556 posts • joined 11 Feb 2016
Respect to anyone who looks at a circular saw blade in his Dad's garage and thinks, "Hmm you know what guys I want that mounted on a codpiece and strapped to my undercarriage! We'll up the ante by making it shoot flames too!".
Re: Yep, wasps are assholes
Unless you have a serious reaciton to insect stings just man up and shout, "Ow, shit! You little f**ker!" as the smug stripey bastard flies away to bother someone else. Once got stung on the Adam's Apple while standing outside HMV ( that dates it! ) and it felt someone had driven a sewing needle into my throat. Saw the smug little git fly away while I grabbed at my throat, it didn't hurt for long and stopped hurting after 5 mins.
Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer
You got to love Google and their ilk! Ha!
"No, we won't track you...( Shhh! Except through our search and maps offerings which are 90% of our core business. )"
If these companies ever actually allowed you to turn off the bulk component that drives the ad revenue systems they'd be in Chapter 11 the next morning! They can never turn these things off. Apple maybe an edge case as they have a core business built on selling hardware so they're a little different, they can afford to turn off most of their tracking in their apps but not completely.
See these companies spend millions on ML systems research to mine all that juicy data to be able to predict the next big thing we the plebs will want. They simply cannot allow their rivals to get even a week or two lead over them in research and understanding we plebs and our needs, they'd lose billions if they allowed that to happen.
If you want to stop tracking, stop buying the latest gadgets or using the services, they'd be forced to find more devious ways to track us and work our needs and wants but we like our shiny toys, our little treats. We work like dogs and without that little rush of endorphins when we make that big purchase, all that tedious 9-5 slog would seem infinitely harder wouldn't it?
Re: 3rd party
A story about four people named Everyone, Someone, Anyone and No-one.
There was an important job to be done and Everyone was sure that Someone would do it.
Anyone could have done it, but No-one did it.
Someone got angry about that because he thought that it was Everyone’s job.
Everyone thought that Anyone could do it, but No-one realised that Everyone wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everyone was angry with Someone because No-one did what Anyone could have done!
GamePark did a better job over 10 years ago!
I had a GP2X and GP32 10 years ago and they both worked better than this utter pants toy, with the advantage that the GP products could play lots of different emulators. As someone else said, this is "Carry On : Playing a Pocket Emulator" and RCL remind me of Boggs and Co from Carry On at Your Convinience.
Re: Where does it end?
If the IT dept of my bank started scanning the telnet port (23) looking for an FTP service, I think I'd move my account pronto to be honest! Ha ha!
Re: This would be GREAT
World peace, poverty and hunger eradicated and cats and dogs living together, it would be anarchy within 24 hours!
Re: Not in IT...
Classic quote comes to mind, something like "Cost of everything and value of nothing!"
My personal favourite was told to me by a Swiss colleague, "We must save money, and it must be done at any cost!". Sums up every IT cost cutting venture I've ever had to be involved in!
About bloody time!
XE has been getting so long in the tooth, I like it as it comes with APEX built in. It's good way to get to play with Oracle with very little hassle, especially for devs who just need to check code compatibility, especially as installation is *next**next**next* and click "Start DB" icon.
To be honest though unless you have to support Oracle going forward most new dev is going FOSS options from the get-go. I say that as a 20 year Oracle DBA. there's so many new and exciting DB options to play with out there especially in the NoSQL camps, online stores like DynamoDB are really good fun.
Years ago you had to tweak and tune DBs to maximum effecniciency, many hours I've spent fightin with SQL to tune out just a few more ms to get it up to spec, in some cases you still do but I get to tune SQL maybe half a dozen times a year now.. Now you can buy a gazillion buckets of computing power for pennies and so simply having a DB like MySQL or PostgreSQL is suitable for most purposes where you just need to store a terabyte or two of data online and archive out the rest to XML or JSON offline dumps.
XE is worth having a play with just keep your core Oracle skills up to spec as it's tiny and happily sits out of the way but the days when most places simply bought Oracle, SQL Server or DB2 without thinking are long gone now. Oracle will go the way of Lotus or IBM, slowly fading into the background as they get used less by new generations who are cloud orentated ( indoctrinated? ) and they favour the faster and simpler systems with replaceable serverless components, not a always a bad thing though.
Re: Not a good idea for me.
