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* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

1214 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014

Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: Pah.

" ... what could he possibly know ... "

About the same as anyone with an A Level/High school maths qualification - back doors are not compatible with secure encryption.

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GSM gateway ban U-turn casts doubt on 7.5-year prosecution in Blighty

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Tell that to Alan Turing.

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Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

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Arthur Daly Sales Ltd

My friend Arthur has asked me to say that he has many IP addresses available in the 192.168.*.* blocks.

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

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Gas Board

My sister joined the gas board as an engineering graduate in the late 70s. There were a bunch of retired workers who made a good living acting as consultants when work on the older gas mains was required.

I take my hat off to them. They trod a very fine line, never being able to remember enough to make a definitive map but not being so forgetful as to be dismissed when the Gas Board needed to open the main road surface.

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Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom

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Take Note

"maintained separate networks for corporate and operations systems"

No mention that the "operations systems" are isolated from the Internet.

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: EU tech

Me and my mates have 10 or so Rapsberry Pis between us. Ebdon, where's the download for RaspNucSim v1.0?

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Re: Simulated testing

Sorry mate, all mutated out. No chance of a genetic change.

(Ding-a-ding ding ding.)

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Automobile Association under fire for car-crash handling of data breach

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Re: Taking it seriously

I must confess that i don't know the specification for the make up of credit/debit card numbers. I do suspect that, like sort codes, there is read over from the issuing bank. So, knowing that I bank at, say, Coutts whose credit cards are issued by, say, Lloyds, some of the 16 digit number will be within a given range. Now add a definitive last quartet and it just makes the number crunching that much easier.

But its OK, its the AA and, experts as they are in all things motor related, they have reassured me that I need not worry about high tech fraud.

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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Re: Easy decision

We need to consider all the facets of AI, the rules we should mandate and recommend, even if we need rules.

The lawyers will need a guide to get the suits going after all.

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Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: SEP = Standard Essential Patent

System Executive and Plans

Oh the frivolity had in the lower levels of the organisation.

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

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Re: Problem

Not an apologist for Special Branch nor the Apartheid regime however:

Some revolutionaries will use any, usually benign, cause to support and justify their revolutionary and sometimes violent activity.

Some crazies are just so committed to their cause that they should be committed before their unwarranted violence causes injury or death.

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Queensland Police want access to locked devices

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Re: I think someone has misunderstood the intent of social media

"Why would they need access to the phone?"

Custody of evidence? Direct from the phone memory is best evidence, who knows what has happened on the way to/from social media. Also remember that the BBC has (had?) a habit of removing the meta-data that is probably crucial to a clips evidential worth.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Re: 1 per user

I think I read, at the time that The Standard went "free", that news agents, shops etc were expected to pay 2p per copy. The rational was that when I entered the shop to collect my free paper I would sometimes buy a high margin Mars bar or similar.

May be the accused were shop owners after free Trigonoceps lure?

(No connection to Mars etc.)

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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"The problem the ASA faces is that advertising is generally targeted at everyone. It's national. Or maybe regional."

So what is Google's USP?

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Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

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Re: Hmmmm

Charles Forte was a guest on a chat show. The compare congratulated him for building the Lions empire from the one shop he originally owned. He replied to the effect that the hard work was done by his father who left him a café free and clear of debt.

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Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

Trigonoceps occipitalis

The chances of anything coming from Mars is 99%.

FTFY

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PLATO mission to find alien life is given the thumbs up

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Re: Go PLATO

"Of course, it is possible that alien beings travel billions of miles to amuse themselves by planting crop circles in Wiltshire or frightening the daylights out of some poor guy in a pickup truck on a lonely road in Arizona (they must have teenagers, after all), but it does seem unlikely."

Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: "United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data,"

I've not bothered to check the facts, basically because the tale puts the Queen in a good light.

As I recall the result of the '74 election was subtlety different. EH was prime Minister, not being required to resign during the election. HW won the most seats in Parliament, albeit not a majority. EH however won the popular vote. It was said that he went to the Palace offering to continue as PM, justified by having the most votes. Allegedly HM the Q explained that it was clear as can be that the (unwritten) constitution required her to invite the Party with the most seats to try to form a government.

What was it Walter Bagehot said:

The right to be consulted;

The right to encourage;

The right to warn.

Not sure if it was encourage or warn.

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Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

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Re: Top tips

"without any consequences to speak of"

Except, of course, a dead black person. Some police apologists seem to forget that minor point.

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That's random: OpenBSD adds more kernel security

Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: Reasons to use OpenBSD incremented by one

uBlock Origin - right click and then Block Element.

Simple.

(No connection etc.)

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Excellent

"private end to end gun"

It's not the bullet with your name on it that you have to worry about - it's the one that says "To whom it may concern."

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BAE accused of flogging mass-spying toolkits to assh*le autocrats

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Re: "It works with keywords"

"The ones that couldn't detect anything?"

Good at detecting gullible procurement officials apparently.

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That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

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Re: Failure to prepare etc.

Yes, I agree. But the 100k affects my bonus, the 100m is someone else's problem.

Simple really.

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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Re: Typical.

