71 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010
Re: Fuck that.
I concur - out of 10 we got - 3 have failed in ~3 years
Re: THe Chase Is On :)
Dammit, they've stolen my idea - I thought a remote controlled model plane with video downlink would be a useful traffic avoidance tool years ago!
Re: A large consultancy at a tech conference this week
Use the stairs?
Signal not required!
Don't worry, your AlwaysTurnedOnWeKnowWhereYouAre tracking device will simply log your location for upload the GBC (Great British Cloud) when you DO have reception...
GPS generally works except when underground/in City of London highrise canyons.
Re: Can't lawmakers be sacked for being too dim to be useful?
Lawyers by definition believe* in laws, ergo they may like them a little too much if it could make their job easier.
* as in, "I believe I can make a comfortable living from this with no manual labour and only feel slightly less icky than a person-of-negotiable-affection".
Combine that with the ability of deepfakes to replace faces on CCTV footage and you could* claim, "It weren't me Guv, I've been fitted up! My mobe proves** I were at the Mistress's/Toyboy's gaff all night."
* not suggesting that would actually fly in court
** depending on the legally mandated/tested accurracy of the location
You would have thought a lawyer might have thought through the implications of this wild idea, but...
Dear Sir Geoffrey,
You can *^&$ right off.
PS. Maybe someone could clue him in about the ability to have a second device to show to the Gestapo when you're stopped at a checkpoint (because you'll be needing those to enforce the rule).
Leave your registered phone at home then go on a crime spree #lawfail
Surely they're offering full spectrum audio now...?
BT have totally failed to say they'd be able to offer much better audio quality on a decent VOIP line rather than the 'select' frequency range we've suffered until now. This is the best opportunity to upgrade call quality since phone lines became commonplace last century.
Anyone who's compared the audio quality of a Skype* call to the fixed or mobile standard realises it's comparing two tin cans & string to studio monitors.
Plus, if all the VOIP handsets can't handle that quality audio then they've an excellent opportunity to partner with ones who can.
Anyone would think the commercial opportunities here have been deliberately overlooked just to reduce their ongoing PSTN costs - very short-sighted!
* caveat: over a decent internet connection.
Stairs - they go up and DOWN...
"Their employment includes a degree of permanence not available to freelancers. It ought to be valued as a perk of the job and taxed accordingly."
Hang on - so I, as co-founder of a company (& thus employee of it according to HMRC); now employing 25 staff, should considering successfully growing the company to this size a PERK?!?
The risk is all mine; I had many years of living on the breadline to get to this point, and if it goes wrong we all have no employment, so strongly reject the idea that it's anything other than a giant sense of responsibility to others and cause of sleepless nights.
So anyone claiming my employment is a 'perk' can *£&! right off...
Re: HMS BOFH
You've got my vote - thumbs up to you sir!
Re: Whats in a name - I prefer the Banksian naming convention
Can we not get some appropriately named ships please - they are WARships!
Iain M Banks had it exactly right in the Culture series - a ship's name should reflect its personality. Or for ships not exhibiting actual sentience (and choosing their own name) yet, how the RN want them perceived?
I'd like to start with HMS Really Vicious Bastard - any alternative offers?
Pint for Mr Banks, he's sorely missed by many & long may his writings live on! ->
Re: Hovering targets
Japan - also home to the Ninja star.
Minus points if you impale a fellow employee though.
Need a Ninja icon >
Japan - home of the Samurai sword, kendo stick, etc.
Unless the drones are programmed for military-grade avoidance tactics, they won't stand a chance.
Would make a pretty entertaining YouTube channel - bagsy 5% of the gross! ;-)
Well, you can see the attraction of it!
Chinese state security (translated): "We enforce an unchangeable IPV6 address (by law) on all devices used inside the Great Firewall and bingo, we can follow everyone, everywhere and log everything they say, do, read and connect to. No hiding behind NAT any more. What's not to like?
The NSA are gonna be soooooo jealous!"
Addresses are dynamic now, but if they force local manufacturers to bake one into the networking stack of each device, how can they refuse? Do it or we shut you down and all your plant are belong to us. And enjoy the re-education hard labour camp.
Practical enforcement is another issue, but the mindset is obvious.
Re: Who cares?
They won't care about the typed input, just the rythmic data from the accelerometer and the GPS indicating you're stationary at home / public toilets / local park...
It was C&W in our case - back in 2006 they had a datacentre in Leeds fed from two power stations being used to house our new Exchange & File server farm.
Mains failed one weekend and when the UPS tried to kick in it blew, took down not only all the client machines (ours included), but they were running the whole control room off the same UPS system! Can anyone say Single Point of Failure. They only told us Monday morning when the complaints about lack of emails flooded in. Whoops, sorry, didn't think you needed to know.
That was a short while after we'd had a project planning meeting with them when one of their reps stood up to talk and immediately knocked a cup of coffee into my mate's new laptop. You couldn't make it up...
