* Posts by Bavaria Blu

85 publicly visible posts • joined 23 May 2018


Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

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Social skills could be taught?

It might be possible to train people to have better social skills? Or is it impossble to teach an old dog new tricks? IT does seem to attract people with poor social awareness. Perhaps the idea of sitting a room with only a computer for company all day particularly appeals to them. I've had colleagues like that, who have real difficulty if they have to interact with users at all.

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Credit adgencies should be regulated

I would hope given how important credit ratings are to many citizens' lives, that they would be regulated like banks. This amount of data loss would ideally result in them losing a "licence" to store sensitive personal data.

It makes be reluctant to given them my information even just to check my credit file.

It is surprising no legal action can be take for gross negligence? I suppose if you can't prove you've lost out, what they did is not an offence which would result in compensation for the victims.

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

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relative to London's size not that impressive

Considering London is the biggest city in Western Europe and had more banks and other data users it is to be expected it has the most data. In Germany many companies are spread out in other cities, not all centralised in one place. Frankfurt is a city about the size of Nottingham. Nine million Londoners must also contribute, cat photos and all?

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Go AAPL go!

My modest 7 shares in Apple are up £24 today. Might be a while before I can afford to buy an iphone though!

Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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£20 million a year to run a contacts database?!

It seems liek a lot of money. What exactly do they do - can I get compensation if my house blows up after using an approved contractor on the list?

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

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find the caller

How hard can it be to find the caller?

You could go along with the patter and give a false name & address. The caller has your phone number already. Set up an email address too to give them too. Then get them to email over the paperwork for the PPI claim - presumably it has a UK postal address to send it to? Otherwise if it is all over email the thing you are signing would have to have the company name on it?

Otherwise what inforamtion do they have to process a PPI claim on your behalf?

If they are UK based you could visit their offices and ask for some help with your claim.

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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market for numbers?

Are Australia's prices at £14 typical? Are they regionally locked?

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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banks should charge fees like any other business

I know with software these days freemium is all the rage - but surely banking is more important?

A monthly fee of 5 to 8 quid would mean they could offer a better service and it would promote real competition. Even paying for branch access would hopefully make better use of the space - less queues for a start.

Otherwise we are stuck with high hidden charges especially for international transfers which really shouldn't cost any more than domestic ones. It would also be good to have better integration between services - why not have a nominee account with all your fund and share holdings viewable within the same website rather than having to switch around.

People are so unwilling to switch banks, customer loyality is high even with banks which offer mediocre service like TSB.

HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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just like an Honor 9

Looks like my Honor 9 but a bit cheaper and with a 6" screen.

Funny that not much has changed in 7 months!

It is great dual SIM is becoming the norm at this price point. I think Apple will soon launch an iphone for £400 with similar specs, and then you can choose to pay the 50% extra for a phone without "operator/manufacturer cruft" .

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Theresa May is a parochial girl from the boondocks

I know Theresa May grew up in a village and calls people who go abroad on holiday "citizens of nowhere" but this is ridiculous. Our own GPS system? What does the G in GPS stand for? Surely for Brexiteers an evil source of globalising influence. GPS will turn us into citizens of nowhere! We won't be leaving the UK as the pound is so worthless, so why do we need a global navigation system? Why not just have a home counties navigation system, HoCoNS? Surely for the typical Tory MP navigation is something your driver or the au pair does on the school run anyway?

As porn site pounds hard on piracy laws, Cox pulls out prematurely

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it's the oldest profession

"That change makes it plain that the law is finally catching with the impact of internet technology and that some of the broader protections put around internet companies in order to help them thrive may need revising in the light of recent changes in technology and behavior."

Prostitution is surely not new and neither is the behaviour. The question is whether is is socially acceptable and whether the ease of going into business with the internet has changed behaviour so much that a new law is required. Any laws which exempt internet companies from an existing law seems the wrong way to go about things. If you want to encourage people to buy faster broadband, which will give ISP a reason to invest in infrastructure, there are better ways than making it the immune from laws medium of choice for pirates, pimps or porn slingers.

Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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solution looking for a problem

If you're a rich corporate user, your company will have purchased a global roaming plan with enough data.If you're a tourist going to a non-EU / roam like home country then buy a local SIM at a supermarket or the airport, pop it in an off you go. Huawei have had dual SIM for a while, hopefully it will catch on with Apple / Samsung as standard.

