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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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We're the same, I do listen to the radio - that's the only reason I don't begrudge the TV tax too much.

The TV stations though are mostly garbage. BBC News has become increasingly **** as well.

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Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

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Re: Bugs? What bugs?

Well they could just deny it seeing as FOI is a teethless beast with no comeback on organisations which essentially ignore it anyway.

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Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

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Re: Still reeling

The people ruling on this simply don't understand the implications of it and the reasons that it shouldn't be copyrighted.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: It's a feature

Yeah "**** them"

Microsoft: You swore! banned!

User: Cool ,that was the whole point *****.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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Re: Boats are expensive...

You'd have enough old tyres within a year to recreate Waterworld.

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Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

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As a parent (and therefor the go-to expert on this)

I'd blame it on one of these factors:

1. Not reading to kids at bed time, or getting them to read to you - instead letting them play their tablet for 10 minutes whilst chilling out on your phone.

2. Too much Roblox and Minecraft, too little homework and practical skills like painting, writing and mathematics.

3. ...

Actually just lazy parents. I say this as one who's guilty of this on occasion myself. It's got bugger all to do with internet speeds.. as 99.9%* of reasonable people will agree.

*Statistics made up, but so is the reason for the drop in school performance.

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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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Holy **** you can't make this stuff up.

OK firstly.

1. Review all Vodafone contracts, find out how many have been subcontracted without notification. Look to end all of those.

2. Find out who was in charge of the Vodafone contract here, sack them for a) not preventing sub contacting as a clause in the contract and b) not making anyone aware of it happening.

3. Tax Vodafone properly on profits made in the UK, seeing as they apparently are cost focused and were saving some pennies by sub contracting work.

4. Start the same investigation into G4S, ATOS etc.

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1 in 5 Michigan state staffers fail phishing test but that's OK apparently

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20% is about average

Also the organisation now knows what problems it has and is under pressure to fix them. This is better than a company which is blissfully ignorant.

Yes we can point and laugh at some of the details in the report, but that's my point - they are in a report so the senior management can be held accountable for a change so things will happen. Let's turn that around on the UK organisations, how many of us are confident in our local councils, whitehall etc having all this done?

How many think senior management in those places can/will ever be held to account for the failings when there is an incident?

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

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Re: Sharp Practice

I still remember one of my friends buying an Amiga from Dixons years ago and paying almost half again for an extended warranty I could here him repeatedly saying to the salesperson he didn't want.

It'd be nice to know if the charge PCWorld etc were abusing included any commission for staff.

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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

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the Digital arm of the UK's National Health Service

No it's not, it only covers NHS England.

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Ex-staffers slam Microsoft's 'lackluster' response to stacks of internal complaints

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Going to be honest.

In all the years I've met and worked with various Microsoft staff in the UK I don't think any of them (outside of receptionists) have been female.

I'm usually the first to sigh and say "oh women's rights/pay gap/equal pay" but come to think of it compared to most other companies it's rather odd.

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Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite

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Demonstration purposes, basically doing proof of concept and building business cases for whatever it is they have planned in the future.

Very early days essentially.

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Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

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Who decides if it's copyright-infringing?

Anyone with a Youtube account who uploads videos will likely have had at least one attempt to pull content or screw over monetisation due to "infringing copyright" when it's actually covered under fair use.

ISP are more likely simply to block entire domains than go for a case by case method.

Not a slippery slope, more a great big cliff.

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Panic stations!

That's what I read into this and so does the market by the looks of it. There's a smell of "covering our backs" here by execs too, I still expect this ship to sink or shrink dramatically in the coming years as we see senior execs opt to retire early or jump ship before it finally goes down.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: 95%? dubious..

I get "up to" 34Mbps.

In reality I get 11. Which ironically is under my ISPs cap for their non-super-fast broadband.

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UK infrastructure firms to face £17m fine if their cybersecurity sucks

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Re: Poorly named

Ministers already have a firm grip on this legislation. In fact you could say most of them spend all day toying with it.

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Maybe you should've stuck with NetWare: Hijackers can bypass Active Directory controls

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Re: OS vs. Directory Service

As a mechanic would say, **** cars keep me in a job.

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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Isn't that what users are for?

Absolutely going by every game I've seen released on PC in the past couple of years. Ironically the indy games seem to have better support and fewer game breaking bugs than the big studio guff.

Long live Rimworld (Google it, I'm not being rude, much.)

