1761 posts • joined 13 Jan 2009
Re: Nice try
Tetley's? So what, I'm more of a Twinings guy.
Did they also argue with each other about how to assemble the furniture?
there is no way Audi and BMW drivers are highly evolved
That is what we - the ones neither driving Audis nor BMWs - would like to believe to bolster our sense of superiority. Be reminded though, that intelligence is not necessarily an evolutionary advantage. And neither is moronism necessarily a disadvantage for successful procreation. Very unfortunately.
Kids these days....
9th Rule: don't fucking record fight club!
Re: What happens in Sinsheim ..
...and at best some Wieners?
Disclaimer: I had ideas like this. I smiled. I moved on. And I didn't make nor lose a fortune.
Here though, all that comes to my mind is a fool and his money...
Re: Feeling Old...
The mighty, mighty Gravis Ultrasound! Lots of fiddling. But its wavetable sound was worth everything. And hours, no days!, of tinkering with tracker software and .mod files...
I want RoboShark. I want laser on RoboShark.
(sorry) This SoFi's pretty cool though
Re: A colleague (no it wasn't me!)
Beware internal messages. After all, during an audit we had found unprotected e-mail servers. And the next thing I know is that someone (no, it wasn't me, honestly... anyway it's a long time since and I can't remember any of this) sent e-mails apparently from the CEO to some people making them aware of their wide-open SMTP servers hanging out in the network.
Re: Security Testing
yoganmahew, I fully agree.
first-born has been kidnapped by HR
I used to work in a place where this probably could have happened. This being in the mid naughties, among other things they also tried to dump sub-prime securities products on to employees after the clients started to be suspicious and refused buying that crap. So, the company was sitting on a steaming pile of dung and wanted to sell it to its staff. Abducting close ones, blackmailing into submission - wouldn't have suprised me.
The proper backup suction that I came across some decade ago. Setting up a backup procedure just about as manually as Ben did. For checking if the procedure worked as expected they didn't want to wait until the tape was fully written. Instead to the tape they directed the data stream to /dev/null - the backup ran flawlessly, answered with a success message and was ready to be deployed.
Problem was, no one changed the device to write to the tape. Until their auditor asked if they ever did backup restore tests.
Re: Which country was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics?
Re Nerve Agent
Well, AC, call me too dumb. Then again, I don't have an MSc in chemistry either. So far, all I know -from the media- is that it was neither VX nor sarin. That leaves a few substances left which I remember from CW training, both persistent and non-persistent ones. But I've got no bloody clue if any of those had links to something north-easterly. From the little I've heard I'd guess something from the V series. But please, dear AC, enlighten us, the dumb.
Re: I don't think computers work the way you think they do.
Unless you only accuse those you are bias against?
I thought that's the first and general rule of this game, isn't it?
Anyway, for all I know it could have been Elbonians made it look like Russians made it look like Norks made the malware.
Re: Taking investments now!
trevorde, you lost the tender.
revolutionise everything is probably not exactly what Saudis like to hear. You'd rather promise huge profits or ruling Shias to get their money.
Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?
@I am the liquor
I fully agree with you.
Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?
He lost his job for a single mistake in two years, I am still a bit angry about that
Angry that he made this single mistake or angry that he lost his job?
Depending on the type of business 45 minutes downtime may or may not be reason for dismissal. Apparently, more than 5 hours of downtime for approx. 90% of the staff of about 20k (a bank) was no reason for dismissal. Than again, it wasn't due to an operating error but a management decision to implement a half-baked release.
No information was given about sharks accompanying the Lockheed Martin weapons
Should have written this at the very beginning of the article. I'm only interested if it involves frickin' sharks.
Re: The simple rule of corporate meetings...
Am I allowed to sleep instead?
I had tried this many times during the monthly, dreadful "team meetings". For two years I'd been waiting for a complain about my regular snoozing activity. I had elaborated an eloquent answer about meeting efficiency, target audience, information relevancy. But no, nothing. Not one comment. Finally I gave up and started to draw and design houses. And soon left the company.
MAT* no. 1
Meeting. My fetish. They turn me on, they arouse me sexually. Viciously. Just by the mere thought of "meeting" I can hardly contain myself. Which gets only worse in an actual meeting. Compusively I have to hump whatever comes my way: desk, chair, floor, PP handouts etc.
Make sure the word spreads.
*Meeting Avoidance Tactic
generally regarded by his supervisors and co-workers as unsatisfactory
I have no doubt this is actually true. And probably just goes to show that he, Mr Keil, is actually a highly competent professional. It's just another symptom of Peter's principle and arsehole's ruling.
I've been on the receiving end of this myself. And left for good. Not to boast about having been a highly competent person in that situation but rather in the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
Killer rabbits of Caerbannog do. Anyhow, I thought that shooter games kill people.
I wonder what the former hypothetical habitants might have thought. "Ok, that flare was bad and fried our advanced tech. But the probability of this happening again in our lifetime and for generations to come is very low - it's maximum one in a million."
At least, I guess, they won't have died in a "beast from the east" cold wave.
Re: Browser differences
[coding discipline] AND [web interface] = 0
But probably that's just my limited and aged perception as I left the trade a little while ago.
"Butt, butt, does it affect my selfies?!"
Re: explain to me again how I broke my wrist in 1968...
An exceptionally aggressive wank was good.
But you, you owe me a clean and dry keyboard!
Re: Bedtime stories...
Funny that you mention Stephen Fry who, I guess, has a rather low probability of being/becoming a dad.
We are going to have to introduce better technologies to prove someone is who they say they are
Better technologies, like, you know, meet in person?
Another use of this voice cloing is that we start to develop better authentication and verification methods. Not only for interaction directly with a system but also for communication between meat sacks over systems. I sense the sweet smell of encryption all around*!
