* Posts by Pete 2

2834 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Surrey Uni mans the space harpoons, and NASA buys more seats on Russian rockets

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Once round the block

> Wayne Hale, ... pointing out the dangers of the harpoon approach

The most comical "danger" would be if the harpoon's tether broke and it missed its target.

Then continued in it's orbit until it arrived back at the place it started from and stuck its own host satellite.

Roses are red, this is sublime: We fed OpenAI's latest chat bot a classic Reg headline

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The fourth e-state?

> Some of the information it generates is also just plain wrong. Jack Clark, policy director at OpenAI, said the content could potentially "generate misleading news articles or impersonate others online".

So, ideal for writing stories in almost every daily newspaper.

Santander hands over $700m to IBM in hopes of becoming incredible banking machine

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In a branch? Out on a limb!

> IBM Watson, which will be, er, put to work "enhancing branch advisors' expertise" and increasing productivity.

> That is one of the aims at least, assuming UK customers can actually find a branch,

Surely the point will be that an AI doesn't need a branch. It just inhabits the web. So potential customers will just see an avatar that doles out vague advice and then tells people to buy Santander products. Your financial adviser will just be an app on your phone.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Oooops, dropped

Having been in similar situations myself (having a "dotted line" via pre-sales, to customer support, even though I was a developer) I would occasionally get support calls put through. Whether by accident or design. While it is considered rude to cut a caller off while they are speaking, it does not occur to people that you would deliberately terminate the call while you were speaki

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no

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Re: paper records

What's wrong with paper records?

They are long-lasting, unhackable, easily copied. They have a universal format (writing) and can be used without any technology at all.

They don't suffer from "software rot". Nether do they become unreadable due to technology incompatibilities. They don't need licensing and they won't suddenly become unsupported if a supplier goes bust or gets bought out. Plus, they don't mysteriously stop working.

And best of all, they don't need to be constantly upgraded for no apparent reason.

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The IT failure is not having anything better

> NHS trusts would be banned from buying the outdated devices.

If they still do the required job they can hardly be called outdated.

They might be inefficient, expensive, slow or unreliable. But if they haven't been replaced by something better, that tells us that the "alternatives" aren't actually better (however you choose to define the word).

That would seem to me to be a pretty damning failure of IT. That is it unable to come up with a solution that is acceptable.

But we know that many IT solutions aren't in fact solutions at all. Just more complicated substitutes. Ones that often perform the basic function worse than the thing they replace (not surprising if the original has been refined and modified over decades of use and experience) and offer a load of unwanted and never-user ancillary functions. Ones that seemed to the IT people to be a good idea, or were just easy to implement.

How big is the UK space industry? It hauled in £14.8bn for 2016/2017 – report

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Baby steps

> Exports account for £5.5bn of that income

Although you'd think that with no domestic launch capability, All the product would be exported. Most of it in an upwards direction!

However, if the ultimate goal of BREXIT is to make trade deals, then the first and almost certainly the easiest would be with everything that isn't on Planet Earth. I mean, how hard would it be to get that one wrong? When all the negotiating team has to do is say "I'll take that silence as a 'yes', then".

Just forget what Gartner said about AI in June 'cos CIOs are all over it now apparently

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This is not the report you are looking for

> Back in June, Gartner found that just 4 per cent of CIOs had invested in and deployed AI

Odd! I would fully expect that a major consultancy firm would have a report that backed up every point of view that their clients hold. Isn't that why people use consultancies? For validation and to add credibility to the decisions they have already made - or are wanting to make.

So for them to have just one report - one that clearly is bollocks (though one person's bollocks is another person's lunch) - seems a bit odd. Surely they would have a whole range of them, from Nobody will ever use AI right through to Everybody is adopting it NOW.

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Re: hmmm....

> A fitness fanatic who's also a killer?

And another good reason (if ever one was needed) to not go to the gym. In case the assassin on the next machine thinks you're looking at them.

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Level of engagement?

So older people share more. They also vote more.

Could this simply be two manifestations of the same thing? That older people are simply more politically active, they take more interest. Whereas the younger people simply can't be arsed - either to vote or to share stuff. Alternatively, maybe older people simply have more free time, or more polite "friends" who won't shout at them for sharing crap.

This study (also reported on /.) has too many uncontrolled variables to be considered robust.

Bish, Bash... gosh! Good ol' Bourne Again Shell takes a bow as it reaches version five-point-zero

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Hello 1 - 2 - 3 - can you hear me at the back?