Ever since I first used Windows around 1989 I've always set the background to grey as I dislike white backgrounds, they've always hurt my eyes after an hour or two and I find black text very hard to read on a white background. Wherever possible I like a grey background and colour highlighted text in a slightly bold standard monospaced courier style font, I just find I can stare that for hours and hours.
Sink Holes of Negativity is perfectly correct
Social media sites are just that, they do indeed amplify negativity. They encourage morons to constantly battle each other to go "one-up", better house. better car, better phone, better body, so the 99.9% of the rest of humanity feels like shite compared to it. Most of us can see it's all bollocks, all made up tosh. The huge loans people take out to get a better car, better house and better anything just to brag to each other about how great their lives are but some people can't see that and they think they have to compete or worse, think they cannot compete and feel awful 'cos their lives don't match the made up bullshit they see in their social media feeds.
The sickly travelling couples, snogging at every major worldwide destination, sipping exotic drinks in far flung places and proclaiming their perfect relationship in a series of images so vacant and dettached from reality you wonder if they're actually the invention of some marketing group working out of a backstreet office in Shoreditch!
Social media was fun at first but now it's just a quagmire of negativity and bullshit. The quicker we all start to quit it and go back to isolated websites for key interests, the better we'll all be!
Re: Trolling for comments
Have 20p and buy yourself a sense of humour you miserable sod!
Re: Missed the obvious one
..or as Github has a reputation as a free public password repository, "FreePassword-Lookupy McProject-FeckedFace"!
Common sense says they simply cannot allow one state close to mainland Europe to become a haven for "bad guys". If anything being outside the EU will make our data even more valuable as we'll have slightly different governance than EU member states and thus we'll be under more scrutiny than ever before by our European cousins.
But the "wiggy-one" said Kim was everyone's best mate and Kim should be allowed to play with everyone else now? Is "Wiggy" bored with his new playmate already?
If the top US snoop agency hates it...
...then is must work properly and be blocking NSA spyware. I'll gladly be renewing my Kaspersky 10-user license in a couple of months thanks very much!
One day there'll come a point where we'll no longer need to exist. AI will plan our lives in to the future and CGI can create the video feed. The human race can commit mass suicide any way it wishes and simply leave the simulated human race to "live out" it's days until the sun burns out. I've no doubt there's a few scif-fi books detailing such tales.
Trackball can be worse....
I still use a trackball as I get chronic pain in my wrist from using standard "mices". It's basically an upside-down mouse and with your sweaty, food, bogey, greasy soaked thumb constantly on the ball all the time, let's say you really don't want be there at the end of the week when it's "ball and socket" clean out time!!
Re: A fairly basic question...
I can think of a few cases...
They want CCs someone wrote some shitty payment system for their website and they don't want to bugger about with trying to tie to a proper payment vendor.
A payment vendor will charge a management fee to handle the transaction and places like "CackPhone Whorehouse" don't want to pay the fees and would rather put your info at risk.
The want the CC data in case you spend money at another company under control of their parent conpany, then they can tie all that juicy data together without having to a)wait for another data breach release on the black market or b) having to pay some shyster to hack Facebook accounts for your toilet habits!!
Yes, it's good common sense and I applaud it. However also bear in mind that not every business is turning millions in profit, some are very small "one-man" businesses have a niche they want to protect, they're on razor thing margins and they have a right to protection too. They might not be able to afford to fight off the bastards who want to rip them off, they go under and the local country's economy loses another business and may gain another social security recipient.
Dating sites, don't make false claims?
Right, well that's the entire online dating biz up the swany!
Re: The question begged is...
It seems funny at first but the guy obviously has a serious anti-social mental health problem that needs attention. Taking a dump in public once, we'll you're just a prat who got caught because you weren't prepared or just plain lazy. This guy did it 30 times in the same place, that's some sort of OCD related mental health problem or an unresolved cry for help or attention. The guy doesn't need criminal charges, he needs to see a specialist before it completely tears his life apart.
FFS! It's obvious he's just a bargaining chip and nothing more!
He's being held in the US on charges simply at the pleasure of the "wiggy one", as soon as the US wants something off Mrs May and she gives it to "wiggy" then Marcus will be free to come home. Governments and rulers have been doing it for thousands of years, you keep someone important locked up until they either a) become worthless or b) they finally become what is expected of them, a valuable bargaining chip in some unrelated dicussion.
When Marcus gets released in maybe 18 months time, old "Wiggy" looks good and all the Foreign Office types will pat each other on the back for bargaining his release. It's all bollocks!
