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2402 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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Re: While in the UK

I wonder if any pornstars have received these video release emails...

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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Re: VPL, erm, I mean VPN

VyprVPN recently announced that they no longer log user traffic, so even if someone does come along with a court order they don’t have the detail of where you went.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Big Brother

arguing that people were perfectly happy handing over their data to tech giants, so they should give it to the government

We know what tech giants want to do with it - they want to sell it, or leverage it to persuade someone else to sell us something.

Governments aren't trying to sell us something. So what do they want to do with the it?

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Facepalm

Almost by definition you'd think 'administrator' commands should only be available to administrators?

Unless, for example, you are a college. Teaching computer related courses. Courses like "System Administration 101"

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Mandatory fire drill

There is no requirement to leave any building when any alarm sounds, although it would normally be argued it is in your safety interests. If the Embassy were to force everyone on to the streets then they are simply disguising kicking him out, so why not just kick him out.

Many buildings have "places of comparative safety", places people of limited mobility can assemble to be rescued by those with the right equipment - ever noticed the extra space on staircase landings that appears to be wasted space. The stair well is usually better protected against fire and smoke than other areas, allowing a longer escape time.

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Re: Assange is not a "professional secrets dealer"

According to reports from 2010, shortly before he skipped bail and exiled himself in Ecuador, two thirds of Wikileaks salary bill was salary to one Julian Assange. That makes him a professional, wikileaks dealing in secrets an all.

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Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I actually did mean queue, as in a line of people waiting for something

When you’ve already dug yourself into a deep hole you can’t get out off it’s not usually a good idea to continue digging.

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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Pirate

While it’s not listed among the lost data (so far), I wonder if people invoice details have been compromised?

Who’s exposed to a little blackmail over their porn habits or extra pillows? (which for those not familiar with Concierge speak is negotiable company).

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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"more commonly"?

do enlighten us...

UK taxman told to chill out 'cos loan charge is whacking tax dodgers and whoopsies alike

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Re: Payday loans

In many cases the loans were made from offshore unconnected entities so were afforded protection from the liquidators in the event of insolvency. A truly well connived scheme to avoid legitimate reasons to pay back the loan.

A good example is the Rangers case - when the club became insolvent and Duff & Phelps were appointed as administrators, in theory they should have been recovering all the loans, yet they were unable. The very loans that should have been the tax HMRC was trying to recover when they forced the club into administration.

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Schemes

Here's a clue. If your employer, accountant or adviser tells you they have a "scheme" to help you avoid tax, it's probably against the spirit of the law.

I'm all for people minimising their legitimate tax liability, however while "schemes" may be legal they often bend the interpretation of the letter of the law beyond what is reasonable and legitimate.

We all have our own morale compass, this country's in enough shit already without giving HMRC more excuses to fuck over the masses. Don't use #Schemes :)

You think you're hot bit: Seagate tests 16TB HAMR disk drive

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Perhaps it’s time to back to bigger disks?

5.25” form factor anyone?

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

the country ... votes to remain

There is the outstanding legal challenge over whether the Article 50 can be withdrawn. The Government refuses to engage on hypothetical issues but there is a real risk the deed cannot be undone

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We don't need to worry about building our own, there's loads of others out there we can use.

Its all really easy once we're free of theses EU shackles - we'll be free just to negotiate our own deals with someone and they're all willing to give us the best deals in the world because we're British, we're important. China will be more than willing to help us use their system, probably give us access for free.

#Sarcasm. Project Fear? Project Truth as it turns out.

£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge

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Re: Not Blackmail?

More common than you might think with "problem" employees.

Managing them out through the correct HR process might take 6-12 months. You still have to pay them, manage them carefully and have them around causing headaches where ultimately you will succeed in the employee leaving with no case for tribunal.

Or you can offer them money to just go now, as they know they will be managed out. Saves the employer money and time in the long run.

Last time I saw it was a senior manager who's departure was communicated by the IT Director as "we had a meeting and he agreed his career aspirations lay elsewhere"

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Re: Somebody is not reading carefully

A group can be as few as two.

By that rationalisation the service provider can add the third person to any conversation.

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Re: Quid pro quo, Clarice...

think multi- million dollar fines to the government

Given the governments money is actually the people’s money this is a very bad solution. It needs to be jail time for the Directos and Managers (VPs) of the organisations involved.

High Court agrees to hear full legal challenge of Blighty's Snooper's Charter

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critics have argued that the new law simply made a lot of what was previously going on under the radar more transparent – and so the material concerns about the lawfulness of the activities remain.

Making it legal doesn’t necessarily make it right

Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

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Chester-ale-Street

Chester-Le-Street must not have been hosting an England Cricket Test that year.

