* Posts by Stuart 22

725 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

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WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide

Stuart 22

Re: And in related news...

27.1% of the WWW are Wordpress sites... ???

I assume it is the percentage of websites that didn't update to 4.6.1 or equivalents on 7th September and presumably vulnerable to this attack. I would have thought that percentage would have been higher with the number of folks who resist auto-update for good or bad reasons.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

Stuart 22

Re: Oops...

If its an inside job - then the Tesco Bank software was developed (and supported?) here: http://www.tescobengaluru.com/

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Stuart 22

Re: As I understand it

Yes the Remain campaign lied. Though I think you would be stretched to match their lies against Leave's NHS claim, Turks invading the UK etc.

Thinking voters would on voting for their and their children's future would, you would have thought, taken rather more account of analysis coming from independent and disinterested people. Their forecasts had a degree of homogeneity. But then they were not seeking power.

Democracy - as this country has it - has one great purpose. To allow the peaceful transfer of power from one group who has alienated most of the country to another group who has yet to alienate most of the country. As bad as politicians are - it is clear to me they are more likely to take into account (and be held to account) for all the consequences of their decisions. This is why what they say in advance to get votes doesn't always match what they do in order to get the next lot of votes.

That's why referendums are generally a bad idea in complex situations. And nothing is as complex as the consequences of leaving the EU. One which both Remainers & Leavers are still trying to get their heads around. A final real sensible decision would be unwise until that has been bottomed out and understood.

The referendum sent a message. Taking it as an absolute instruction to plough on whatever the consequences on such a narrow margin is just foolhardy. I don't think parliament should reverse it. But I do think parliament should, if it is not satisfied with what the three musketeers come up with, put the final decision back to the people.

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Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

Stuart 22

Re: Let me get this straight

This also means that the device becomes slightly useless when the manufacturer decides to turn the server off. When? 10 years or 10 months?

Is it written into the guarantee? I mean people like Google would never pull a trick like that with a home device ...

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

Stuart 22

It is Cyanogen 13 - equivelent to Marshmellow. I presume the OTA updates are meant to suggest that Nougat will arrive sometime. And then?

As a long term Nexus owner who ain't going the blingy Pixel/Flagship route I'm looking for another provider who will give long term support (which in this mad disposable land fill orientated world > 6 months but possibly not > 2 years)

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

Stuart 22

I would suggest you would automatically and WITHOUT THINKING swerve to avoid. Hence one's own personal consequences are not taken into account. Whatever the moral position the Mercedes decision bends the balance of dying towards the third party (be it guilty/not guilty pedestrian, cyclist or other car driver) and away from the person holding the gun^h^h^h who is in control of an enormous amount of kinetic energy. The energy that would kill.

That is a change society should think about and decide at a more disinterested level than a car manufacturer or even the finest coder.

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Stuart 22

Re: Hard decision but Mercedes are probably right

"However, if a pedestrian decides to run across the road in front of me without looking, that's the pedestrian's fault, so I think the pedestrian should accept responsibility for their actions and the consequences of their actions. If, as a result of a pedestrian running into the road in front of me, someone is going to be seriously injured or die, it should be the pedestrian and not me."

And if that was a five year old kid you would make the same decision? And if it was your own kid?

Wow, you are scary.

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Stuart 22

Re: Car companies are not in this alone.

"Generally, a company's first priority is its CEO's bonus package ..."

FTFY

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

Stuart 22

Which London?

Ahem, I cycle and use buses in a different city. A city where bus drivers are not perfect but Gods compared the the average black cab driver with whom one also shares those great wide cycle lanes which are confusingly marked as bus lanes as opposed to lanes marked for cycles which are only for very slim guttersnipes, one at a time.

Indeed the larger the vehicle then generally the better the driver. The supermarket artics must be monsters to drive through my London but (apart from the build trade skips and tippers) are rather better than the average Addison-Lee.

My buses are crowded and even though I may look older than my years don't get offered a seat by those bright young things. Indeed Boris' decision not to order more new buses is going to create a real crisis within a few years.

Oh - could your London be north of the river? You know the place that has undergrounds and investment in even more. Down sarf a bus is a lifeline when you are not taking the bike. Otherwise it it is shank's pony or even "we apologise for ..." Southern.

No, its not buses that are the problem. Its the car lanes that need to go!

