345 posts • joined 7 Apr 2011
I had sprouts today .. wifey boils them perfectly and they taste lovely. In fact today's lunchtime meal was Quorn 'steak' pie with boiled potatoes, petit pois, broccoli, sprouts and veggie gravy. Lovely stuff.
And I've just made myself hungry thinking about it.
"dress like an adult too"
At that point I stopped reading .. and it had been going quite well until then.
I was employed for my lateral thinking, problem solving and communication abilities not my sartorial elegance.
Having worked in both academia and 'business' I found that the best people to work with were scruffy and/or odd/crazy and the worst people were clean shaven, sharp suited, forked-tongued MBA types.
Some "unscrupulous" tech suppliers
I think the terms "some" and "unscrupulous" are redundant here ... remember in the free market the price is dictated by both buyer and seller ... just buy from the 'best value' (product of cost, quality and service) and be prepared to walk when the seller tries to pull a fast one.
Re: Object Oriented Computing
Bit like NeXTSTEP on the NeXT Cube then in 1987 (30 years) .. oh wait, who created that and then sold it to Apple and was welcomed back as CEO in 1997?
Its a natural progression by Apple who have been using NeXTSTEP originated technology since then in OSX and iOS.
Re: It can happen
I think this is a non story. The expired cert is not even for the given website ... I believe this is a 3rd party webhosting error. A default config on the frontend load balancer / SSL reverse proxy probably.
The website just appears to be a marketing site rather than a banking service site and as such should not HTTPS to be configured.
I'd love to say this is the bank's fault and is a result of outsourcing but I can't see any direct evidence of that.
Re: How much kit is possible?
It might pay for a few hours of an installation guy and his ladder I guess.
Re: Encryption is not made "illegal"
TCP runs over the top of IP ... IP (typically in the U.K.) runs over the top of MPLS etc ... so where the line gets drawn will be up to judges.
Re: Dragon 32
Yes a clone of the later Tandy Color (sic) computer ... 6809 cpu IIRC.
He's no Ron Swanson
But the resemblance is definitely there.
Measure twice, cut once.
Re: Four kilos in a fortnight?
Lacking in calories rather than vitamins/minerals I guess.
How to lose weight; eat less calories.
Re: Hipsters discover SlimFast...
If someone has a headache, drink water, wait a bit and see if it goes away (as they were probably just dehydrated).
Watching the loss of Louie always makes me well up 8-)
Re: Where's the IT angle?
Yes the Elizabethans loved their Spanish Paps.
Re: Black Mirror
Or even the BBC's 2008 "The Last Enemy" which had Cumberbatch trying to escape the Total Information Awareness database.
But the first one I fondly remember watching was the "IT Thriller" in the eighties, Bird of Prey, with the late great Richard "uncle monty" Griffiths ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/07/monitor_bird_of_prey_retrospective/
yawn .. survey was TL;DR
Or by a user installing a free security / oversight tool 8-)
Re: how the hell are they losing THAT much money
Toss a coin .. AWS or Azure?
Re: Not that bad...
I'd love UKgov (or anyone) to give me half a million because I would retire from paid work immediately and complete all those impossible things on my 'to do before I die' list.
Switzerland's Direct Democracy seems the closest to true democracy ... However any form of true democracy would surely implinged on everyone's rights due to the implicit suppression of minorities .. For are we all not in some form of minority at some point in life?
Re: I'm all for online banking...
You can make EASY MONEY by switching and taking advantage of savings offers (bank tarting).
First Direct pay £100 to switch (and they are very chatty in the customer service department and their mobile app on iOS can use TouchID).
Co-op pay £150 to switch (I've had an account with them for 20+ years)
Halifax pay £100 to switch
M&S pay '£100 M&S gift card' to switch (if you need a new suit, shirts, ties, ladies underwear)
If you don't want to switch then why not open a new account somewhere put a couple of direct debits on it and then after a month or so switch that account to one of the above and make some money .. rinse and repeat.
Also works for credit cards .. cash back on purchases and 0% interest for over a year (hint: put the money you would have used to pay off the credit card each month in to a regular savings account and earn up to 6% [firstdirect], 5% [nationwide])
TSB pay 5% on up to £100/month in transactions using contactless or apple pay .. money for old rope ... you even get 5% on up to £2000 when in balance .. just pay in £500 per month (standing order it around from another bank and then back again).
Remember money makes money but only if you make it work for you and not for the Banks.
Re: That DER is not good
I CER what you did there.
Re: Cheeky bastards.
Try changing the headlight bulbs on a previous generation smart car .. unless you have very skinny and long arms you have to take the whole plastic front off.
Re: The day I'll delete my account...
Better still .. don't delete it, instead change ALL your details to something weird to help poison their well.
And change your email address to a specially created yahoo or hotmail one of course. It won't stop linkedin spam to your original signup address but you can redirect that to /dev/null
Re: Tiz the future!
You really want to look at the upcoming Pebble Time 2 which is on kickstarter at the moment (nearly $10m so far).
