- What are the odds we'll find BT has done a TalkTalk and lost personal records?
Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers
In some cases fraudsters knew their mark's personal details
- The `lapwing.org` server has been moved, DNS changes are propagating, everything should be running normally in the next few hours.
On the plus side, moving VPS provider has meant my costs have gone down, and the performance has gone up.
Just need to set up the backups, backup the backups, and clean up the old VPS; it has been a relatively painless move!
- My VPS provider going into administration is what I want to have happen just before I go on holiday to a place without internet. /s
I seem to get through VPS providers at the rate of 1 a year, here's hoping that I don't have to migrate again in a year.
- 'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption
UK watchdog echoes Home Sec in anti-crypto comments
Yea, as identity theft isn't a thing, captchas are foolproof, and verification is quick; did this QC just ignore the tech companies replies, or has he "had enough of experts"?
Is there no one in the UK Government who gets technology? Or is willing to acknowledge they don't understand it and need assistance?
- Created a very simple and limited Nextcloud app that allows you to share multiple files in one go https://code.lapwing.org/personal/nextcloud-files_multishare/
- UK Home Office "erroneous deportation letters" look a lot like how copyright trolls operate; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-41101051 https://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/reference/about/
It honestly wouldn't surprise me to see this happening more frequently in the future, and it also wouldn't surprise me that it would be quite effective, especially during the Brexit process where non UK (and even UK!) nationals aren't 100% sure of their legal rights.
But hey, whats a few thousand settled, contributing people you've "encouraged" to emigrate when you're trying to attain your completely arbitrary, ideologically driven manifesto promise of <100,000 net migration?
- TIL recruitment agents consider 250+miles as "commutable", for £12-18K/yr.
If only we had access to a free mapping service. /s
- kite.com, with its recent controversies, promised to be more transparent in future; they got caught collecting data from another editor plugin less than a week later.
This "collect all the data, all the time" mindset of software companies needs to die, and I hope it will when the EU GDPR comes into effect on the 25 May 2018.
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- Spent the last few days trying to write a Pidgin C plugin to convert emoji text codes to their UTF equivalent, for example :laughing: -> 😆
I've not managed it, but rediscovered why I hate writing C.
People have my permission to forcibly reboot my computer if they see me writing C, ever.
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- My local Tory (Conservative Party) MP's election flyer has a picture of them raising awareness for a local food bank.
Given that their Tory Government has slashed benefits, capped public sector pay rises, and stunted the economy with austerity, forcing many (including those in work) to rely on food banks, I'm not sure if they're attempting irony or being hypocritical.
The picture of them with the Prime Minister Theresa May is hilarious though, the PM looks like a celebrity at a public event where fans can get their photo taken with them; I can imagine the restrictions:
- Do not touch Theresa May
- Do not approach within 50cm of Theresa May
- If Theresa May says "Strong and stable", "In the National Interest", "Coalition of Chaos", "no magic money tree", nod sagely in agreement
- Laugh only when Theresa May laughs
- Do not react if Theresa May's fangs are visible when her mouth is open
- Do not, under any circumstance, ask, or allow someone else to ask, Theresa May a question
- Actually, just do not talk to Theresa May
- Is the right response to this, "Fuck Off, Google"?