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UK Info Commish quietly urged court to swat away 100k Morrisons data breach sueball

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Boffin

She did not act in a singularly uninformed manner

Not a lawyer, but I thought it was routine for amicus submissions in support of a party to a legal case to reflect / interpret / support the pleadings of that party, without necessarily having access to the other parties' brief (especially if it's submitted during the discovery process)? Amicus submissions are not supposed to be an all-encompassing interpretation of the case (teaching the judges to suck eggs), but part of the evidence to be considered. You don't need to see all the other evidence to say, "this is our interpretation of how the laws on privacy breaches and liability between corporations and employees should be applied in general". It's not corrupt behaviour for interested parties with relevant knowledge or expertise, including government departments, to make submissions in legal cases.

Not seeing the problem if the ICO's policy position is that corporations are not automatically vicarously liable for employee law breaking (unless some negligence or malpractice is proven). It's up to the court to synthesise a ruling from all the evidence and they're free to discount the ICO's submission (which it seems they did).

It is disingenous for the article to imply that Morrison's are true opponents of the victims of the breach here; I think Morrisons would be argulng that they are (indirectly and reputation-wise) the victims, too. Again, unless there was some gross negligence on their part. And as others have said, if it's Morrison's fault, why not KPMG's?

Section 230 supporters turn on it, its critics rely on it. Up is down, black is white in the crazy world of US law

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Headmaster

Ruled by idiots, reported on by ...

Holy cow? I think you mean sacred cow

Also, I assume the EFF's position is ... that Section 230 is sacrosanct and shouldn't be messed about with.

Anyway, the law is a blunt instrument, so I can't see why the EFF can't take a more nuanced approach to this one. They're usually on the rightcorrect side of the argument in my experience.

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits

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WTF?

Can fix in 24 hours

Yes, it is. It's part of the fraud protection/prevention features offered by my issuing bank. They're likely to shut it down without me even reporting it well before the limit is reached anyway. A new card with new number is needed in most cases regardless of whether the limit is reached.

Remember I said I had a debit card anyway? Also, I doubt Woz is worried about being able to travel by bus. This is about wealthy folks needing multiple credit cards.

At some point when the plastic goes away and you're swiping with your phone's NFC thingy, regularly using multiple CCs is just going to be an inconvenience.

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Redundancy

Sure, I get the point. I also have a debit card, linked to a totally different bank/back end. But in my experience, the thing that fails most often is the link to, or the payment terminal network (operated by one bank), so when you're standing at the counter and the machine doesn't work, no amount of cards will help. Cash is king once more. I've not once found myself in a situation where I could use one card, but not the other.

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Fee free

Well, I expect I'd change it if they started actually charging the fee.

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Facepalm

Wow, cashback

OK, that's great for you. I'm still not getting why Woz and folks with his wealth would bother.

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Meh

Different things

OK, I've never bothered with the points thing and APR is a don't care since I pay off in full every month. I have a low-fee card with no bells and whistles and they seem to waive the fee every year anyway. Life's too short to chase the mostly worthless bonuses and must be even more of a waste of time for the rich.

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Paris Hilton

Not the consumer's problem, surely

I can cancel a card and get a replacement within 24 hours. That's pretty standard here. I can use a debit card for a short time if needs be. Otherwise, it just seems like a lot more in annual fees, monthly payments to organise, etc. I've been buying online and travelling overseas for almost 15 years with the same CC number, no issues.

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Meh

I'll give you the transition argument, but ...

... it didn't sound like Woz was making that claim; he was talking about having "unlimited credit cards with other suppliers" (number not specified, but I inferred greater than one).

If you prefer the app or the bank, well I'd just switch; now you're back to the transition argument. In my country, lots of credit cards or a high limit(s) affects mortgage lenders' assessments of your ability to service a mortgage.

Your last reason may be true but does not redound to their credit (pun intended).

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WTF?

Sex as a cheap substitute

Credit score is not enough to determine credit limits. Your score shows how well you live within your means, not what your means are.

Income is going to be the primary factor here. If the algorithms are using sex as a cheap substitute for life-time earning capacity, then yeah, there's a problem. I've not seen anything, yet, in these anecdotal reports that show different limits being offered to folks on the same income. The same or shared net assets probably don't count for as much as these folks think they do.

