nav search
Data Centre Software Security DevOps Business Personal Tech Science Emergent Tech Bootnotes
BOFH
Lectures

* Posts by qwertyuiop

249 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Page:

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Working fine for me here (in London)...

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Payday?

...It's Friday, it's payday...

WTF? Payday? Have I been asleep for two weeks? Is it the 15th of October already?

Not everybody gets paid at the end of the month...

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

qwertyuiop

But Nigel was in favour of a second referendum!

In this BBC story - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36306681 - just a month before the referendum and with a Remain victory seeming likely Nigel Farrage was reported as saying "In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the Remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it."

Funny how with Leave having won unexpectedly by precisely that margin those who voted Remain are supposed to just accept it when the Brexiteers clearly weren't prepared to.

I don't understand why Brexiteers are so scared of a second vote. If "Leave" was the will of the people two years ago and still is then surely it will only confirm that?

The problem of course is the "and still is" bit. I suspect many in the Leave camp know they attracted a protest vote - about things other than the EU - which they won't benefit from second time round.

Voting machine maker claims vote machine hack-fests a 'green light' for foreign hackers

qwertyuiop

I can't remember where I read (or heard) this, but it seems entirely appropriate here: "Hackers don't break things, they just prove they were broken in the first place".

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

qwertyuiop
FAIL

Two failures?

"...It really doesn't double the cabling costs. Pulling a multi-pair cable is a sensible precaution..."

Ah, I see. We increase resilience by using a multi-pair cable but immediately reduce it by using... a multi-pair cable. When the digger goes through the cable it doesn't matter how many pairs are in it! (and yes, I know that in this case it wasn't a digger)

The only way to truly increase resilience is to have two cables which arrive by completely different routes - and that will increase the cost.

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

qwertyuiop

Re: Arresting times past

Except that it is an offence to take pictures inside the Old Bailey - I know 'cos I recently did jury service there. You're warned beforehand in the FAQs sent to jurors and again in the jurors' briefing.

Israel cyber chief's 'pants' analogy for password security deemed, well, 'pants'

qwertyuiop

Re: passwords should be treated like underpants

Two years! 6 months one way round, six months the other way round. Then turn them inside out and 6 months one way round, six months the other way round.

Why doesn't anybody want to sit next to me?

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Screws and escaped death.

He wasn't a trainee or apprentice. He was supposed to be a proper assistant experienced with wiring....

....One was fitting the 25 litre water tank on a steel frame high on the wall.

The problem I'm having here is why you consider it his fault that he screwed-up. He is, supposedly, an experienced wiring technician so you criticise him for not being able to install a water tank? The only part of the job that was within his acknowledged skill set was wiring the pump.

I wouldn't expect a plumber to be able to install a ring main so that he could then fit a water heater...

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

qwertyuiop

Re: Actually, there's more...

I doubt if it was the weight of the canons that did it. Obviously they'd be written down and paper can be heavy but there would have to be a huge number of them to have any effect.

The weight of the cannons however is a different matter...

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

qwertyuiop
Thumb Up

Re: In the days of pen and paper, initials were double edged too ........

...hairdryer and freezer spray to locate and replace/resolder...

That's a very interesting soldering technique!

Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

qwertyuiop

Even if these 11 people (...the superior sent an email about it to a colleague, with 10 others copied in...) were immediate colleagues they didn't need to know the detail. At most the manager simply need to say "As you know, Aftab has had some time off because he was ill. He'll be back at work on Monday so when he comes in let's cut him some slack while he adjusts to being back at work."

If anybody asked what was wrong with him it was only necessary to say "I'm sure you appreciate that I can't share that with you."

Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

qwertyuiop

...of some kind that only the user can activate...

Let me know when you've cracked that one!

Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Nothing new here

...Then again, most code is not shared...

What? It seems to me that nowadays most programmers - sorry, Developers - don't write much code at all. They just scour Github et al and cut and paste somebody else's code that does a similar job. (Usually without understanding all that it does so that they include unnecessary fucntionality.)