Re: You can get it back
Clearly, the BOFH or PFY weren't involved as the hardware is still intact, but someone HAS tried to copy their style. Simon should sue for breach of copyright!
If the BOFH did this, the server would be a pile of slag after an 'uncontrolled thermal event' and all that remained of the staff involved would be a smell of quicklime and some unexplained mounts of freshly dug earth...
What exactly was the NSA staffer going to used said software for anyway? I can't think of any legitimate reason for them to take it home and you certainly wouldn't do dev work on your own PC!
Perhaps a bit of 'personal research' being done? Were they stalking someone or moonlighting as a corporate espionage contractor?
Paris - because was this all triggered by an urge in the pants department?
That's the problem with Other People's Money - no one cares how much it costs.
Here's an alternative plan - give the total budget for the item to the staff as a personal payment, and then make them personally liable for overspend but they get to keep 10% of what they save. If they do what they're supposed to that might be rather generous on a nuclear sub project. They obviously have to meet the agreed outcome of the procurement, so they can't just cut back the project or reduce numbers of units to save money.
That would instantly solve the issue of getting talented procurement staff and if you add the stick of a guaranteed visit by Her Majesty's armed forces most lethal killers to anyone attempting to do a runner with the cash it should keep them on the straight and narrow.
Can't be worse than the current system...!
Exactly my thoughts!
A rain of Pi's with LCD display and solar charging kit all in one might change the nation.
Alternatively, even some LW radios (+headphones to avoid the giveway sound) might do the job.
Just need a bloody powerful, not particularly accurate microwave array.
Point in general drone direction, whack up power to 'roast swan' level and watch the drone flip out/short circuit/turn into firework display - at the distance they'd become a threat to a warship, should easily be in range.
Could you retask some of the comms gear for this function?
Icon for drones too!
Re: Sheer Heart attack
From what I remember from my last first aid course:
If you're on your own doing CPR, the priority now is chest compressions as they also force air in & out of the lungs as long as the airway is clear (it's the Airway part of the ABC).
If you've got assistance, they can do the breathing, then you swap places when you're knackered from the compressions. Then keep that up until help arrives or the patient starts to breathe on their own.
That is all.
Re: @Ledswinger Dual accounts?
Dunno about the rest of you but I block FB with Privacy Badger / No Script.
That and utilising FB 'stealth' mode where I haven't used it in a decade....
Re: No travel insurance?
Good point - would be a typical insurer trying to wriggle out of a payout.
No travel insurance?
Did he REALLY go to the US without travel insurance? There's no way I'd even consider it, mainly because a simple hospital visit could bankrupt you with ease. Not that I've been there this decade or planning to either but I always took out cover in the past.
Most policies will include legal expenses cover, so did his not include that? Considering how litigious they are over there and what line of work he's in, wouldn't that be a sensible precaution?
Chalk it up to the innocence of youth if he had no insurance, but bet he will if he ever goes there again!
Saying all that, I'm hoping 'justice' will be done in the way we're all hoping and he's safely back over here soon (no doubt working under the oversight of the hobnailed boots of GHCQ).
Inherited wealth doesn't prove a thing...
Correct me if I'm wrong but she's the offspring of a billionaire? In which case, unless she's also made her personal $1,000,000,000 fortune, then she's no more brilliant than the office junior in my book.
Unless everyone thinks Bernie Ecclestone's daughters are also world class dealer makers? (clue: they're not).
If you can't walk the walk, don't talk the talk.
Perhaps her dad can foot the bill and save NYPD blowing all the taxpayers cash?
No, what can one do with 36,000 lightly used smartphones?
RAID 0 - really?
So you've got 20TB of storage - how many people are going to use this as a cache and how many will consider it permanent storage?
My guess is most will be the latter and will then be totally gutted when one drive hiccups and they lose 20 TB of data!!
RAID 1 or JBOD are the only viable choices for me unless you need a ridiculously big external cache drive. At that point you might as well put them inside a PC so this is only really useful for laptop based video creators or Mac users (how many extra drives can you install in most Macs?)
My review: Meh.
Re: He says he learned that there was nothing that could have been done to stop the attack
One way to pay off the National Debt...
Hang on, did I read that right - "US government seizing 1,606,6488 BTC in November 2014" - that's $71,046,009,936 in today's currency!
I'm sorry, but when exactly was that much monetray value mined into existence?!?!
And weren't the original owners (miners?) compensated for state seizure?
PS. That bitcoin eh? Totally untraceable so perfect for crims, I think not...
If you have to ask...
Icon as I definitely can't afford one!
...ET is looking for a way to hail a ride home?
Re: Lack of competence
"Well, installers install. It really isn't a credible expectation that they should become ITSec configuration experts, and for smaller installations you can't expect that one should be brought along as another expensive body visiting the site."
Well, that might be OK for a one-man band lashing together solar kit after an internet training course to power off-grid stuff, but that's not acceptable in the commercial space. Customers are paying for the expertise to install AND configure kit correctly, otherwise they'd just get their regular sparky to do that.
