The Closer I get to You – Unforgiving and Brutal

I condensed my usual pace of gameplay over 3 weeks into 3 days of The Division because of the Global Event.  I didn’t come across many players who hadn’t played the game before and It’s clear that The Division 2 will break sales records with millions of players jumping around DC for loot and kills.

Enough is enough already, so I fell back to my cut-off strategy of removing the disk and deleting the game to simply stop playing it.  I haven’t even looked at others title for the past few weeks.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – knowing when to quit playing

August gameplay

This month’s line up looks great with Mafia III (single player) and Dead by Daylight (PvP) free for PS Plus folk.  I nearly bought Mafia III a few months ago when it went on sale but figured it would be free at some point for this 2-year-old title.  Dead by Daylights format of 4 verses 1 has not been as popular as the all-out 100 player format or 4 versus 4 formats.

Anyhow for me, August is a PvP free month but I’ll certainly view my favourite streamers escapades and will be missing the past few days ShotGun onslaught up close and personal.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – Be back in September folks

How to keep calm in Austria

In a few months, it will be a full decade since I first ventured into Austria and I must say that it’s been mostly good.  I’ve learned to navigate what is by far the most hostile environment I’ve lived in. Austrian are in the category of “Rude people” so I development anti-social strategies to avoid them in their own country.

Creative and aggressive use of technology helps me avoid the need to ask questions, this is key as do not speak German.  Uber and Amazon and occasionally FaceBook have provided excellent faceless services helping me get the exact things I want and need.

Cash is King

Money literally talks and avoids misunderstanding or aggression.  I also tend to pre-paid my stays at hotels and pay for taxis in advance, no arguments. I paid you, now shut the fuck up.

Plug-in Zone Out

I tend to use headphones triggering the natural human response of not trying to engage in any German conversations with me.

Of course, this forced isolation has it downside but I do love the Austrian countryside.

Beauty Austrian countryside, really rude people.

A decade of Stealth

Make your head Nod

Day 1 –  EU Data Laws come into force today.

Look out for the Article 33 – 72 Hour breach notification debacle.

I can only imagine the litigations that are cued up and ready to go.  Enterprise is all lawyered up but Small Business owners must be wondering what to do.  The first cases will definitely hit the media.

Will it make the end-user safer or just cause admin hassle and change the strategic position of hackers and miscreants? A new era of Lawfare where regulations are used to tied up resources of a target, distracting them and potential weakening their infrastructure.

Policy, procedures, standards, compliance will someone please wake me up.

…but yet I’ve already had some vague clueless queries from worried business folk.

Data enemies approach – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

No matter, your friendly neighbourhood CISSP is here for ya.

Sons of Immigrants

The UK Prime Minister made a clever “Uncle Tom” move by placing a 2nd Generation immigrant into one of the most powerful roles in her government replacing a British White female.

The “Urgent” session in parliament played out like pure theatre, with immigrants on both sides clashing words and intentions.  The Conservation Party pivoted to EU regulations and illegal immigration while Labour bombarded the new Home Secretary with direct questions on what he would “actually” do and when.

I wish they would replace the word “Windrush” with “Jamaican” as it actually refers to the truth of a ship carrying 1027 passengers and two stowaways on a voyage from Jamaica to London in 1948.

1st Day on the Job


The Angry Black Man factor (Justified)

My parents came to England in the early 60’s and did alright for themselves, they had me, protected me and for the most part, guided me to success.  It was inspiring to see one of the few UK Black Members of Parliament stepping up to the plate and representing with strength and compassion.

I ain’t mad at Cha

Meanwhile, I caught some NPCs taking time out to relax.

It’s all about YOU

So with just over 31 days to go before the European Laws change the game, it’s important to know how this may impact you in real life.

Art. 33 GDPR Notification of a personal data breach to the supervisory authority

In the case of a personal data breach, the controller shall without undue delay and, where feasible, not later than 72 hours after having become aware of it, notify the personal data breach to the supervisory authority competent in accordance with Article 55, unless the personal data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons. Where the notification to the supervisory authority is not made within 72 hours, it shall be accompanied by reasons for the delay.

Clearly, the Lawyers and consultants will win in the end

Vague terms such as “undue delay” still gives weak protection for individuals but the game changer is 72 hours to tell everybody you’ve been hacked.

I can see more blackmail attempts coming forth as companies look to delay public notification.  The big telecoms companies are well prepared and have started notifying end-users of the legal changes but there is not much comments or chatter on how this will change the Hacker community.

The important thing is now you can sue someone when the big hacks happen….and they WILL happen.

Let the legal games begin