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

qwertyuiop

Size matters!

Not a "foreign body" story, but the headline reminded me of something...

Early 1980s and I was working as a junior programmer at one of the NHS's 14 Regional Computer Centres. We were in the throes of preparing for the replacement of our venerable ICL 1904S mainframe with a shiny new (orange!) ICL dual 2966 mainframe. Amongst many changes we learned we'd be getting new printers which would be industry-standard (at that time) 13.2 inch width rather than the 16 inch character width we'd had up until then.

Inevitably much redesigning of reports and other printed output was taking place. The system I was working on had one very unusual piece of output; it was printed on thin card and was 16 inches wide by about 12 inches deep. It was lightly perforated in various places so that when printed it could be split into a large record card, a small index card, a postcard to go to the patient and a fourth piece whose purpose I've forgotten.

After many attempts we eventually conceded defeat on trying to accommodate the existing documents within the new narrower printer format, so it was decided to split the print into two separate jobs: the large record card would be one and the three smaller pieces another. All the programming had been done and it was ready for final test, including a print run. The only problem was that we hadn't yet received a delivery of the new stationery.

Thus it was that a young trainee programmer and I spent a day using the burster to trim the tractor feeds off the existing stationery then split it along the perforations before sellotaping it back together to replicate the new design stationery. To my astonishment it actually worked!

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

qwertyuiop

Re: Interface Hall of Shame

My machine has a set of flush black buttons arranged on a smooth black background. ...Fortunately, an indicator lights up...

Does it light up in black on a black background?

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: New???

"lights are working ("Turn them on and walk round")...

And how does that work for your brake lights? :-)

Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

qwertyuiop
Megaphone

Re: B E A C H P A R T Y ! ! ! !

@jake - The Who's sound system?

Stuff that, THIS is a sound system: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wnnayb/the-wall-of-sound

To quote from the article "This singular work of engineering would come to weigh over 70 tons, comprise dozens and then hundreds of amps, speakers, subwoofers, and tweeters, stand over three-stories tall and stretch nearly 100 feet wide.

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

qwertyuiop
FAIL

You were doing so well...

I was completely with you on this (it echoes my own experience over the years) - and then you let yourself down with the licence issue.

There's not much you could have done about your host forgetting the session was happening, there's not much you could have done about no room being booked, but you could have done something about the licences.

After a very similar experience early in my career I always confirmed all of the session details with my host beforehand in writing/email. This always included confirming the requirement for everybody to have their own terminal* or PC with a copy of the software on it. That leaves them with no wriggle room to blame you.

*I am old enough to have trained people in the use of software running on a mainframe and accessed by a dumb terminal.

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

qwertyuiop
Facepalm

Re: Go Samsung!

10-foot UI (it's a thing) means the distance between you and the TV, not the size of the TV screen

<roll eyes>

Really? Well I'd never have guessed!

</sarcasm>

Sorry, it's my fault for not telegraphing my intentions with the joke icon for the benefit of those who can't keep up.

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Go Samsung!

@Dan 55 - I have a Raspberry Pi plugged into my 40-inch not-smart Samsung TV. Taking your comments in order:

- Difficult to watch on the sofa - although I'm of very mature years and need glasses I don't have any difficulty watching the 40-inch screen.

- No remote control - I have a mini wireless keyboard with built in trackpad for the Pi and it works just fine. Ordinary remote for the basic TV functions.

- No 10-foot UI - this is true, but see my first comment; I can read the 40-inch screen just fine, not sure I could cope with a 10-foot high UI. ;-)

Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

qwertyuiop
Facepalm

Strictly speaking that's not impossible.

The ad is for a .NET developer with 10 years' experience - but it doesn't say "10 years' experience of .NET". So in 2003 somebody who had started work in IT in 1993 and had been working with .NET from the moment it was available would satisfy the criteria.

</pedant>

She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

qwertyuiop
FAIL

Oh no!