> Naturally, we took the thing for a spin (using Ubuntu) and found the whole experience to be reassuringly uneventful.

You mean .... someone might actually have tested it?

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: Backups

Yup, first rule of document shredding: photocopy everything before starting.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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trainee plumber

> Looking to the right side... when will that thing star to shout Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!?!!

Just as soon as someone plugs in the toilet plunger

My first thought when I saw that thing was that if someone painted a smile on it's "top" it wouldn't look out of place in the next Star Wars film.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: Ahhhh shoot!

> Falling bullets dangerous or fatal

I don't suppose it has ever occurred to you that if law enforcement fired on the drone from outside the airport, into it, that the missed rounds (weighing roughly 12 grams) would simply drop harmlessly to ground on the millions and millions of square metres of concrete and tarmac that makes up the airport.

And since flights were grounded, there would be no reason why all staff could not be ordered to remain inside. The worst that would then happen is maybe a little dent in an aircraft's metal skin - if it was incredibly unlucky - like hitting a squirrel on a golf-course - unlucky.

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Ahhhh shoot!

The reasons given for not shooting it sound entirely bogus.

A falling bullet from a "miss" will only reach its terminal velocity on the way down. It's weight is small. So it would be comparable to a hailstone.

As for where the drone falls, that (surely) is the responsibility of the flier. It is their illegal drone and they are responsible for its actions.

It seems to me that the real problem is that the security services are run by bureaucrats. People who are far more worried about the possible criticism and damage to their own careers than by the chaos, disruption and cost that thousands of others suffer due to their inaction and lack of initiative. This incapacity to act also sends a clear signal to anyone else who wants to cause trouble - anarchists - that a thousand £ drone can effectively "switch off" a major transport hub, cost millions of £££s an hour.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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You need to get a bus for the last part of the journey

> The Kármán line, at 100km, has commonly been regarded as where space starts, but Virgin

> Galactic will point to discussions within the scientific community about revising this figure downwards

> to 80km.

It looks like Branson has learned something from RyanAir, which has contributed some "original" thinking regarding where the actual destination is!

It also makes you wonder if that will reduce the cost of the fare by 20% too? Or is this just a sneaky way of raising the price.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Something on TV wasn't real: shocker!

And presumably there were some credulous people back in 1977 when they saw R2D2 and C3P0 for the first time? Or others who think that Eastenders depicts "real life"?

Personally I am surprised they had to put someone inside. CGI / deepfake is so good at producing realistic stuff that a completely virtual robot (and probably the whole show) could be whipped up on a render farm.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Pub talk

> If you believe they are wrong, and that everything's just great and will be, could you please expand on why you believe that?

When you say "wrong" what it sounds like is whether others do / should agree with their politics. A field in which they are no better at thinking, analysing or solving than any other person of voting age. Being able to design packet protocols does not imbue a person with greater geopolitical insights.

But their views on the state of the world are irrelevant (unless you do agree with their politics). They are technical architects and really should limit their punditry to things that they know more about than ordinary folk.

That would be worth listening to. As far as opinions are concerned, they are like arseholes: everybody has one, but they are best not revealed in public.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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Danger Will Robinson!

> this appears to be a honest to goodness accident.

The story says that the robot dropped the can of bear spray and that it broke open. That makes it sound as if a human could have dropped it instead. If that punctured can managed to hospitalise 24 people, I imagine the consequences would have been much worse for a human who had dropped it - since that person would have been much closer to the tin when it burst.

Also, if there had been more robots working in the warehouse, handling what turns out to be hazardous material, then there would have been fewer injured people. Either way, the "lesson" could be construed that the greater the proportion of robots at Amazon, the safer the working environment would be.

Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos

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Form an orderly queue

And how long before all the world's "security" services are on the phone with job offers, consultancy requests and causal enquiries regarding just what extra hardware they would need to, ahem, research this new vulnerability.

The publication does sound a lot like an advertisement. It's just that what ordinary citizens would consider a fault is seen as an opportunity by those charged with protecting our freedoms!

Shall we have AI judging UK court cases? Top beak ponders the future

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Henry VI, Part 2!

> Some in the legal world fear the real reason for the project has more to do with cutting costs

And that alone would be an excellent reason. Anything that stops legal firms charging the rates of their senior lawyers (£200/hour recently in the UK, for a straightforward probate) and then having all the work done by an office junior, would be welcome.

If we can get web-present AIs to handle all the basic stuff that makes up the majority of a lawyer's workload that would be fantastic. If that could interface directly to another AI handling the bulk of litigation, that would be even better.