Also, why do millionaires need another credit card? I have one with a pretty decent limit and am not a millionaire. These days, it's not like some places only take one brand of card, particularly if you've got one of the big two.

Google brings its secret health data stockpiling systems to the US

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Terminator

All in all, it's just another bit on the bus

ED staff treat folks without records all the time. They treat the patient as they find, with the conditions/injuries they present with. Allergies and whatnot that are dealt with now by medical bracelets, could be augmented with relevant info stored on an NFC style setup for your watch/fitness bracelet/smartphone, and retrivable by hospital staff.

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Boffin

can't find the paperwork

Obviously the technical solution would have to address retention and access for end user with the skill levels of consumers rather than medical professionals. And if it's electronic, at least you're not relying on the patient keeping hard copies or remembering diagnoses or prescription details.

Didn't say it would be easy. But I think we should resist the temptation to outsource control of our personal information to governments and corporations just because it's hard for individuals.

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Flame

It's about time patients got custody of their medical records

Clearly health-care providers, government or otherwise, can't be trusted with them when seduced so easily by the big data snake-oil salespeople.

Opting out of e-health records isn't enough when individual providers offer up records so freely.

We need a technical solution where folks can keep their own records and only share them with doctors, etc on a need to know basis. It's a pain, but having betrayed our trust, the centralised system is doomed.

Much like the illegal accesses by police of their central databases undermines trust. Don't get me started on credit agencies.

Uber CEO compares pedestrian death to murder of Saudi journalist, saying all should be forgiven

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Well, I did say partially

It was more the bit about "A lack of typical marked reactions to traumatic or otherwise stress-inducing events".

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Stop

how many of us are still holding out

Based on the replies here, some, but not enough. I used 'em once in the early days when they were handing out $20 discount cards. Not after the Travis scandal broke. And then the lies about driver earnings.

Taxis here are costly and service not great, so just avoid them where I can.

Meanwhile, anyone need a CEO? It looks like I may be partially qualified.

Is this paragraph from Trump or an AI bot? You decide, plus buy your own AI for $399

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Go

Ouch.

On the upside, they've fixed the headline.

I suspect the change in direction on the graph is explained as a point at which it became cheaper to buy more CPU than pay decent coders who understand efficiency.

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Trollface

Just the tip, I swear

Tips go in a jar, corrections go in a gaol.

Cats go in a sandbox. I could go on.

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Coat

Is this headline from an AI bot?

In the headline, it should be "Is this paragraph from Trump or an AI bot?" not "of"

Also, the straight line fitted on the graph isn't showing linear growth if the graph has a logarithmic axis. That's exponential.

Mine's the one with the big book of log tables. -->

To avoid that Titanic feeling, boffins create an unsinkable hydrophobic metal with laser power

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Pirate

Copper bottomed

I thought anti-foul traditionally contained copper. The ablative kind, anyway.

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database

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Boffin

They could start a joint venture with the drone registry

I think those folks were building on Excel as well.

Microsoft's phrase of the week was 'tech intensity' and, no, we're not sure what it means either

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Coat

Cringe squared

Between the pointless maths formula and the digital "cock and balls" of the Minecraft segment, it seems MS have a very narrow view of their audience profile.

No, I am not pleased to see you, I just have a slide rule in my pocket. -->

Morrisons is to blame for 100k payroll theft and leak, say 9,000 workers

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Meh

Resistance is futile

I confess I'm a little bit sympathetic to Morrisons here; at some point you're obliged to trust your employees with access to information in order to get stuff done efficiently. Over the years I have had access to and been entrusted with massive quantities of PI and financial information, some quite sensitive, but I've never let any slip. In fact, pretty fanatical about not accessing it in the first place unless essential, and deleting early and often. Always encrypted at rest.

Anyway, just on that Supreme Court badge in the photo; I've never seen it before, but couldn't help noticing the massive greek letter Omega in the mix. I guess it makes a change from all the latin mottoes these official things usually sport. Apparently it symbolises finality. Seems kind of ominous.

Chinese chip giant calls on US tech to help out with Trump tariffs – not a quid pro quo, obviously

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Pirate

Overthinking it?

