* Posts by ISYS

155 posts • joined 21 Jul 2011

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

ISYS
Happy

The military can beat this

This reminds me of an old ShoeComics strip. I can't find it on Google but basically somebody was complaining about the Air Force spending $78 on a woodscrew - The General said:

Ah to you it is a woodscrew, but to us it is a M-1 8 fully-slotted, manually activated, fibre intrusive, material securing device.

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

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Pint

Happy days

I love OS maps (sad I know) and remember many a Geography lesson learning about them.

Church with a tower

Church with a dome

A Tumulus

Viewpoints

Scree - Google Maps still does not include this useful bit of information.

A pint to OS - If you need to know where to get the pint - Search for the pint pot with a handle.

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Big Brother

Mr Robot

Nice piece. However I am going to stand up for Mr Robot. I get that everything happens in a ludicrously short period of time - nobody can hack the jail door system from a laptop in the car park, piggy backing of the bluetooth connection in a police car - but other than that all the social engineering and the apocalyptic view of big business and everyone living on social media is dangerously close to what is happening today.

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Blighty's GCHQ stashes away 50+ billion records a day on people. Just let that sink in

ISYS

How long do they store the data for?

What this does not tell us is how long the metadata is stored for. 217TB sound like a lot of data but in the grand scheme of things it isn't. Banking systems hold nearly as much.

Do they slurp up a days worth of metadata from across the globe, process it and then keep the bits they are interested in?

Or do they just download the entire internet's browsing history and file it away?

My guess is somewhere between the two. As another poster mentioned, this system would have been a govt IT project. The spooks probably wanted the first option and got something nearer the second.

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AT&T grabs dictionary, turns to 'unlimited', scribbles it out, writes: '22GB a month'

ISYS

Dictionary attack

ISPs SELL us 'unlimited' data. Either honour the meaning of the word 'unlimited' or SELL us something else.

The situation reminds me of the rail companies in the UK who are liable for fines for running a late service. They now try to define the word 'late' as meaning a certain time after the timetabled arrival time.

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Sony sends muso stratowards on vintage TV set

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Coat

Great view

Could he see LOHAN from up there?

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Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today?

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Fake

Not the correct Google typeface ;-)

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Lockheed Martin's bored with UK.gov IT and going back to fast jets

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Facepalm

The same but different

It appears that IT services is a very different proposition to defence manufacturing & services

Oh I don't know - Endless meetings, scope creep, over-budget and late.

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My top three IT SNAFUs - and how I fixed them

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Those were the days

A long, long time ago when I was cutting my teeth on a IT Helpdesk I took a call from a user who told me all his work had disappeared.

After a bit of questioning about how and where he saved files I established what he actually meant was that the Word document he was currently working on suddenly had no text in it. He had typing all morning and now it was gone - and what was I going to do about it!

More questioning about had he been saving as he went along (no auto-save in them days!) and what was the last thing he did.

Eventually I wore him down and he admitted he may have changed the text colour to white. He couldn't remember how and wanted to know how to make it black again!

FFS!

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

ISYS

Re: Weather chart

Yellow rain means it will be pissing it down.

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Drone penetrates Virgin's shapely space arse

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Happy

3DR Solo

Dear Santa....

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Coat

Poll answer

I tried googling the correct option for the poll and haven't found the answer.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

ISYS

When I was learning to fly (about twenty something years ago now) we were all told

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate - In that order.

You see it all the time now - people walking, shopping, driving etc completely focused on their phones and not on what is going on around them.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Alternative ingredient

I don't have a large onion that I can cut in half. Would a small onion be a suitable substitute?

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

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FAIL

Quelle Suprise

Just Quelle Surprise

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Pint

Tres enticing

This looks delicious

It might even be an acceptable remplacant for Poisson pane entre deux tranches de pain.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Pint

Have a cigar

To get the rocket that close after having already been through the launch phase and then a descent is still very impressive.

Keep going guys!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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Thumb Up

Re: I did a whole Bhut Jolokia

'business end of the bat mobile' - haha brilliant.

My other favourite is 'arsehole like the Japanese flag'

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

ISYS

not very big

A drone made of bits of metal and carbon fibre could do serious damage to any aircraft that hit it. If it was ingested in an engine it would almost certainly cause major damage.

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FOUR, count 'em, FOUR big rockets launching in next seven days

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Happy

Talking of rocket launches

Does anyone remember the LOHAN project that was going to launch last year / the spring /this Autumn?

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LOHAN avionics survive 27,700m stratospheric ordeal

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Pint

Still a shed

At 1:05 on the video you will spot a lawnmower - it is a shed!