The only problem then would be how to get the system to work in such a way that those AIs would take 6 months to finish a simple job, when it only actually took a few seconds of compute time?

As for the Shakespeare quote? See here, but should that be a SIGTERM or a SIGQUIT?

NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today

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Now THAT'S a worthy cause

> The power, which NASA reckoned would be enough run a household blender, will drive the three main instruments carried by the lander.

Mars! will it blend?

Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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We're from the IT dept. and we're here to help you ....

> access to digital services is the lowest priority for spending

Not surprising since almost all NHS computer systems are so badly designed and implemented that they end up making people's work environment, stress and efficiency worse.

Rather than allowing IT people to design stuff for the NHS - a group of people they generally know almost nothing about, I feel they should let the medical staff tell them what is needed. In most cases they would point to a non-computerised thing and say "make it do exactly what that does".

FAX machines spring to mind!

Busy week for ISS as Russia resumes flights and vies for parking spaces with NASA

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One for the fish!

> The spent first stage subsequently descended to the ever-crowdpleasing landing on a drone-ship stationed in the Atlantic

I am sure that all the marine life in the area was suitably impressed.

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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No place in the larder

We all know that it is wise to store the instant coffee a long way away from the gravy powder (some of us discover this the hard way - student days .... ahhh!). It now looks like Wombat owners should make sure that the OXO cubes are always kept in their foil wrappers.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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the leader becomes the follower

So this looks like it is intended to compete with the Orange Pi Zero+

Originally the FriendlyArm and Orange Pi ranges were brought out as cheap alternatives to the RPi. Often with more features included in the lower price. However the cost saving never really made up for the lack of community support, software or Linux updates. Now we have a "proper" Pi board that will hopefully compete on price (though I have never heard of anyone complaining their computer had too much RAM.

I know what you're thinking: Outsource or in-source IT security? I've worked both sides, so here's my advice...

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One size does not fit all

> You’re a small or mid-sized business.

The problem is that the term SME is applied to all companies of 250 employees or fewer. That is a huge range. From a small accountancy outfit up to a decent-sized manufacturing operation. And the set of requirements changes accordingly.

Most of those at the smaller end (for example: a garage, or shop) won't even have a full-time IT person. Even for the "large" SMBs such as those listed here with turnover (not profit) of £10million a year, a full time expert is out of the question.

SMBs account for 99% of UK companies and employ about half the workforce. I would suggest that what they need is something far cheaper, more streamlined and integrated. Since most small businesses will have largely similar IT requirements: website, payroll, back office, sales, VAT, stock control / inventory - and largely similar hardware and software (either a cloud or server - PC, plus third-party software), there would be a ready market for something that simply "does" all their security for them. Whether that would fully automate the work or simply list out what the IT person/people should do, would depend.

But I doubt many of the 5 million SMEs would be looking for a professional.

Haha, good times: Larry Ellison regales noobs about when Oracle staff almost didn't get paid

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Get a float, or sink.

> Oracle staffers were about a week away from not getting paid, founder Larry Ellison has said of the firm's early days.

Many years ago I worked for a large blue organisation. We heard stories there that a while earlier the UK operation had to be baled out by the parent so they could run the payroll. And that was not during their "early days".

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry

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Send it to the colonies

> an educational tool designed to improve an English* speaker's pronunciation

When this is on the Google Play store for 99¢ I'll tell some people I know about it.

Some of them claim to have "English" as their first language!

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Same old same old.

> the obvious question is “what’s new?” The answer is… not a whole lot.

But this is true of almost every Linux [ and by "Linux" we all know that means the kernel and the suite of apps that make up a distribution ] - and has been for years.

The question that rarely gets asked and even less frequently gets a satisfactory answer is: what will I be able to do, with this release, that I could not do before?

And most times the answer is "nothing". For many years now, all new Linux releases have been merely rolling the version numbers on libraries and utilities (squashing bugs and fixing security problems), adding support for new hardware and fiddling with the UI.

The only real change that has arrived in recent years is systemd. But even that is 4 years old, is hated as much as it is adopted and makes no difference at all to the users and the list of functions they can use.

One could argue that stability is a major benefit. That being able to take a user from 20 years ago (i.e. me!) and plunk them down in front of a Linux desktop that they will instantly recognise and be able to use, is a good thing. Apart from some minor silliness, like moving the position of menus and toolbars it is totally familiar. This is very true. But it is not innovation, it is not "cutting edge" and it is not what developers want to spend their time doing.