There has been a change. It is not simple to many (most) customers. We have an excuse. Make like the seven dwarves:

"Hike Ho, Hike Ho, its off to bonus we go."

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Judge holds Uber's feet to the fire over alleged Waymo tech theft

Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: I have a logic problem here

The Point: Plausible Deniability

This highly capable and highly paid firm of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel have said it is OK. I am only a poor, ignorant CEO, what did I know?

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: I'm in charge of me

Not often that you see a dwarf standing on the shoulders of dwarves.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Re: The End Is Nigh

"foiling 37 terrorist plots"

All three words are open to interpretation. I accept that security considerations mean that there can't be full and frank disclosure. Knowing that I assume that as reports get passed up the system they are massaged to put things in the best light. The final mouth piece just has to accept what they are told and probably believe it anyway.

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Oh snap! Election's made Brexit uncertainty worse for biz, says BT CEO

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Re: Abs Bullshit: "ultimately get to a situation where the whole of the country is fibre.”

You've got glass fibre, all we had was that aluminium fibre. Pretty much stuffs any fibre to the cabinet system over the "last mile".

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Germany puts halt on European unitary patent

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Re: I think Germany knows that a unified Europe doesn't work...

A German unified Europe is so last century.

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Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

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no calls at all coming through in Cheltenham

So Three have found a way to stuff GCHQ - quick, where do I get my SIM.

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German police nick alleged admin of dark web gun sales site

Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: False connection

something to do with the right to carry firearms although technically, it's for a well regulated militia.

FTFY

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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putting stuff in the water

That's easy, as you say "Drink Whisky."

Wot about the contrails? I tried breathing only Nitrous Oxide but the organs of the state arrested my supplier.

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Watch out Facebook, Google – the EU wants easy access to your data

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" but the EU commission ... "

Why does the EU Commission want access to my data?

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Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

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Re: Outsourced to India

Its like the engineering trinity: on time - on budget - on spec - pick two out of three.

In this case: resilient, secure, cheap.

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Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

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Re: Quandry in the making....

"If Donald Trump comes out as pro-encryption (I bet he used it all the time) ... "

Judging by his tweets you are oh so correct.

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Uber, er, taxi for the 20-plus bros booted out of upstart for harassment

Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: The fish rots from the head down

The fish rots from the head sideways, Shirley?

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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

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Re: There is no excuse for this

When I was young and stupid ...

Pyromania was my bag. Fortunately there was no Internet so any effects were local. Do I now think it was a good idea? However, in hindsight, it taught me a lot about risk management.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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Re: "Sounds like a lawsuit"

I'm not on the hotel's side but just shutting down their system would, in all likelihood, stop new bookings by card. No matter how apologetic and determined to compensate the victim, you can't do that if the business is bust.

I think it was a rock and a hard place situation and the PHB agonised for seconds before deciding to let it run for his benefit.

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Kremlin hackers' new target: Montenegro

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Re: Montenegro

In the remake of the Dam Busters film, Guy Gibson's dog was going to be called "Digger". I hope that was just a publicity ploy.

A fairly minor offence in the "Great New Hollywood History of the World". See (or rather don't go to see) U-571.

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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Ex is a has-been.

(s)pert is a drip under pressure.

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Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: "The former policy wonk -

If I may quote Tim Worstall:

It's bollocks – it's obviously bollocks – but unfortunately it's influential bollocks.

(7 Sep 2014 at 13:10)

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.

I see three NHS admins read this board. (Three down votes as at 0758.)

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Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.

"Free NHS"

Free at the point of delivery. There is no magic money tree.

Tory, Labour, whatever - vote (and do vote) for whoever you think will be best for the economy so we can afford the NHS. (Or at least most of it, many admins could go the way of free prescriptions as far as I'm concerned.)

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Re: Typo? Looks strange

"You can't estimate things like that; a probability of 1 in 10,000,000 is almost impossible to estimate."

But it will happen 99.9% of the time.

(Apologies to TP.)

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Trigonoceps occipitalis

Re: Ignorance and greed

I've used this before.

The greatest test of an engineer is not his technical ingenuity but his ability to persuade those in power who do not want to be persuaded and convince those for whom the evidence of their own eyes is anything but convincing.

Extract from "Plain Words" in The Engineer 2nd October 1959

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: OK Computer

Why didn't Microsoft and Intel consent 2 years ago? Don't they approve of you?

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: RE: "Keyless" entry

"Oh, and good luck trying to find aftermarket parts."

There are reports of my car's manufacturer refusing to integrate replacement radios legally sourced from scrap yards. (Its on the Internet, it must be true.) This is, of course, to prevent you using possibly stolen goods - nothing to do with outrageous price of a dealer sourced replacement.

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LIGO physicists eyeball a new gravitational wave

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Re: Two solar masses (in energy) escaped

"IIRC up to 30% of the mass of a black hole can be stolen by throwing crap at it and missing by just the right amount."

So a bit like the Earth and flying?

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Bank of Canada finds flaws with current blockchain solutions

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Re: Interesting...

Banks are businesses with customers. They have marketing departments. Cue whale song - "Our new account with blockchain support, so much better than ... "

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