QED

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

ISYS

It's a tattoo on LOHAN's box and there is a photo of it online.

Sorry, still not a story

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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Happy

Well done CNN

Nice intro, factual reporting and a little bit pazaaz! to finish.

The BBC could learn a lot from this.

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APPLE still building fanbois CULT HQ in Cupertino, it seems

ISYS

Looks like GCHQ...............

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

ISYS

Am I the only person who stopped watching the video when he called it a ZEE X Spectrum?

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LOHAN tin-rattles to a whopping £27,000 on Kickstarter

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Headmaster

Re: only my opinion

Lose?

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Coat

Useful when you want to print a BFD

a document of ~9000 pages

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

ISYS
Childcatcher

Apple Pay

Will this be as secure as iCloud?

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

ISYS

Re: It's just mathematical equivalency

My cat's breath smells of cat food

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Coat

Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide..........

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Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success

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Pint

Battery life

Just a thought - how long is the ascent? Will the batteries have enough life to wiggle the servos all the way up and then all the way back down again?

Anyway it is Friday so have beer.

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Pi palaver perplexes LOHAN Pixhawk pair

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Go

Does this mean you are getting closer to launching the feckin' thing?

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

ISYS

No brainer

I live in the sticks and commute in to London every day.

In the normal world (the sticks) most people do not walk around with tech on their person other than mobile phones which are generally in the pocket most of the time. Most people drive or walk to where they are going and when they get there they talk to other humans (we call them friends and acquaintances).

In London, almost everyone is using a tablet or laptop on the tube/bus/train/coffee shop/pub/museum etc.

I think you could say London is a target rich environment.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

ISYS

Holywood

I can't wait for the Holywood film about this:

Brad Bodnar, a geek from Wisconsin who has always fancied the lead cheerleader from high school, launches his balloon. It then flies round the world until it reaches North Korea who are just about to launch a Nuke at the USA. Brad's balloon detects this (don't ask me how) and he then re-programmes it, you will see him furiously typing at a keyboard while lots of code scrolls up the screen and there is an animation of his balloon on the screen, the balloon descends in to the path of the nuke and destroys it.

Everyone is so grateful, especially the cheerleader who dumps her meat-head boyfriend and marries Brad.

President Halle Berry is at their wedding.

The End

PS - Well done Leo - A pint to you.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

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Coat

Apparently tomorrow's Google Doodle is celebrating the first anniversary of 16th July 2013

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Vulture 2 fills beak with Pi in the Sky

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Pint

Re: BBC at it again

Absolutely fair play to them.

Two pints to the teacher for initiating such and interesting project (although he loses one of them for not researching where space starts).

A sneaky pint behind bike sheds to the students for getting it all working.

The BBC can buy the pints and do the washing up afterwards for pretending to be a serious news organisation.

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ISYS

BBC at it again

On a side note - did anyone see this today from the professionals at the BBC?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-28153130

If you watch the video the most worrying thing is that the students and the teacher are all convinced they have been to 'Space'

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

ISYS

No wonder those girls in the video need a bit of DIY - their voices are so annoying!

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Rockall pod-dweller braces for stormy weather

ISYS
Headmaster

Re: I know it's geeky

I know I am being pedantic but -

But is there any photos of inside the 'pod'

But are there any photos of the inside of the pod (it is a pod, you don't need quotes) and a spec (just the one?) of what it can do etc?

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

ISYS

b5a2112014

Tw4t5!

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

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Coat

with apologies to BlackAdder

When I was a small boy, I used to watch the Marsh Warblers swooping in my mothers undercroft, and I remember thinking "Will LOHAN ever fly?"

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Evernote taken out by DDoS attack

ISYS
Meh

Oh the irony

If they manage to crack my password they will find a whole notebook I made about Web security and preventing DDOS attacks!

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

ISYS

Was it a Revulva?

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Reg LOHAN spaceplane: Punch and Judy show in comedy non-explosive climax

ISYS

We have in a negative success situation!

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French firms: You want us to compile DATABASES... of our SECRET information?

ISYS
Big Brother

As the OP said - It will become French law and the French will ignore it.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

ISYS

I bet the new adapter still won't fit in the HDMI socket on the side of my laptop (right next to the USB socket)

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

ISYS
Meh

Ever tried putting one on in the dark?

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

ISYS

Wow

I'm glad the office has emptied out for lunch

You must work for the media.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

ISYS

Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

"It's not exactly stupid - most people are more inclined to say "March 14th" than "the 14th of March", after all. It just isn't hierarchical to talk about March 14th 2014."

Most people! You mean Americans and Radio 1 DJs

March isn't the 14th of anything. However most people understand the 14th 'day' of March.

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