I was feeling quite good about all of this until I read ...Capita, for example, installed 14,000 IP connection points aboard the ship as well as the main round-the-ship fibre optic network....

I can see what the MoD did wrong there.

Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Because of course it's only people in the UK who have holidays in the summer. Strikes by French air traffic control staff don't affect people going to France in the summer from other countries or French people flying to other countries for their holidays do they?

It's not all about the UK you know!

'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

qwertyuiop

Re: ""A piano could drop on her head tomorrow""

...I have no desire to arrange for the aforesaid musical instrument to descend on the aforesaid current Home Secretary, or any knowledge of anyone else who might wish to do so...

Aha! So either you have a desire for a piano to fall on a past or future Home Secretary or you have knowledge of somebody with that desire!

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Get it right

"And add lava bread..."

I think you mean laverbread (made from Laver seaweed). Of course, if you like hot, molten rock as part of your breakfast I apologise.

Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

qwertyuiop

Re: Misleading Title

So a typical El Reg headline then?

NASA flies plane through Earthly shadow of Kuiper Belt object

qwertyuiop

Re: Conspiracy theory

"...2014 MU69 was struck by Voyager 1... - it just pulled out in front of me, no warning. It didn't use its mirrors or signal.

Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

qwertyuiop
Trollface

Aaah, MENSA...

In my experience a bunch of arrogant shits who seem to think they're better than everybody else.

Who does that remind me of?

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

qwertyuiop

Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

No! I am qwerty!

Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

qwertyuiop
Trollface

But isn't this how it's done?

...Linux already has a bunch of DNS resolvers...

But I thought that was what you were supposed to do in Linux: if you don't like something - regardless of whether it works or not - you go out and write your own version so that we find ourselves with endless variations on a theme.

<duck>

Men charged with theft of free newspapers

qwertyuiop

Re: This is England. We use common sense here.

You can commit "theft by finding":

Theft by finding occurs when someone who chances upon an object which seems abandoned and takes possession of the object but fails to take steps to establish whether the object is abandoned and not merely lost or unattended. - Wikipedia

For example, if you take something from a skip (dumpster for our American cousins) because you think it's worth having then technically you can be charged with theft by finding - even though the original owner clearly no longer wants it. You're supposed to ask the owner's permission before you take it.

Social media vetting for US visas go live

qwertyuiop

Ummm... it's your personal data so you can choose to do anything you want with it. The EU got stroppy because it was proposed that your data be handed over by a third-party - the airline - whether you wanted them to or not.

Cybercrooks charging more than the price of a new car for undetectable Mac malware

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Of course it's expensive!

We all know that iThings are stupidly expensive versus their actual component cost so it stands to reason that iMalware will be expensive.

Does it have rounded corners?

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

qwertyuiop
Facepalm

Re: Dear Apple.

...enough Apple Corp "fans"...

Except that it isn't Apple Corps doing this! It's Apple (the computer company) which took the action and has the fanbois. Apple Corps Ltd is the multimedia corporation which the members of The Beatles founded in 1968. The name is a pun.

Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

qwertyuiop

What if I object?

Hmmm... I'm not an expert on the Data Protection Act and so I'd welcome an opinion from somebody who is, but I'd like to know how this is legal if I object to being filmed.

I believe that video of me in which I can be identified is considered to be "personal data" within the meaning of the Data Protection Act (and the General Data Protection Regulation). In order to collect my personal data you must (a) inform me that you're going to do so, (b) inform me of the purposes for which you're gathering it and (c) obtain my consent to process it.

So if I decline to give my consent how is it legal for you to film me?

2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

qwertyuiop

Re: You answered your own question

"...where an old school CEO or COO...'suddenly' decides to stop remote working..."

Or in the case of a company I worked for, the CEO and several other C-level managers decided the company needed to relocate from London to a scenic spot on the south coast. This caused huge disruption for a large number of staff for whom relocation wasn't an option due to family or other considerations.

