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276 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009


UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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I was wondering if there might be something like that behind all this - has anyone checked to see if all the affected companies/organisations have a common factor like the same Outsourcer?

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Re: Surprises?

Um, no, it's the other way around - the phones will work quite happily without the PC as long as the switchboard is up, but the PC is just a paperweight if the phones go down (especially if someone thought it was a good idea to use decent-spec PCs as dumb terminals running Shitrix with Windows on the servers. I thought we did away with mainframes years ago but apparently not...)

Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

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Re: So the FBI ...

If someone willingly decides the laws that apply to everyone else can be ignored, why should they get the protection of those same laws?

Also, this isn't something "victimless" like robbing a bank - few if any of the children assaulted by scum like this ever get to lead a normal life again. "Accidentally" falling down (and up) the stairs a few times would be justice, not having decent, hardworking taxpayers keep him for the next 10 years.

Enlightened? Don't make me laugh - too many bleeding-heart liberals making excuses for scum who deserve punishing not protecting.

New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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Re: Still no changes

Alan Brown: "MAS [...] had had a series of safety incidents (including a cigarette-caused fire in a heavy maintenance area nonsmoking area that destroyed a large amount of paperwork that shouldn't have been stored where it was located)."

"Sorry Mr Inspector, all evidence we weren't doing what we should has mysteriously been misfiled in the filing cabinet with the 'beware of the leopard' sign in the office in the basement and caught fire when an unidentified employee was having a cigarette in place nobody ever smokes as its full of very expensive and very flammable stuff just before you arrived to check it..."

Cynical, moi?

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Re: Still no changes

2Nick3: "And make it modular, so in 30 years people don't have to wonder why we are still using this 2010's technology and can just upgrade it."

If all it takes is something to sense where you are and something to relay the information back to base then why should it need "upgrading"? If it ain't broke, don't "fix" it. The laptop I am typing this on has several orders of magnitude more memory and a processor that is so far beyond the performance of my first PC that there's no comparison, but I can't type much quicker and the vast increase in performance has made no difference to the way the words appear on the screen.

Unless there are some sort of "magictech" changes in the next 30 years, a tail-mounted GPS and a satphone will still be a tail-mounted GPS and a satphone - both are using technology that has been around for over 100 years (radio for the satellites to tell the GPS where it is and for the satphone to call home) so what sort of changes are you thinking of?

And for any on-aeronautical types who may be wondering, a flaperon is part of the control surfaces that stick out the back of the wing and the back edge can go up and down; the flaperon on one side of the aircraft goes down and the other up to roll the aircraft or both go down to increase lift; it's a combination flap and aileron.

Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: Conversion?

Some UK supermarkets now actively encourage customers to "pick your own" and bag it yourself, going so far as to supply handheld barcode scanners- I don't know quite how filling bags is any worse than putting a couple of bits in your pocket until you get to the checkout but apparently it is; they keep most people honest by having random checks where one of the few remaining staff has to rescan a number of items at random (that is, they are supposed to ferret around inside your bags rather than just grab stuff off the top - most people are smart enough to literally bury the evidence, but not all!).

Given my druthers I won't use those effing things because I believe that if I'm going to do the work of their staff then they should pay me - every cashier replaced with a self-service checkout is (a) more profit lining someone else's pockets and (b) another statistic on the Unemployment register - and for some of them, it's the only human conflict they get outside their immediate family or doorstepping god-botherers...

US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Another political 'feel-good' move

The only 'legitimate target in a military operation' is a military target; using military forces to deliberately target civilians makes you one of the bad guys.

Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: re Why do you need the intermediate server, which is just another thing to go wrong?

Doesn't matter where you live or how rapidly the season - or the weather - changes, if you set your thermostat to maintain your desired minimum internal temperature then you can leave your heating enabled all the time and it will only come on if the temperature drops below whatever value you set.

If you set your thermostat way high and then rely on timers or switching your boiler on and off by the time of year to limit how long your heating should run for then you are definitely in the "box it up and send it back, you obviously don't have a clue how to use it" category.

Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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"hybrid" engines?

