* Posts by Moog42

37 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Mar 2017

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


Legends don't fade away...

Crazy guy, crazy life, but if you've been in tech over the decades you can't help but have been touched by the McAfee journey. His passing ages us all, RIP Sir.

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



New intern left alone with Reg for 5 mins. Trolling commences. Frothage floweth over.

Talk about unintended consequences: GDPR is an identity thief's dream ticket to Europeans' data


Subject access requests existed before GDPR. You just had 10 days longer and it cost £10. The risk of data breach in this space has been around for years and I've personally dealt with many a vexatious spouse looking for financial data on their errant partners to 'further' their divorce settlement discussion through this vector.

I think the ICO fining companies because they return in 40 days rather than 30 will be very low down their list of priorities, but if you don't have ID&V controls in place for these requests, then you deserve what you get.

UK privacy watchdog threatens British Airways with 747-sized fine for massive personal data blurt


Re: GDPR-exit

Nope. Can't maintain adequacy on that basis.

Numbers differ, but I've heard that UK trade impacted by personal data is in the range of 44%. Not sure impacting that would be in the interests of either side of the Brexit fence.

We knew it was coming: Bureaucratic cockup triggers '6-month' delay of age verification block on porno in the UK


Comedy gold, this should be framed for posterity.

I don't know what's funnier - politicians and their understanding of technology set against the youthful desire for filth, or the comments in this post.

Hedge porn and 14k modem line by line smut. Oh the halcyon days.

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware


Re: How would I know if I've been compromised?

Quick poll in our office shows that in the last couple of days iOS handsets updated to the x.50 version over the weekend, but that's still vulnerable. Forced refresh on the app store and *tada!* Version x.51 magically appears...

Prodigy dancer and vocalist Keith Flint found dead aged 49


... it's not all about you

Very sad. Sound of the late 90's, and stunning live.

For those desperate to share how they have 'never heard of him... etc'. Yeah, well guess what - it's not all about you I'm afraid.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data


Sir Nick

I'm sure Sir Nick Clegg will turn it round for them...

The ICO needs to move a damn sight faster on these things .

Hard Brexit, soft Brexit, deal or no deal: Doesn't matter – all integrator CGI sees is dollar signs


Bigger bus

That was totally on the side of that bus. Brexit dividend.

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic


Re: WAIT! Hang on, back up a second ...

Nope. It has many many gauges.

The best function of the app is this - wake up, open curtains, see car is frosted over, ask app to defrost car, get ready for work, drive in a warm car. Works for the aircon too, and the heated seats/steering wheel. Anything else, meh.



I found it unbelievable that Renault (for my old Zoe) was able to build an app that ALWAYS worked, yet Nissan built this absolute shower. I have the new LEAF, the car is great, the connectivity just pants. i haven't bothered to reset my credentials yet as all the posts seem to indicate it's just junked itself.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook


Alternatives are availble

Just don't use their facial recog features it seems. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/04/photos_trick_smartphones/

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


You missed one...

Adult electric scooters. They are coming, and soon they will be in every canal the length and breadth of the country.

Doom: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Map my brain...

I spend days upon days playing this and W3D, I'm convinced it helps develop much better cognitive skills for mapping - once you've remembered level after level of these maps, day after day, getting round your average city seems so much easier :)

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Re: Users should pay to use Facebook

Or I would offer "connect people to our deposit account"

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years


Re: Card numbers

FSCS doesn't cover any form of electronic money, makes me nervous of even my £12.50 delay repay payment from Virgin Trains...

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog


Is it lunch yet?

I'm just waiting till after lunch to follow this up with my legitimate scam phishing email... click here to secure your account etc...

UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'


In other news, the Home Office assured the country that a new immigration system post that 'B' word, would be delivered on time and to budget.

RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer


RIP, he had an impact beyond all measure not matter what your OS of choice. I for one really appreciated his interest in marine archaeology and his funding for the raising of the bell from HMS Hood, and his foundations work studying the coelacanth.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Convenience (my hands are full when I need to lock the car) vs inconvenience (I have to remember to put my keys in a metal biscuit tin every night to prevent some git from driving it off) - still feels like a half-baked biscuit solution tbh.

Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack


I hear the sound of lawyers sharpening knives.

