Re: Someone's personal data is being misused
"I am the only occupant at this address. I have lived here for 5 years. I therefore did not look at the addressee before opening the item."
Reasonable enough ?
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"among the most usable desktops in the free software world,
despite because of limited features"
Most desktops are way too complex for the average person to get a handle on and just use. Lets face it, half the Linux distros are the same software configured slightly differently.
To opt out completely you need a Type-1 opt out form which you have to present to your GP before 23 June. Explained here:
(direct link to form - https://nhs-prod.global.ssl.fastly.net/binaries/content/assets/website-assets/data-and-information/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/type-1-opt-out-form.docx)
The same form is also available on _some_ GPs websites which is how I found it originally - because it wasn't obviously available on the NHS site - almost as if they didn't want people to use it.
Type 1 opt-out prevents all sharing of your data from the GP into NHS Digital. The National Data Opt out is a secondary opt out which limits some of the sharing. I presume that if you have opted out at the GP level this is not strictly necessary as the NHS Digital system will not have your data in the first place. But better safe than sorry...
Because there are more adverts for X than there are people who want to buy X. Consequently many people who do not want X will see an ad for it.
Also, marketing departments are insane/stupid/drank the ad industry kool-aid.
Where I've worked with marketing there has always been a constant battle between data driven analysts targeting better and sales/marketing execs wanting 'more volume' in their campaigns. The move from direct mail has massively reduced the cost per contact and changed that dynamic in favour of higher volumes.
Assuming chivo243's using his cars built-in usbstick/mp3 capability it'll probably have all sorts of software limitations because of the manufacturer's half-arsed implementation.
Mine is limited in number of directories, number of files per directory and doesn't read sub-directories.
The manufacture will never provide software updates - even though the underlying mp3 software is open source and the bugs were fixed in the source before the car was even manufactured.
Icon - have a frosty one for the Good Omens reference :-)
"This robot might look the part but its lacking agility, speed and teeth attached to very powerful jaws."...
After being cornered by Digidog, martinusher reportedly shouted "you're not even a real dog" before shoving past it and escaping.
A police spokesman said if only Digidog was equipped with some form of grappling apparatus the megalomaniac intent on world domination would have been apprehended.
Boston Dynamics has announced Digidog V2.0...
And 94K? Are the sales team at Boston Dynamics readers of Private Eye?
"I don't trust this government but they might be right that 'smart' motorways are safer"
PrivateEye have been following smart motorways recently - Your mistrust is well placed.
IIRC the DoT are still defending smart motorway by quoting safety statistics based on the original trials, ignoring more recent accident stats. Also ignoring that those trials used the hard shoulder at busy periods only (so always at reduced speeds) and the refuge areas were significantly closer together.
> i can't tell the API how big the buffer is so it will it admits happily trample outside of the buffer if it wants to causing as it admits unknown effects
> the char pointer reference (what the fuck is that.. char*&) actually contains the size of the contents
At least you can say "an error has occurred" if it returns a size bigger than the buffer you gave it ;-)
Add a twitter API so it tweets a message to their CEO every time. Seems twitter shaming is the only way to get support these days....
Most impressive fail recently was Northumberland Council's car parking website. Aside from the terrible UI given most people will be using a teeny phone screen, at the very last stage it has a big 'Pay Now' button, perfectly hidden by the 'install our app' popup. Given at that point you've confirmed multiple times I wonder how many people think they've completed the process and end up getting fined.
Screwfix's web checkout is almost as bad. It's almost as if they make the website deliberately bad to force you to install their
I like your confidence in the system, but it might be a little misplaced.
This fraud  happened in my city. Followed the case at the time and the biggest issue seemed to be finding the evidence to get a conviction because of the lack of traceability of votes cast. I think it would be a lot easier now with postal voting (and not just me ) and may have happened in the last election  in my area.
There may be little evidence of voter fraud because its quite hard to identify as there's no verification.
We were in a trial area for ID at the polling station. Personally I see no problem with it, but I understand the concern that it may exclude people. I see no reason not to go for a simpler low tech solution like indelible ink to prevent multiple votes.
Of course, nothing you change at a polling station will do anything to close the holes in the postal ballots.
There's a hazard that
nobody seems to have everyone doing it properly has allowed for.
Backups always get raised in GDPR discussions. I've always been given the same guidance - If you hold non-compliant data because it's not technically feasible to remove it, you MUST have processes in place to prevent it being utilised. In the case of data backups that means ensuring if the data is ever restored the non-compliant elements are removed as part of the restoration.
I would hope the ICO would take a very dim view of anyone using data restoration as an excuse for non compliance. Technical explanation of what happened, yes, but not an excuse. Either the restoration process was non compliant, or was not followed (I.e. You failed to look after the customers information properly)
In the olden days of humans checking passports I flew to France with one 6 months out of date. The return check-in noticed.
"Your passport expired 6 months ago. How long have you been on holiday?" she asked.
She said I could fly since the destination was in the issuing country. No idea if that's a real rule.
"Another power supply one at the time involved an IBM PS/2 Model 50. They had a known fault that the PSUs would fail if they were switched* off and on again too quickly or if there was a brief interruption in power."
My first part time job I got roped into helping admin the till system, including performing the weekly failover test. Now I know why the instruction to wait 5 minutes before powering back on was in bold and underlined!
> As a financial system, cryptocurrencies use way less power than all banks, their infrastucture and support structures
My home made cider activities use less energy than the world's agricultural industry.