Is that like the Hybrid road cars that use the fossil-fuel burning, environment-destroying* infernal combustion engine to keep the piddling little batteries charged?

I'm not surprised Boing have put money into this - whether it works or not, they have proved what a caring, thoughtful company they are by investigating and investing in "environmentally friendly" technologies (and if it is successful, they won't need to worry about paying for or stealing the tech, they will be part-owners already).

*Funny how the green lobby consistently neglect to mention the environmental costs of digging up the rare minerals used in the batteries used by "environmentally friendly" cars, the manufacturing, processing and disposal of the batteries and the vehicles themselves (WEEE regulations don't just apply to old fridges...).

Who knows, maybe they have made a working fuel cell or fusion reactor that can supply the juice to turn the engines...

Whatever, I wish them luck.

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: There have been planes like this before. -De Havilland Mosquito

The first use of a Mossie as a "moving bombing target" was by Leonard Cheshire when flying with 617 Squadron. He had pioneered the technique by flying his Lancaster below the other Squadron Lancs and letting them drop "on" him. Then he realised a Mossie would let him get in and out lower and faster, and the ultimate iteration of this method involved him flying an RAF Mustang at treetop level, IIRC.

This sort of ingenuity is why 617 Squadron was widely regarded as the premier RAF Squadron in Bomber Command.

Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Re: Just spotted more idiocy.

@Dan 55 IThis "random collection of words" are the definition of a 'Computer' under the heading of 'Devices' in the proposed Bill that will have to have filters installed. To put it another way, this is not a very-well thought-out piece of legislation.

Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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Re: Let em do it.


Terrorism is a problem *created* by the western world, and if anyone bothered to dig into the matter they'd realize everyone is sick and tired of others giving them weapons to fight their wars, but not food, shelter, or economic development. And then golly jee go figure that they're pissed off. You wanna stop terrorism? Stop handing them bullets, dumbasses, and build a school.

What, like the ones built in Africa with money and gear donated by the UK when I was at school in the 70s and 80s? I don't bother watching the first half of any national or international news programmes now since they are all full of either the still-starving masses, the latest attempt by Nicola Sturgeon to redefine "once in a lifetime"", the idiots clinging to the faint hope they can stop Brexit (as against just screwing up any chance we have for a decent settlement) or the latest attempt by the Government to persuade the majority of the public that by giving politicians full access to every part of our private lives we will suddenly become bullet and bomb-proof.

Terrorism wasn't created by the Western world, it was created the first time some evil little sh*t realised you can blow up a hospital or a school so much easier than attacking soldiers who might fight back (if the government hasn't hamstrung them with ludicrous rules of engagement like "one or more of your mates has to die before you can even load your weapons") - what else do you think guerrilla warfare is?

It seems it's not only the vowels in your name are missing, a little bit of realism wouldn't go amiss either.

UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: ->The V22 has a less than stellar safety record, bring back the Fairey Rotodyne

The Plastic Pig was built using mostly modern composites with metal kept for the bits that tended to get a little hot due to the big buzzy thing in the middle that kept the beast in the air.

Unfortunately someone in government was persuaded that they could get a bigger back-hander... sorry, persuaded that the F35 (which at that point could still barely fly, despite being "extensively tested" within the computers used by the designers) was a better aircraft.

Why is it that modern aircraft, designed and built entirely with modern CAD/CAM techniques and the latest materials, are a lot less reliable than the old designs drawn by hand and made by the lads in the shed out the back before they tootled off to the pub for lunch?

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Drone and string or Drone and wire

Get a drone of your own and attach either some string or wire to a quick-break release mechanism, fly over the intruding drone and lower your rotor-stopper of choice into the intruder's lift source.

Alternatively, use a cheap drone and no quick release so you can (counter)sue the intruder's owner for damaging *your* drone when the pair crash together.

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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re Beauty and the Beast

Y'all do realise there's a new live-action flick out there starring some numpty from Downton Abbey and the bint from Harry Plotter, right?

