* Posts by Joeyjoejojrshabado

40 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Jun 2018

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house


Re: "One form of exercise a day"

No, but transmission will have been reduced significantly, hospitals will have had more time to prepare and intensive care units will not have become overwhelmed to the extent that they have to leave the majority of people requiring critical care to die without treatment.

First impressions count when the world is taken by surprise by an exciting new (macro) virus


Re: Warnings ignored?

Yet as we know, the bin is where all the important emails are to be found.

I heard somebody say: Burn baby, burn – server inferno!



"One Sunday afternoon one of our brightest and best arrived in for some extracurricular activity," explained Chris. The boffin had managed to dampen his personal laptop...

This is what gym socks are for.

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this


Re: Annoying tho

You could use a non-Chrome browser, or you could develop one yourself if you're still not satisfied. Off you go.

Shhhhhh: Fujitsu bags another £12m from Libraries NI as bosses fail to bookmark replacement


Re: incompetence or corruption

A very good book that you WILL find at the library is Burned by Sam Mcbride. 210 copies in all!

Microsoft demos end-to-end voting verification system ElectionGuard, code will be on GitHub


Hate to have to tell you

but vote fraud has also been attempted successfully for hundreds of years.

Wide of the net: Football Association of Ireland says player, manager data safe after breach


UK taxman spent six times more with AWS last year than cloud firm paid in corporation tax


You can also avoid tax by not making any money.


Re: Ethics

The companies that can't afford to do otherwise


Rubbish. They've already signed a contract. All Amazon need to do is pay their fair share of tax out of the millions that it is earning from taxpayers.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though


Re: Nice write up! Excellent fact checking!

Yes, I enjoy their reporting on the latest AI patent claims of the likes of Amazon

Ahem, ahem... AI engine said to be good as human docs at spotting lung cancer developing


Re: A good thing?

Not a particularly nuanced comment there Bonzo.

Pregnancy and parenting club Bounty fined £400,000 for shady data sharing practices


Re: PS, Bounty are scum

Yes, the Commission's report notes that Bounty "voluntarily" ceased it's data trading practice before GDPR came in to force.

But the implication that GDPR's higher limit means that all fines would somehow scale up is nonsense and has been refuted by the Commissioner herself https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2017/08/blog-gdpr-sorting-the-fact-from-the-fiction/


PS, Bounty are scum

"Of course, if the data sharing had been done since 25 May 2018, Bounty would be facing a far greater fine, up to 4 per cent of annual turnover or €20m, whichever is greater."

But then, the ICO didn't even use the maximum fine that was available under the 1998 DPA (£0.5m) so why would the fine have been greater if it had taken place post GDPR?

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?


Re: Then there is the "send me a copy"

Printing out a word document, scanning in through a copier to email seems to be how people in our civil service think is the only way to do pdf.

Overzealous n00b takes out point-of-sale terminals across the UK on a Saturday afternoon


Re: You should have been sacked

The late 20th century.

Prince Harry takes a stand against poverty, injustice, inequality? Er, no, Fortnite


Unpopular opinion

So the point you're trying to make is that Harry has behaved like many normal people do and that he is therefore disqualified from expressing an opinion about a thing that normal people do? (excepting that he is not, actually, a normal person)

Also, what is the problem with cross dressing? He made no comment about cross dressing as far as I can see, but is being attacked for it by the author who refers to it as "bad influence...irresponsible behaviour".

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?


Re: Letters to Santa

More likely Sheila put then straight on the fire. "It's just quicker that way"

Humanitarian champ or sex-trafficking profiteer? Fresh sueball argues Salesforce is the latter


Presumably then

They are also suing the websites ISP, hardware providers, office landlords, electricity company and toilet roll supplier for their enabling roles?

Let's spin Facebook's Wheel of Misfortune! Clack-clack-clack... clack... You've won '100s of millions of passwords stored in plaintext'


Re: Why might you need to use HTTP POST even when the request is idempotent?

I used to be idempotent but some pills I bought online really helped.

Now I can GET it up.

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs


Premium suckers tax

The printers realise that only absolute incompetents would plow on regardless with a useless withdrawal agreement, they can charge whatever they like.

