2013 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010
Companies House don't give a damn
There was an interview with one of the journalists from Private Eye recently. He said that all Companies House have the resources to do is to record information. They don't have the capacity to check anything anyone submits. And if they're told there's something wrong, there's no resource to take action to get it corrected.
During normal operations, I can understand the need for the 45 day consultation, but if the business is in administration, what's the point? There's no money to pay the employees for the 45 days.
Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate
Was this software administered by O2 or Ericsson? 'Cause one of them needs a huge slap for missing that deadline.
Re: Have to agree....
My phone has a headphone socket.
I have an iPhone 8 and I miss that headphone socket as I don't always have the same headphones with me and the adapter is never with the headphones I currently have.
Re: Henry VI, Part 2!
Conveyancing is another area ripe for automation
The whole house buying process in the UK needs ripping up and starting again. It's absurdly bureaucratic.
Elon & Drugs
If Elon (or anyone else at Space-X) were filmed sitting in the control room at Space-X drinking Whiskey and smoking pot, I could understand NASA taking a look at the culture at SpaceX. But as Elon was off-the-clock, doing something legal, what's the problem?
After all, it's not like anyone at NASA would ever take a drugs in the control rooms, it is?
Re: Well, who'd have thought it?
no one thought further than the vote
I think that's being generous. I'm not sure anyone actually understood what "Vote To Leave The EU" actually meant.
@Bowlers Re: Can Microsoft Windows Systems Supply Future Greater Service .... or Not?
This must be your first time encountering amanfrommars1
He/She/It is a legend around here.
PS - Welcome to the club.
Re: How are these supposed to save energy
The theory is that by seeing how much energy you're using, you'll realize how much energy each appliance uses and will either minimize its use or buy a more energy efficient model.
In practice, people will go "Meh" after five minutes and never look at their smart meter again.
Points to consider
* It may be possible to achieve 20,30 or 40Mb/s over 5G. But it that for all users covered by that cell at once, or just one lucky punter?
* "The average consumer uses 8GB a month". That may be the case on 4G data, but on home broadband (which they're saying 5G can replace) my kids are currently eating 200GB a month on Netflix, Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook, et al. That doesn't include my or my partner's use for work.
* Indoor coverage is getting more important. The problem is that the carriers don't see that as their problem and expect you to pay for your own indoor solution. For an average building, we're seeing quotes of £250k for setup fees. (This is a proper in build solution, not the mickey mouse femto boxes the carriers fob their consumers off with which barely work in corporate environments).
In the past, WiFi was used as a fill-in for 3G. I think that's going to flip now: 4G (&5G) will be the fill in for WiFi.
A certain group of UK Newspapers all use the same content platform (How can you tell? All the websites look exactly the same)
When you first visit the site, it invites you to accept their cookies or to manage them. If you select the manage option, you have to untick over 200 tick boxes to switch off all the tracking they've opted into. They deliberately do not have a "Select All" option, just to help persuade you to accept their tracking cookies.
All that the WP has to do is not offer the $6 subscription option to anyone in the EU.
Re: Physical access is quite easy
Amazing what a Hi-Vis vest can do.
There are numerous studies about how if you look like you know what you're doing you're very unlikely to be challenged. Milgram is a good (and scary!) starting point on this.
Re: A paranoid mount option ?
The problem is that some of these attacks are happening within the driver layers of the operating system. A paranoid "Read-only" filesystem mount is too late.
The File System API, also known as the Writable Files API, which provides web apps with greater access to the native file system.
I can see no future security issues here with apps from a remote server accessing my local filesystem. Nope, none at all....
SMBs: We don't want to spoil all of this article, but have you patched, taken away admin rights, made backups yet?
The problem with SMBs is in the name: Small. They employ just a handful of people, none of which are employed solely to do IT. You'll probably find the person who does IT is the one who is the least hating of IT.
In the ivory towers of professional IT, we can mock all we want. But is it the fault of the SMBs in not taking IT seriously, or the IT market of making things just too darn complicated?
Why go out and get your hands dirty when you can sit at home at watch Netflix, etc.?
Re: Wasn't Split Brain solved 30 years ago?
But hipsters don't need any of your ancient magic. Cloud, DevOps, NoSQL DBs, etc are where it's at.
Re: Better for democracy
I think you forgot the sarcasm tags...
Re: Database replication is hard
Database replication is hard.
No s*** Sherlock
The brief outage ... caused problems in the organisation's complex MySQL replication architecture
If you have to define a system as "Complex", you can guarantee that when it goes wrong, it will go wrong in a manner that will take a long time to clean up afterwards.
I know you're operating at scale, but Keep It Simple, Stupid. Simple is the only way you stand of keeping big things like this running.
Three of those addresses were owned by a British company, indicating that the spy software manager is in Great Britain
Are you sure? Isn't there a chance that these British companies are just fronts for the real hackers. Which means those in control don't have to be British.