Linux has grown fat and slow in middle age. It is no longer the inspirational "alternative" it once was. It no longer leads in terms of utility or design. Yet it contains all the old baggage that makes it a hostile environment for people to adopt. Just try adding a new package - download this, edit that, compile the other, add new libraries to satisfy installation criteria, fix conflicts and maybe - just maybe - after a full day of effort and Googling user forums that shiny new app will work.

We should be at the stage where all a user has to do is sit at a screen and say (or type) "I want to write a document" (or letter, email, flame, program, magazine review ... ) and everything just happens. And the same applies to hardware - especially stuff you can plug in like USB. None of these should be issues, but they are all insoluble due to group dynamics and office politics within the community.

So Linux will continue to increment version numbers. Giving the illusion of progress without change. And in 20 years time someone else will re-write this comment about Ubuntu 38.10. That is, if the Y2038 problem hasn't destroyed the world.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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The silver lining

> However, Wu is convinced it'll be enough to save the city a fortune in electricity bills for street lighting.

What's the "plan B" for when it's cloudy? Which judging by the 10 day weather forecast happens quite a lot

Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: You shouldn't be able to get to there from here.

> All of which need the Internet.

But it doesn't need a public internet connection.

It just needs the specific ports to the specific address / URL. And the same applies to bank access. There is no reason for a finance computer to ever need access to Google, BBC, ToR, Facebook or anything apart from a few dedicated, preferably hard-wired, connections. Ones that would be audited and under change control.

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You shouldn't be able to get to there from here.

> ... who had legitimate access to the company’s entire payroll, published its contents online using anonymising network Tor.

While that part is undeniable, the employer should have protections in place to prevent a (legitimate) user from either taking a copy of the data to remove from the workplace, or from being able to upload it to an off-site location.

If that means that users' PCs don't have any ability to plug USB drives (or anything else) in, that would be a definite step forward. It would also stop people loading dodgy stuff onto a PC or server.

It it further means there needs to be an air gap between internal systems holding sensitive data and anything with a public internet access then that would be a good thing, too.

One could possibly go further and question the need for any office computer to have general-purpose internet access, at all.

Having those restrictions in place would also go a hell of a long way to stopping the reverse: bad people gaining access to sensitive data from outside the building.

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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The future is coming!

TSB down, HSBC inaccessible.

Earlier in the week it was the turn of Natwest and Barclays to prevent their customers from accessing their money.

The cynic (where? here? nah!) might suggest that this is part of the softening up process for BREXIT. When financial turmoil will become the new black.

Possibly time to find a shoebox that will fit under the bed and to start stuffing it full of hard currency.

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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The numbers

According to Wiki, the RAF dropped nearly a million tons of bombs during WW2. The americans "contributing" a further 600kT.

Another source puts the total WW2 amount, dropped everywhere. at well over 3 million tons.

But it doesn't end there! If the researchers wanted to investigate more instances they could look at Vietnam. During operation Rolling Thunder the americans dropped 864,000 tons on the north.

Amounts so huge, that I simply can't process them.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Independence day?

> NASA’s solution is to try to get disinterested commercial outfits using the orbiting laboratory,

The most interesting possibility would be for an outfit like SpaceX to take it off NASA's hands. Then if they bought themselves a suitably placed "Tracey Island" far from any other country's jurisdiction they could make their launches from there. And once free from annoying things like national laws, taxes and things they could set themselves up with the world's first (and only) extra-terrestrial tax haven.

I am sure that Apple and many other mega-corps would be interested in a slice of that!

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Re: Even the simple things

> It had been a running, non-rebooted print server for twelve years.

The BOFH solution would be to clean it up, blow the dust off. Put it back where it was.

Then tell the company you had "installed" their new print server.

For extra points, sell them a 12 year maintenance contract.

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Re: 6 point plan?

> ...what's a budget?

It's a small bird that lives in a cage. In the past, they were used by coal-miners to warn of impending doom. When the budget stops and you still have work to do (or coal to dig), you know there is going to be trouble.

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Step 0

> Before taking a pencil to the back of an envelope or breaking out the Excel and pivot tables, it’s important to understand who is driving the migration and what they want

I would suggest that the very first step is to work out who will get the blame when it all goes terribly wrong (though I think we can all guess the answer).

We learned how to migrate all the clockwork-powered computers prior to Y2K. The strategy hasn't changed just because the buzz-words in the sales brochure are different.