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Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

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Link for download may have changed since publication, it's now: https://www.acronis.com/en-gb/personal/free-data-protection/

I'd be interested to see if anyone fancies deploying this to their estate.. so I don't have to be the guinea pig obviously

My only concern is that free tools, well they are usually not that brilliant especially when they are part of a promotion for cloud storage. I hope this is one of the few exceptions.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Like a shell company?

Government starts shell company with funds from taxpayer, shell company buys out trusted encryption system and changes the encryption in the background to suit themselves. Job done.

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NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service on just 30,000 devices

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Re: Windows XP Patches - Norwegian Blue

Sounds like they are essentially saying "we give up with XP, we're blaming you if anything happens"..

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We have looked at WER in the past, but abandoned it due to lack of usefull info, and quite frankly we have more important things to do, like keeping the medical systems running, and deploying the endless stream of MS patches, and sending responses to useless NHS Digital Alerts ....

Don't forget answering freedom of information requests from companies asking about critical infrastructure, social media etc too! Because they are such a good use of IT resources.

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Bell Canada Canucks it up again: Second hack in just eight months

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p@$$w0rd. ???

Surely the logical thing is to opt for the next best one "password1" or to think outside of the box and go for "letmein"??

Neither requires holding down the shift button either, bonus.

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Pop quiz!

Choose as many as you fancy:

a) Lessons will be learned

b) We are busy blaming a subcontractor because that totally gets us off the hook

c) We will do everything we can do prevent this from ever happening again

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

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Re: I hope

That all the staff that pulled this off were well rewarded.

Because frankly that's a phenomenal effort that deserves it.

Annoys me that companies don't shout about how well their IT departments recover in situations like this. If they'd had a fire etc they'd be thanking those staff who helped PUBLICLY but IT is seen as a shadow department, we can't possibly talk about those people..

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Fresh botnet recruiting routers with weak credentials

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Re: D-Link

Best De-Link it from the t'internet anyway.

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Scumbag who tweeted vulnerable adults' details is hauled into court

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Weak punishment but I expected nothing else.

I mean it's not like he's stolen lots of money or slagged off the judiciary on twitter!

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VTech fondleslabs for kids 'still vulnerable' despite sanctions

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Are you ****ing me?

.As well as paying the fine, VTech agreed to apply privacy and security requirements so that it complied with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC Act

How nice of them, so here again we have an example of a fine being required to get people to AGREE to comply with something they are meant to legally comply with. Clearly our sanctions regime isn't enough, time to consider holding executive directors personally responsible for the actions of the company they manage.

Money isn't always the solution, assigning responsibility to senior management and making them lawfully responsible might be.

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Re: Not sure going straight up is safer.

PPE should always be warn.

Hardhat, safety glasses, hi-vis vest at a minimum, I would think.

I doubt it'd be able to take off with all that on it to be honest.

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UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers

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Re: Good

As I've said before we should start ICO related fines at the maximum and look for reasons to lower it, don't find any? Fine at the maximum amount.

Right now we gradually put a few quid onto the fine and start at zero, resulting in us never giving the maximum EVER and a majority being a pittance.

They should have to prove the controls they had in place before, contracts, safeguards, training etc. Then they can show how quickly they reported the incident to both the ICO and those affected, then lastly what they've done since reporting. If all of those are dire they get hit with the maximum.

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

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Re: GDPR

It's the wrong mentality if you ask me, START at £500,000 and then reduce it to show where good practice was used, where speedy remediation was put into effect, where they notified ICO and those affected quickly.

Don't start at £0 and count up, that's the wrong way. If companies aren't fast at notifying people, don't bother to do anything quickly and didn't in the past then they should always be hit with the maximum.

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: "blocking ... between 1 and 50 sites a year"

Looking at the action the government is taking I feel like I can say with some certainty that they haven't got a bloody clue what they are doing and this is entirely to grab headlines and allow them to say at their party conference that they are "thinking of the children"

Sadly that last line is probably a little too close to the bone for many of the older party members..

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Apple macOS so secure some apps can't be easily deleted

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Re: Broken OS

Apple have become far too focused on the iPhone, everything else is falling by the side of the road in varying states of disrepair. The focus is off their PC offerings, has been for years and they are coasting, knowing that some will continue to buy whatever nonsense they release. I say that as someone who was repairing PowerPC logic boards back in the 90s and who hasn't owned a Mac laptop or desktop for over 20 years now but still have plenty of hands on experience of repairing friend's ones.