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There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

Stuart 22

Re: The Ultra 7 offers very decent display and battery life

Quite right AC. From another review site:

5.5-inch 1080p display

MediaTek MT6755M CPU

2GB RAM

16GB expandable internal storage

2,960mAh battery

13MP rear camera

5MP selfie camera

Android 6.0.1

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SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

Stuart 22

Don't forget the CPU

The article does point out that the power drain of a system is rather more than than storage alone. However the speed of SSD can ironically allow the deployment of less powerful CPUs and still achieve the same overall performance. With a less powerful CPU one may need a smaller PSU with fewer losses which in return require less cooling to create a virtuous circle in overall power requirements.

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Windows 10 market share fell in September

Stuart 22

Spammer Stats

A significant load on our webservers comes from hacking probes and other bots. Enough to skew our stats. I guess they just don't like Win10. Couldn't be the telemetry could it?

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Apple chops woeful WoSign HTTPS certs from iOS, macOS

Stuart 22
Happy

Re: Watchlist

I'm guessing you come from the backward side of the pond

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Stuart 22

Watchlist

I had a Wosign certificate issued on 19/09. Its to a private site so not critical. Popcorn ordered ...

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

Stuart 22

Re: Cabbage

I agree. What a stupid idea. Why waste all those Amazonian rainforests when all they needed to do was disable the automatic door openers? Then Tubists could share in the welcoming way us Overgrounders greet each other each morning ... "push the ffff...ing button you sleepyheaded w..ker".

Nice to know you have been noticed ;-)

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

Stuart 22

"On the privacy issue, you have no problem giving facebook all your details, photos of your children and details of where you have been, where you are now and where you are going next week. Windows 10 tracking a few bits of your online habbits is hardly a big concern."

I do. But then I do not have a Facebook account or use Windows.

I do use and host social media sites and have done pretty much since before the internet arrived in the UK without imparting any of that. Mr Zuckerberg neither invented social media nor sex. But don't tell anyone or I'll have you go viral.

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When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

Stuart 22

Re: Is it legal to pay this?

"No different from kidnap for ransom pay-outs, and there's no law against them across most of the world"

That's no reason why we shouldn't have such a law here as every payout encourages the fraud and puts everybody else at increased threat which even if you have good defences (like avoiding the more risky OS) and solid backup it has knock on consequences.

The fact that the threat is only property and not life makes it indefensible plus the only reason they have been caught is because of BOTH inadequate defence against a well known risk and, even worse. even more inadequate backups. That's gross negligence in my book.

The organisations deserve to suffer the consequences if they don't pay up and if they do - even greater consequences. Making the directors personally culpable may be an encouragement for better and safer practices (speaking as a company director myself).

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

Stuart 22

Re: You have to ask

Very different flying over Arizona in summer and Scotland in winter. Storing enough power during a long day to get through a short night may not be difficult but when the numbers reverse impossible.

So it could end up flying continuously through June but not lasting a single day/night in December.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

Stuart 22

Re: Government investment in the Police

"CCTV on video tapes of such poor quality you can't even see anything, tiny 4:3 computer monitors you can't even buy on eBay any more and a building literally untouched since it was built in the sixties and falling apart."

Well if there is a terrrorist connection then money is no object. The biggest BMW X5 you can get - oh and really snazzy machine guns and lovely camouflage clothing (bit obvious in the average London street). As for what we spend on security services - it is astronomical - go check out the earth station they built just north of Bude which would have cost more than putting a Beagle on Mars.

But security of all the information they gather - well XP is just the magnet any self-respecting hacker would be ashamed not to penetrate. They have created the most delicious honey pot in the computing universe.

Its unbelievable that they must have been buying perfectly good Win7 kit for years and downgrading it to XP knowing this would happen.

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Dear Imation. It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black

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"Tenth straight loss-making quarter for Nexsan owner as sales plunge 37 per cent"

Wow, who knew they still had 37% to lose..."

Given that 37 is a prime number does that mean they sold at least 100 units last year or $100 or $1 ;-)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

Stuart 22

Re: Ahh yess

I'm really shocked you still are expected to buy and install AV software on an OS that MS has been working hard to secure for over 20 years ... is there an ETA for basic in-built security coming RSN ;-)

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

Stuart 22

Fire Sale, Fire Sale?