It once had a bangin’ SKA club, sadly no more.

Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead

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Re: There is a very good reason

In order to rid themselves of all these custom applications and scripts all the banks (large, small and challenger) are adopting a cloud strategy running off the shelf packages in both private and public cloud.

The same public clouds.

Out of the frying pan into the boiling flammable cloud ready for the slightest spark to ignite it!

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Improving Telescopes

We can’t currently “see” the planet, but as time and technology moves on, no doubt we will have powerful enough telescopes to be able to zoom in. What will we see?

Probably a message written in fire in letters thirty feet high:

“We apologise for the inconvenience”

Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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It’s still my day

They’re still cheats

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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Re: Change it back quickly -

The NSA wants their feed back.

The cynical side of me thinks this is how the change was detected.

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Sensible Option

So this *might* be a sensible move by Dell.

We've all heard of the instances of people buying cheap goods because they were listed with a low price. So why not introduce a policy that all goods listed must have an unrealistically high price when first listed, then the price can be set to the normal price once the listings are validated.

Or they could just make sure the details are right first time...

UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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When does the criminal trial start?

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Re: few Chinese workers have volunteered to move to Wisconsin

"So what you're saying is that Foxconn treats it's Chinese workers like slaves, and presumably wants to treat it's new US workers the same way?"

From what I've heard working for most American companies is only one step above slavery. For many, "Benefits" is something employees dream of, not taken for granted as we do in Europe. Paid holidays? Health care? Dental? Pension contributions? etc. There are some companies very good to their employees, however your basic American worker puts in long hours for a very basic reward.

Luck us in Europe have strong policies on workers rights. Oh, wait...

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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"We don't have ID cards.

Not everyone has passports or driving licences.

Hence, day-to-day life doesn't require it."

While this may be true today, criminal activity is increasing leading to the need to prove one's identity, and if we don't end up with ID cards we will have de facto ID cards in Passports or Driving licences, with everyone requiring ownership of one or the other just to prove their identity even if they don't drive or go overseas.

Not saying its right, just pointing out the world is changing, and voting is just another aspect that will change, like it or not,

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Bertrand Russell

He’s the only man* to have put a teapot into orbit around the sun, that must deserve recognition.

*several wives have managed to put teapots into inexplicable orbits although few are verifiable, a bit perhaps like Russell’s.

Tax me if you can: VMware UK tosses shrunken offering to HMRC

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No doubt others who generate more than half a billion in sales locally will find cunning loopholes to (legally) avoid their fair share.

Have you ever heard the phrase “turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cash is king”. What you turn over means fuck all. You can be turning over £1,000,000,000,001, but if your costs are £1,000,000,000,000 then you made a pound profit, which isn’t going to keep you in food very long (one McDonalds Saver burger for you).

There are some companies exploiting the letter of the law to gain an advantage, and governments need to work to change those laws. But your off the cuff comment on sales shows an ignorance of the subject you are trying to write about.

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Re: taxing

Indeed, legal but not very moral.

The reason we have laws is that different people throughout history have had different views on what is moral. Writing laws gives everyone a hard reference point, and we do update laws as gaps appear and public opinion changes.

If we all agreed on the same moral viewpoint we wouldn’t need the laws. It would be nice if we all played by the spirit of the laws, but ultimately it is the letter of the law that counts.

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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For all these multinational cross border companies, why not set up one cybercountry where all income is lodged and subsequently taxed at an agreed fair rate.

That tax is then proportionally distributed to all the actual countries in which the multinational operates.

Removes the ability of companies to leverage fancy schemes in a low tax jurisdiction and offers an opportunity for poorer countries to receive their fair share.

We are all citizens of the same cyber space, we should all equally benefit?

£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data

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Both businesses can get a 20 per cent reduction if they pay by 28 November.

Or a 100% discount if they go into liquidation.

Apart from jailing the directors, it’s about time we consider a threat against employees. If you are making outbound calls all day and almost every caller tells you to fuck off as they are on the TPS you need to at some point realise that the business is breaking the law and that by not whistleblowing the activity you are furthering the breaking of the law. You are at some point committing personal fraud by perpetuating the marketing calls.

I know this isn’t really a practical rememdy, it is the business owners (and managers) who should be held accountable, but as an upstanding moral citizen, would you continue to work for one of these businesses without calling out the issue?

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: Dear DHSS

More likely is the Child Support Agency (CSA) chasing the father for child support.

Despite evidence the father doesn’t exist, much less have money to pay said support, the CSA will pick a random amount per week that is due and back date it to the beginning of time.