A never-ending trade war gets the government of the day and its leaders a nationalist sentiment bump, but without the flag-draped caskets.

One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe's Galileo satellites going dark

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Meh

You had one job...

It seems like while costs scale with organisational size, competency is inversely proportional.

Silver lining: another re-assuring data point that the threat of world government is overstated; the resulting bureaucracy would collapse under its own weight.

Congress to FCC: Where’s the damn report on mobile companies selling location data?

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Facepalm

He's being enabled

Mr. Emoluments is only causing havoc because his so-called party won't look past the well-poisoning lifetime judicial appointments they love so much and call out the graft and corruption that they're getting, too.

Why would Pai feel obliged to behave any better when he has the example of the executive and its leader to follow, and can see the lack of consequences? He obviously doesn't care about bad press; it's just "fake news".

Ex from Hell gets six years for online stalking and revenge pics rampage at two women

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Paris Hilton

Good, but also bad - title of your sex tape

It's good to see justice done, but is it churlish of me to note that this perp went on to harass a second victim after the first and wonder why it took so long to bring him in? It's not like he was hard to identify; if an idiot sends on or posts an intimate pic the victim has only sent to one person, who's going to be the main suspect if it gets out?

ZTE Nubia Z20: It's £499. It's a great phone. Buy it. Or don't. We don't care

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Trollface

Treason!

Well, by that logic, the White House has windows, so lock him up!

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Coat

Another increase in attack surface

It just seems like another fragile part on the outside of the phone to get broken. I'll be sticking with my flip case (with window).

Mine's the one with the heavy keyring in the pocket. -->

Here are some deadhead jobs any chatbot could take over right now

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Devil

why don't phishers script a few skills so that a voice-AI can make unsolicited phone calls

Shhh! For f*cks sake don't give those buggers any ideas!

One can only imagine what mischief this teeming mass of highly educated but otherwise superfluous graduates will be tasked with if they get put out of the phone scamming business.

Beardy biologist's withering takedown of creationism fetches $564,500 at auction

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Facepalm

More than a century and a half later ...

... and there are still folks who deny this most beautiful of ideas, desperate to cling to all the guesswork in fables of past millenia. They must subconciously recognise the essential truth; ancient theologies are built on the same sand they warn of and are readily tumbled to the ground if any stone is removed.

It's philosophical Jenga.

Trend Micro: Our super-duper security software will keep you safe from everyone – except our staff who go rogue

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Windows

The average user

Well, I did exclude noobs. I'd still rather set up really locked-down firewalls, and a regularly updated but limited OS image with no code install/run privileges for said noobs.

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Stop

AV and similar software just increases your attack surface...

Unless you're a noob who clicks on anything and everything.

Change my mind.

We're almost into the third decade of the 21st century and we're still grading security bugs out of 10 like kids. Why?

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Boffin

The logical next step is the two-dimensional risk rating approach

This is already well established; risks are assessed both on likelihood and consequence. So this could capture how vulnerable the issue makes a system (e.g. ease of exploit, local access required, etc.) as well as the severity or harm if exploited.

It's a reasonable criticism that 1-10 over-simplifies, but you don't want to over-complicate things, either; that way lies analysis paralysis.

Ex-Twitter staff charged with spying for Saudi royals: Duo accused of leaking account records, including those of critics

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Facepalm

Cutting their own throats

Too much of this sort of thing and every organisation handling PI will implement no foreign hires policies. And it won't just be the Russians and the Chinese nationals out in the cold.

Google's joins Gang of Four to guard Play Store apps from malware, and maybe not fail so much

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Devil

It would be easy to take a leaf out of VW's book and detect test conditions ...

... in this case, it is the period immediately after install. All badware authors need to do is delay the click-jacking, etc until 4-6 weeks after app install. Then they still get the benefits until the reports roll in and Google eventually responds.

Controversies aren't Boeing away for aircraft maker amid claims of faulty oxygen systems and wobbling wings

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That's quite a pickle

For some reason reports of fuselage cracking always reminds me of the DH 106 Comet. Which didn't end well. Still, it's been almost 70 years since those issues were found; if Boeing haven't worked out how to prevent it by now, they'll never get it.