Never mind the ICO... legal firm SPG law are readying to represent the customers with a class action for non-material damage. They reckon c £1,250 a head, and their parent company already has form in eviscerating Yahoo, Wendy's etc...

Facebook admits it was 'too slow' to ban Myanmar regime


Engineers of the new miracle machine...

Engineers of the new miracle machine stood aghast as the human race quickly decided to use it for nefarious purposes. "We totally didn't see that unprecedented bad usage coming", said a spokesperson before pointing to the terms and conditions of use in defense.

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug


Re: Why they store date of birth

They sell nicotine based products (e-cigs etc) online - strictly over 18's only


Re: Back of the queue...

3 hours of 500 errors later I managed to get in. 12 hours later I got the email confirmation that i had changed my password successfully. Speedy Tuesday!


Back of the queue...

Company sends out email at 18:52 asking me to change my password. Servers fall over (and for the rest of the night) at 18:53. Go figure.

Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers


More electric...

Well it's not an absolute (think large scalextric, and that's as complex as they really are), but you do then risk driving it beyond it's range and then you'll have to find a charger somehow - yes you can do that with your phone, but it can't calculate your consumption and distance to charger. I am however willing to connect on the basis that I put a total of £0 worth of electricity in every month thanks to the free chargers. But I'm cheap like that.


If you jump into the world of electric cars (I'm on my 2nd and let's face it, they are coming for all of you) you're kind of forced into the entire connected world - you control the charging and preconditioning via an app, you get charge notifications, and you need the car connected to update not only the car itself, but also the list of available charge points etc... When I sold my Renault Zoe I could do a full reset from the dashboard, not quite so easy on the clunky Renault website where you get updates from - still can't shift my profile off that. My new LEAF tracks my every movement it seems, as well as having the ability to take full telemetry and photographs if it is involved in an accident - not quite sure I gave it permission to do that, and no idea where all that data is being sent...

Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash


Hahahahaha. No.

Nothing against Croydon, and a knighthood and complementary Aston Martin from Q wouldn't swing this one.

UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers


Re: Not just HMRC

The processing of VSA would be a form of automated decision making (yes they are lying so deny payment) and therefore under GDPR would be subject to the requirements of recital 71 and article 22.

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine


Bored waiting.

I cancelled my Model 3 reservation last week. 2 years and 2 months waiting, no customer communications of note, no sign of any RHD models yet, the AWD version costs north of £60k. Bought a new LEAF instead and they were hugely apologetic for the 12 week delay.

Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards


Re: A fairly basic question...

'Would you like to create an account to make your shopping experience easier next time?'

Right up until we lose it.

11 months is a long time, have they just been holed up in The Winchester hoping it will all blow over? And really not quite sure how they can be so certain that nothing has happened with those details in all that time?

UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov


Re: One must ask ones self

By the magical power of inference, I can determine that you milk drinkers were clearly all from the South. Us northern milk drinkers never had such problems. I'm pretty sure the average ambient temperature of Cumbria in the 70's never got above 5c (even in '76).

First EU-US Privacy Shield annual review to take place in September


Short meeting. Don't bother with biscuits.

How their GDPR ignorance could protect you from your denial


Re: Sounds line a nice earner to me

Ambulance chasers, please queue here. GDPR brings forth the world of individual compensation for damages and/or class actions. The next PPI, only rather than just paying out and it being the end of the matter, any inability on behalf of the technology/processes to stop processing of the data will just keep the matter revisiting the courts. Will make that €20m max fine seem like chicken feed if you have a large breach with tangible losses to the data subjects.

Huawei could rescue Amazon's Alexa from the smart home


I have voice control in my Renault Zoe EV - it is the most laughable piece of junk, my kids get me to activate it for a giggle now and then, as it gets about 1% of things right and likes to call random people of my phone :) Alexa it is not. I do own a Echo Dot, principally for the purpose of turning all the upstairs lights off at home that my teenagers seem to like to leave on after I have gone to bed. That was worth £50, as the 6ft garden cane just wouldn't quite reach...

'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator


I'm (sadly) quite excited about this. First computer I ever used at school, and first bit of programming I ever did (built a Yahtzee game - so proud!)

May have to buy a new Windows machine for home use 'special research project' (to prevent Wife 1.0 downgrading Husband 1.0 to beta status).

Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'



Planet McPlanet Face?

I'll get my coat.