Conceptually blockchain is interesting, but these public experiments are nuts. Bitcoin itself is a flawed system. As a value trading platform it's kind of working for now, but largely because there are enough vested interests . The overall chain may not have been broken but there's opportunity for corruption within the mining process and the egalitarian ideals of mining has long since gone away as it's way out of reach of individuals. Instead of trusting large corporate banks, you have to trust large anonymous and *completely unaccountable* mining pools.
 you could argue that is true for 'real' currencies and other forms of value exchange
> can't be bothered to take 5 minutes to learn how to format cells during the import process
From the users' perspective there is no import process.
User looks at file in explorer - it's an Excel file because Excel has registered itself to handle .csv files
User opens file - Excel silently corrupts random values
User saves file - Data is now permanently corrupted
PS. I took four goes to write ".csv" without my browser correcting a perceived typo.
> An option in Excel settings. That's all what is needed.
No one would use that option. If there is no guessing then when opening any text file it would have to assume all columns are text. That would make any genuine numeric and date data unusable without the pain of excels data type conversion functions.
There are 2 problems with the current behaviour
First it guesses on a cell by cell basis, not a column basis. So if you have some values that might be a date they get converted but the rest of the column looks OK.
Second there is no visibility of what's been converted so when the user sees the first screen full and it looks alright they assume it's all good.
Even a notification on opening a non-native file that it is being interpreted/converted would be an improvement - I'm sure I'm not the only person in financial services that's had to break out the luhn algorithm to regenerate the last digit of credit card numbers after a csv file has been opened and saved in Excel.
Own scooters, electric and conventional, seem popular with my colleagues in the Paris office. Walking around their offices you see plenty folded up under desks. Apparently they're very convenient for short commute along the well maintained, wide cycle/footpaths or getting to/from the metro. Being able to fold them and carry into the office is an advantage over bikes.
Like others I don't see any reasonable reason a hire scooter is legal and a personal one isn't. It's academic for my town of Derby anyway - they canned the ebike scheme after half were nicked and others had their controls smashed so I doubt there will be a clamour from scooter operators to set up here.
Perhaps because Unix user/group or ACLs are based on WHO, not WHAT?
The example exploit says the browsers history could be accessed by A.N.Other application. Nothing about one user accessing another's files.
That said, there's probably ways of partitioning processes in *nix even when running as the same user. It sounds like a reasonable security requirement that has probably already been addressed elsewhere.
If you had housing benefit, grants and subsidised beer then I'm the 'next generation' as I didn't have access to any of those - but I definitely remember drinking large quantities.
My 3 offspring all went through a phase of drinking but all pretty much stopped by 20. They seemed mainly put off by the choice between trendy bars with music blaring or smelly pubs full of oldies.
... 'to help authorities "access information stored on an electronic device or to access remotely stored electronic information." '
Remotely stored? You're the law enforcement, go to the remote location and get _them_ to help you. Unless you're definition of 'remote' means "stored outside our geographical borders". In which case your law requires companies to undertake international espionage on your behalf. I think other countries might take exception to that.
Title says it all.
I only saw Edge when some (normally MS) tool decided to open html in it rather than using the default browser.
Until recently when Edge decided it should handle PDFs and refuses to give them up. Have yet to successfully change it back to FoxIt. Either Windows or Edge refuses to change the association
The DPIA would essentially force them to 'show their working'. They would need to justify things like the 20 year data retention period.
Most of the DPIAs I've seen have been very specific and rigorous, but that's probably because companies are very aware they would be a key document in any GDPR investigation. This is unlikely to be a consideration for ministers or civil servants so you're right, it probably won't make any difference.
The DIY approach relies on the infected individual
* Having time and energy to contact others (they're ill, after all)
* Being able to judge what is a 'contact'
* Knowing all contacts
* Having available contact methods for them
The organised program is meant to address these.
* A medical professional interviews the infected and makes clinical judgements as to what contacts need to be traced
* The program does the legwork leaving the individual to get on with being ill/recovering
* They have more power than an individual to identify people (Virgin trains are not going to give you the names of everyone in carriage D on the 7:53 from New Street, but they should to the program) and get in contact.
Having a centralised program also creates epidemiological data for monitoring.
That's the theory. Whether England's world-beating program delivers is TBD.
"Computers seldom make mistakes"
At a very low level you might be correct (certain pentiums excepted), but computer systems make mistakes all the time.
2 of the errors highlighted in these cases were the till not communicating correctly with lottery machines and horizon magically duplicating transactions.
There should be a full enquiry to not only see who deceived the courts and Parliament ( Post Office executives consistently towed the 'Horizon is perfect' line with select committees and in courts) but also how the courts allowed themselves to be manipulated for so long by the P. O. At the heart of most cases was an accounting system which never seemed to be openly audited. The P. O. behaviour suggested they knew the system would not stand scrutiny and found ways to achieve prosecutions without the accounts coming under the microscope.
As others have said, having location and other details is necessary to trace/contact those that do not have the app, and it's useful to look at probable infection locations to improve behavioural guidance and policy.
But... Neither needs to be mandatory for the automated contact notifications to work. In fact, making these additional features mandatory damages the basic tracing goal by reducing uptake.
UK might be out of the EU, but the EU still exists. It's not about the merger that was blocked, it's about the precedent it set, which has now been overturned. The reason was signposted very clearly in the last paragraph.
... "CK Hutchison will inevitably be emboldened when it comes to future mergers in mainland Europe, where it owns networks in Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, and Italy."
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