Would this be named Skynet if it comes to fruition....?
55 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012
The service desk I work on in a hospital has a very similar number to the special care baby unit in the same hospital, so we sometimes get their calls and vice-versa.
Insurers is just the latest. It's long been known that employers/potential employers and government agencies (Police, benefits offices etc) use Facebook info to make decisions and catch benefit cheats etc etc etc.
It's not really anything new.
Re: SD cards and Batteries
You mean kinda like, oh I dunno, a laptop...?
I'd like to see someone identify me from my gait... I use a powerchair to get around.
Re: Deliver by underground conveyor
How have I never heard of this before? I've just spent some time (at work natch!) looking at that sight and am impressed.
This person is described as a social engineer. These people are experts at obtaining sensitive information about other people using just a few snippets of non-sensitive info (or what most would consider non-sensitive anyway).
Read The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick and then say that this guy didn't have access. In many cases sensitive info is there just for the asking, regardless of whether a person has a right to it or not.
Re: "to open and close his bank accounts"
He's described as a "social engineer" and presumably has the skills requisite of that label. Ever read Kevin Mitnick's book The Art of Deception? The details you mention are easy to get hold of for these types of people.
Re: To Cynical Observer...
Whoever you are sir - have an upvote.
My colleagues and I love this.
Glad I don't keep all my eggs in one basket. I am an Office 365 subscriber with a Tb of OneDrive storage but, after losing some old and irreplaceable photos a couple of years ago, I am paranoid about storage now.
So I use my 1 Tb OneDrive but I also use my 1Tb of Amazon cloud storage and 1Tb of Dropbox storage to hold duplicates of photos and documents. Just for safety I also keep a 1Tb external HDD with me which also has a duplicate of this data.
If all that fails then I figure I've bigger things to worry about than a few lost photos.
Re: Plus ca change...
AS/400. That takes me back. Working at a large UK based insurance company that's only accessible directly and not through any price comparison sites, we had 3 AS/400s that the European breakdown system ran on (this insurance company also has as part of it's group a breakdown recovery company).
They were named after members of the 1980's royal family and doing the backups was a royal PITA as it meant everyone using the system had to log off or be forced to log off. The consoles were perched on top of the cabinets so we had to climb one of those kick stools to get to them. Wouldn't be able to do it now but it wouldn't surprise me if they were still in use.
So given that it's pretty pointless stealing a phone nowadays as it can be rendered useless, could it be that the thief did this purely to make a point and will courier the phones back to the relevant store in the next few days?
The point made being to pay attention to what is going on and get your face out of whatever screen it happened to be in when this stunt was pulled.
Just a thought.
Just reading the story of trying to bring Skylab back to life and it's fascinating - before my time as I was born in '77 and I was aware of the former existence of Skylab but not in any detail.
Thanks to whoever posted the links to the Google books and the PDF doc.
Would also make my fear of flying irrelevant. I would be able to see more of the world.
What a story! Loved it.
But if you're Dom Joly and making a TV series it's ok....?
After almost 20 years in 1st line support, I'm way past the point of believing users...
I use Amazon Music to buy music and have uploaded all the CDs I ripped over the years to it as well. I also use One Drive for photos and documents.
But I also keep a backup of everything on a separate hard drive which I keep with me at all times in my backpack. This includes new music I buy from Amazon - I have my app on all my machines and devices set to automatically download new music and then this gets transferred to the hard drive at some point too.
Lesson learnt a year or so back when I lost some old photos which I thought had been uploaded to One Drive. Turned out that folder hadn't sync'ed and I deleted the originals on the machine thinking they were in the cloud.
Re: Another reason...
I've said to people for years "never piss off your IT people - they can make your life hell".
The malware is able to steal data from air-gapped systems (which aren’t connected to the internet) by writing it to the device itself.
