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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 data watchdog dishes out £600k in fines to 4 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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Chipzilla drops dinkier Optane SSD, but don't expect it in data centres

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Re: SSDs aren't useful for gaming

As an avid gamer I'd say it's dependent on the game. Games which stream in content to RAM as you play such as Star Citizen will benefit from this as it generates smoother gameplay. Those which typically front load like Fallout 4, GTA V etc won't.

It's more complicated than yes/no though as much of this is dependent on how much RAM the computer has, less RAM, you'll likely benefit more from an SSD than otherwise.

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Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

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Re: embrace... extend... bloat?

Because he/she is incorrect, this is still a text being used, just in a different way.

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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

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Re: What companies forget...

We're far more likely to know our rights though and hold employers to the wording in our contracts.

Then again we're also far more likely to know about all the legacy cr*p the company refuses to replace due to costs..

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

I watch on demand only, the only reason I don't mind the TV tax is that I really like Radio 2 and 4 and listen to both daily.

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Citrix patches Netscaler hole, ARM TrustZone twisted, Android Dirty COW exploited – and more security fails

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So..

"With Unmetered Mitigation, we’re breaking the industry’s practice of surge pricing when someone comes under attack. It was an easy decision for us because it’s the right thing to do."

In other words, they are big enough now to offer it when competition may be unable to and they've milked the metered mitigation cow to death.

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Ouch: Brit council still staggering weeks after ransomware bit its PCs

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Re: Victim of what?

Were? How recent was this?

Absolutely attacks can be minimised, but that goes back to my initial point about how ICT can deal with it when it happens. I could lock down my own infrastructure far tighter than I have but that requires approval to do it and will require some money to be spent, money that many councils etc don't have to spare.

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Re: Victim of what?

Any organisation can be hit by ransomware, it's how quickly and effectively they deal with it that shows the underlying skills and understanding their own IT department have of the tech they are using IMHO.

For this to drag on for weeks makes me think they're reliant on outsourced support in some way either for infrastructure or backups.

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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Re: Pricing

Openoffice > LibreOffice.

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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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Re: Some questions

I would love to know if they've got ISO 27001/2, Cyber Essentials Plus, PCCDSI etc.

Even more, I'd love to know which auditor signed those off.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Re: The date seems very optimistic

You can easily buy expertise in these areas, it's not as if he personally needs to read up on it.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot talk about Microsoft..

However I would like to say how beautiful this building is, I mean those victorian WINDOWS are stunning, absolutely trustworthy and secure, absolutely those Windows are TEN out of TEN.

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Remember when Lenovo sold PCs with Superfish adware? It just got a mild scolding from FTC

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Re: On de fence

From a typical users perspective they are very different statements, even if you change them to be as soft as possible most users would react with horror at the second one.

Will occasionally show adverts

Will occasionally show adverts based on the sh!t you've been up to bra!

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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So?

We've convenient payment systems many other countries haven't adopted to the same scale, tap to pay, chip and pin are fairly rare in the US.

I don't need to keep my card charged up for it to work either unlike a phone.

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Lanarkshire NHS infection named as Bitpaymer variant

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Re: Brute force RDP access?

Unlikely, they are behind PSN/N3 unless they have an external address for some reason.

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UK infrastructure failing to meet the most basic cybersecurity standards

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Dial it back a bit

"not having completed the 10 steps"..

That doesn't mean they wouldn't comply with them if they did. Does national infrastructure need to comply with every standard and recommendation going even when that would literally be impossible as many contracted each other in minor or major ways?

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Jocks' USO block shock: BT's 10Mbps proposals risk 'rural monopoly'

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Re: Blinkered politicians...

You need to look at this from the SNPs perspective. Rural farmers are far more likely to vote tory or lib dem than SNP. Stir it up against the current evil-tory government is a good thing for the SNP.

It's win-win because if the tories got ahead and tell BT to do it the SNP can say the tories are making a monopoly on the poor disadvantaged farmers, whilst themselves doing nothing to help.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: Gamers?

Even with Rizen you'll see better performance in games but it particularly shines when streaming or recording too. Having more cores just generally keeps things a lot smoother.

The problem I increasingly have with Intel isn't core, it's locking down functionality on boards artificially behind paywalls purely to market them as different models. That's why my next CPU will be AMD, right now I've got an i7-6700K which is no slouch for video processing but there's little reason to head back to Intel and pay the premium.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Something just fundamentally doesn't add up about the story.

However as we don't know where the problem is, either with Marcus or the authorities I'm minded to side with him, innocent until proven guilty and the narrative we're getting from the authorities doesn't make a huge amount of sense for anyone in the infosec world.

It's almost as if they are simply squeezing him for info for other cases, put pressure on him, prevent him leaving the country and see if he'll squeal on any contacts he has.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

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Re: Same impression here

"Which turns out to be not much of an impediment. In practically every application which offers both a point and click as well as a keyboard input (like AutoCAD, for example),"

Ex-draughtsman here, worked on DOS versions of AutoCAD all the way to Windows 95! Keyboard input was the way to go, mouse in right hand, left hand mashing various keys to manipulate what I was drawing at the time.

Yes there were GUIs especially in 95, but they were almost always slower unless buttons linked to macros we'd setup for snapping at pre-set distances etc. At all other times typing singular keys was quicker as the mouse pointer could remain on target.

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Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: Jump! Jump! Jump!

"Some people twice that age don't seem to be able to manage it"

Because they have never had to take responsibility for their actions doesn't mean they are incapable of doing so and shouldn't be held to a reasonable standard for young adults/adults.

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Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps

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Re: voltage

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voltage

EU standard is 230v plus or minus 20v, with mainland Europe being 220 plus or minus 10v and the UK sitting at 240 plus or minus 10v. The EU standard is written so that it just gives the range used in such a way that any electronics kit sold to an EU customer should be safe anywhere in Europe

^^ UK voltage has been 230V plus or minus 10% for years.

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Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

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Re: Be Paranoid

I waited 2 years to grab a domain I'd been wanting for longer than that. When it changed ownership and wasn't being used I thought it was just a matter of time.

If you want to keep them, renew them. If you spend too much time shopping around someone like me may well have been waiting.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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New tooling?

Some new top level management with "sir" and "Dame" as titles picking up a pay cheque?

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

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Re: Two wrongs...

Even if you blame the person in prison, the family and friends visiting don't deserve to be treated with such a lack of respect and empathy.

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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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What about this?

"All your data is protected and backed up in our military grade encrypted UK based data centres"

Are they actually owned by the company? Otherwise this simply isn't true. More likely this would be appropriate: "All your data is protected and backed up in the military grade encrypted UK based data centres which we rent rack space in."

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