So for those frothing at he mouth about some dodgy French offering from years ago, calm down dear - it's only a commercial! (And it's a little late to be worrying about kids being exposed to the sort of behaviour that would make Grandma blush - it seems you can't open a "news"paper or turn on the TV without some "equality" group pushing their own agenda at the cost of everyone else's rights and there's nothing to stop 'da kidz' seeing every bit of it)

State surveillance boom sparked by fear-mongering political populists, says UN

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"Countries signing up to such a new treaty or additional protocol could be contributing their own specialised independent judges to a pool who would, sitting as a panel, conceivably act as a one-stop shop for relevant judicial warrants enforceable world-wide"

Yeah, because the UN Security Council is so quick to make decisions and enforce sanctions - what makes him think the UN can do it any better in Cyberspace?

User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Re: Sounds all too familiar

Which is all very well as long as said retiree doesn't hit anyone or anything on the way home whilst under the impression he is fit to drive...

The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

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Converged reality??

When they manage to get a headset that can do the same as the current generation of fighter pilot skidlids (allegedly displaying data put together from all available sensors) I will be impressed.

Just imagine being able to walk down the road seeing the view as picked up by all those nice CCTV poles and millimetre-wave traffic camera speed sensors! Not to mention all the dashcams/headcams, mobile phones, body-worn cameras, Bluetooth-enabled drones...

Makes me glad I "wasted" all that time playing 3rd-person games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill...

Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Re: thanks to EU regulations

re "If you whack a pedestrian with that square box front, that pedestrian is pretty much straight to the cemetery."

Actually, there is evidence that suggests getting hit by a flat surface like the front of a Land Rover is considerably better(*) for you than the much smaller area of a 'pointy'-fronted vehicle; for any given impact velocity, the force per unit area imparted by the Landy is way lower than the same energy going into the much smaller area hit by a 2" bumper. And with the greater surface area of the Landy, you are more likely to be pushed 'forwards'/away than the smaller bumper where you will fold around the impact point instead.

(*)'better' being a relative term - but then bruised ribs, a broken arm and a case of gravel rash are normally more survivable than having some twat park his souped-up Ford Fiesta on top of you because he "didn't see the pedestrian crossing"...

Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

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Re: journalists from The Sun thought it could enhance speed and accuracy

Downvoted because of your inference that anybody who voted for leaving the EU is somehow mentally deficient because they don't agree with you.

Not everyone who voted 'Leave' is racist or stupid, and there are plenty of people who voted 'Remain' who are barely able to tie their shoelaces or drive in a straight line.

I voted 'Leave', and one of the reasons was the EU's habit of redoing elections until they got the result they wanted - a bit like the 'Remainers' who don't like that they lost so now want another Referendum, and the MPs who decided they didn't want to make the decision so allowed us to have the Referendum and then complained when it didn't go the way they thought it would and now want to have a veto... sorry, VOTE on it in Parliament.

There were other reasons but I doubt you would be at all interested since you apparently believe only those who voted 'Remain' are capable of independent thought - even if you seem to be displaying a slight lack thereof yourself, jumping on the "all Leavers are stupid racists" bandwagon as you have...

America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

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Re: why was this called 'discrimination'

"So punishing people who perfect legally live, work and now have families here, if their own governments don't play your political football nicely is a good policy?"

No, a good policy is to say "We will treat your citizens exactly the same way you treat ours - if you are nice and play fair, we will be nice and play fair. If you screw ours over, we will screw yours over".

A bad policy is to say "We will be nice to all EU nationals regardless of what punitive measures the EU countries take against UK citizens over there".

The House of Lords wants the second one, in case you really could not read between the lines rather than just playing Devil's Advocate.

MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

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Completely Screwing Colleagues

Years ago I worked for CSC and, at the time, they had lots of posters like the alleged 'motivational' ones featuring inspirational phrases on pictures of landscapes etc, and they all had three-word phrases that started with C, S and C.

For some reason, the most accurate ones always disappeared when anyone from Head Office came to visit...

Comprehensively Screwing Customers

Cowboys Selling Computing

Can't Support (this was either Customers or Computers, depending on how let-down we were feeling)

Completely Stupid Cretins (this was on a meeting room image and someone had added the EMEA's head to the meeting's chairman).

