3597 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015
Why do we bother with a Parliament of morons?
Ohh - I know this one!
Because we elect people who haven't ever had a real job in their lives? Who have spent all their 'working' life in a political/social bubble and never, ever have had to do something real?
 IE - not politics/banking/legal.
Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...
I'd ALWAYS have to PAY for it, and people who ARE LAZY would RECEIVE IT.
You sir are an abomination. Did you ever stop to think in your smug world that maybe, just maybe the people without are without not because they are lazy but because people like you refuse to do your Christian duty to help the poor? You are so caught up in your refusal to acknowledge anyone else that you can't see that maybe, just maybe, people like you are part of the problem?
For once in your life take a good look in a mirror and examine yourself. And not in a "I'm OK Jack" way.
Re: "no staff with security qualifications ..."
So let's please have more people with expertise, but let's stop selecting them on the basis of bogus qualifications that signify nothing of value.
Sadly, in order to make the case for someone to be employed or promoted, HR departments mostly want to go for the safe option and that's to require them to have qualifications of some sort. It's very rare that an IT-person-with-a-clue is allowed to both write the job spec *and* be part of the interview process.
Re: I wish this was a unique situation
in-house IT security-aware
And lets also say it here - just becuase someone has a "security qualification" doesn't mean that they are any good at actually doing IT security - it just means they have a qualification..
Much like the much-despised MCSE - all it proves is that someone has regurgitated their crammed training during an exam.
 Must Call Someone Experienced..
Re: Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??
"Wove" is (I believe) the past tense of "To Weave". Just like "shone" is the past tense for "to shine" and not "shined".
What is it with the lack of ability with the past tense? I mean, in my day they didn't particularly teach English grammar at school and I still managed to work it all out!
Kids today eh?
 Something that, I suspect, the Americans have infected us with - it's something I first saw in US-based self-published authors..
kids' nappies, they needed no encouragement or specific dietary additions to produce a contents which warranted full HAZMAT protocols
Never having had (or wanted) kids I can't confirm - however, in the cat world, the equivalent is your moggie eating either shrews or house martins.
Both a *violent* emetics. I've never seen a cat projectile-vomit and have the violent runs at the same time before..
He competely ignored birds from that moment on.
Re: BBC Micros at college
I did exactly the same thing!
During my first proper job (mainframe assembler programmer - ah the joys of running the 3270 terminal emulator on IBM PS/2 50z machines connected to a 4mb token-ring..) I got bored a lot. One day, I discovered the joy of MD-DOS system calls and a freeware DOS assembler..
We used OS/2 LAN Server as our network management and so had a whole heap of print and file servers scattered around the building, none of which had any security at all.
Then one day, I didcovered the network enumeration API.. one broadcast storm later (and a PC that I hurredly switched off to stop said storm), I had a complete list of all the file servers.
I amended my code and (overnight) ran it again and ended up with a complete list of all the files on all the servers - most of which had been put there by staff and were unknown to the Powers That Be (and, in quite a few occasions, that was probably just as well - even if in the mid-90's, the porn was pretty low-res..).
There were quite a few games though, all of which I copied onto floppies and took home.
Re: To use a favourite Wikipedia phrase
"text messages were originally an engineering function that the first mobile engineers left in and which telcos were initially extremely skeptical of"
Ok - not an official citation but here goes:
Many, many years ago (mid-late 1990's), I worked at the Motorola tentacle responsible for making and selling cellular base-stations of mobile service providers. We also provided other services - one of which was one of the first txt message handlers, written for Cellnet (remember them?) and running off one of the big Sun servers that we had sat in our computer rooms. One of my friends was part of the team that wrote the message handler..
And yes, before they worked out how to monetise it, the service providers were *extremely* resistant to offering the service to customers since it used up bandwidth on the control channels that had hitherto been reserved solely for engineering messages - something which would cost them money to expand if the service became popular.
Of course, they ended up charging obscene multiples of the actual cost of the txt message (I remember them being in the order of 6p/txt when the actual cost was more of the order of .00001p/txt) because it made *lots* op money while costing very, very little.
Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning
Re: My old IT project! Don't blame the IT system its the users issue.
if you put rubbish information in you are going to get rubbish information out
Too true - I was involved with a system sold into hospitals where we were reliant on the accuracy of data put in my both medical personnel and clerks. And we were constrained from having inputs selected from dropdowns and made to make them free-text fields (despite the medical staff wanting them to be dropdowns - it was the DoH minders that wanted free-text).
The result of which is that when they also new features that required data migration we had to spend a *lot* of time (at our own expense) cleansing the data..
Re: What Data?
nor that Devon, my own place of birth, was in England
Devon? In England? Wash your mouth out!
