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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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Re: GDPR...

> Where I am we deal with some sensitive data and locking PCs amongst other stuff is a given.

Not your company but in general... one of my bugbears is that if locking screens is a necessity because of access to sensitive data, or whatever, then the company should be providing some of sort of proximity based authentication/login system so that you can't forget.

Either it's important or it isn't.

(And now that Windows 10 supports Bluetooth dynamic lock there is no excuse really.)

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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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Re: ""Who owns the intellectual property and responsibility of a bot contribution: "

@Graham

Thanks for taking the trouble to reply.

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Re: ""Who owns the intellectual property and responsibility of a bot contribution: "

> and things created by machines go straight into the public domain

That's an interesting take. In the physical world the owner of a machine that makes widgets owns the widgets produced. Why shouldn't code be any different?

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Ambiguous Phrases Я Us

> It is disgusting that Assange is held, without trial in an effective jail for so long.

Indeed, we should take every action to ensure he is tried. More than once if necessary.

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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

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> The data theft is said to have occurred not within the Pentagon itself, but rather with a third-party vendor it uses to book travel.

Troops' Itineraries Technically Safe Under Pentagon

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Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'

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Hands up: who'd heard of it before this article?

Anyone? ... Nope me neither.

Which might go someway to explaining why it hasn't succeeded.

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Puppet Insights arrives to shine uncomfortably bright light on DevOps

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Goodhart's Law

> However, what is new is the Scoring approach, where Insights assigns a credit score-like rating to Velocity and Quality.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you Goodhart's Law

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Re: a national newspaper, which recorded the data

> Interesting question though, what is the properly paranoid approach, assuming you need to read an untrusted USB device?

Use a dedicated sanitizer device such as https://www.circl.lu/projects/CIRCLean/

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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> Lets also not forget the extreme lengths the tech companies have gone to make sure they pay as little tax as possible.

Good point. The article was just too full of Jobs' other saintly acts to find space to mention the way he personally forced €14bn in tax payments on an unwilling Irish Government. So concerned was he that this might look in some way unethical, and therefore might have ro be refused by the Irish Government, he went all the way to visit the European Commission to get their approval first.

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Cisco Webex meltdown caused by script that nuked its host VMs

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BofH

> The service interruption was the result of an automated script running on our Webex Teams platform which deleted the virtual machines hosting the service. This was a process issue, not a technical issue.

If False == PayrollLookup("BoFH") Then RunTidyUp(confirm=True)

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MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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Re: Utter shite

> I wrote a Perl script in about 2003 (I think) to scan email for viruses.

Careful with admissions like that... you might get sued.

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Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure

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Carplay / Android Auto plus magic = profit!

> We envision the automobile evolving into a central hub in the Internet of Things, enabling customers to take their world into their vehicles," said the German car maker's Heiko Huettel, chief of its connected car division

We already have Carplay / Android Auto and they're not exactly taking over the world. It's hard to see how the driver would want the car to provide anything more than screen, speakers and power for their own phone. It's even harder to see how VW could provide something unique over and above this. It's even harder still to imagine a subset of drivers that would actually want it.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: It's not always the cleaners

Ok, now explain why a surveyor working in the middle of a field has to wear a hard hat, hi-vis vest and steel toe boots.

The surveyor wears those items because he had to wear them when he started out as an assistant surveyor and the habit is now ingrained. The assistant surveyor has to wear steel toecap boots because sooner or later he'll stab himself in the foot with a ranging pole. The hard hat is because the surveyor will hit him over the head for being so stupid as to stab himself in the foot with the ranging pole. Simples.

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'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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Re: "Held"

> He can walk out any time.

<conspiracy> Maybe the Ecuadorians are now preventing him from leaving and no one has realised? </conspiracy>

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Total Inability To Systematically Usurp Privacy

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Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)

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Re: they peaked at snow leopard

> they peaked at snow leopard

Plenty of names left...

El Capitan -> El general de brigada -> El Presidente

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Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

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Re: Maybe just

Her predecessor, on the other hand, had an incredible password that was way longer than required and had her two-hand typing all over the keyboard. When asked, she said she used phrases from favorite novels. I've always wanted to do that but I have trouble remembering where I put the numbers and non-alphanumeric symbols.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a password manager.