Of course the fact that the senior managers responsible for the decision were all approaching retirement age and were able to set themselves up very nicely in new homes, aided by the relocation package, was a total coincidence!

God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

qwertyuiop
FAIL

...hacks at The Register are guessing is the most popular to have ever graced the site...

No, the most popular petition to date was the post-Brexit one http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-government-rejects-eu-referendum-petition-latest-a7128306.html.

<sigh>I know I'm just a grumpy old git but I remember the days when hacks did some research instead of just guessing.

Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

qwertyuiop

Re: Nope, your terminology is wrong

I haven't been through Atlanta in a few years now, but it used to be that baggage reclaim was a publicly accessible area due to the weird layout of the gates/immigration/customs/etc.

CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

qwertyuiop

Re: Great point he's making

Ummm... I don't get this.

Why should every new version of an OS support every bit of software that ever ran on previous versions?

The world moves on, technology moves on. A payroll or accounting package that was released back in 2001 alongside XP may no longer be compatible with modern legislation/requirements (electronic submission of returns to HMRC for example) so you'd need to update/replace it anyway.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

qwertyuiop

Re: Can you hold down the power button

No. It's an HP EliteBook 820. My employer's choice, not mine.

qwertyuiop

Re: Can you hold down the power button

It's an HP EliteBook 820 - about three (?) years old. Is that old enough?

(Chosen by my employer, not me.)

qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Can you hold down the power button

...it's the big key with 'Enter' printed on it ...

Hmmm... I've worked in IT for longer than many of the readers have been alive so I hope I know at least a little bit about it. However I'm looking at my keyboard and I can't see a key with "Enter" written on it. Should I just continue using the big L-shaped key with a bent left-pointing arrow on it instead?

New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

qwertyuiop

Re: Value

And don't forget that as soon as Brexit is complete we'll have an extra 3.92 pogbas a week to spend on the NHS!

It must be true - Boris said so!

UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

qwertyuiop

Re: @johnaaronrose

...Or take it up to 1% of GDP for extra bragging rights...

So that's effectively a cut then given that the economy will probably tank.

(And, before somebody weighs in with "Oh there may be a few difficult years but then it will pick up", maybe that's true - but how long will it take to recover the ground lost in those "few" years?)

British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

qwertyuiop

...from countries so poor... - so they're less likely to be from any of the other 27 EU states and more likely to be from ROTW, If that's the case then we already had the ability to control how many came into the country becuase they weren't covered by FOM.

qwertyuiop

I totally agree. The real problem is that if it turns out that staying in the EU really is the best option* then what government would be brave enough to go back to the electorate with that proposition?

qwertyuiop

@Tom I don't think it's as simple as that. The problem is that those who voted to leave had a huge variety of reasons for doing so and are therefore a disparate group. They wanted everything from "soft Brexit" based possibly on the Norwegian or Swiss models through to the hardest possible Brexit severing absolutely every kind of tie with the EU and setting up deals (eventually) with every individual nation in the world. There was also everything in-between. Those of us who voted to say had a pretty consistent view by contrast.

Given the huge range of views of the Brexiteers how do you possibly negotiate? Which particular constituency do you try to please? Go too soft and you'll alienate the hard liners, go too hard and you'll alienate the soft Bexiteers.

Roboats hunt 'mines' and 'submarines' on Ex Unmanned Warrior

qwertyuiop
Mushroom

Re: Machiavelli on troops

Broadly speaking I'd agree, but there are some notable exceptions. The Ghurkas have an outstanding record of service in the British Army going back almost 200 years, and the Légion étrangère (the vast majority of whose members aren't French) have an equally outstanding record in serving France.

Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

qwertyuiop
Coat

Re: I feel inadequate

"...and two knobs.." fnaar!

Mine's the one with a copy of Viz in the pocket...

Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

qwertyuiop
WTF?

What problem?

Haven't they heard of tin-foil hats? Problem solved!

Page:

The Register - Independent news and views for the tech community. Part of Situation Publishing