Oracle robbed just about anyone who wasn't a pasty white male of $400m, says Uncle Sam


Re: Water is/isn't wet

No, water is wet

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder


I had the 'GDPR compliant' visitor log book people calling me every other day for 2 weeks in May... even after I asked them to remove my details from their list!

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far


Re: Industrial espionage?

But Google (ostensibly) uses those powers for the evil of targeted advertising, which is a whole different kettle of fish from industrial espionage / IP theft, which could not be excepted in Ts&Cs as it's illegal and hugely compensatory.

I was once one of you, F1 star Lewis Hamilton tells delighted IT bods


"female models who stand around the teams, drivers and cars in a decorative – and what some feel is a sexist and objectifying – way."

If their purpose is a decorative one, then by definition they are being objectified in a sexist manner.

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal


Re: "Are the 4% fines levied on both Google AND the advertisers"

"Google does the targeting, the advertiser never see the actual personal data. so it isn't nor the controller nor the processor - Google is both."

Technically, Google is just the controller in the example you give, there is no processor.

The controller is responsible for compliance with the principles of processing of personal data under it's control. If an processor were acting on Google's behalf, it would act only on Google's instruction, so the big G carries the can (unless the processor acts outside of those instructions).

It would be more likely if there were sharing of identifiable information with an advertiser, that both are controllers (rather than controller-processor) and so both are equally responsible for their own processing activities.

I agree, the business models that ad industry and consumer web services like Google have put in place are heavily dependent on data slurping. When regulation under GDPR and other DP laws start to have an effect, they may use that to move to a more freemium type of model for some services, or charge more for products e.g. Android devices, if that source of revenue is to be undercut.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it


Re: Again.. How many people turn their machine off?

"The other being a nastygram from the BSA that was quite costly."

The British Shakesphere Association are real bastards.

Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans



"We aren't talking about removing it from the net. We are talking about removing it from google."

Yes and no. This particular case (you're right) is about de-referencing from Google search results and extending that requirement globally. The issue for free speech etc. is that it sets a precedent for someone using that same right in the same way when it comes to the source material.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Pushing up the daisies

My dad was using a daisy wheel printer with his Amstrad up to the mid 2000s (for some reason) for his patient files and did most of his work at home late at night. If I'd known about the coke trick then I might have saved myself some sleepless nights.

Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered


Re: Is correlation causation....?

Does it state that alcohol is thr key factor? It examines the effect of alcohol, which is one factor

ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream


Re: Someone said "Mono-cultures can be dangerous in the long run."

I agree. I'm never going to find cause to use it but it's good that there's more than a "single alternative"

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO


Re: Might not look scripted, but they've prearranged the interviews and for how long in advance.

Or, you could watch them interview Vettel for the same paint-drying experience.

Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site


Re: Great site

Well spare a thought for us poor bastards in Dublin.

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh


Re: Why?

I had wondered the same thing. Open R. As opposed to?? Embrance, extend, extinguish.

And what is it really. It's an install of the R language with some packages bundled. That seems to be it.

ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice


What is wrong with these people?

Have they ever participated in society?

Would they even know how to make small chat?

ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...


Re: How is this helpful?

There was no illegal action here, it's not an offence to be hacked.

Are you seriously suggesting that CEOs and sysadmins should be thrown in the slammer for poor management of security roles?

Continental: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones. GDPR, innit?


"The company would be similarly liable, if the employee started using their private device for WhatsApp and simply copied their work contacts over, or worse, connected their private device to the company groupware system..."

If the employee breaks company rules to do that (which they would be now that Continental's policy says so) they would be personally liable, both wrt the GDPR and to their company (for "stealing" commercial information)

Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it


She "failed to mention the record £400,000 fine subsequently levied at the firm by the Information Commissioner's Office. El Reg asked Harding whether TalkTalk would have survived had the GDPR been in place at the time."

The ICO hadn't used the maximum amount available to them at the time so why would a higher ceiling make any difference?

Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening


Re: Should result in summary judgement...

"I wonder whether the UK government's policy of making the electoral register available is covered by GDPR"

It's not a government policy, it's a national law.