Given how fast Managers with no IT or engineering skills were promoted and any technically-inclined managers were moved sideways and then down, I'm surprised there's anyone except trained monkeys and beancounters left...

User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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Re: Mission Control

@SkippyBing, "an effective transition from playing to working"

Wasn't this invented around the Golden Age of science fiction and called "Ender's Game"?

On a slightly more personal level, you're not related to SkippySlist are you? (Oh sorry, my bad - that's Skippy's List...)

(WHAT??? Someone just told me Buffy is 20 years old... say it ain't so!)

Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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"Because most courts refuse to accept that it's possible for a woman to rape a man."

The legal definition of rape is "penetration of the v*g*n*by the p*n*s". So, legally speaking, it really is impossible for a woman to rape a man (asterisked to avoid the draconian Internet filter where I work).

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Re: Salesmen?

@Aladdin Sane,

Tell that to the "writers" at EastEnders.

Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

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Exciting new business opportunity!

Anti-drone drones - the Robot Wars of the Skies!

There used to be a sport where two or more people would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with model "aircraft" - normally little more than a plank with an engine and a small fin - at the end of (fairly long) bits of line and with ribbons dangling off the back; the winner was the one who managed to chop off his opponent(s)'s ribbon.

So I propose a drone with a very short range and a couple of metres of thick fishing line in an easy-release mount to fly above the spying drone and dangle the fishing line into the rotors - the short range means it can only be used to protect a relatively small area (so no 'fishing expeditions') and the easy-break mount means you only need to replace the fishing line if some snooping... [i]person[/i] flies over your property...

Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

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EsSEX and Scunthorpe are in trouble again then...

So if I post that "$NAME is a bastard" because his (or her, mustn't be sexist!) parents are not married and that is what the word means, I will get in trouble?

And how do they decide which words or phrases should be "banned"? If it is by number of complaints, how many people have to complain before a word or phrase ends up on the hit list, and how many have to support it before it can be marked as 'do not delete'? It doesn't take much imagination to see the possibilities here, surely - "My name is Joe and I think the word [insert name of religion here] should be banned, and so do my $NUMBER mates"...

Maybe we should start calling the people behind this idea the relevant bit of Sgooglehorpes instead?

Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

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Re: What if I object?

"Completely legal, you have absolutely no say in the matter. In public, you have 'no reasonable expectation of privacy'..."

If anyone voluntarily breaks the law, filmed footage should be permissible in evidence regardless of the age of the criminal. So no more of this bull excrement about people not being allowed to film the neighbourhood "youth" who get away with vandalising other people's property while the victim feels the tug from PC Copper for filming the little scrotes without their parents' permission...

IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Re: This is just a way to get rid of people

"I am curious as to how that will work."

You don't want to get rid of everyone at one time. The point of the deadline is to force people's hands - if not everybody wants to - or indeed can - move, you will lose some of your workforce but you need to keep a certain number to actually do the work. Then, in a few months time, when everyone has gotten used to the almost intolerable workload, you lose another group of people who have been ground down over the intervening time - another saving.

At this point, the same workload gets shared between fewer bodies and more become hacked off and leave - another saving.

At this point, the same workload gets shared between fewer bodies and more become hacked off and leave - another saving.

I guess you can work out where this is heading... Plus, you keep attracting youngsters who will work for less pay than their more experienced colleagues which drives costs down still further...

I could go on, but I don't want to give my bosses any more ideas...

More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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Mice can be tricky little sods...

Had one that dug a hole through the plasterboard and then ran up and down the walls for weeks - the cats could never catch the little bugger because they couldn't fit between the cooker and the cupboard the mouse went behind so I put a few "humane" traps down under the cupboards, where the cats couldn't go, with the intent of releasing him back into the woods behind the house from whence he came.

The little bar steward pulled rockwool insulation from the cavity walls and stuffed it in the traps.

In the end I had to poison him (and yes it was definitely a male - else we'd have been overrun by the little ****s!)...

UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Not even that...