Re: And you thought...
Many years ago, I remember drooling over a 1GB HDD. (This was a full-height 5.25" HDD!)
MS need to dogfood their own product. They should be rolling out the updates across their entire infrastructure before letting them loose on the wider world. Imagine the s**t storm if Nadella walked into the dev team's building and said: "The latest update just deleted all my data"
I heard a story about an email server product (now sadly passed away). The users kept on complaining that when they did certain maintenance tasks, the mailstore would get corrupted. In the end the product manager made the maintenance tasks run on the devs mailboxes every few days. The reliability went through the roof.
Re: Who needs DNS anyway?
And what about one IP address hosting multiple websites? If this wasn't an issue, SNI wouldn't have been invented.
Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works
I think he's suffering from priority inversion...
Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials
Extra ordinary claims require extra ordinary proof.
Re: ICO information in reports
Why do they not include the phone numbers used by the offending business?
Because they could be withholding their CLI or sending fake CLI data.
Re: I think a lot (if not most) of these calls are from VOIP
You don't need VoIP to trivially spoof caller IDs: Just a connection to a compliant telco. You can get them from UK telcos, but I suspect there are foreign telcos who ask fewer questions...
Could it be that attacking a Uni during term is likely to cause more disruption (i.e. effect) to a Uni than if you do it out of term.
Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help
@Steve Davies 3 Re: Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!
He could still do the telling off but in private rather than on the kernel mailing list.
Even if he does that, he still needs to do it in a less aggressive manner. Bullying in private is still bullying.
Re: Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!
I don't think the argument is that Linux needs to stop telling people off: It's that he needs to do it in a less aggressive/abusive/bullying manner. I can't think of any environment where being so abusive to your subordinates is allowed.
It's an interesting situation which has also been written about in regards to the US forces. Main point is that those who are good at 'cyber' roles, are probably unlikely to be good at doing it for the military.
In our organization, I'd guess over 50% of the IT staff are "on the spectrum". There's no way they'd last in the military.
When I was a youngster I was in the Air Cadets and I was looking to being a pilot as a profession. As I spent more time in the Air Cadets, I realized that I didn't like blindingly taking orders from complete idiots just because they were "senior" to me so I never went anywhere with a rigid hierarchy.
I'm lucky that I've had jobs where my bosses encourage me to question them. The outcome is that one of us learns something which allows us to make better decisions.
@aks - Personal Privacy
Invoking "personal privacy" is complete nonsense. They're an organisation, not an individual
Maybe you're thinking of the wrong end of the call. Maybe the person at the receiving end doesn't want anyone else to know that they're in contact with medical, law enforcement, etc?
At our place we have a policy that people can either show their individual CLI or the switchboard's number on outbound calls. When people ask why can't they just withhold their CLI entirely, we ask: "What are you doing that you don't want the recipient of your call to know our organisation is calling them?"
He's happy to abandon his family to go talk kernels?
When I was in my early twenties. I was happy to work far too many hours over far too many days. Now, a tiny fraction wiser, I value my time with my family & doing my hobbies. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my job, I just realized there's more to life.
Re: When you actively go looking for mistakes,....
it's easy to find somebody doing something wrong
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
(Attributed to Cardinal Richelieu but Wikiquotes says this is disputed)
Even DNA tests aren't foolproof and have a certain percentage of accuracy (or chance of mismatch)
The problem is that many people either ignore the error figures, or fail to understand them. Unfortunately, the problem is even worse for fingerprints.
House in California
Pros: Nice climate.
Cons: President Trump.
You have to remember that the 30% of paid for content also covers the cost of Apple/Google distributing free content.
@Wensleydale Cheese Re: Deed poll to the rescue
I wonder why? My partner has reverted back to her maiden name after divorcing her ex. How's that different?
Re: Deed poll to the rescue
But somewhere along the line, he'll need to tell Google what name to keep out of their database.
My random musing is: How do you make the chips that can operate at 400GHz (and over) to drive the optics?
It's all about the money
... the hyper-scale cloud giants preferred their own virtualization technology, so it kinda missed out there.
I suspect it's more about money than "Not invented here". Could you imagine the cost of VMWare licenses for a large hosting platform?
Re: Section 3
There may be a reason for that: namely, benchmark tests are often propaganda and spin
At uni, a fellow student had the project to assess all the (then) current CPU/Computer benchmarks. The conclusion? They're all a meaningless indication of processor speed.
Will the last Windows Phone user please remember to unplug the charger.
@I ain't Spartacus Re: Top Boss
On a similar vain, I heard the head of a sports body said to an athlete as the athlete went out for their Olympic qualifying trails: "The future funding of our sport depends on you qualifying for the Olympics."
Yep, the athlete crashed & burned within seconds.
A textbook example of how not to give a motivational speech.