Much more interesting is the problem when roaming that your internet traffic is routed all the way back to your home country and then to whichever website you're on. That means a very sluggish response (That, and the problem that roaming is often 3g even with 4 plans!)

Also it confused geoblocked websites. View the BBC homepage in the UK with a foreign SIM and you'll see the .com with all the adverts.

HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down

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HP printers becoming a rate sight

I seldom see HP printers these days - you're more likely to see an Epson or Canon consumer device and something like a Ricoh or Kyocera in the corporate space.

I haven't owned a printer for two years now, and I am just about surviving.

Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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surely the solution is split personal and corporate domain registrations

Would it not be possible to have an option at registration - is this for personal use or corporate use?

OK, there would be individuals who could pretend to be companies, but then they have lied and the data they gave (ficticious or genuine) will be published. Individuals privacy would then be protected if they register their domains in an individual capacity.

Does ICANN publish any data itself? For whois I though you had to go to the regional registries (RIPE, ARIN)?

India's Cosmos bank raided for $13m by hackers

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Banks really need to be better regulated. There should be international security standards mandating chip and pin or better still biometric. Some countries like Norway have had photographs on credit cards for years (I know that won't help in this case or online fraud). Is the cost really so high that the banks don't want to reduce fraud? The idea that you can go online and purchase things with just the card number is so 20th century. Its like using a typewriter or VHS player.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: A bit much...

Erm DMCA is American law, and the victim / alleged perpetrator was in Germany. So how would that be relevant?

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no surprise that its Germany

Websites are not outside the juristiction of the country in which they are based. It would be a more interesting case if the schoolkid had taken the image from Wikipedia under an American concept of fair use. If that image had a copyright owned by someone in Germany and the school website was also in Germany that would be a good test case.

In Germany the laws are enforced, partly because their legal system is Roman rather than Common / case law. You broke the law, you pay compensation. That is why you need public liability insurance even as a private citizen, and that is why there is a huge legal industry fed by this gravy train of money from insurance companies. Perhaps it means a victim is always protected but it does make for a quite adversarial day to day life.

Apple laughing all the way to the bank – with profits of $5.3m per hour

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Re: Tax

I think unequal societies are more sustainable than you think. It is after all the rich and successful who benefit. They are able to lobby and plead a special exception to every rule. "If you tax us too much we'll live elsehwhere" and the Govt will believe it. Especially in the US even to be a candidate you have to be a multi-millionaire or billionair. It is unclear to me why they would even be aware of the falling real value of wages as they are unlikely to know what "work" is in the tradional sense, they are more rentiers or pure capitalists. Whilst capitalism needs consumers to consume and therefore have wages to do so, I do not see why they have to be sold good quality products, and they can buy them on credit too. The average American is also not as well educated as a typical European in a high tax high public service society.

Motorola strap-on packs a 2,000mAh battery to appease the 5G gods

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Let market forces do their thing

In the linked article it is a bit of a fantasy to say 3 GB an hour for HD video. My movie streaming service lets me download a full HD 2 hour film for 1.5 GB so more like 750 MB per hour.

I think 5G will come in fairly slowly. Users value coverage just as much as speed. We need to get 4 G coverage up. I imagine Three will eventually be allowed to merge with O2 to form three main providers which will reduce the costs for the operators.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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The whole point of fashion is to express yourself and show you're a member of an exclusive group, a tribe if you will. This is especially true of replica football kit.

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regulation of the illumination, for the nation, stopping domination

I though there were strict rules on signage on premises viewable from a public space? Have they been relaxed for bus stops so that the screens can pay for the shelters as the state can't be bothered to?

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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all German Nouns are spelled with a capital letter

So Pinguin statt pinguin

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Mainstream cloud and systems seen as suspect in the German public sector

The German public sector (having some experience) has very comfortable working conditions for the workers. A works council will have the right to veto anything suspect. Windows 10 or Office 2016 might take weeks of negotiation to get approval. Linux is seem as the clean, cloud free and free to use solution.

Microsoft have created the "German Cloud" with Deutsche Telekom to help assuage worries about control. So hopefully more can move into the cloud and make these platform battles redundant.

Buying locally written software is also commonplace - I agree in principle with buying local, and for manufactured goods that makes sense. German software and computer hardware is not always the best, also SAP is the exception.