"A social media platform isn't just for college, it's for life."
"I invented Facebook, and at the end of the day, I’m solely responsible for what information is regularly released to unknown, unauthorized sources on this platform.” - Mark Zuckerberg
Fecking idiot! It's not some tinpot little forum running on a PC in your bedroom. Jesus Mr Z needs grow up, he's still behaving like a spotty little nerd who thinks responsibility is a dirty word. In case you've not noticed Mr Z your little project has exploded to draw in a 1/3 of the planet's population, all sharing their dirty laundry in public, making you and your mates billions and letting you lot carry on behaving like silly 20 somethings who need to learn to grow up and realise what you have created and take proper care of it.
Here we go again
If Larry says it's easy then it must be! The guy's never put a foot wrong or said some complete and utter horse crap that PHBs have believed, PHBs have then made we poor working techies implement based on Larry's BS!
Face it Larry your cloud offering is like comparing the Hello World source from any language you wish to name against the source of an O/S kernel, so far apart it's just not enough funny.
Re: Piracy does not hurt who you think it hurts
The other aspect is that some of these companies love certain sections of society actually going ahead an ripping off their software as much as possible.
Art and phototgraphy students ripping off Photoshop means they learn Photoshop, then when they get out into the real world they immediately demand that Photoshop be the first choice from their employer or for their business, that's when Adobe get their "loss" back, when student goes out into the workplace and orders up a genuine license. Same with MS software years ago, students came out into the workplace only knowing MS software and that's what they expect when they began their working lives, "kerching!" for MS.
Mobile app sales
A large scale paradigm shift towards the mobile app, always on, always connected, cloud service based world we now find ourselves in. We're used to paying $1 for an app or tolerating ads in our free apps, we get used to getting something good for peanuts, we've had our mindset changed to realise that cheap doesn't mean utter crap. So we're now more open minded to try cheap alternatives knowing that while there's still a lot of ad-infested dross, there's some genuine diamonds-in-the-rough out there that cost next to nothing.
What pee's me off is that once again the only people who suffer are genuine honest people. Amazon returns is superb, I've returned genuinely broken items without any fuss at all, unlike a lot of retailers who will just make you feel like a scumbag for trying to get something sorted out, some online PC parts suppliers and very well known printer manufacturers who shall remain nameless. As usual there's always some arsehole trying to game the system and Amazon will probably tighten up the process and making it harder for genuine problems to be dealt with as easily.
When will devs speak to their infrastructure teams?! Ha!
As usual the developers go charging off and putting dev code out into production before they speak with the DBA and infrastructure teams! Bloody typical! Although in fairness, I can imagine these hacker devs probably has some arsehole project manager beating them with the paperwork and demanding a stupid release date be met! Ha ha!
Re: Salt free
"The only reason, other than laziness, which I can think of for sending the data elsewhere is that the scanner cant actually do the processing locally.."
I would say laziness, rather cost cutting. Get a cheap scanner to cut cost to a minimum, spend some of the money you saved on the backend infrastructure and profit. Know the kind of f**kwits who will poke, hit and smash these readers and knowing you have to replace them every so often, you might look to save money by using the cheapest you can. I'm not defending them, it's utter bollocks that they have to transmit hashes or what-have-you off the device to another device, rather than a unique and simple ID, simply playing devil's advocate.
I'm guessing some bellend at Philips tech screwed up the AWS Route 53 config and broke all their customers toys!
Sure I have remote controlled lights in a few rooms but they're Bluetooth controlled locally in the house, useful for when you and the Missus are cuddled up on the sofa and you don't want to get up they can be useful to turn down the lights. You get into bed and forgot to switch off the lights downstairs whip out the phone and switch them off remotely. Useful when you get early in the morning and my lights are timed come on so I don't trip arse over tit, over the fecking cat in the dark some mornings! However they're a simple convinience, not life and death and I could live without them if pushed, I managed for many years before. I most certainly have no interest in conntecting my house lights via a remote server hosted on AWS or Google Cloud.
All this fuss!
I remember happily playing Speccy games on a hacked PSP about 8 years ago. I also bought a GP2X Chinese retro box around 2010 that would let me play Speccy, CBM64, Amstrad, SNES, Megadrive and countless other retro machines. The GP2X cost me something like £80 second hand at the time and what's more it was in my hand and usuable, not like this VEGA catestrophe that can only play one machine's games, has not made a single appearance and from a company that has investors money locked up "in trust" so to speak.
