* Posts by AW-S

89 posts • joined 2 Jul 2020


UK Ministry of Defence apologises after Afghan interpreters' personal data exposed in email blunder


How much can the ICO fine those responsible?

Would the calculation be based upon the MoD annual budget?

3% of £44.6 billion will keep the ICO afloat for some time to come. They might recruit some extra staff and deal with a couple of my complaints then.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status


Re: I am offended

Ginger Nuts are generally suitable for vegans too - placing them at the top of my list.

p.s. did I mention I'm vegan.

G7 countries outgun UK in worldwide broadband speed test


Re: Gigabit Broadband?

"for most users having something at the 50Mb to 70Mb that FTTC delivers is surely enough"

That's download. For many upload is the issue with FTTC/ADSL/VDSL.

I've just had 1Gbps FTTP installed recently and so far so fast (£25.00 per month). Upload and download measured at around 950Mbps is really useful for all those Nest cams (all 9 of them) in HD.

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?


Anything with a power lead, except the kettle

In my early support days I used to say I was pretty handy fixing anything with a power lead, except the kettle.

This led to rapid promotion and the Peter Principle kicking in at the age of about 29.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers


Re: A quick fix

"You're wasting your time"*

*Will Hay fans will get this.

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers


Re: Rural coverage is still very poor

Maybe they will just fly some drones over the national parks during visiting hours?

It had to happen: Microsoft's cloudy Windows 365 desktops are due to land next month


Re: So now

"will compromise EVERY new Windows system"

I'm sure this is mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

IT for service providers biz Kaseya defers decision about SaaS restoration following supply chain attack


Re: Surely they are finished as a company?

SolarWinds is now n-able as of last Friday - for most products/services.

Openreach to UK businesses: Switch is about to hit the fan. Prepare for withdrawal of the copper-based phone network now or risk disruption


Re: The future is coming

I'm guessing you have an EOL connection and as such have like us a maximum of ADSL+?

We are assured that FTTP will become available before 2025.

There's plenty of time and we get a very good 5G connection too - so that backup might become our primary.

Bug at payments processor WorldPay swipes £2k+ per ride ticket from Brighton Pier revellers


Re: The return of the Y2K bug

I was about to write the same.

£202,104.18 would have left me a little short in May.

SEC still digging into SolarWinds fallout, nudges undeclared victims


Team of 1000

"and said his firm's analysis suggested the code behind the crack was the work of 1,000 or more developers"

I'm still not buying this. 1,000 is far too many people to pull this off.

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset


Re: Shuttle?

"those who bought Shatner's ill-advised "music" records"

I listened to "The Transformed Man" recently and decided it was actually on a par with the somewhat disturbing album from Peter Wyngarde called "When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head".

ALPACA gnaws through TLS protection to snarf cookies and steal data


Re: Spitting at security standards

Down here in the New Forest the countryside lacks hills (of any type), buffalo - but alpaca farms are surprisingly common.


Spitting at security standards

My wife loves alpacas - and I'll mention this new acronym tonight at dinner.

Gnaw? No, they are famous for spitting.

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer


Simple things in a message, that most understand. Line drawn under the issue. Next.

(like you, I can't think of a better way to put it).

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America


Barbara's law

BBC World have just added a story about this "accidental human error" by MS. Thereby guaranteeing that Tank Man lives on for another few decades in our minds.

Maybe somebody at MS does know about Barbara's law and how to now use it.

Give me a (tax) break: UK broadband plumber Openreach to almost double the number of rural premises to receive FTTP



In a statement, Openreach CEO Clive Selley described the FTTP upgrade project as “second only to HS2 in terms of investment.”

FTTP is 10 times better than HS2, for society as a whole.

Uber drivers can now unionise after ride biz recognises GMB, one of the UK's largest trade unions


The IT connection?

Saw reference to the Uber app, but that's all.

The Home Office will need to overturn a long legacy of failure to achieve ambition of all-digital border by 2025


Re: Just politics .... again!

It will be the same government, just with Patel as PM.

Boris will outlast his usefulness soon - and depart for the other place.

Indonesia’s national health insurance scheme leaks at least a million citizens' records


Re: Every time I see a report like this

Sometimes paramedics want near-instant access to medical data in emergencies.

Few people carry an SOS Talisman or add their emergency medical data to their phone - and even then it may not have all the required information to preserve a life.

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly


Re: WOT??

Dr Who?

No a rebooted Crime Traveller. I liked that series.

UK data regulator fines American Express up to 0.021p per email after opted-out folk spammed 4.1 million times


Re: Pathetic waste of time

I have and I have won. Even a mad women can get the Prime Minister into trouble for a few quid.