I have an original Pebble (B&W but a bit ugly/utilitarian) and a Pebble Time (colour, nice styling and a comfortable fit) and I've ordered a PT2 because of the bigger display and pulse-meter (as its nice to know if you are zombie)
I also have an Apple Watch 'look-a-like' which is, umm, just a red LED digital watch inside but definitely looks and feels like an AW .. fun for hipster baiting 8-)
Re: NHS Digital
What? Your MP is a digital proctologist? At least we would know he has his finger on the problem.
or even Trams
Re: It'll all end in tears
Have you seen the latest Sodastream adverts? They are now being marketed as a way of making 'sparkling water' without the need to 'lug heavy bottles from the supermarket' .. hmm
Agree that specific kitchen gadgets are useless compared to a good set of knives and pans.
Their Managed PKI Service seems to have been alright though? .. however that is the tried and tested Verisign infrastructure.
I must be a category 41
4 as I have a CS PhD and 25+ years of techie experience but at times I feel like a 1 after being asked to 'fill in' when there are gaps in Sales, Helpdesk, Incident Management, Procurement etc.
I am, of course, of the age when Level 42 was the Chinese way.
Re: Amazon Echo
Just give it a feed from BBC Parliament
Re: real dinosaurs remember acoustic couplers and 300 baud.
I still have the 300/75 acoustic coupler that I used with my Cambridge Z88 in the early nineties. I remember having to use it to connect back to some Unix systems I was managing whilst away and hanging around in BT phone boxes.
Re: Five Eyes nations must purge terrorists from the web, says Theresa May
By 'swastika' I think you mean the Nazi 'Hakenkreuz' version and hopefully not the Mesopotamian / Indian versions?
Re: Just to clarify...
So is 'island-dwarfing' due to lack of nutritional food on the island and 'island gigantism' due to a surfeit of good food and/or lack of predators?
Re: so whats human?
I'd say anything under the Homo genus is 'human' ... we don't know enough about the social relationships between members of each sub-species to say which one could be viewed as a more 'modern human' than another and so why introduce additional factionalism when it is not necessary.
Modern humans could just be the lucky survivors of a particularly bad winter, that does not make them any 'better' than hobbits.
Re: So ...
I recently wondered why they just didn't stick the hobbits on the backs of the eagles and flew straight to Mt Doom? Would have saved a lot of fannying about and (digital) 'celluloid'.
Re: Not Hobbits!?!?!
Well, yes, that has a certain Ring to it.
Re: Bluetooth to Internet...
It is not though is it .. it is bluetooth to a local 'hub' and then onwards to the internet. The 'hub' /should/ have the access and encryption controls for both the internal and external use.
The biggest issue with IoT (aside from 'why') is not the comms/protocols .. it is the secure updating/patching of code/firmware. An IoT device needs a secure boot, program code and comms stack with appropriate 'over the air' joining/synchronizing with local hubs and patching.
My view is to use the unix approach of small inter-connectable tools .. i.e. the 'hub' has all the 'smart' elements and the IoT devices are extremely 'dumb' and perform simple functions (turn on/off, measure temp etc) as directed by the hub.
My heating system control uses Bluetooth
My 'diy' arduino based heating system controller currently uses bluetooth (non-LE) to connect to my raspberry pi 'hub' as a serial device 'coz it was simplest to setup at the time. If I was redoing it I would use an ESP8266 and therefore move to a dedicated wifi vlan with additional layers of encryption and strong authentication (WPA2 + SSL + client certs) but /only/ if I could /not/ use a wired connection using structured cabling.
Bluetooth v4 LE is clearly an option for battery powered IoT end-points and also has the 'advantage' of a typically limited range to help with physical security ... so it seems reasonable to have a mix of comms technologies available.
Bluetooth appears more secure, by default, than 433/868Mhz RF comms and so I would certainly prefer to use that given how much easier these days it is to integrate in devices.
I will let you, Mr Gov, to put a backdoor on my kit ...
when you let me personally audit its use and see a lambda proof of how it can be used with 'perfect security'.
Click Burr ... Hello? Mr Gov? Hello?
'precision docking of oil tankers, as well as navigation'
A 13 microsecond slew stops the prevision docking of oil tankers??? I would hope they used something more accurate than /just/ GPS for docking procedures, e.g. ship borne proximity sensors ... or even harbour 'pilots' and lots of eyes!
All systems can fail .. if you rely solely on /one/ system for anything important then you will get burned at some point.
I hate predictive keyboards!
As I prefer the extra typing, because, apart from toilet breaks, it is the only exercise I get 8-)
That would be the typical ... AUTHORIZED PERSONS ONLY
Oh, excuse me whilst I try to find my security badge and tailgate behind you .. I am authorized honest.
Re: Space ???
Yes there is space, it can be found as a void between a significant number of people's ears.
Re: Never mind the replicants
Ask Hephaestus nicely and he'll make you one.
I still dream of my own large Turnip in the country.