* also known as the control freak govemint's nightmare
Re: @ bazza
Well you trust the phone network when you call up your bank don't you?
Partially, I do. I know my account manager reasonably well and - for now, still - I identify her by voice and vice versa. Even so I don't initiate external transactions on the phone. For these I rely on end-to-end encryption, two-factor authentication and transaction verification.
If you come up with a feasible network architecture that is inherently secure: I'm game! I doubt that it will do without encryption though. Encryption is much older than our data networks; the objectives remain the same, i.e. privacy and non-repudiation.
Re: @ bazza
If we had a network that didn't require encrypted communications for reasonable security, then
And if I had some million quid on my bank account I wouldn't be at work/reading El Reg. Anyhow, we both are talking about wishful thinking.
What about a secure communications infrastructure, one where my hypothetical millions in the bank account are not put at risk? Yes, we are talking about encryption again. No matter what kind of "secure" network architecture you use, I wouldn't trust the nodes in between me and my bank.
Dutton forgot something
because “criminals are mounting sophisticated and discreet attacks, employing ransomware, credential harvesting and social engineering”...
...and tinkering legislation, he should have added to the list.
Poker face fail
Yonks ago, in a different life, I and a colleague got the task of installing some newfangled twisted-pair to replace the coaxial cabling. The offices had nicely accessible, large cable ducts running along the outer walls. And all the outlets, for power, network, telephone, were on the bottom of the duct, with the connectors being plugged in from below - and against gravity. The only obvious problem with those duts were their lids, outright bitches that heavily resisted both, being taken off and put back on. To put them back an aweful lot of fist-hammering was used. Acquired my "iron fist" there in Mr Miyagi-style.
So, one day while happily hammering along, suddenly the face of an accountant went pale, then white. Just when I was starting to worry that he might be dying he turned redish - steaming hot red! Accompanied by a screamed "I lost all of my day's work!" - it was mid afternoon.
That was about when we realised what happened: the hammering slowly but surely drove the power plug of his computer out of the mains socket. An orange socket, the ones connected to the UPS. One of us, I can't remember if it was my colleague or me, calmly said to the destroyed, steaming accountant: "you should regularly save your work - you never know when there's a crash." We left the office, closed the door and in the staircase we got the mother of all laughing fits.
... compare the tax tables to previous versions to see how they deteriorated over the week until finally the indexes were saturated
Straight out of BOFH's excuse calendar.
"It barely fits in my bag and is completely unwieldy."
This is the perfect description of my laptop computer at work. Some bright spark decided that we absolutely need a separate numeric pad on the keyboard. All of us.
Re: MS killed skype
Well, to my taste, skype always had a crap user interface. And since it requires IE to work (WTF?) eventually it totally killed itself for me. That is after it died on my dated mobile for lack up upgradeability.
(Rot In Hell)
It will also surrender some of the slab so it can travel with Mars 2020...
Yeah, send all the litter back to where it belongs!
How long before Mars says the same?
Re: automatic facial recognition goes live in the UK
Facial recognition is nothing new, indeed. The first time I came across this was more than ten years ago.
... the big players will take all the right steps to ensure what's said in the home stays in the home...
Yeah, sure... Stays in whose home?!
Nah. You're just undercaffeinated.
Same cause. Same effect.
Thanks! That makes sense. I probably suffer from EMIS - early morning illiteracy syndrome.
Maybe it's a too early a morning for my brain to fully process this On-Call. Why "near-death experience" - because of water and electricity? (No RCDs in the data centre?) And how's the bonking relevant and why does Matt know about it?
@unwarranted whateverism, I have no feckin idea what you're smoking, sniffing or droppin. But I need this stuff. Now!
...the British state taking action against him for skipping bail is not in the public interest...
Public interest would be - please, forgive me for making assumptions about the public based on my own interests - to lock Assange in a dark gaol and throw away the keys. Not because I condone such punishment or because I believe it would be justified for what he did. But simply because I do not want to hear or read about this bloated prick ever again.
Giving your rocketeering attempts a flat-earther spin for squeezing money out of stupid to fund your hobby. Fucking brilliant.
Operating on single plane
EerieEasy solution: forget about pictures to teach the AI and instead use a self-teaching system such as AlphaZero. Might need a more complex neural network though. But I'd expect totally innovative ways to navigate the city. And maybe the AI gets the hang of hoovering at groin level - just for fun.
Re: Rotating blades at groin height
Why, all of a sudden, I somehow do not feel thrilled by this idea...
'cause this not your kind of kinky fetish.
Re random biology
Maybe the females lost interest in the boring males and tried to hump the aircon instead?
Re: Reminds me of a story
I've heard of such incidents as well - "move your mouse to the top right corner..." And there he was, holding the mouse to the top right corner of the screen. I wouldn't blame the user. I'd rather say it's the user interface that is under-developed.
But there are other things... Two people, one of which is the misses of an ex-colleague, attended a computer class to learn stuff about an office suite of the Microsoft flavour. Both of them were perfectly able to use e-mail. One day they wanted to exchange some homework, something done in Excel. Solution: 1) do the work in a spreadsheet; 2) print the spreadsheet on paper; 3) fax* the paper to classmate; 4) type the stuff in spreadsheet... 5) Face meets palm quicker than you can say d'oh.
*Fax, for millenials, is instant messaging on paper.
Re: They might be the right temp
Someone needs to go there and have a look.
And nuke the entire site from orbit...
No way, not in these pictures. Maybe 20, 25mph.
Re: Improbable @Omgwtfbbqtime
In my garage too, I have a 32A supply (@400V), which I could even upgrade to about 70A if needed. But it's rare to find those in office spaces, powering some PCs.