Charging Amex £12.00 per spam email - the same charge for an electronic late payment notification - is worth it. When thousands of their customers do it they will simply not be able to defend the claims and will pay up.

Make no mistake, financial services companies always pay to save their own internal legal costs - and it' cheaper than a referral to their regulatory authority too.


Re: Pathetic waste of time

In my opinion Amex isn't going to suffer reputational damage. After all it took the incident on the chin and hasn't contested the fine. It may even have identified the customers and made a token credit to their account.

It's the ICO that once again leaves all of us wanting. It continues to disappoint. Disband it, encourage individuals to take out civil action each time and then see what happens to UK originated spam,

Parliament demands to know the score with Fujitsu as Post Office Horizon scandal gets inquiry with legal teeth


Re: There needs to be established...

The "babes in the wood" perjury trial yesterday handed down a 6-year prison sentence on someone - 33 years after the event. So there is hope that those who lied will eventually get some porridge.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed


Re: So you might say ...

My future XYL was never happy when I spent time on-air.

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court


Re: Yay!

The selling point of the CD is not only the quality but the fact you have a perpetual licence to play the music where and when you like.

Charity shops are full of 1980-2000's CDs at around 20p per album. For something that doesn't degrade, that's where to spend.

I picked up another 30 albums last Saturday..

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: PDF ?

"change a choice on your behalf - I used this"

I used this method also - despite the hold message stating they no longer would allow this by telephone. Recorded the call for good measure.

10.8 million UK homes now have access to gigabit-capable broadband, with much of the legwork done by Virgin Media


Toob to our rescue

They are starting to dig outside next week to provide FTTP 900/900 this summer for £25.00 a month.

This groundwork comes exactly 33 years since Virgin (then Videotron) laid cable TV and connected to us. But we can't connect to Virgin due to an unpaid invoice from 1989 - which neither I nor they have any actual record of. We just have a marker on our address to not provide service.

That's why I am still on FTTC 40/10, with Plusnet.

Does the boss want those 2 hours of your free time back? A study says fighting through crowds to office each day hurts productivity


Re: Who got the extra time?


If only your employer benefitted and you hate them, start commuting again and get revenge.

Brit authorities could legally do an FBI and scrub malware from compromised boxen without your knowledge


Works both ways

If we let them scrub things from our systems, then we must also assume they can add things too. Lawyers will be using that defence in future for sure.

Scottish National Party members found among list of names signed up to rival Alba Party after website whoopsie


Purdah should not apply here

"A spokesperson for Information Commissioner's Office told us: "As a public body the ICO has to consider its responsibilities during the pre-election period. Our regulatory work continues as usual but we will not be commenting publicly on every issue raised during the Parliament Election""

During the pre-election period?

Of course, political parties culd literally break the law for the Purdah period and the ICO will sit back and say nothing.

Semi-autonomous cars sales move up a gear with 3.5 million units leaving forecourts


The DLR - it's somewhat complicated

Ground level, but not like a tram.

An interesting discussion here: https://citymonitor.ai/transport/london-s-dlr-subway-or-it-tram-3134

Now that half of Nominet's board has been ejected, what happens next? Let us walk you through the possibilities


Line of Duty

If anyone is in contact with Mr Mercurio please ask him to not bother with a series 7.

Just move the action from AC12 to Nominet. Could be fun to watch - and we have plenty of acronyms to annoy the Daily Mail & Grauniad with.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft


Re: Its very easy to detect ground based broadcasts

In the 20-30 years these vans apparently went roaming around the streets you would expect to see at least one photograph, taken by a member of the public, in a normal looking street. All I could find online are staged images - now mainly licenced by the like of Getty.

Heck, I've seen the Google "street-view car" at 3 times on my travels. No, the vans were not the weapon the BBC used - it was forcing retailers to capture your postal address, and checking that with the central database. Then came the threatening letters.

Mobile World Congress seemingly serious about in-person Barcelona event in June, shares safety plan


Re: Pandemic outrage fatigue

I up voted you because we really do as a nation need to get back down to business.

The plague cost 75,031 excess English/Welsh deaths in 2020, against the previous 5 year average. That represented a percentage increase of deaths of around 9%.

The number of deaths was actually needlessly increased by moving elderly patients from hospital to "rest homes" in the March/April 2020 period. If we had protected that cohort, the figures would have been much lower - possibly 20,000 less excess deaths.

The 2021 excess death figures look like being higher (already 30,000 since new year) - but if we don't open up and accept the risks, we will be bankrupt by 2022. Then the bodies really will begin to be stacked in the street.

The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread


Re: If it could do this 40 years ago...

Could have been an intro for Tomorrow's World.