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Notepad...

Add vi and Emacs modes

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Re: Menu ?

Starter: "Appletizer"

Main: "Pork and Apple sauce"

Dessert: "Apples and custard"

All top notch ingredients.

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Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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Re: Units?

I wondered why the units were CGS rather than SI? Is it just convention for this area of work?

Edit: I see later an AC has helpfully provided the conversion. Ta.

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: Wow

> Thus "master chart" has become "umbrella chart" in one instance.

You'd need to be a real umbrella mind to come up with that synonym.

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: Homework

"iPhone 8 prices started at £699 or £849"

Well which is it? It a price can't "start at" two values!

It's one of those weird, quantum probablistic effects.

The phone comes with a free cat in the box. When you open the box you find out whether the cat is alive or dead. If the cat is dead then the extra £150 pays for the cat's funeral.

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Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

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Re: How are they going to make sure the "enemy" buys back door kit?

> How are they going to make sure the "enemy" buys back door kit?

By giving the design to China to implement in everything.

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Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Follow the sun...

One time where 'follow the sun' isn't such a good idea!

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Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

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> In other news...

You forgot to add: all criminals using a web site to perpetrate a scam, fraud etc will now include a check for the Way Back Machine's spider and deliver a subtly different set of pages with the intention of establishing an alibi.

The testimony from the office manager simply confirms that the Wayback Machine accurately archives what it receives - there is no guarantee that what it received is what the defendant, the prosecution or anyone else received.

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Tape Ingenuity Tackles Soyuz µ-meteorite Piercing

<I'll get my coat>

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Deed poll to the rescue

He can legally change his name, conduct the case and then change it back again. Or something.

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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> At this rate, by 2020 we'll all be back to wearing pagers...

I'm wearing a pager as I write. It's around my ankle...

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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> Mind you for most RangeRovers the history would be, "owner drove to kids school and blocked up the roads around the school" x2 every school day.

And bonus points for showing they parked in the 'keep clear' / 'no waiting' zone.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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> On what grounds did the police force them to leave?

They didn't haven't their cardigans... cue Whitesnake 'In the chill (sic) of the night'

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How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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It's incredibly difficult

The exact content users see depends on who they are, where they are, what device they're using and other variables. This makes it incredibly difficult for both publishers and ad networks to conclusively review every version of an advert for malicious content.

I don't see what the difficulty is. In the US, ad agencies are starting to be held liable for false advertising by their clients[1]. It is only a short step to hold them liable for distributing malware.

[1] https://www.retailconsumerproductslaw.com/2018/02/holding-agencies-accountable/

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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> Does it happen that your employer is either Citizen (in all caps) or Seiko?

Canon has a subsidiary that makes watches. Not sold much in Europe and US though. I have one which says, I kid you not, "sprit time" instead of "split time" on the stopwatch button.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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GDPR to the rescue

> JLR needs a bullet-proof method for this to be automatically disconnected when the vehicle changes hands. I don't know how you do this but the current process is clearly not sufficient."

There is a bullet-proof method. It's called 'reminding' JLR that they can be fined up to 4% of global revenue because they are a data processor, processing personal information about you (your home address for starters) and allowing that information to be passed to an unknown 3rd party without your consent and without a clear business need.

If they don't act immediately you can also 'remind' them that you can start a private prosecution - no need to wait for the ICO to review and take up your case.

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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clothes that bear the retailer's logo on the outside

That Peter Kay classic...

Fat girl wearing t-shirt emblazoned with logo: GUESS

PK: Thyroid problem?

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: The problem is not Linux itself...

> Presumably also, "field workers and teleworkers" are absolutely not using unauthorised business-specific apps on their computers. So we are talking about standard office functionality, aren't we?

No, we're not necessarily talking about standard office functionality.

Consider a roads inspector out and about inspecting repairs or reporting on repairs required. Ideally he'll have a tablet (or at least a laptop) with access to mapping software showing underground utilities - pipes, power cables etc. so that he can cost-up the impact the proximity of utility infrastructure will have on the job there and then rather than later, back at the office, when there is no chance to go back and have a second look.

