891 posts • joined 12 Dec 2014
Re: "responded to a phishing email"...
Does it really matter...
Clicking on a polluted link is one level of stupid.
Going to the trouble of collating lots of personal info and blindly sending it to an organisation that, when you think about, has no actual need or right to it anyway, is bordering on the fucking criminal.
It may not "matter" as such, but I'd certainly be interested to know.
"responded to a phishing email"...
Clarification please - Did some numpty actually send the personal details of 34,000 people to someone outside the company in response to a phishing email, or did they just activate some malware by clicking-on-the-link?
Dragged out by the fuzz?
They cracked this in the 70's
..with the Harrington 1200.
You've probably never seen one, they are very expensive.
Anhitnyg taht mkeas tnpiyg on ym milboe esiear snuods geart it me.
Re: something that would be quite disorienting
Are words "real"?
Re: Big Red Buttons are irresistible!
"Vas Corp Kal"?
Re: Can't feel too upset about this
Cheats cheat in games because they need to feel and be seen as superior to the "losers".
Fair play, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
"Because it's pointless..."
Not from a marketing perspective, it's not. It's a design feature that's also a fad, and hence will date very quickly.
And in the fickle world of phone-fashion, that means lots of users will "need" to replace their crappy old Notch phones with newer, more modern-looking models.
Remember when all car ads from the 90's were the same? Just a long list of the optional features, that all the competitors also had? Air con! Central locking! Power steering! Electric windows! Yawn*
We've definitely reached that point now with phones.
*(These persisted for far too long despite a spot-on piss-take, possibly voiced by Hugh Laurie. "It has windows you can see through, and Doors, so you can get in and out...")
"The crash has caused much soul-searching in the emerging self-driving industry"
Have they found one yet?
"Don't talk to the ATM..."
Does anyone else have to bite back the urge to say "Thank you" when taking their cash?
Re: False positives
"a group of people trained to evade ... detection"
You jest, but historically isn't this exactly how & why some Martial Arts came to be?
Hey - Martial Arts may have been outlawed, but no-one said anything about not learning to "dance".
So it can correctly identify 5 out of 6 hostile actions, but a more important statistic surely would be how many false-positives this system throws up.
I could easily build a system with the same success rate, but that also identified 5 out of 6 regular actions as hostile...
Re: Stalker's wet dream
A panther that is positively pink? Think!
(Confession: For years I had no idea what they meant by "One hand only, truly original".)
I'm curious - What do these devices do if they lose sight of said vehicle, and are also out of range of the controller?
Do they just keep on going? Try to return to default location? Or what?
I've got the Looney Tunes theme stuck in my head now
Thanks for that, El Reg.
Apparently a toaster-oven is a thing. I had to Google exactly what though.
About the size of a microwave, give or take.
<edit> oven, not electromagnetic radiation...
"...an automatic deletion process – which happens for DNA..."
Really? The DNA situation used to be just as bad until nit all that long ago. When did things change?
Did you also ask them whether the indicators could be enabled?
Re: Really? This is bizarre.
When I visit, I use my credit card on the London tube. It works like a charm.
Re: We need some ...
Yes - I saw simlar pictoral "No squatting" signs there 20 years ago.
I very nearly liberated one for a souvenir, but figured it might be a bit too - erm - contaminated. Euwww.
Re: We need some ...
Regardless of your opinion of Mr Dyson, the guy sure knows how to fold cardboard.
The therapeutic effects of deconstructing the packaging of one of his ball-hoover-thingummies shouldn't be underestimated.
I swear someone at his company must be a 10th Dan origami Zen grandmaster.
Re: Did I read that right...
I already don't trust my kettle. It's already figured out how to switch itself off. What will it do next?
Maybe I should hide the knife block.
Re: DRAMATIC MUSIC!!!
@MB - Let me guess - I bet you preferred Airwolf to Blue Thunder...?
Re: User interfaces in 2018:
The theme-tune to "Heidi"?
This might be my fault..
I cancelled my Virgin Media contract two weeks ago. I hope it wasn't me that pushed them over the edge.
