admit I chuckled when I heard that number.

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Hmmm, what are the prosecution options?

I mean, they had a terrible ID and it was his own "friend" who originally got him in trouble.

I guess they could have removed his name from the shoplifter register quicker. Which did ultimately cause an apparently innocent guy harm.

It must be said, reading elsewhere, his lawyer has asked for $1 billion in damages (lol), based on Apple's use of "video recognition software in their stores", but Apple replied by saying they just have CCTV, it's the local police who used the facial recognition software and assigned the wrong name.

Big Tech has a big problem with Florida passing a law that protects politicians from web moderation

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Well, the problem did come about because they treated Republicans differently to Democrats.

Many Democrats explicitly called for violent BLM riots, but this was seen as acceptable, while Republicans were cracked down on for relatively minor things.

I can't say I support either group, but it was quite clear by the end that social media regulation was highly one way traffic.

I mean, they blocked the "Hunter Biden is a junkie hooker addict sleazing around the Ukraine" story from being published on the eve of the election. They blocked factual reports on the BLM founders buying $6m of housing, against their "Marxist" principles. But clamped down and demonitised every major Conservative youtubers ads.

Snowden was right, rules human rights court as it declares UK spy laws broke ECHR

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Re: "dragnet surveillance laws"

Honestly, I'm pretty sure they'll have found dumb idiots sharing "dodgy" stuff and dodgy tyrant businessmen with shady deals.

But we've seen plenty of admin staff fired for stalking their ex partners messaging data. It was not exactly a one off event...

It took 'over 80 different developers' to review and fix 'mess' made by students who sneaked bad code into Linux

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I love that you apologised for complimenting them.

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Re: The only sane thing to do

I know it's open source, but frankly it's used everywhere and just imagine if it caused a fire/explosion/death. Could you imagine the lawyers chasing the ambulances?

That said, we're not talking playdoh here. I know Linux is a community project, but we're not talking a communist utopia. Linux is serious business behind the scenes of really important economies, if some kids can fuck it up for a laugh, without the scent of peer review, wtf is going on?

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly

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I have been a bit disappointed the last 2-3 years of BBC content. When they get it right - it's amazing and leaps ahead of the competition.

When they get it wrong... it is like they hired some chimps to write the storylines, while the lawyers and HR teams mess up the script beyond a joke.

The last thing I was watching is Line of Duty, which has been generally excellent. But the last season was hot garbage.

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Re: Fuck the BBC - fuck iPlayer

Honestly, I think the BBC is trying its best to be impartial after getting its arse slapped last year.

The people who claim the BBC is Tory biased... blimey, have you ever watched any political program ever? It's hostile to anyone pro-Brexit, Tory, UKIP, who basically doesn't support the utopian communist ideal. Most BBC political comedies are literally "Tory bad, hur hur hur" because arts graduates are 99.9% left-wing.

The BBC news site routinely highlights anti-Tory smears. Anything critical of the unions and it'll appear somewhere near the bottom of the site. I think a lot of the confusion, is that the BBC does wheel out a plethora of charity activists, who people assume are left wingers, when the reality is they tend to come from all backgrounds (but always come begging for money, so they sound like lefties).

Personally, I am a centrist and I happen to think choosing between Labour & Tory, is equivalent to selecting a favourite between bowel cancer and prostate cancer. Although Labour are doing a grand job of imploding with stupidity over the last 5 years. You have to laugh, at the Labour 'Head of Education' having literally no GCSEs.

BBC makes switch to AWS, serverless for new website architecture, observers grumble about the HTML

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Re: Does this change explain

Have you ever met the crayon fairy department?

I am not surprised.

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary

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Re: what a pile of drivel

Curses, I learnt something today.

[goes back to rule 34-ing]

Interesting btw.

Microsoft sheds some light on perplexing Outlook blank email incident: Word was to blame

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Tell me about it. Most of the worst parts of the internet can be traced back to the crayon fairies.

If it's not having special fruit-based hardware, activating creepy ad-tech trackers "to provide valuable insights into our customers", pushing aggressive cookies, HTML and "Twitter engagement".

AMD promises to spend $1.6bn on 12nm, 14nm chips from GlobalFoundries

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There are plenty of applications where 10-20nm is perfectly reasonable and cost efficient.

5nm is great of course for cutting edge. But most do not need it.

China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet

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Re: Quality Counts

You should always take those things with a pinch of salt. While I cannot discount the idea of a craft that moves in the way shown, a radar glitch is not entirely ruled out sometimes. While the glaring intention often comes back down to "they wanted to reduce our budget, but look at this shiny shiny threat we need to investigate!".

On the videos doing the rounds, whatever it is, it is not organic. The G forces alone were calculated at hundreds of times what a biological animal could tolerate. So it becomes a drone or AI craft that just likes smashing itself into the ocean at high speed, for no particular reason.

NHS-backed org reacted to GitHub leak disclosure with legal threats and police call, complains IT pro

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Re: I smell a rat here.....

Curious Lilly automatically went for the "so a woman has an opinion.. Blah blah misogyny" route. It was out of context for the responses so far I can read, which also suggests the individual felt caught out with the sock puppet account and wishes to shut down legitimate debate by pulling the old "you're all sexist oppressing me" card. No they were not.

To me, this is either manipulative and/or narcissistic behaviour. You can read a lot into someone's mind by reading the words they use.

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Yeah, the signs are management, legal or PR teams trying to spin a narrative.

Honestly sounds like clowns all around, if all they want is their data deleted (they are an NHS orh, I can understand they can't let it continue to be public, but perhaps they could have communicated that better?).

Gofundme's for legal aid make me groan, it's a new thing that the lawyers have adopted enthusiastically. A literal "win win" for client and £200ph lawyerbot.

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Re: I smell a rat here.....

I'm confused. What are you suggesting? What was his interest in apperta



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