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Typical Bezos... A type manager.

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Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:59:54 AM »
Seems early this year?  hope it goes well for you.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:53:30 AM »
I nam sure this was an RC recommendation:
https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10/update

I use it on every new win 10 computer.

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Water Cooler / Re: Black Mirror comes to life
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:07:30 AM »
I had to Google "Silver Queen".  Not what I expected!

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Water Cooler / Black Mirror comes to life
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:47:40 AM »
https://www.news18.com/news/tech/big-data-and-us-are-we-all-being-given-a-reputation-score-1856779.html

I have to say Black Mirror is on the watch list for winter evenings...

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We are, in many ways, already being prepped for a world where we are judged for every single action we do, on a daily basis. And that is linked to a series of further actions, which may entitle us to get or remove the ability to receive, certain things in life. And that in itself is the beginning of becoming part of a herd.

The up side is of course its going to be a bit like living in a village, where everyone know everyone, so doors are left open, neighbours leave eggs on the kitchen table for you, as there is a sense of trust.

The problem of who you have to trust still remains.

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https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/27/jaguar_land_rover_connected_car_privacy/

More data issues...

Both data and the online controls on "connected cars" from Jaguar Land Rover remain available to previous owners, according to security experts and owners of the upmarket vehicles. The car maker has defended its privacy safeguards and security of its InControl tech.

El Reg began investigating the issue after talking to Matt Watts, a techie who blogged about the issue of connected cars and the data they collect, without initially naming Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Watts' secondhand Range Rover came with the ability to remotely control the climate systems, call breakdown services, upload GPS/destination details and much more. The vehicle also keeps a record of much of this information and stores it in an online account.

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Did I? Gosh  ;D

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Water Cooler / Re: Open discussion of LONG article
« on: August 21, 2018, 03:25:13 PM »
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Philanthropy can change people’s opinions and shape your legacies into the far future. In part because you do not employ as many people as corporate giants of previous eras, it is critical to think about local initiatives that can woo public opinion around the world. Mark has made the biggest strides in setting up a foundation. The rest of you could form personal or corporate foundations, too.

Jeff babe was heard asking what he should give to. 
My response was firstly his slaves and the government. Fair wages and Taxes seem quite an appropriate way of doing it.  Quite traditional really.

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Economics & Investing / Re: It's me AGAIN
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:14:10 PM »
Shame Greece is not on the list too. Gets all of the P.I.G.S.

Spain does not look SO bad....

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wow... thats needed.  Great news. Good find. Thanks.

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"Going abroad is OK... 'cept for the foreigners"

Thats classic Benidorm and Magaluf British attitude I am sad to say.  Its why we managed to vote out of the EU. 

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Another example of how your data is not safe.  Medical records anyone? Think of the power of a list of cialis users. I would be surprised if its not out there.

https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2018/07/09/breach-impacts-340-million-americans/

and earlier:

https://www.wired.com/story/exactis-database-leak-340-million-records/

Have you ever heard of Exactis?  According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”.  They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one of the largest and most respected in the digital and direct marketing industry”.  That is a ton of data.  One would assume they have some serious security in place to keep that information safe.  But, we all know how bad it is to assume…

According to a researcher, Vinny Troia, that was certainly not the case.  While researching the lack of security of ElasticSearch, another database, he found Exactis was actually leaving personal data available to online users, without any form of firewall.   The data found included names, email addresses, physical addresses, personal likes and dislikes, names of any children, as well as their ages, and more.  Although, it is important to note, social security numbers were not listed.  Even without having socials posted, if this information was obtained by hackers, they could certainly create false profiles or targeted social engineering attacks.

After being notified of the breach, Exactis worked to resolve the security gap.  As of today, the information is no longer available for public viewing.  Although, that does not mean damage hasn’t already been done.  It remains unclear if the information was found by a malicious third-party.  However, Troia states it would not have been difficult to find.

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Water Cooler / Re: Core RECommit
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:07:36 PM »
OK! Booting back on boot camp :) 

Managed to play a bit of tennis, Andy and I are second in the current sailing series, (OK not a hugh effort physically, but Ben Ainslie thinks fitness is important for winning)  and this week have managed a couple of short (but hard ) cycles and a swim.

In a week off to Greece for intensive fun, so the next 7 days are prep for that...  a bit late, but better late than never.


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I see people who want credit, but cannot get it because they have never had it. So the algo marks them as a bad bet.  A 44 year old lady with some quite severe medical problems, a gross income of £25k p.a. and low over heads, was told no... so she has to save up.

It was for a mobility scooter.... more important than a car.  Along the lines of a pair of legs to most of us.

My point is that it has been happening in the UK for years.  And yes it is appalling.

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