30 minute flight time is there-loiter-back so you need to figure in time taken for the meatsack to get to the door, figure out what the flying buzz-y thing wants, go back to find proof of ID and sign for the contents (hopefully before the drone unlocks the cage!), remove the item(s) and close the cage before the drone can start the return journey so you don't get anywhere near a 30-minute radius.

Unless they're planning on using something like the Predator/Reaper drone, in which case the accuracy of delivery will be magnitudes better than the current delivery drivers (although there may be slightly higher risk of collateral damage when your Amazon delivery tags a pigeon on its way down...)

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Being a criminal has little to do with the list as given.

No, really - just try telling one of the many jokes that were so popular in the 80's. Not just the really offensive ones but the ones where nobody with half a functioning braincell would believe they were true, but that would now fall foul of some politically correct insanity that suggests people from <insert name of country here> really all are as stupid as the joke suggests.

Name-calling, toy guns, going for long walks in the countryside, driving long distances without "a good reason" other than the sheer fun of driving, visiting airliner cockpits, plane-spotting from less than several miles away...

Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

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Re: @ Dwarf

Might not be disguised, but after months of my frequent moaning and whining about how those things have permanently live mics my missus had a very audible demonstration of how sneaky the things are when her phone suddenly says "I'm sorry, I didn't catch what you said" from INSIDE her handbag on the other side of the room.

So not only are they always listening but they are worryingly sensitive too... at least, worrying if you value any sort of privacy.

Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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Re: Well, crap....


Jan 0 wasn't saying anything about Australia being part of the UK, he was pointing out Australia is still an island.

Can you give the date that the American billion officially replaced the real billion this side of the Atlantic?

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Swap

The original Harrier line was quite extensively reworked but we had the GR5/GR7/GR9 and the Americans the AVB8 - the only real external difference is that ours had additional pylons (weapons mounts) attached to the front of the outrigger fairings.

But we had them too.

XSS marks the spot: Steam vuln dangles potential phishing line

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I'm only (t)here for the Licence...

I admit it - I am a 'Sins Of A Solar Empire' whor^H^H^H player and the only way I could get the latest one is through Steam...

If I wanted to play with other people, I'd play football!

'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: 3D Laser Printer

Place I used to work had one around the mid-90's - I remember someone made a ball about the size of a table tennis ball inside one about 6" diameter and it would take people ages to figure out how they got it in there when there were no seams...

I always wanted to have a play with it but it was in a part of the building we didn't go in very often and it was normally shut away in a store-room unless the designers were using it...

New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

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Not a surprise though

As we live in a nation where the most popular "celebrity" in a TV show is only a celebrity because she is in a TV show that is nothing more than a bunch of characterful people watching and talking about OTHER TV shows, it should be no surprise that so many people find "(%)y Mc(%)face" so funny.

I really do worry about who is going to look after me in the few years between retiring and dying... the current up-and-coming generations are about as reassuring as a chocolate fireguard...

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Setting passwords for international users

Too soon!

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Re: I once spent half a morning...

I can equal that! I reset the password for one User to the 8-letter name of the site he had been working at for about ten years. Care to guess what he asked..?

We had an IBM system at the time so all passwords had to be 8 characters long and to make it easy, we used common words without spaces, for example 'redlorry', 'bluecars', 'trainset', 'hamsters' and the one that got me into most bother, 'elephant'.

I reset the password, told the User what it was and get about fifteen seconds of stony silence. It was that bad, I swear I could detect her anger coming through the phone line. Eventually she spoke again...

"What are you implying about my weight?"

Took nearly five minutes to read through the list of passwords I used a couple of times just to convince her I wasn't taking the p***! (We unlocked the account and reset the password, then the User had to reset it again when they logged in, before anyone starts screaming about security breaches :-))

Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

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Why not just cut the bullpucky and give us all a tattoo on our wrist so they can track us wherever we go and whatever we do...

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Re: "These messages could be to alert a customer that they've left their umbrella in the shop"

I think this was specifically about the shops in wherever-it-was than a feature of all the schemes. From the description, it sounded like the shops involved were more of the 'been in the area for years and provide a decent specialized service' type of place than the 'maximise footfall to maximise profit and who cares if we sell what the customer really wants' behaviour I see so often in "super"markets...