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Re: Corruption is the word

OK, perhaps vested interests but corrupt is a strange word to use about Germany. The people are very principled and somewhat nerotic about many things. The fairly luxurious lifestyle means people can afford organic food and tax breaks on cars mean owning a BMW, Porsche or Merc is not unusual. Perhaps wanting Linux instead of Windows could be compared - like organic food, it seems like the right thing to do!

The Diesel scandal was an exception which proves the rule of a generally strictly law abiding place. The UK is just the same in protecting the arms industry when bribes were allegedly paid to our best customers in the middle east.

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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D-Day sounds melodramatic - from tomorrow Chrome will display a subtle light grey message next to the URL. Will anyone notice?

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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rules of the road

That's like saying "it's my car, I paid for it" so I should be able to make the rules of the road. You're using Cloud services and you have to follow the service rules. In turn your can expect the cloud provider to stick to the rules too - keep data secure and always available.

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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bandwidth is bigger than it has ever been

I started using Google Drive ten years ago. In that time connectivity has been tranformed. You can now get more bandwidth over 4G than you could over ADSL back then.

I would have thought medium sized buisnesses with a small IT team of say four staff could benefit enormously from cloud. Office or Google Docs and then some kind of Citrix or RDP Windows terminal server for legacy apps.

I business I saw recently had 40 Mbit VDSL and then a bank of 4G modems (across 3 providers) as a backup. They were moving everything that they could into the cloud.

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hostile to the future

I know this is a forum inhabited by IT support folk, but why all the hostility to the cloud? Surely the boring parts of your job will go to the cloud, but the more interesting bits will stay?

Also user expectations have moved on. Unless a document they are working on is available anywhere and from any device, they'll just create their own shadow IT on dropbox or OneDrive and you will then have zero control.

Roll out the chromebooks / boxes and migrate legacy apps to the browser and cloud where they belong.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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I was lucky, flying in to LHR on Tuesday evening. It does seem like some of the systems behind the front end could do with being updated. BA has a shiny app, but it doesn't know which gate I should go to, even though that must (hopefully!) be known in advance?

I always found it strange at Paddington that the platform wasn't annouced until a couple of minutes before the train arrived "for security reasons". Total BS as in Germany the platform a train will be using is known 3 months ahead. They are even planned so changing long distance train often just means crossing the platform. How can knowing which platform a train leaves from be a security problem?

Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Big red ball?

From where I'm sitting its a white ball, possible yellow and never red. Are you thinking of Japan? The sun is red there, as you can see from the flag.

‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

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Just regulate the internet

In Germany Facebook posts are screened for illegal content, it is easy to get the big internet companies to clean up their act if there is a legal requirement to do so. If television had had no regulation, it would have developed into a 24/7 pr0n and violence fest too. In the US "free speech" means anarchy online as these ancient rights were not thought out for the modern world.

Don't through the baby out with the bathwater, just apply the same rules to Yourtube as you'd apply to ITV.

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: @ wolfetone

The UK has very little tax compared to out European peers with decent healthcare. In Germany the idea of putting away 20k tax free in an ISA forever is a fairy tail dream. €800 of interest and dividends and that's your lot. The public healthcare is comparible with private healthcare in the UK in my experience.

I think above average earners in the UK get away with paying very little tax. Council tax is the only local tax and it tops out at what 2k a year for a mansion?

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: Big fines are just a cost of doing big business

Erm, many public services are outsourced to the big American cloud providers. Not much to be gained if cutting off for example Amazon means half the local authorities and Companies House cease to function!

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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App Store version?

I'm a bit confused with the terminology - there has been an app-store version of Skype - if that is the only one now supported, how is Windows 7 supported? If it is just a version / UI change, what's the big deal? I assume the app store version uses the new UI.

I imagine most consumers use a mobile for video calling, as I understand it Whatsapp can only do calls on the mobile platforms, and Google Duo is also mobile only.

Monetising the video calling market is impossible as users will just switch to an app which is free. Not sure how Google / Microsoft / Apple make any money on these products. The costs must be relatively low as its just data.

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Re: thinner and now taller and narrower

Who was he?

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Removable battery *and* wireless charging!?

