1211 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014
My sister joined the gas board as an engineering graduate in the late 70s. There were a bunch of retired workers who made a good living acting as consultants when work on the older gas mains was required.
I take my hat off to them. They trod a very fine line, never being able to remember enough to make a definitive map but not being so forgetful as to be dismissed when the Gas Board needed to open the main road surface.
"maintained separate networks for corporate and operations systems"
No mention that the "operations systems" are isolated from the Internet.
Re: EU tech
Me and my mates have 10 or so Rapsberry Pis between us. Ebdon, where's the download for RaspNucSim v1.0?
Re: Simulated testing
Sorry mate, all mutated out. No chance of a genetic change.
(Ding-a-ding ding ding.)
Re: Taking it seriously
I must confess that i don't know the specification for the make up of credit/debit card numbers. I do suspect that, like sort codes, there is read over from the issuing bank. So, knowing that I bank at, say, Coutts whose credit cards are issued by, say, Lloyds, some of the 16 digit number will be within a given range. Now add a definitive last quartet and it just makes the number crunching that much easier.
But its OK, its the AA and, experts as they are in all things motor related, they have reassured me that I need not worry about high tech fraud.
Re: Easy decision
We need to consider all the facets of AI, the rules we should mandate and recommend, even if we need rules.
The lawyers will need a guide to get the suits going after all.
Re: SEP = Standard Essential Patent
System Executive and Plans
Oh the frivolity had in the lower levels of the organisation.
Not an apologist for Special Branch nor the Apartheid regime however:
Some revolutionaries will use any, usually benign, cause to support and justify their revolutionary and sometimes violent activity.
Some crazies are just so committed to their cause that they should be committed before their unwarranted violence causes injury or death.
Re: I think someone has misunderstood the intent of social media
"Why would they need access to the phone?"
Custody of evidence? Direct from the phone memory is best evidence, who knows what has happened on the way to/from social media. Also remember that the BBC has (had?) a habit of removing the meta-data that is probably crucial to a clips evidential worth.
Re: 1 per user
I think I read, at the time that The Standard went "free", that news agents, shops etc were expected to pay 2p per copy. The rational was that when I entered the shop to collect my free paper I would sometimes buy a high margin Mars bar or similar.
May be the accused were shop owners after free Trigonoceps lure?
(No connection to Mars etc.)
"The problem the ASA faces is that advertising is generally targeted at everyone. It's national. Or maybe regional."
So what is Google's USP?
Charles Forte was a guest on a chat show. The compare congratulated him for building the Lions empire from the one shop he originally owned. He replied to the effect that the hard work was done by his father who left him a café free and clear of debt.
The chances of anything coming from Mars is 99%.
Re: Go PLATO
"Of course, it is possible that alien beings travel billions of miles to amuse themselves by planting crop circles in Wiltshire or frightening the daylights out of some poor guy in a pickup truck on a lonely road in Arizona (they must have teenagers, after all), but it does seem unlikely."
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Re: "United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data,"
I've not bothered to check the facts, basically because the tale puts the Queen in a good light.
As I recall the result of the '74 election was subtlety different. EH was prime Minister, not being required to resign during the election. HW won the most seats in Parliament, albeit not a majority. EH however won the popular vote. It was said that he went to the Palace offering to continue as PM, justified by having the most votes. Allegedly HM the Q explained that it was clear as can be that the (unwritten) constitution required her to invite the Party with the most seats to try to form a government.
What was it Walter Bagehot said:
The right to be consulted;
The right to encourage;
The right to warn.
Not sure if it was encourage or warn.
Re: Top tips
"without any consequences to speak of"
Except, of course, a dead black person. Some police apologists seem to forget that minor point.
Re: Reasons to use OpenBSD incremented by one
uBlock Origin - right click and then Block Element.
(No connection etc.)
"private end to end gun"
It's not the bullet with your name on it that you have to worry about - it's the one that says "To whom it may concern."
Re: "It works with keywords"
"The ones that couldn't detect anything?"
Good at detecting gullible procurement officials apparently.
Re: Failure to prepare etc.
Yes, I agree. But the 100k affects my bonus, the 100m is someone else's problem.
There has been a change. It is not simple to many (most) customers. We have an excuse. Make like the seven dwarves:
"Hike Ho, Hike Ho, its off to bonus we go."
Re: I have a logic problem here
The Point: Plausible Deniability
This highly capable and highly paid firm of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel have said it is OK. I am only a poor, ignorant CEO, what did I know?