Re: A Wide Spectrum of opinions
Hopefully the shareholders will be able to salvage something out of this mess. It'll be interesting to see how good a job they do from here on in. Despite everything, I'm still keen to see the company succeed and delivering as promised.
It's going to be interesting to see how the other half of the story drags out. Into the courts and beyond most likely, once the books have been opened and picked apart forensically. It's a good time to buy shares in popcorn, methinks.
I'm just looking forward to the Best. Screensaver. Ever.
When they do need to test for real, they should ask the nice people at Cern to send the satellites around the LHC in opposite directions at near light speed.
Re: Sounds like many sites will publish enough hints
"We had a contractor at one of our sites last year"
In the UK at least, jobbing contractors are typically only on a week's notice and have minimal rights compared to their PAYE cousins.
Gross misconduct, or any whiff of a scandal, and they are often simply shown the door - no explanation necessary. Everyone knows why they've gone, but nothing is officially recorded.
"both would be disconnected if just one was pulled"
Only if both power cables had an identical length of cable betwixt the entanglement and the sockets.
If not, the one with the least slack would pop first.
Re: Deleting emails
"using the Deleted folder as an archive"
I've seen a contractor fired for "helpfully" emptying a user's Deleted Items without asking first.
Any sympathy I had for the guy was quickly quashed when I heard that, to avoid any blame, he'd told the upset user that he was me before leaving site. Twat.
or maybe EastEnders...
Re: I'm surprised
"I'm surprised that it took this long"
Quite. IIRC something very similar was achieved in the world of regular books a few years back - reducing a given author's style to a digital fingerprint. A useful tool for proving the provenance of disputed authorship.
I see no real difference here.
"the law had not kept pace with his client’s ideas""
On what planet could that be a valid defense?
Prisons are full of people who think the law shouldn't apply to them either.
Re: REX LIES IN WAIT
I just recited the Clown/Ring-Master's "Roll up, roll up" intro to myself. Verbatim.
It's still stored away up there, unlike much of the French, Shakespeare, etc that I was actually trying to memorise at the time...
Re: Gateway Drug
I had the whole unit sat on a metal sheet with the ram pack wedged tight with a piece of garden hose. It acted as a massive heat-sink and cured the wobble - Worked a treat. The design was from one of the many magazines - can't remember which one though.
And if you needed to copy games:
RAND USR 836
What kind of bees give milk?
I only just noticed...
El-Reg uses https:!
Holy crap - when did that happen?
Why am I picturing this "culturally sensitive remake" as starring Hammond, May & Clarkson?
Re: You're really lucky!
Slightly off-topic, but have you noticed in local news stories about really unlucky people who manage to suffer bizarre & unlikely combinations of being impaled/burned/blown up/run over etc, that they always say the same thing from their hospital beds?
"I'm the luckiest man alive."
Re: Boil? Pah!
I'm a sprout fan too, but don't ever be tempted to make a sprout omelette.
It tasted fucking awful.
Re: Called the fire brigade indeed...
A real Frenchman would have taunted it.
"Go and boil your bottoms, sons of a silly person!". Etc.
Re: Oh look, another one.
So how are you supposed to get funding to develop a prototype if you can't publish until after you've already got one?
I've already made a prototype. Only double the size (2*2*2), but also with eight times the capacity.
Now where's my money?
The most potent drugs I ever got from my grandparents were mint imperials. <sigh>
BTW - If you need to quickly reduce the heat of a scorching machine room armed with nothing more than natural ventilation and all the desk fans you can lay your hands on, you get much quicker results if you set everything up to blow all the hot air out, rather than by trying to force lots of lovely cold air in.
I learned this the hard way, so you don't have to.
Re: I may have unbelievable news, but salt water is actually a very good conductor
If the string isn't actually required, then shirley this would work over a stream of piss.
The duration of the connection would only be limited by bladder capacity, and/or how long you could endure having a crocodile clip attached to your unmentionables. The quality of your aim might also be a factor.
This could be the next YouTube challenge...
That name wouldn't be out of place in an episode of The Mighty Boosh.