I think removable batteries are a thing of the past. Probably better to invest in an external "power bank" if you find the power running low

Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

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Johnnie Walker whisky colours

The various colours green, red & black sound like those of the famous whisky

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news is that they still have two hard drive plants

In about 2002 I though flat screen monitors would take ages to take off, the first generation were so fuzzy and had terrible coloour reproduiction and the viewing angles were also problematic. Within 5 years the best displays were LCD.

I haven't bought a hard drive in five years - laptops come with flash and the needs of most office workers are met with an affordable SSD. The big hard drive buyers must be for corporate datacentres and the main cloud suppliers, do consumers really buy hard drives these days? 1 TB on Google for €9.99 a month. Cloud storrage is as cheap as chips! Probably still hard drive rather than chips mind!

I feel sorry for the workers - 13,000 is a lot of people.

TalkTalk shrugs off moaning customers to claim 80,000 more

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white label or wholesale division

I have read elsewhere that the wholesale division has been doing well. I wonder who these companies are? Former local / regional ISPs?

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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rename TheRegister TheBlockChainRegister

The value will rise 289% like it did for for "Long Island Iced Tea Corp." after renaming to "Long Blockchain Corp."

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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Re: Governments are crap at picking technologies

Pricing infrastruture is very difficult. So most economies subsidise it or the state owns it. In the UK, we only keep to the second part. Except is it usually a foreign state who owns it.

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never biting the hand that feeds it

Giving aid to a country buys more influence than spending more on nuclear weapons. It is a win win for the UK. British companies make profit, jobs and pay tax, and the UK gets more influence in the world through "soft power".

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Germany is the workshop of the world

Germany does need energy for steelworks, car factories etc. Sadly some are a bit dirty still, also in the East they are still burning brown coal, which is obsolete. Replacing the atomic capacity will also take some time.

On the ground, in Bavaria it is typical to have an electric car and solar panels on the roof, funded by juicy subsidies. There is a public charging point outside my house. The electricity is 100% renewable as it is owned by the city council who have their own windfarm.

The same "city works" have also rolled out fibre to 70% of households in Munich. They own the roads and the utilities so digging up roads is not a problem.

Maybe with Corbyn the UK could one day catch up.

Although Bittorrent is very illegal here, so I'm not sure what people will do with all the bandwidth!

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foreign aid is domestic aid

When the UK gives aid to poor countries it is mainly domestic producers who receive the aid. When DFID via CDC invests millions in luxury holiday villages or shopping malls (google it) it is UK companies who get the reddies. So it is not a zero-sum game.

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£ or $?

Shouldn't the headline be £ not $ or is there a weird transcoding error in my browser?


UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

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Follow the money

It would be nice if sharing data without the user's permission was a criminal offence and punished accordingly. It would also be good if legal action could be taken against the individuals involved as well as the organisations they were working for. Cambridge has billions in assets, they could also afford a fine of a few million.

I bet the £500k doesn't cover the costs of the investigation. The ICO doesn't have enough powers to fine people. It should really be part of HMRC and treat data like cash and freeze assets when it goes missing.

You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Chromebooks for schools and light home users

I have a Lenovo Yoga andI never use the touch screen, and it is too heavy to be used as a tablet. These form factors and computing power are different.

Also $400 is not exactly cheap, so this is going to be competing with lots of laptops already available.

For me - either a powerful laptop, or a light tablet or a chromebook where the processing power is in the cloud.

Welsh firm fined £60k for pummelling phones with 270k pay-day loan texts

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Small change surely - I doubt they have to pay more than a ha’penny per text, so we're talking £1350?

Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

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"But travellers may not mind, as regional jets let airlines fly routes that can’t be flown profitably with larger aircraft. With both big plane-makers pushing regional jets, new routes become a possibility, as does jet-powered replacements for routes currently served by turboprops."

Not sure that isn't logical - elsewhere it less less competition in aircraft supply means higher prices for airlines to purchase them. The fact that airlines are not offering regional routes becuse before now they planes had "embraer" written on the side, and now they will have "Boeing" will not change that, and perhaps just increase the prices for everyone.

I fly most months and I would say the greatest problem is airport capacity and passenger fees, as well as Air Passenger Duty. Heathrow really needs two new runways so that each terminal has one. A direct rail link to the west of England would also help.

They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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Re: call from the past

Generally it is good when an email providers has security as a priority? Email would be pretty useless if it was easily hackable and it could be anyone using your account? Both Google and Microsoft have 2FA apps which work well.