The iPhone is the cash cow these days.

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Big tech wants the ICO on EU data protection board in Brexit fallout

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Re: Smile, it's Tate & Lyle

It's still a negotiation, it can still happen.

Personally I agree, although I hope we're at least able to have some input into it even if it's not voting rights.

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156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

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I hope they keep going

right into GDPR territory.

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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I moved to Apple for the SE, long time Android user but the android alternatives back at the time were very limited in number due to the trend of phones getting bigger.

I'm intending to return to Android in a year or so but the iPhone SE has been superb for me personally, just a shame it runs IOS.

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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Re: Fake views

Not just a google problem but companies in general who do business in the USA. Data protection laws are far more open to interpretation over there than the EU/UK. Which is why it's important we don't pay the slightest bit of attention to what they say on this.

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: Why oh why

Search for a USP, which unfortunately for apple means innovating, something they have never been that great at. Samsung and co though.. well they love having a go with random stuff and typically make a better job of it.

This was an unwanted addition and Apple know it, but they can't possibly admit it.

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Brit cops slammed for failing to give answers on digital device data slurpage

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OK did anyone proof read this?

Norfolk and Suffolk constabularies had a joint budget of £20,000 for the 2013-16 period, but they also doubled the number of officers trained in data extraction in the last year: from 25 in 2015 to 109 in 2016.

^^ I'm not sure that's "doubling" Reg.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Needs government lead

Local councils, NHS trusts etc don't have the clout to push developers to make linux clients. We've tried and failed to leave MS time and time again but when national systems don't support linux, you're ******

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Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

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Re: Illegal use of NHS is negligible.

What do you do with people out of area who aren't on the hospital books but have been referred to them from other hospitals because they don't have the facilities locally to treat them? This is incredibly common and one of the reasons the NHS has national systems.

You're idea looks great on paper right up until you actually know something about how the NHS works. There are centres of excellence around the country who specialise in specific types of treatment. You'll even see patients referred cross-border if there's a need into NHS Scotland and NHS Wales.

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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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It's a knee jerk reaction to bad press, much like Disney and the LA times etc.

Just shows how amateur the company management are!

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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Re: haters gonna hate

without AMD, NVidia would chuck out even less optimised cards/drivers each year. They need the competition to keep them pushing as lethargically as they are.

If AMD folded, you'd have one major supplier of gaming cards and the tech would barely move in the next 10 years except to make them cheaper to manufacture (without passing on the savings).

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Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

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at least you can see the lines

Waitrose near my work has spaces with lines, but the lines are basically different colour monoblock which changes to the same colour as the rest when it rains. So being in the UK this means for the next 9 months or so it'll be a demolition derby in there, happens every year.

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Lies, damn lies and BT excuses

The guy who built it was on the radio this morning. Apparently he gets <700Kb download but companies are busy running a fibre cable down the middle of the village but not allowing anyone to tap into it.

I'm sure many of us have been in this situation, makes you wonder if the rural broadband millions companies have been getting for years are just being used to run the big cables through rural settings to urban centres with zero benefit to those who's roads are dug up along the way.

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Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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You mean the company who deployed it to the location and which conventiently goes bust shortly before the clean up is due to start?

If we're using technology like this companies should pay a levy for clean up etc which is then refunded with interest IF the money isn't used to clean up their mess once the site closes.

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Punctual as ever, Equifax starts snail-mailing affected Brits about mega-breach

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Re: Time to

You'd end up jailing innocent people.

We need out financial regulators to have tie-in powers with the police to enable seizing of company assets/e-mail servers and accounts quickly, then using that along with paperwork to identify the guilty parties. Not simply jailing people because of their post within a company.

In every company there are good and bad people, we need to ensure the good ones remain to change company culture.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: yes, it's very nice but...

Throughout history mankind has applied technology in unexpected ways, advancements don't always have an immediate and obvious application.

Look at the guy who created suction pads or the chap who created the process for moulding shapes from synthetic rubber. Voila! the suction dildo.

A masterpiece of engineering.

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Really odd article

Spends longer talking about the better banks than RBS which shows up as pretty poor.

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Isilon-owning Dell OEMs Isilon rival Elastifile's flash 'n' trash NAS

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Re: English?

I'm reading it as "our own product was shite so we went with the cheapest alternative."

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