Gone are the days you can be a credible installer without knowing how to optimise the configuration afterwards. If you can't do that, you're just a 1st fix / 2nd fix fleshpot pair of hands, you're no commissioning guy. Got to move with the times or get out of the game.
A little ignorance goes a long way in creating unintended future f*ck ups I'd say...
* We do security systems but the same principle applies to power, seen to many 'installs' by companies that don't understand the IT aspect of current systems - even the big boys fail miserably to train all their engineers.
At the top of a waterfall, with a mains powered laptop? Whilst ironing?
It's quiet here...
...is everyone over at the Full English breakfast debate comments??
Anyway, Happy Sysadmin Day everyone!
I'm with you on the mushrooms, they grow on dead things for crying out loud.
However, fried tomatoes are OK, as long as you're using olive oil to fry in.
And I gently fry my baked beans every morning to get a nice thick goo. After years of testing (yum), I've come to the conclusion Tesco beans are best value for money & taste. I dabbled with Branston ones for awhile, but they were too salty to eat daily.
Sausages should always have 85%+ pork content, that's why I avoid them when staying in most hotels....
US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called
Re: Built in Timer
Err, doesn't virtually every BIOS in existence have the ability to wake a PC (or laptop) at a set time...???
Yep, back in the mid 90s I had a temp job at British Gas in Cardiff. One of the old server rooms was being used as a file store for old customer records and I had the incredibly exciting job of spending my days looking for microfiche records in there.
Re: Anyone still using TPB?
Three words: Opera Turbo Mode.
That is all.
Taylor Swift & Katy Perry?!?
Who are these people, devs or script kiddies??
I need a bit of tempo to code to: Offspring, Green Day or the like. Occassionally a bit of electronica for variety.
Plus, it blocks out any distracting conversations nearby.
Soylent Green is...mmmphhh!!
Help, some goons in black are supressing me!
People - it's people! Arggggh....!
That't be the scenario if we really want to "remove material that governments and police forces disapprove of."
SAD - as President Drumpf would say...
Err, I can actually feel when a phone is transmitting on GSM or Edge - I get a horrible tingly sensation on that side of my head above my ear. For that reason, I do use the phone on speaker so nothing unusual for me there.
Thankfully, now we're mostly on 3G or better I can happily irradiate my brain without being aware of the effects...
Icon because speakerphones avoid discomfort.
Re: Faded celebs too?
There'll be some kind of ranking system in effect, so results will be returned in order of social meeja standings....
1. Sebastian Vettel (F1 driver)
2. Philip J Fry (Futurama)
Personally, I think Seb is Fry's German accented, racecar driving alter ego, but I can't prove it yet!
Icon because Bender.
Climb up with the router & mains extenstion cable to lay a vertical network, then do a follow-up test on the tensile strength of CAT6 and if metal jacket RJ45 connectors are strong enough to abseil on - enquiring minds want to know!
PS. I'm not liable for the mountain rescue/coastguard helicopter/hospital bills if it turns out the answer is no...
Heli icon cause you may need an airlift home.
Re: "The former policy wonk -
+1 I was effing and blinding too - good thing no one paid me any attention or I'd have been pulled over!
PS. Thankfully, El Reg covered this - I was going to have to start cross posting in another article if it wasn't!
PPS. Actually, I'd be DELIGHTED if all communications were tapped 100% of the time if the penalty for the slightest misuse of that information no matter how minor was slow, painful public execution Pour Encourager Les Autres...
@ Sauraus - ye Gods!
£249.99 for a battery powered 1080P camera!! Did they price this back in 2012 when IP was ££££? Seems an absolute ripoff to me based on the specs and design.
How exactly do you adjust the pan and tilt so you can mount anywhere other than directly infront of what you want to view? At a bare minimum a camera should allow 3 axis of movement so it can be positioned where it can see the whole required area - this only appears to have 2 axis adjustment. The shape also makes it really easy to push out of line with a stick, which you can't do with a dome camera (or decent box camera housing).
Save your money and buy a 4 camera Hikvision kit (other makes are available) with NVR thrown in for half the price. It's pretty much plug and play.
You just need to run the CAT5 - granted this can be the real reason why people buy these toys.
Paris - cause she's just a good at making money from nothing too...
Re: Proper standards of weights and measures
Frozen turkeys @ x velocity to the face?
Re: going to KiwiLand?
My vote is via Singapore:
1) Take a flight arriving Singapore in the morning & freshen up at the airport bathrooms
2) Spend the day sightseeing
3) Enjoy the food
4) Take the overnight flight to NZ after enjoying the airport facilities again - have a swim if you want
5) Arrive NZ in morning, no jet lag - sorted...
Re: I wonder if there's an opportunity
Pretty sure Breaking Bad wasn't written as documentary but there can't only be one dodgy lawyer out there. Same goes for 'Security Consultants'.