Peter Stancik, security evangelist at ESET, explained: “[Stolen] data is written to the device itself: Configuration data include information on what data should be gathered, how they should be encrypted, and where they should be stored. The output destination must always be on the same removable device.” ®
Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but doesn't this mean that any data stolen would be written back to the USB device? And so, if one keeps hold of the device (doesn't hand it back to the untrustworthy source) then the data isn't really stolen??
Re: Who arrests the watchmen?
Malfeasance, not nulfeasance.
Warning - Reading SFtW is Bad for Your Health (and Possibly Your Job..)
So, I was in tears of laughter after reading the bit about logs. Then the phone rang and a user announced "I've logged a job".
Well I couldn't do anything but hang up and explode.
Similar story here from 15 years ago at Direct Line in Leeds:
PC had had some work done by desktop support. I'm on-call and get a call late that night asking why the PC won't turn on (in a very busy hot-desking call centre (breakdown control) where all others were in use). In the car, drives from home to the centre to find the cover hadn't been clicked properly back in place on the PC, thereby preventing the fake plastic power button on the cover from pressing the real power button inside the case.
Cover clicked back in place and presto, the PC lives.
A blue badge allows the holder to park on double yellow lines AS LONG AS THEY AREN'T CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION for up to 3 hours.
As for the rest of your statement, it is pure nonsense. There are many people who don't have hands and feet, or missing legs or arms etc, who are perfectly capable of driving and are more than likely much better, safer drivers than people with no disabilities. Ever heard of adaptations?
Re: Safeguards? Pff, what an old-fashioned notion
Nope - that's not a legitimate use of the badge and this is specifically mentioned in the handbook that is issued with a badge.
"If the Destroyer is actually a new one off the assembly line, that means that ship has had the same design for at least 50 years, which again seems highly unlikely."
I wish to enter as evidence to the contrary the latest Porsche 911.....
Washing hands - classic. I work for an NHS trust. It's a professional environment and staffed by professional people doing professional jobs.
And yet recently someone decided that what we really needed, what was absolutely essential training, was for us all to go into a little room one by one and be shown how to wash our hands.
I kid you not. It has been added to our mandatory training, completion of which determines our annual increment. If we don't wash our hands correctly we don't get a pay rise.
You couldn't make it up.
Another (severely) colour blind male here, who also can't distinguish between the orange and green light. Lost count of how many times I've had to tell people I can't tell what colour something is.
Sky v Virgin Customer Service
Gotta say, having been a Sky customer for over 10 years who recently switched to Virgin - Sky customer service IS far superior to Virgin's abysmal offering.
Any time I ever had a problem with Sky I could call them and within 24 hours it was sorted, with a credit on my account for the inconvenience. Both times I had to do that it was a fault in the BT exchange.
Only reason I switched to Virgin is because I moved home and Sky/BT et al could only get me a max of 1.5mbps connection and had no plans to put fibre in my new area. With Virgin I get 161mbps, most of the time.
But for Virgin to complain about Sky's claims, well it's beyond belief as they have the worst customer service I've ever experienced.
Re: lack of self cancelling indicators?
Just to put the cat among the pigeons - my 21st century Vauxhall GTC doesn't have self-cancelling indicators. They're on a toggle switch, attached to my throttle and brake control.
Thanks for the story, which I loved reading. I'm road tripping Europe for a fortnight in a fortnight and wildly excited about it. Must remember to pack duct tape.....
Another Dropped Case
I've also had a speeding case dropped by the prosecution in court after I appeared and provided evidence which contradicted their own, the details being:
Letter arrive announcing I'd been photographed travelling at 93mph in a 50mph zone. Bit strange I thought so I checked out the date and time and found I was still at work at the date and time given, some 40 miles away from the location where the photo was taken. My car was with me (I'm a wheelchair user and am the only person insured to drive the car so it stays with me).
Gathered evidence to prove this - shift rota, emails I'd sent to others around the time of the offence and most damningly an extract from the swipe card system used at work showing I was still in the building.
