Same way sharks use lasers?
8318 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007
75 baud on an honest-to-god teletype when I was at college. If you got use of the VDU you could entice it to the dizzy heights of 300 post connection. That felt bloody quick at the time(!)
Woe betide he who neglected to reset the sodding thing on disconnection, as a subsequent connection attempt would shit all over the modem at the other end and oblige an operator at the Poly to manually reset it. This invariably resulted in a formal complaint and a witch hunt for the culprit.
That'll be cyear from the ctime library with a hard-coded century tacked on. Somewhere there'll be a mouldering set of code comments to the effect that this needs reviewing before 2000.
I remember that, come Y2K, the fact that cyear is the number of years since 1900 turned out to be one of those things that a lot of people didn't know and just assumed it was the two-digit year...oops.
Most high-profile one I found on the glorious day was the US Naval Observatory's clock on the web merrily showing the year as 100...
Tickets come with a Target Resolution Time. To avoid a breach and the associated hassle from management, merely get the user to admit that whatever they're winging about is causing a problem and then convert the ticket to a problem. Problems have no TRT and can be safely allowed to moulder in peace.
The problem borks audio from affected PCs, with playback from screens connected via HDMI, USB-C or Display Port silenced for some users.
Actually this happens quite readily on certain machines with no Intel graphics and with the sound provided directly from an on-board Realtek chipset, so I call bollocks on their version of events.
Methinks MS are blamestorming this one...
Some years ago I was chatting to a bloke whose business was painting aeroplanes.
He told me that some bunch who had their fleet done in yellow were obliged to have the whole lot repainted at phenomenal cost.
The yellow they chose turned out to be close enough to Deutsche Post yellow for some rapacious legal trolls to spot an opportunity for profit.
Ok you try and find something that hasn't got some piece of geography somewhere on the planet sharing the name...
 Ok, something that's an actual word and not some strategy boutique generated brand name.
 Same effect as pulling letters at random from a scrabble bag, only much more expensive.
...found a thick yellow cable in the way .... so he'd cut it...
Back in the day, a mate worked as an operator for a concern with a warehouse and IT suite out west of London and an office in the West End. They lost all the leased lines connecting the two simultaneously.
Turned out that a BT voice engineer had come across a set of fat cables that were "in the way" and not on his plans when working down a hole in the road somewhere between the two sites.
"We've been trying to reach a licensing agreement with Qualcomm for more than five years but they have refused to negotiate fair terms..."
"God alone knows what they're smoking, but Qualcomm expect us to pay them. This isn't the way we do things at Apple, where we expect other companies to just be fucking grateful that their shitty technology is allowed into our wonderful products."
Now imagine a similar vulnerability being discovered in about eight years' time.
Is it fixable on the older kit? Probably not.
Is the manufacturer going to bother trying to fix it on something that old? Definitely not.
Does that make it any less serious? No.
With it not being fixed, does that make it more likely that someone will build on it to find a way of compromising the vehicle's controls? Yes.
And there you have it. The reason why the concept of the "connected car" needs to be banned. Now. It won't be of course. Government surveillance and data harvesting opportunities trump a mind-numbingly obvious lethal risk every time.
Anyone buying a car with these features needs their bumps felt.
....you can't possibly be any good because you're at university post 2000's and apparently that's an issue?
Hmm. That would be about when the world changed so that every job spec from bog-cleaner upwards suddenly required a degree. This in turn changed the majority of Universities from educational establishments catering to exceptional students into certificate farms for the proles.
Then, just in case the dumbing down hadn't gone far enough, we got a shitload of political meddling thrown into the process to ensure that every University, regardless of standards, was obliged to join the race to the bottom. Presumably this to ensure that there is a large enough workforce with a degree qualifying them as turd-scrubbers to keep the HR box-tickers happy.
I call fair comment.
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