Given the almost impossibility of buying a laptop without paying the Windows Tax only to replace it with Linux - I'm hoping some miscalculations on inventory means there are dealers with unsold 8.1 systems that have now been further devalued by the cessation of the (dubious) Win10 escape route.

Will they be willing to forgive the WinTax with more exciting firesale prices?

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Domain name bods NetNames netted by CSC Global

Stuart 22

What's the point?

"NetNames recorded flat revenue of £53m. However, loss before tax climbed to £20.89m"

A net margin of -40% in a non-growth, non-innovative market is no way to do business. Or, surely, to stay in business?

Sell the clients to a competitor who can amortise the costs over a bigger base would be the only sensible strategy. Or shutter it tonight. Anything else is madness.

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Skyscape rebrands to UKCloud following legal challenge by Sky

Stuart 22

Re: So can I use these names Dad?

EasySky. That is all (tm)

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

Stuart 22

Re: It's Risk Management

"The sight's password reset function. Remember the frequent ones. Use reset for the rest."

Your sight is better than mine. I can't see the reset button for root ;-)

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

Stuart 22

Re: Modern Malthusians

Yea - well Richard and Maurice McDonald were still at school and hadn't yet cracked on how to bloat mankind for just 99c.

That's what we call progress ;-)

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

Stuart 22

Re: "Final push"

"Yeah right. I don't see Android taking over the desktop anytime soon. Too much momentum for x86 in that sphere."

Not so much taking over as eliminating it. Why boot up a PC when you can do it on your mobile instantly or just flick up the lid on a Chromebook? Or if you are seeking to impress that may be an iPad or Mac.

I see more 'gaming' on a 5.5" screen in a railway carriage than on turbo-charged i7s. Yep a few dedicated gamers will stick with desktops and PS/2 mice but people who need to do real work (a diminishing category these days) could be increasingly better done with Linux for Geeks or Clouds for Non-Geeks. Its just a case of letting the legacy apps expire or get virtualised.

A slow but steady decline. I would hazard a guess that most non-office based PCs are being switched on less every year. There comes a time maybe real soon when its easier just to take it to the dump than pulling your hair out whether and when you might upgrade from Windows n to Windows n+x

Thankfully I've already switched my company to Linux. It wasn't easy but I'm now smugly seeing payback not only in money but not having to worry about Microsoft's monetising and its inappropriate (for us) GUI strategies. No decisions other than to roll gently from one LTS to the next in our own time and pace - not somebody else's who has no interest in our use of technology.

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NHS advertises for digital director at £131k

Stuart 22

Re: Maybe

Oh come on Dido wouldn't get out of bed for a 95% cut in income. She is doing something far more important. And totally transparently, be it your personal data, engineer appointments and other sensitive data.

Frankly you would have to pay me rather more than £131k to take all the sh1t that job will entail.

Values,, values.

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Password reset: 45 million creds leak from popular .com forums

Stuart 22

Re: Automated Registrations - Bots

"This strongly points towards the forums being swamped with bazillions of bot-users."

This is really good news. Stopping these spammers by IP/Email/Username is getting really hard when we could just ban these passwords if it is the one credential they are not morphing!

Well until they cotton on.

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

Stuart 22

"Yet you want a 2016 operating system to work the same as a 2009 one? Get with the times grandpa."

Well I am a grandpa and I've seen more progress and welcome change in the last 50 years then you have probably had hot dinners. And I've seen a whole load of once innovative companies hit the wall and die.

If you can't spot that MS have hit the wall then you must be one of them because outside you meet very few people who hunger for the next MS release. They countered the problem of a stagnating sector ... by stagnating. At least Apple (for whom I have less affection) has succeeded from being a hobby company to a PC innovator to steal the Sony Walkman market and destroying Nokia. OK the Rolex thing hasn't quite worked out yet. Apple's next step is going to be difficult but at least they have a track record of moving on.

All Microsoft seemed to have done is to translate their early monopoly of the PC market with adding lucrative margin through Office. But even that is getting mighty tired now and whether the cloudy version will keep its market share will be kinda interesting.

No mate, its not me that hasn't moved on. I have - elsewhere which is precisely MS's problem. its your heroes thrashing around to almost complete indifference or derision you need to worry about.

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

Stuart 22

Re: It's not "Rocket Science"

Sorry to be a bit thick about this. But are we expecting the probe's velocity and direction were so spot on and all gravitational, solar, magnetic and other influences were forecast absolutely and correctly were taken into account and cannot change?