Turned up at court and presented this evidence. All the prosecution had was an extremely blurred photo of my car, showing the speed as 80mph and a different date and time. when this was pointed out (by the magistrate's adviser person) to the court the prosecution withdrew immediately and was given a talking to about wasting court time by the magistrate.
I was given a stern "you've been lucky this time" mention.
The point is, always challenge if you believe you're in the right. They are not all-powerful and are subject to errors, both human and technological.
There were many things he *could* do. Obtaining a WiFi signal with his bare hand was not one of them.
Re: Diesel A3
Over a grand to clean an EGR valve? It takes little over half an hour (beng generous depending on where it is in your car) and is a doddle to do with some brake cleaner in a can.
Total cost maybe a fiver at most...
Loving reading these. There's surely inspiration for several BOFH episodes in this comment thread alone...
"Why yes support, there is something on my keyboard as it happens. Remove it? I don't think I can do that..."
When Raising Grievances...
Seems to be a 'thing' that when raising grievances against large organisations they then launch an offensive against the aggrieved individual.
Some years back I worked at the now-defunct NHS Connecting for Health. While on long-term sickness I found out that various members of the management and HR team were snooping into my private family life, as in where my partner's kids went to school and whether I was allowed to drive or not, among other things.
Upon raising a grievance about some of these things I was then thrown into a disciplinary procedure and an investigation was carried out by a large law firm in Leeds. This led to a large folder of supposed "evidence" which was nothing more than conjecture being produced and mailed to me.
My response was to query how they planned to prove any of what they had written. The entire thing was dropped instantly.
So I asked my manager about a salary increase...
I was once paid double by my employer, at that time a local council where I was working in the housing benefit office.
They wrote to me asking for the money to be returned, but stating that I wasn't legally obliged to as it had been their mistake. I returned the money. Wasn't worth the hassle as I had to work there at the end of the day - didn't want grief from them.
I upgraded my Vaio Fit15E last week and it runs just fine. It was a bit slow and the update to OneDrive soon started filling up the HDD but a reset of the laptop has cured both issues. Even the touchscreen still works.
They're all the same
They're all the same. Every single car from each of the manufacturers. Same interiors, same bland boringness and same numbskull "driving" them, usually 5mm from the rear of the car in front or, as last Friday, at high speed on the wrong side of the road after running a red light.
I've been a Prime member now for about 3-4 years and can't fault it at all. Deliveries are always on time and I can stream videos, stream music and read kindle books at no extra cost, I also share my Prime membership with my partner and mother.
I've always used Amazon a lot so it makes sense for me I guess, but I do recognise that it's not for everyone.
My Mother has a Juke and while it's fine for her, I can't stand it. Too large outside for the space you get inside, which is pathetic. It's all overblown bodywork but is a Nissan Micra underneath.
My disclosure - I drive a 2013 Vauxhall GTC. Originally part of the Astra family though built on the chassis and suspension of the Insignia VXR and is now a car in it's own right having been divorced from the Astra.
It looks pretty on the outside and has plenty of space on the inside. Come October mine is hauling me and luggage for 7 people, plus my medical supplies and spare fuel cans, to Portugal and back.
Well I knew POTUS was Pres of US but I had to look up FLOTUS as well.
Best article ever posted on El Reg.
Me too. It's not really news...
Re: It's alright folks....
"...don't panic; it's from what was once Amstrad. Can anyone name *any* tech from this first rate twat that has *ever* worked or been adopted broadly by the market?" Bernard M. Orwell
Sky boxes. Sky + boxes. Sky + HD boxes.....
Re: disabled workers
maybe you we should wait to judge until thay have started..."
Interesting reading. It sounds like they may be well intentioned, let's just hope things stay that way, rather than the ATOS version.
Capita are also one of the companies (the other being ATOS) who will be assessing claimants for PIP.
They're already facing a lot of hatred, and it's only set to increase...
I wouldn't want to work there either as a disabled person myself but then as an NHS contractor I don't have to, thankfully.