(The disinclination to be labeled as English appears to be spreading from Cornwall to Devon - or at least according to my Cornish/Devonian wife..)
 Not - not the geological era. Honest dear.. The bed in the garage again? OK.
Re: "It's deeply offensive" says 53 year old man
God botherers who think Christmas and the associated garish decorations are important
But not to those of us that actually think about such things rather than being fed opinions..
(Chrstmas as we know it has very little to do with the birth of Christ - which was probably in March - and everything to do with the Catholic Church borging pagan festivals in order to keep their converts happy)
Re: Is it a penis or....
one of the three gods mentioned in the first part of the Bible (Adonai, Elohim and Yahweh)
Yet another example of "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing"..
Adonai is an Aramaic word (the New Testament and bits of the OT were written in Aramaic - most of the OT was written in Ancient Hebrew) that is cognate with 'Lord'. The Ancient (and Modern) Jews have a proscription about using the names of God directly (YHWH being one of them) and so used the word 'Adonai' as a placeholder. Much the same way as we say 'Lord' instead of using YHWH.
Elohim (which is plural) simply means "mighty ones" (or "sons of God" - 'El' means God/mighty power in ancient Hebrew and is used sometimes and one of the Names of God). Sometimes used to refer to angels, other times used to refer to the faithful.
YHWH is a word that stands in for the phrase "I am what I am" (one of the names of God that declares his purpose - can also be stated as "I will be what I will be" - Ancient Hebrew only had two tenses - past complete and incomplete). Also note that ancient Hebrew had no written vowels so modern English has added in the extra vowels to give some idea of the pronunciation.
So in summary (and apologies for the Biblical nerdism), your reasoning and example are utterly wrong since none of the three names you mentioned are anything to do with an acient fertility god. There were gods who were referred to using 'El' - but only because all the langueages in the area were related and used similar names. Not three Gods, but different names for the same God (and one name that is plural and doesn't refer to God at all - as in the ancient sh'ma: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One" - which in Modern Hebrew uses 'Adonai' as a placeholder.).
And yes, I have studied that stuff - for a lot of my life.
this dog may be a case for use of shock collars
Something that is utterly illegal in civilised countries.
The fact that BB recommends it (and appears quite blase about use of shock collars) says all you need to know about his personality and utter selfishness and lack of empathy.
Quite honestly, anyone that approves of the use of those things has no right to call themselves human, let alone a person.
Re: Its a corporation, not a cooperative
sustained campaign against them in both the US and the UK
To be fair (and I remember the 1970s), the pendulum had swung too far tawards the unions and things needed to be rebalanced.
Unfortunately, it swung too far the other way. Maybe we need to damp the osscilation a little bit to get a nice central steady-state.
Re: BATTERIES ARE DANGEROUS
ignored a pill's "take with water" instruction
*Very* highly recommended with asprin (or take with milk for extra buffering). Even though acetyl salicylic acid is a weak acid, it's still an acid. And if it lodges somewhere without a good mucus coat, you *will* get burnt.
Cotter pins (split pins to you Brits)
What we call cotter pins are the sort of tapered-with-a-nut-on-the-end solid pin that old pushbikes used to use to hold the pedal crank onto the driveshaft.
The pin that you used to tighten when there was slop or play in the pedals.. until one day you pulled it entirely through the pedal crank and had to replace it..
I suspect they do things slightly differently nowadays - I haven't ridden a pushbike since 1982 (when I was old enough to ride a motorbike).
40-pin processor chip embedded in their knee..
I too have knelt on a 486 (a 486dx25 to be precise). It came of an old PC and was in a tin box with other chip effluvia.
I managed to knock the tin off the bench and, in kneeling down to pick it up, with unerring precision knelt on the upside-down chip. Whilst wearing shorts.
It hurt. A lot. And didn't do much for the pins on the chip either.
Re: The user has no freedom but to consent
That said, if the ad companies cannot do advertising without spying
Well - there's just been a case in France where the regulator found that how the ad industry collects and tracks information (and obtains consent to do so) is illegal under the GDPR because they bundle many services together under on banner so "informed consent" isn't obtained for each usage.
Which means that ad brokers and exchanges are, in fact, illegal as currently constituted in Europe.
Which is a Good Thing(TM).
 Well - the data collection and retention is illegal. And without the data, the current methods of ad real-time-bidding doesn't work - so essentially, all the ad exchanges involved would go out of business. Which is a Very Very Good Thing(TM)
Re: Missing Information
he person in question came over here with foreknowledge that he would be compelled to hand over any documents he just happened to have on his person
Or on Dropbox (which Ars Technica identifies as being the source of the files - which were then copied to a USB stick).
Which doesn't require much forethought since that's probably where they were kept anyway.