Or is the probe carrying a little fuel for flight corrections along the way. So it gets to Mars but all the following crap continues on the original path and will miss Mars by a width of a cigarette paper amplified a few million times. You know - a thousand or million miles.

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

Stuart 22

Re: Anybody have...

I use a list in my hosts files that I have traced back to here: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Except I use 0.0.0.0 instead of 127.0.0.1. Dunno if this makes a difference. I use a Debian based distribution. Works brilliantly - much better than the ad blocker plugins. Only wish I could find an easy way of importing into ChromeOS and Android. Or has their distributor made it hard for a reason?

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

Stuart 22

Re: I just checked my account

"They havent stolen my £13.76p yet."

Its when they steal your unauthorised overdraft that is really going to hurt. "No, I've never been near a Phillipino Casino" isn't going to cut much ice with your bank's Bangladeshi based call centre.

Mind you simple people like me can get confused between 'banks' and 'casinos'.

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Dell's Ubuntu-powered Precision Sputnik now available worldwide

Stuart 22

Reassuringly expensive ...

For yanks - from $899.99: http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/xps-13-linux/pd

For brits - apparently 'sold out': http://www.dell.com/learn/uk/en/ukdhs1/campaigns/dell-linux-ubuntu-en-dhs?ref=DHSHP_C1R06_ubuntu_laptops

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

Stuart 22

Re: Fuck that!

Yes, however bad the BBC Trust was, handing it over to Ofcomm is even worse. Quite a bit that is going wrong with the BBC now (channel & budget reductions, licence money stealing) is down to government bullying. A wee bit more independence would have helped.

Instead we are going in the wrong direction. Overview to a government set agenda which sets commercial broadcasting above public service broadcasting.

Yes the Beeb would exploit any independence with a few more decisions in their interests rather than the viewers and listeners. But not as any as commercial broadcasters do every day encouraged or at least condoned by Ofcomm.

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Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

Stuart 22

So why did it sell Motorola?

As above ...

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Investigatory Powers Bill lands in Parliament amid howls over breadth of spying powers

Stuart 22

Re: Double taxation

"It super pisses me off that I have to pay for spying that won't affect me, while I have to pay for a VPN on top of my ISP bill."

You can rent an offshore VPS to host your VPN, mailservers, blog and other useful stuff for around a fiver a month. Being doing this for a while. Amazing watching this business friendly government drive business abroad.

I (but not Theresa?) expect the serious crims and terrorists to be well ahead of me ... so why, why, why?

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Telemarketers hit with £70,000 fine for cold-calling pensioners

Stuart 22

Re: From publicly available information

"Mr Antonio Daniel Pardo & Claire Pardo, 17 Croft Road, Leek Wootton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom CV35 7QE"

An interesting distance from Dudley. The best, though not foolproof but nonetheless a nuisance, would be to get him disbarred as a company director of any company. I guess they can't apply till this company is liquidated. Let's hope its on somebody's to-do list.

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Stuart 22

I'm not selling PPI, honest ...

I demand that ICO write to each and every victim with a copy of Antonio Daniel Pardo's home telephone number. He might be in the market for a call blocker ... especially during the early hours.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

Stuart 22

Re: Get your act together

Well if they did get their act together I guess that would kill the Nexus USP. The only reason I pay the premium of standardising on them.

OK the Nexus 4 & 7 are now eventually out of upgrades from Google. But Nexus kit is almost guaranteed to get the best runnable CM version so I guess when I get time they will soon be Marshmellowed. Or should I wait for CM14 ;-)

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

Stuart 22

I'm really looking forward to craterview.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Stuart 22

Re: Gubmint knows this will fail, it's just a way to move further along to their ultimate goal...

You would almost think our legislators have shares in the VPN business. Worse is that it is an incentive for our kids to learn and spread the black arts of hiding their behaviours.

Perhaps politicians should pay more attention to 'unintended consequences' than 'looking out for the kids'.

I mean all that guff to stop (supervised) under-age drinking in pubs of our generation to be replaced by (unsupervised) drinking and worse in the parks for our kids was a really great move - yeah?