Re: I'm in charge of me
Not often that you see a dwarf standing on the shoulders of dwarves.
Re: The End Is Nigh
"foiling 37 terrorist plots"
All three words are open to interpretation. I accept that security considerations mean that there can't be full and frank disclosure. Knowing that I assume that as reports get passed up the system they are massaged to put things in the best light. The final mouth piece just has to accept what they are told and probably believe it anyway.
Re: Abs Bullshit: "ultimately get to a situation where the whole of the country is fibre.”
You've got glass fibre, all we had was that aluminium fibre. Pretty much stuffs any fibre to the cabinet system over the "last mile".
Re: I think Germany knows that a unified Europe doesn't work...
A German unified Europe is so last century.
no calls at all coming through in Cheltenham
So Three have found a way to stuff GCHQ - quick, where do I get my SIM.
Re: False connection
something to do with the right to carry firearms although technically, it's for a well regulated militia.
putting stuff in the water
That's easy, as you say "Drink Whisky."
Wot about the contrails? I tried breathing only Nitrous Oxide but the organs of the state arrested my supplier.
" but the EU commission ... "
Why does the EU Commission want access to my data?
Re: Outsourced to India
Its like the engineering trinity: on time - on budget - on spec - pick two out of three.
In this case: resilient, secure, cheap.
Re: Quandry in the making....
"If Donald Trump comes out as pro-encryption (I bet he used it all the time) ... "
Judging by his tweets you are oh so correct.
Re: The fish rots from the head down
The fish rots from the head sideways, Shirley?
Re: There is no excuse for this
When I was young and stupid ...
Pyromania was my bag. Fortunately there was no Internet so any effects were local. Do I now think it was a good idea? However, in hindsight, it taught me a lot about risk management.
Re: "Sounds like a lawsuit"
I'm not on the hotel's side but just shutting down their system would, in all likelihood, stop new bookings by card. No matter how apologetic and determined to compensate the victim, you can't do that if the business is bust.
I think it was a rock and a hard place situation and the PHB agonised for seconds before deciding to let it run for his benefit.
In the remake of the Dam Busters film, Guy Gibson's dog was going to be called "Digger". I hope that was just a publicity ploy.
A fairly minor offence in the "Great New Hollywood History of the World". See (or rather don't go to see) U-571.
Ex is a has-been.
(s)pert is a drip under pressure.
Re: "The former policy wonk -
If I may quote Tim Worstall:
It's bollocks – it's obviously bollocks – but unfortunately it's influential bollocks.
(7 Sep 2014 at 13:10)
Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.
I see three NHS admins read this board. (Three down votes as at 0758.)
Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.
Free at the point of delivery. There is no magic money tree.
Tory, Labour, whatever - vote (and do vote) for whoever you think will be best for the economy so we can afford the NHS. (Or at least most of it, many admins could go the way of free prescriptions as far as I'm concerned.)
Re: Typo? Looks strange
"You can't estimate things like that; a probability of 1 in 10,000,000 is almost impossible to estimate."
But it will happen 99.9% of the time.
(Apologies to TP.)
Re: Ignorance and greed
I've used this before.
The greatest test of an engineer is not his technical ingenuity but his ability to persuade those in power who do not want to be persuaded and convince those for whom the evidence of their own eyes is anything but convincing.
Extract from "Plain Words" in The Engineer 2nd October 1959
Re: OK Computer
Why didn't Microsoft and Intel consent 2 years ago? Don't they approve of you?
Re: RE: "Keyless" entry
"Oh, and good luck trying to find aftermarket parts."
There are reports of my car's manufacturer refusing to integrate replacement radios legally sourced from scrap yards. (Its on the Internet, it must be true.) This is, of course, to prevent you using possibly stolen goods - nothing to do with outrageous price of a dealer sourced replacement.
Re: Two solar masses (in energy) escaped
"IIRC up to 30% of the mass of a black hole can be stolen by throwing crap at it and missing by just the right amount."
So a bit like the Earth and flying?
Banks are businesses with customers. They have marketing departments. Cue whale song - "Our new account with blockchain support, so much better than ... "
Re: Just for the record ...
Re: Much like my pension, which I'll likely never get.
I can't believe we have had so many comments and Gordon Brown's pension raid has not been cited. Granted, increased life expectancy and employer contribution holidays have also had an effect.
(Edit: JS19 got in first - must type faster.)
Re: The Deep Ones...
Just as long as the Kraken is not awakened.