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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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Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:17:25 AM »
I have quoted that line a couple of times too Chuckford :)

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Person searched for "nearest Best Buy address" and we charged you $8 for that click because our AI was almost certain they would visit your store!!!

That is scary, funny and very short term. big retailers are on their knees anyway, so why not milk them for every last dollar I guess is how it pans out.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:03:13 AM »
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As time dribbles away, the British government has backed into ever-greater concessions to the European Union point of view—without coming any closer to a finished agreement by the deadline of March 29, 2019.

They apparently have no choice.  The EU will not negociate.  So whatever we want it is going to be a hard Brexit. imho.

(aside) .
To me the free movement of people from the EU is not an issue, and never should have been. Half the people who voted, voted it seems because of that and that was STUPID.   Yet still they are trying to control it in Brexit. If you consider immigration a problem, then the issues are from the rest of the world.  And it a big IF.

 The only reason to leave, was because the EU is not a democracy (OK what is? ), but at least we can remove our govt. The rules from the EU are too far reaching, sometimes more than the US system of Federal law it seems.
They are self serving leaders, who are corrupt.  That why we should have voted out. (rant over)

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Hopefully they win the World Cup and call the whole thing off.
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Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: July 09, 2018, 06:03:56 PM »
Pear Shaped.. yes, feels like it....

The problem is, Brussels does not want us to go, so they wont agree to anything we come up with. It will be messy. 

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Not by Amz though. Jeff does not need any more money.  He is a danger to society as it is.

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rolling her own sushi for years now.
...  beautiful1  Not personally a life goal, but get why it probably should be :)

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Lovely thread, than folks.  Some great words of wisdom.   

To me the router thing, is just a reinforcement of the rules talked about.  Its easy to slip as parents, and with a program to shut things down at night, it helps for the time when a device is accidently left in the bedroom, the boyfriend is online, and so no sleep happens before school.

Sure there are ways to get round it, but it helps.  Its an important one.  I see so many childen very tired all the time.

As for time.. well, mine is running out.  Lucy is 17 now, and I am taking 5 weeks off this summer (cannot afford it) but she wants to climb mountains and go sailing with me.

Time is the one thing that is in really short supply.  Related, but different, some one at the sailing club said to me last wed night, when trying to persuade me to start racing mid afternoon instad of just the evening... 

The trouble with people like you Rupert, is your have a watch but no time, in Africa they have no watches but plenty of time.    I though that was a bit cheaky. He is retired with a lexus and a newish K6 dingy.

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Water Cooler / Re: blah
« on: July 01, 2018, 07:45:52 AM »
Advice to the younger generation:

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Don't get old
he is funny.   But is he mad or a good actor? I did not watch enough. 


I am quite sure you will be very happy together Gary :)  I love a good party  ;)

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they're sticking to the rule so far! 

Won't last long.  :'(  My girls an Angel... not....
we just have kit outside all bedrooms.  Downstairs in fact.  Works well for parents too. do what you like after bed time, but don't get caught.

That does not stop a burner phone. Mind you, sim cards are cheap these days.  Anyone buying a burner phone can probably manage a sim card.

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Water Cooler / Re: Where's my damn robot mower?
« on: June 27, 2018, 03:03:35 PM »

I think the £40 is a very low entry offer.  It makes sure they are in touch to supply the next one, as well as all of the others stuff he sells. Be surprised if lawn treatments are not added to his sales pitch .  If he gets 100 like that, then it might be worth it for him.

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Water Cooler / Re: Where's my damn robot mower?
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:23:49 AM »
so Brad, whats your involvement...  you seem to know more about it:)

From a neighbour perpective, I can say....On a complex lawn the Husq does sometimes get stuck. For example sometimes it wants to cut through a hedge,  turns out the perimeter wire was too close at one point. to begin with it was running over the edge, where the perimeter wire was too close to the edge by about 1 inch.
 
So despite the apparent simplicity, I think there has been quite alot of RandD to get it to the stage it is:

  • If you try to nick it an alarm goes off.
  • It learns the complete map of the lawn, so if you have several separate lawns it knows to cover them all equally (Iain has a number of small lawns separated by paths). 
  • It has to know the state of the battery and where it is so it can get back. 
  • It works in the rain 
  • It has an app from which you can control cutting times cutting height, send it home, see where it is etc etc

I am sure there is more.

 And for £40 per year the supplier takes it away, services it and stores it in the winter for you, so no lawnmower in the shed, now £300 service bills or expensive belts. The blades are I believe replaced for that price.  In Austria there are huge sheds with 1000 of them every winter I am lead to believe .

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