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Philae comet lander officially dead

Stuart 22
Trollface

Oh come on - you don't really believe humanity really could and would land a washing machine on a far distant comet? Nay, the props man at Paramount wiped out the transmitter trying to clean up Matt Taylor's shirt with three rinses and a high speed spin.

http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/54639ec3eab8ea0e3fa12575/rosetta-scientist-pisses-off-twitter-with-a-shirt-covered-in-half-naked-women.jpg

(Look behind for proof Philly's fake studio set really exists)

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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

Stuart 22

Re: You get what you pay for...

Well not always. I've told the story before about when the power substation at bottom dollar Rackshack blew up and put them off grid for a week without one of their 25,000 servers ever noticing. And where a pretty good DR plan wasn't quite good enough and they had to physically rebuild it in real time as it came under increasing strain.

Sadly Head Surfer has sailed away. But my replacements who are competitive with Heart et al just ooze professionalism. If there is an issue it is explained in technical terms, no fobbing off. Not only do they fix issues quickly but go on to sort root causes in a transparent manner.

And while I have found excellent (as well as awful) low cost DC operators in the US and in continental europe - all my attempts to find a budget UK DC have ended in tears.

Something about how we value engineers?

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Stuart 22

Re: DR plan?

"If you are moaning about losing business where is your redundancy? Where is your DR plan? If you are reliant on your website & email for your business you should have thought about happens when it goes TITSUP as it will."

Well some of us do have sophisticated DR plans. But, as I have posted above, they are always inadequately tested and there is always an unknown risk in activating them. I have been caught on that. Which is why, on failure, you want to know if the cause is known, being acted on and you know their best estimated time to fix with frequent updates.

Then you can take a calculated risk on whether to ride through the failure or bring up the back-ups. With normal DNS TTL's of 60 minutes this may not bring immediate relief, then you have to switch back and re-synch everything. That of course is if the DNS isn't in the same DC!

That's one reason I don't host with Heart. I don't have confidence that I am going to hear the whole truth straightaway. I host with suppliers who still manage to have resilient status servers and will reply to tickets when they have issues. The repliers are trustworthy engineers not computer illiterate customer services who can't tell the difference between a DDoS attack and a power failure!

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Stuart 22

Re: Air France Flight 447

"Is this in any way related to the article?! Almost thought this comment had been transferred from somewhere else!"

The parallel that a faulty sensor caused them to initiate a faulty procedure that likely caused an unnecessary catastrophic failure of a data centre when the power was OK anyway. But apart from that and not double-checking the cause - you are right, nothing whatsoever.

Sorry I come from an age when computers ran on valves and failure was omnipresent and you had a lot of practice coping and sorting. These days the very reliability means disaster recovery is rarely tested in reality. And simulated failures are never quite the same. That's why you don't implicitly trust procedure. Its a help, not a master.

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Stuart 22

Air France Flight 447

The pilots flew a fully functioning plane into the ocean because of a faulty sensor, believing it and and ignoring everything that indicated otherwise.

At least nobody got killed here but my experience of failures is you keep one spectacled eye on the manual and the other scepticalled eye on whether you really are where you are told you are. The report does suggest the procedure rather than the fault was the problem.

The first law of Disaster Recovery is to treat any Disaster Recovery Plan as having a flaw and you need to spot it before it pearly gates you.

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

Stuart 22

Re: Missing the point?

"They so much as threaten such a thing the regime will be over within a week"

Absolutely. MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doesn't apply here. They could seriously damage the US (or South Korea) with a kludge nuclear device. But only damage. They wouldn't be able to knock out anybody. And retribution would be complete and justifiable in the interests of self defence. Indeed if NORK attacked the US I bet the Chinese would be in Pyongyang before the POTHUS could press the button. They certainly could not entertain a neighbour prepared to use weapons. Only to play with them.

Willy waving in extremis.

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Amazon's Lumberyard invaded by zombies

Stuart 22

Re: Beers all round

Readers? - NNo way. Only a real genuine CDC certified Zombie would ever get down to point 57.10 of any service terms. And a Zombie lawyer at that. And they all tied up working for SCO ...

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

Stuart 22

Re: Rose Glasses

"If people really need one there's plenty of really good (and even classic) 2nd hand ones out there ready to rock-n-roll."

That's part of the problem. The longevity of the beast depletes the replacement market making the niche unprofitable for manufacturers. So its being dumped for not being green to make way for an extra production line of landfill motors.

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