Android app stores are awash with retro emulators for pennies, either use on screen control or for something more tractile buy Bluetooth gaming add-ons off eBay for a few quid. At least you'll be gaming in a matter of days guranteed rather than waiting for news from a bunch of incompetant twats arguing among each other.
...just like every other kind of snob, so far up their own fundaments that they can easily be fooled by anyone putting in just a little effort to dupe them.
Food is not a way of life, it's just food. It goes in one end, hopefully stays in there, stops you feeling hungry and general makes it way out in a timely fashion.
"The list included: machine learning, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, edge computing, hardware acceleration, quantum computing, adaptive security, serverless, data analytics, blockchain and digital twin virtualized modelling."
FFS! Who isn't playing with these or pretending to? Ask anyone in the tech sector what they're up to and this list reads like a cribsheet for Buzzword-Bingo. Cripes, I reckon I must have said at least 3 of these in the last 3 months at some meeting or other!
Unplugged most of the time.
I have one but it's plugged in only when we want to use it. My wife, who I called paranoid, insists we keep it unplugged when not in use. Maybe she was on to something.
WTF kind of advice is that for our average person?!
"Just to be safe, Talos is recommending that owners and administrators of home or small office routers reset the devices and restore to factory default in order to clear potential malware."
FFS! What terrible advice! If I do a full reset on my NAS box, guess what it does? Yep! Completely wipes the RAID layouts and formats the underlying disk devices! That'll make me popular at work and if I do it home, well all I ask that someone had a sofa for me to sleep on 'cos my wife will make sure my arse won't touch the ground as she boots me out!
Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed
Too complex for black and white
Computer games, music, youtube videos, Tony Blair, etc, anything can contribute to a persons instability, then give them access to a tool of violence and they have a better chance of making their "scream" heard. You can never point you finger at one thing and say "There! That thing there made little Johnny go to the gun cabinet.", it's simply too complex. Given today's complex and pressured lifestyles, especially among teenagers and young people with the myriad of social pressures in their lives, any combination so things can trip someone and make them find a solution to their frustration. We pray it never happens to our own children but every single human being on this planet has it inside them to do exactly that poor wretch did yesterday, it just takes the right combinaiton of triggers and the blue touchpaper is lit.
Tech savvy, bleeding edge bellends!
Ok, a bit strong, someone has to take the first steps in anything. I'm sure 100 years ago every person with a horse was laughing at those idiots with their automobiles going 10 mph and running out of fuel after 25 miles while the horse simply "refulled" by eating some grass on the side of the lane.
However there seems to be this class of supposed tech savvy people who will "tech up" anything they possibly can simply for the sake of it. There's no thought about "What if X goes TITSUP?", nope. They order the shiny toy from Amazon Prime, have their house fully controlled to the minuest detail direct from their mobile phone, head off to work and immediately drop their phone down the khazri by accident and lose complete control of their dwelling!
Maybe it's just the fact that like a lot of people here on The Reg, I've been in IT since the early days of computing and we've all seen a hundred trends come and go, we know that it's never IF tech fails it's simply a matter of time to WHEN tech fails. Call me a cynical old twat if you like, however I prefer to be known a curmudgeonly realist.
A huge thanks to the US government...
...for confirming yet again that my decision to avoid ever setting foot in the US again was a wise one. The US government is quite obviously not interested in fostering any sort of international relations and wishes to keep all visitors out, and worse permanently keep any they manage to capture at the borders. I'm sad about it as it's a lovely country with lovely people but as a non-US citizen I'm more than happy to oblige the US government and keep the heck away from the place from now on.
Re: US Prisons
And the sickening death of Darren Rainey, a mentally ill person who was scolded for 2 hours in an 82C shower room, 90% burns and his skin literally fell of his body.
There is a minority of so called guards and careworkers in institutions who are basically worse than the guards at Nazi concentration camps. You could, at a pinch, say the Nazis had an ideal in mind and believed in their twisted idealogy, whereas a small minority of institutional workers are state sanctioned psychotic murders and sadists who enjoy inflicting pain on others for nothing more than pure pleasure it gives them.
"Why would young people want to train for a field that they can be quite sure that the entire field will be outsourced well before they can retire from that line of work, let alone a particular company?"