Historically that kind of software was Windows only - whether on a laptop or back in the office. Ironically for Lower Saxony, the ready availability of powerful tablets means that type of capability is now becoming tablet only, i.e. iOS and Android!

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Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

> Haven't heard "best of breed" in a while.

Best of breed is terminology taken from the dog show world. I think it means: if your software runs like a dog then it's in with a chance of being declared best of breed.

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From toothbrushes to coffee makers to computers: Europe fines Asus, Pioneer, Philips for rigging prices of kit

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Re: ?WTF?

> If a reseller is selling at a lower price, that is surely coming from the resellers cut, not from the manufacturers. So why should the manufacturer care?

It's easy to spring up a box-shifter company overnight on the web, sell until the market is saturated and profits collapse, then fuck off. By then, any reputable supplier online has gone out of business and the manufacturer no longer has any sales outlets online, let alone reputable ones.

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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

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> BTW what's the point of giving 10 minutes for edits when the post doesn't appear for a lot longer than that?

They appear in 'my posts' immediately so you can always check there.

Thanks for the explanation about the IR enforced payment holiday - I hadn't heard that one before. I rather suspect though that the change in tax relief dealt the main blow - the low interest rates making it impossible to recover the situation (in a meaningful period of time).

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Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

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Re: IoT

> Ah, so you're a waffle man!

Waffles are the same as pancakes but ribbed for added pleasure.

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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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Re: Bureaucracy fines bureaucracy, nothing changes

> It would be nice to think that somebody who was genuinely accountable had been held personally to account

It won't help because these kinds of mistake are too easy to make. Government departments (and companies, really) should be required to deploy email clients/servers/relays that refuse to send if there are more than 5 external addresses in either the To or cc fields.

Clearly there are people who need to send to more than 5 legitimately, but the software can have white lists for sending out (just as there are blacklists/junk lists for spam) so that a positive action is required to circumvent the idiot check.

Microsoft could, dare I say it, voluntarily provide such a facility as a corporate social responsibility thing.

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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> The equipment was stored in two locked, unmarked Pelican brand cases. One case contained two Ludlum 3030 alpha/beta sample counters, one plutonium 239 check source, and one cesium 137 check source.

Total Inability To Secure Unmarked Plutonium

/Mine's the lead-lined one

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Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars

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Re: Someone's dangled their modifier!

> How big was the US Capitol Building billions of years ago?

The Capitol Building existed on Mars billions of years ago ?!?

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I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

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TOP SECRET

TOP SECRET

The pic of the GI holding the file... it needs a bit of photoshopping to add another sticker at the bottom, saying:

BOTTOM SECRET

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: What about disturbing others?

> I would happily shoot the sociopaths who think they have the right to share their conversations, thoughts and phone calls with the whole damn floor...

Do you take contracts? There's a 'foghorn leghorn' in my office that needs dealing with. I'd send you the address but you can probably hear him anyway...

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Who fancies a six-core, 32GB RAM, 4TB NVME ... convertible tablet?

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Re: Interesting times

> I routinely gather 250-300 GB of uncompressed 6Mpixel resolution video data, which I then reduce to a single 100+ Mpixel lunar image.

So you're the one who keeps those NASA fake moon landing conspiracies running...

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Red button woes

> Whats do you know our "Pisshy wee windows boxes" startup and run perfectly when power on.

An early aberration, soon corrected by Microsoft. ;-)

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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Re: Makes no sense

> The buyers might take the view that Red Hat being 18 times SUSE's size represents growth potential for SUSE.

And, as we all know, 2018 is the year of the Linux desktop so big opportunities await.

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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I am read that if you wrote to the BBC back when the Clangers first aired, they'd send you a Xerox of the knitting pattern Peter Firmin's wife used to create the real ones. My Mum actually knitted me a Clanger earlierthus year from a hardback book based on the original patterns. I am 46 years old and not ashamed :-D

I (we - siblings) had a knitted Clanger as a child but I never found out where it came from. Now I wonder if an aunt knitted it!

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In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Gorsuch's dissent FTW.

> justices who will overturn Roe v Made.

You just wade that up!

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Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

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Re: "Norwegians are not good at using condoms."

Perhaps it's the cost that's the problem? They just need to be more afjordable.

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