Mine's the one with the pickle spoon in the pocket. -->

Ofcom director Jonathan Oxley to keep CEO seat warm as regulator waits on senior civil servant

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Paris Hilton

"Ofcom's remit and powers have extended significantly"

But are they using them? I mean for the benefit of the consumer.

Satya 'Karma' Nadella ignored our complaints over pay gap, thousands of Microsoft women say

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Karma don't pay the rent

I can't believe someone actually made an appeal to some abstract notion of universal justice in the 21st century.

IBM stands for I Block Money, says sales rep: Big Blue sued yet again by its own staff over 'missing' commissions

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Coat

There is a new corollary stalking the land

It used to said "No one ever got fired for buying IBM."

Now, it's "No one ever got paid for selling IBM."

Mine's the one with the IPL in the pocket. -->

Phew! All that competition in the US mobile industry was exhausting. Thank God for the FCC, am I right?

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Holmes

Draining one swamp to fill another

I think there were some elements of the anti-political rhetoric that the GOP slung with Trump as their candidate that appealed to many jaded members of the polity who saw Hillary in particular as more of the same. So the early analysis wasn't totally unjustified.

Of course the incoming administration has only interrupted the old elites from lining their pockets in order to get in on the action.

Huawei. It's the patriotic choice: Mobe behemoth predicts 20% sales spike despite US sanctions

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Devil

Is there a silver lining here?

Is this an opportunity to get an alternative phone OS up, one that's free of the Alphabet's spaghetti tentacles? Something based on BSD, for example?

NPM today stands for Now Pay Me: JavaScript packaging biz debuts conduit for funding open-source coders

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A better approach than post install advertising, certainly

There are no good answers to getting support for free software, and its not sustainable and will not compete with funded proprietary systems and platforms until we find one. I like that they've given this a go; it seems a pretty harmless experiment, if it fails.

This news article about the full public release of OpenAI's 'dangerous' GPT-2 model was part written by GPT-2

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Trollface

This comment was not written by a bot, I promise

The samples provided are remarkable similar at times to our friends Roberto de Ricochet and the Martian Male.

As someone who gets paid to write prose and occasionally code, I'm not worried. Really, I'm not! Not yet, anyway.

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

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I'm going the distance; I'm going for speed.

@Oengus: Australian Road Rule 234 specifies the distance as 20m.

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Boffin

A more ethical way of developing these autonomous systems ...

... would be to have a qualified, or better expert, driver at the wheel, and compare the actions taken by the driver with what the autopilot system *would* have done given the inputs. That way, jaywalkers don't have to die before we find out they're not included in the code, and the lesson is learnt in the code review and not in the morgue.

OneCoin lawyer trial kicks off in NY as cryptocurrency founder remains on the lam

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Mushroom

Please do some research?

@DownUndaRob

What, you mean like the UK court judgement that reported a 99.7% loss rate for investors; or the study of MLM systems' own data showing up to 99.9% loss rates.

Why don't you do some research and stop drinking the Olay.

'Peregrine falcon'-style drone swarms could help defend UK against Gatwick copycat attacks

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Coat

It's an arm's race. Well, legs race, then.

Just fit the falcons with cock-fighting spurs to even the odds. They could be trained to attack the soft underbelly. Right in the battery pack.

Mine's the one with the gauntlet in the pocket. -->

Cambridge boffins and Google unveil open-source OpenTitan chip – because you never know who you can trust

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Devil

Dr. Faustus calling

Look, I get the cynicism given the track record of one of the players, but this seems to be progress and towards something worthwhile.

Particularly given the alternatives are opaque and non-optional from the likes of Intel and Apple.

Imagine OLE reinvented for the web and that's 90% of Microsoft's Fluid Framework: We dig into O365 collaborative tech

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'We want to break down barriers, move ideas ... across devices'

Anyone taking bets on how many milliseconds between release and when there's an exploit in the wild for some nefarious purpose? I seem to recall security issues arising from the original OLE in the early days of Internet.

Mine's the one with the hatstand in the pocket. -->

Three UK does it again: Random folk on network website are still seeing others' account data

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Facepalm

3 is the magic number

Sounds like they're failing to invalidate session keys before recycling them on their Web site.

I just clicked "Login" and got "Login successful". Idiots!

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