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Re: Dear God,

As I understand it, it’s a bit like the old TV game “Call My Bluff”

You get to the “gates” of the afterlife and there’s a bunch of deities holding brown cards. You pick your chosen deity and hope they don’t turn it over to find the word “Bluff”

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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If this mess is building up in his garden then is there not a case to investigate his general care of the animals? According to the linked article the fouling was in a "terraced house’s yard" - not exactly a roaming estate where the dogs could run free for hours of exercise.

An inspection by the RSPCA might spur a little more care out of him.

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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As an existing bail jumper he’s going to be denied any further bail, so he’s going to be held on remand.

And it’s unlikely the CPS will rush to bring the case to court.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: I'm quite happy

to call ethernet over coaxial cable "a coax cable" and ethernet over a cable designed for it "an ethernet cable"

Ethernet is a Data Link layer protocol and sits at Layer 2.

Coaxial cable and twisted pair cable are Physical layer transmission mediums and sit at Layer 1.

There is no such thing as “an Ethernet cable”

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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On the one hand, this would stop parts – such as the keyboard – from being swapped out for backdoored gear.

Of good grief. Like this is actually a serious threat. If it’s more than 0.1% of keyboards swaps I’d be surprised. The vast majority of repairs are genuine a some numpty has spilled something on the keyboard, or they were crap keyboards in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, hardware has been hacked for nefarious reasons, it’s just not a sufficiently large problem to be a legitimate excuse to prevent repairs.

Ad blocking. All fun and games – until it gets political: Union websites banned by uBlock Origin

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Who watches The Watchers?

Pretty much sums it up. If all you’re fed is “fake news” how do you determine what is not fake?

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Re: valid use

And what if using USB drives are an active and valid part of business operations?

Then there will be clear policies and training in place about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable, and appropriate level of controls.

For example at a site I previously worked at there is a valid business process that requires a weekly transfer of sensitive data.

There is a four eyes policy on the extraction and loading of the data - two people must undertake the task.

The USB ports are software locked - a break glass account is used to complete the task and that account has the role based access to use the USB port. There is an approval process to obtain the break glass credentials and their use is time bound.

The USB stick is encrypted to a high standard,

The USB stick is transported by a third party security provider using tamper evident pouches.

This does not prevent theft of the data, it just makes it extremely difficult without collusion between several people.

Did Morrison’s just let the guy gave access to open USB ports with no auditing of the data, and no policy about removing USB sticks from site? Very possibly, and therefore it did not take reasonable precautions to prevent loss.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Maybe we should ask Ecuador to build a cathedral inside the embassy. I hear there’s some Russians who like visiting Cathedrals...

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If the current US government want to extradite him, why haven’t they requested extradition from Ecuador? They’ve had extradition treaties since 1839

Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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While the employee had legitimate access, were Morrison’s controls on its staff sufficient to make the breach difficult or detectable? Clearly not as ithe breach was only discovered when it was published on Tor. So Morrison’s must bear some liability.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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consumers probably have "four or five devices" that do WhatsApp already

Well, no, they probably don’t, because WhatsApp unlike many competitor messaging apps restricts itself to phones only, so it doesn’t run as an app on my tablets, PCs, Macs etc. (I don’t count running it in a browser with convoluted access as a sufficient App).

What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

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Go Dark

The big guys should make sure all Aussie users are aware of the implications by going dark for a day, or even a few hours.

Post a message that service would be offline if said law is implemented. Australia is small enough that this wouldn't really impact profits but big enough that the governments and peoples of the world would take note.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Facebook @ Work

I wonder if the same issue could potentially have been open on Workplace (Facebook collaboration for companies). How many businesses could have had data stolen that’s not just kitten videos and people’s lunch pictures?

https://www.facebook.com/workplace/case-studies

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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while arbitrarily detained

There is nothing arbitrary about his detention, he is entirely there through his own choice. Nobody is stopping him walking out of the Embassy whenever he wants.

Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

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Re: Loan Charge?

There is a 2 year period where HMRC can challenge your tax return if it believes there are inaccuracies and go after any money it thinks you owe it.

It is also written in law that HMRC can go back up to 20 years if they believe you have been committing tax evasion, so the legality of a loan you are not expected to pay back is brought into question. And let’s be honest and moral here, any loan you receive that you are never expected to pay back is not really a loan, its a payment.

Or perhaps your out with HMRC is to repay the loan (which I suspect will be a larger sum you don’t have than the tax HMRC expect on it)

Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

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Build what?

Import all the raw materials from China to make the silicon billets?

Import the silicon billets from China but manufacture the silicon wafers?

Import the silicon wafers from China but fab the chips?

Import the chips and assemble the boards?

Import the boards and assemble the products?

It’s tariffs all the way down!!!

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Bait and Switch

Hmmm, the price goes up after you've signed up to being fucked.

A bit like their Brexit plans then

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