Re: Thanks!

Indeed. And it reminded me that I bought some as kits, assembled them and sold them on to mates.

I was building my Maplin 5600s synthesiser around this time too. Happy days.

Half a million stolen French medical records, drowned in feeble excuses


Re: Drink water?

"No problem, you can have the chicken"

Too true - for me at least. In the 80's & 90's, particularly in France and Belgium I was always having to explain that vegetarian means eating NO meat.

I solved the chicken problem though - by becoming Vegan. Now I just get offered food which simulates the look, feel & taste of dead animal. I'm a hoot at parties.

Frying pan to furnace.

Microsoft president asks Congress to force private-sector orgs to admit when they've been hacked


A team of 1000.

"Microsoft’s investigative team concluded that it had taken a team of over 1,000 “very skilled engineers” to pull it off"

I've found that figure of 1,000 very hard to believe. A team of 6 would be so much more believable.

NurseryCam hacked, company shuts down IoT camera service


Re: There is another story here...

"why would you be so concerned that other random strangers might be able to do the same"

It's why certain "other random strangers" are watching that is the concern.

Spotify to introduce lossless audio streaming: Better sound or inefficient gimmick?


Re: "it reduces the quality for discerning listeners"

"The discerning listener can go buy vinyl"

Absolutely agree - and on the day my limited edition copy of Mike Lindup's Changes album arrived - made of top quality orange vinyl.

Nominet sets the date for extraordinary meeting where members could fire CEO


Statutory obligations

Companies House has a statutory obligation to make public certain information about companies and their officers.

If you believe that is wrong you need to speak to your MP and get the law changed.

Want your broadband fixed? Best write to your MP, UK's Zen Internet tells customer


Zen - bad and good

Moved my mother-in-law's property to Zen 11 months ago. First time broadband operating, but every year about this time the telephone line has issues. So this year was no different (lost dial-tone and/or constantly engaged signal). Broadband on and off.

Connections used for feed from cameras to keep an eye on her and carers etc.

Called Zen and they ran a line test - result - a fault in the property. Explained we get the same issue every year for 20 odd years. They would not budge. It would be £130.00 to fix the cabling inside the property. I had no choice but to agree to this charge. Appointment for 2 days time (Wednesday).

The case was then prioritised due to a vulnerable person etc. and the engineer arrived 2 hours later. Came it put tester on line and told us the fault was 85 metres away. He went off and then came back two hours later having pulled about 100 metres of cable across two fields and a stream to reconnect the service. No charge of course.

Just a shame that Zen were so adamant about where the fault was.

Nurserycam horror show: 'Secure' daycare video monitoring product beamed DVR admin creds to all users


Re: Simple Answer.

As of 5:00pm Saturday the BBC is reporting this story https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56141093 but it goes further than the security shortcoming and implies NurseryCam has suffered a data breach.

Perhaps this is to avoid or deflect fines from the ICO, because the NurseryCam service has now been shutdown.

"NurseryCam said it first became aware of the incident shortly after 17:00GMT on Friday. It added the service would remain suspended until a security fix was in place".

Bill Gates on climate change: Planting trees is not the answer, emissions need to be zeroed out to avoid disaster


Re: The new R rate

Yes, that was clumsy.

I really meant to say that a women (or person capable of delivering a baby) would only ever have an average of 1.5 babies in a lifetime.


The new R rate

"a meaningful reduction in the human population"

Yes, the new R rate will be 1.5 children. And Carrousel takes place on your 70 birthday, with the Chancellor reducing that age every budget to reach 50, thereby solving the pension crisis.

Faced with the sack, Nominet CEO half-apologizes for taking the 'wrong tone,' asks angry members to hear him out


Too little, too late

He should have offered his resignation weeks ago - allowing him to leave to some extent on his own terms. Now he needs to be kicked out asap.

War on Section 230 begins in earnest as Dem senators look to limit legal immunity for social networks, websites etc


Re: What, exactly, is 'free speech'

"This site knows my real name and e-mail address"

Even my bank doesn't know my real name. They just accept what the government tells them to be true.

My bad! So you're saying that redacting an on-screen PDF with Tipp-Ex won't work?


Multi-coloured Tipp-Ex

On my first day at work (1981-07-13) - with an engineering company - I was sent to the admin office to get striped Tipp-Ex and a long weight.

It did actually happen to me - although after about 15 minutes waiting - I realised the joke. Suddenly I was part of the team.

No cards, thanks, we're contactless-less: UK supermarket giants hit by card payment TITSUP*


Re: "No contactless"....

"and a black stripe on the reverse"

I thought that was disabled for use in a device that can use Chip & PIN - thereby forcing use of the chip?



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