The best tip is to employ outsiders to do the work for you. That way, when someone does go pointing fingers, it will be in the direction of people who no longer there (and therefore cannot deny their part in the failure: whether true or false). This is the major benefit of contracting-out work - the indemnity value.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Subsidised by everyone else

You would have thought that the entire rest of the country would chip in to make these free to all Kippers whether at their conference or elsewhere. Who would want to risk another (accidental) generation being produced.

UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report

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It sounds like what we need more than anything is a Machine Learning programme to ascertain the benefits of Machine Learning.

Maybe then we will be able to start cutting down on all the government / public body IT projects that fail, overspend, get cancelled, run late or don't do what they should

Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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> The system [paper PDF] then computed the slight changes in the Wi-Fi network strength over time into a guesstimate of the number of people in the room

It is a fairly gross assumption that the only "bodies" in a room are human.

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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This counts as _not_ going to the Moon

Just as a "near miss" isn't a "hit", so taking a trip that goes near the Moon is far more a case of not going there, that arriving.

Just like there is a big, big, difference between being one the tourists pressing their faces up against the railings of Buckingham Palace and being one of the privileged (or intruder) few who actually get to go inside. If I was putting up that money or putting my life on the line, I'd at least want a few rocks to bring back and to write my name in the dust.

Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job

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Do as I do

uTorrent, WireShark, Powershell, Ccleaner, SnippingTool, FreeWatch, DontSleep, PDF converters and Caffeine were among the more common risky apps.

The report said: "Like security bypass, the use of high risk applications is often a warning sign of something worse. A user will typically install such applications so that they can get around security measures, download pirated media, or engage in more sinister activity."

The real-life reason that people will use these and other freeware off the internet is that their organisation does not provide (i.e. spend money on) suitable secure tools that do what these do. If you need to read PDFs now would you wait 2 - 3 months for your purchase order to be approved? Which manager would accept that amount of delay. IT staff always get stuck on the sharp end of project delays, with little support from above. If they are pressured to deliver but receive no help in getting the tools they need, is it really their fault if they "improvise"?

Law firm seeking leak victims to launch £500m suit at British Airways

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35% of what?

So the bloodsuckerslawyers will only take 35%. But they will arrange insurance for if they lose. Presumably that doesn't count towards their fees.

Given the chances of losing, one could understand if the insurance was quite high - through a subsidiary, perchance?. So it would be interesting to see just how much (or how little) ended up in the hands of BA customers.

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Musk did get one thing right

Asked about the wisdom of smoking marijuana while he is under investigation by the SEC for the “take private” tweet, Musk told the Guardian by email: “Guardian is the most insufferable newspaper on planet Earth”.

ref: The Guardian

(Personally, considering its tiny circulation, I'm surprised he had heard of it)

Could you hack your bosses without hesitation, repetition or deviation? AI says: No

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Career progression

> But attackers who are already on the inside of a network, abusing his or her credentials for nefarious intent without anyone the wiser are rapidly gaining notoriety.

It has been a source of puzzlement for years - no, decades, why IT workers with admin prvileges are so reluctant to use these for their own benefit. It should be quite easy for any sysadmin worth their paycheck to insert whatever sort of "payload" they choose onto their boss's computer. Or their boss's boss or ..... the CEO. Or even a co-worker who they dislike or who's job they would view as a promotion (that alone would be enouigh motivation for people to secure their own kit).

That is, if "icky" stuff would actually need to be placed there - rather than the individual in question having already done the dirty work and it just needing to be discovered and reported.

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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If only someone had applied AI to 3D TV. They would have learned very quickly that neither technology had much of a future once the marketing hype had turned into a pointless reality.

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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Re: Dreaming

> Or did I dream it?

I think it was probably a dream. The only time I have ever seen something approaching this was in the run up to Y2K. IIRC provision had been made for client companies to even simulate the payments they would be making through the banking system (at least in some limited fashion).

Even the fullest of full regression testing that I have seen has always failed as soon as it has to receive external inputs or transact business with external systems.

This is always going to be a problem for banking systems since they are so completely interconnected. I assume that is one reason why they have so much otherwise obsolete systems and software - nobody has the foggiest idea how it works and they are all too scared to try and change it!

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Get what's coming

> Paul Pester has been booted out of TSB's top office after months of criticism over his handling of the IT chaos that hit the bank this year – but is still expected to take away about £1.7m.

Let us all hope the money is paid into his TSB account. And that there is a "hitch" which means he can't access it for a very long time.

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