30 years working in IT myself and the first thing I told my daughter as she started to look at her job prospects prior to starting her GCSEs, "My love, keep the hell away from IT 'cos although I love it, you will be entering a dead end career.". Told her to find study honest core subjects ( maths, English, history at least one European language ) study them all hard and hang on 'cos the way your working life will go you will have to change careers probably twice if not more times before you see anything like retirement age.
Re: Use local
"Not surprising for a country that uses the term engineer for washing machine repair technicians..."
I believe I saw "Sanitation Services Operative" on the back of someone's jacket at a London train station recently. The problem is that they have to come up with ever more elaborate names for jobs in order to attract people to take them. "What's the job?", "Train cleaner." and people will look for something with that has a name with a bit more dignity to it. I'm not saying it's wrong or right or that people should stop being so picky about menial jobs that need doing but when you pay minimum wage you still have to make the job appealing in order to get some poor, desperate bugger to take it and keep doing it.
"You can call me a dreamer..."
Imagine if FB was blocked by all UK ISPs for just 48 hours, can you imagine how much faster the internet would be without all those inane posts and crap pictures wizzing off the FB datacenters? Vile ad business would go out of businesses, as well as those dodgy sunglasses sellers too. World peace would break out without people spewing bile at each other from behind their keyboards.
Re: concern about the potential offensiveness of the words
"...those who consider themselves "liberal" are often showing surprising intolerance of other views."
Sadly this is so often the truth. I often enjoy the hypocritical liberal types screaming about freedom of speech in one sentence and the very next, screaming loudly to demand that someone whom has offended them be silenced.
Re: Works for me
You really are a first class bellend AC! Doctor Syntax above has covered the salient points but basically "innocent until proven guilty" is what holds most free nations in check and ensures no one can simply throw you jail without proper justice being served to prove beyond doubt that you actually did something wrong. By the looks of it you sound like the sort of twat who advocates the death penalty for anything worse than coughing in public, that is until someone you care about gets framed for a crime they didn't do and then you'd change your tune about "due process". Although it seems that as you're prepared to spout such utter bollocks in public I suspect it won't be long before you do something utterly stupid and end up in clinky anyway!
Re: The obvious solution
A decision most sensible people are coming to. The US is lovely country, people are friendly and happily welcome visitors, that's the same the world over from my experience, average Joe is always perfectly decent and always pleased to meet new people. However it's always what twat-addled boneheads in charge of any given country that ruin it for everyone. A combination of moronic government, Homeland Security and the TSA at the border I doubt I will ever set foot inside the US again, which genuinely saddens me greatly as I'd love to go again but I'll have to make do with my memories of 2001's trip.
Re: Security researcher clickbait
"99.9% of these stories are total bullshit by people trying to get publicity because they're idiots and don't know they're talking bollocks."
No, they're simply spouting alarmist bollocks in the hopes they'll get in the Daily Fail next week. The company name splashed all over the dailies, right in front of loads numpty middle managers? Holy heck you can't buy quality PR like that, well you can but not at the price Pen Test Partners are likely to be able to afford on a national scale.
While I don't doubt there is a grain of truth in some of this, the fact that Mr Munro stated his points in nice, neat sound-bite sized sentances that even Vinnie Jones completely pissed could understand, rings my bullshit-o-meter off the wall. Easy Sun/Daily Fail/Mirror formatted twaddle that fits neatly into Twitter 140 char limited messages, so it can be broadcast over the media wires quickly and get attention in the worldwide media, it's classic media phishing, PR bullshit exercise.
I love how it can be hooked into all the resources...within AWS. It's a wonderfully flexible technology...within AWS. You can trigger security alerts and collect logs from various resources...within AWS.
With great technology comes great potential for lock-in, be careful.
Re: Working as a consultant in one organisation
We once had a fire drill in my office and the fire warden we'd chosen for our floor ( ground floor mark you ) had taken the job the day before. Fire drill kicks off , we all stand up and suddenly our new fire warden runs to the fire exit...and keeps running out the fecking building!! We're all stunned that he's not checked the kharzi or the kitchen and just run out the building, we then start pissing ourselves laughing as he comes running back after been shouted at by the chief fire warden for leaving us lot to potentially burn had it been real!
Re: Engage pedant mode.....
'Steam is a gaseous form of water (i.e. no air present)."
so when is anyone going to see that?'
Looking through a telescope?