Bookshops, record shops, toy & hobby shops, craft shops - all driven out of business by the big stores who then drop the interesting stuff because "there's so little profit in it"... Citation; there used to be a decent games shop in Kingston called 'The Games Castle' that stocked all sorts of fun stuff from board and card games to foreign games and role-playing games which lost most of their trade to the Virgin Megastore that opened just around the corner and undercut them on most stuff by about 10-15%. Until VM drove the TGC out of business and then dropped the non-computer games stuff to a half-wall rack which then disappeared completely - all over the space of about a year and a half.

I prefer to pay slightly over the odds and buy from local retailers wherever possible but finding anywhere not part of some huge conglomerate is getting harder and harder...

Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Re: Wheels in the Wings Design Flaw

Um, no.

Air France refused to accept the weight penalty of fitting the spall liners in the wings as it would have meant either using more fuel or having less range - British Airways fitted the liners and survived a number of impacts that would have punctured the Air France jets' tanks.

And oil and hydraulic leaks? I take it you have only ever worked in IT because if you had any experience with aircraft you would know the sodding things always leak! They're like cars or any other vehicle - all you can do is keep the leaks as small as possible.

The SR71 Blackbird was (in)famous for needing to have drip trays underneath as fuel was constantly dripping out through gaps in the airframe, and the only reason you see fluid stains (both lubricants and hydraulic) on a budget line more than on someone like BA or American is that the budget brigade have a quicker turn-around and therefore less time for someone to wipe the stuff off.

And for anyone who doesn't already know, you don't need afterburners to go supersonic - the English Electric Lightning, the 1960's fighter, could easily break the sound barrier without needing afterburners - but it took longer, and the less time you spend in the area around the speed of sound the better - the stress on the airframe increases to the transition point, then decreases again on the other side.

UK spying law delayed while Lords demand Leveson amendments

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First the Brexit vote, now this.

If a Representative Democracy is where the citizens vote and elect Representatives who vote along party lines UNLESS the citizens themselves vote directly in a Referendum, what do you call it when the citizens vote in a referendum and then one of the losers can get the citizens' decision overturned by a court?

And what do you call the political system when the same court that can override the will of the people then demands that nobody can call them on it without being criminalized and reduced to destitution?

(Can't help finding it rather ironic that a Lawyer declares that the law is wrong and takes HMG to court because she was on the losing side... And that said lawyer is effectively saying you can't leave the school bully's gang until the school bully gives his permission. Oh well, at least we live in a (representative) Democracy where the majority vote rules - unless a lawyer disagrees, apparently).

Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

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Re: Argos website is faulty too

You could HAVE !!!!! Not could of, FFS! It's really not that fricking difficult.

Still, at least you didn't manage to put 'alot' in there, like A LOT of people do (clue - it's two words, not one. Or, a letter and a word if you want to be picky)

Sorry, long week at work (and yes, I know it's only Thursday...)

BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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Re: suspicious red icons

Can't See Colors?

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: Do people care?

They can probably "prove" your guilt because they have a photograph of your number plate at that location. If you're lucky, the butthole who cloned your plate will have put it on a completely different vehicle and even TfL should be able to spot the difference.

Unfortunately, most of the little sh*ts who do this sort of thing are smart enough to use a genuine plate from an identical vehicle in which case you're back at Square One.

Of course, you could always let TfL go to court and get them to "ask" for the CCTV from (in this case) Sheffield Council - you can be ignored easily, but courts take a dim view of people - even Councils - flipping them the metaphorical bird...

A friend of mine once had a similar problem with Surrey Police - except he was playing space cadet on an RAF station a couple of hundred miles away at the time he was alleged to have been illegally parked. Luckily the traffic officer in charge had a sense of humour as the station CO offered to send a couple of loaded Tonkas in the event the timestamped photos of my friend entering and leaving didn't carry enough weight as evidence.

US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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"...as the crash record of the Harrier showed..."

I didn't think the Harrier's record was any worse than any other military aircraft regularly flown in harm's way. And of the accidents that did happen, were any explicitly linked to the fact that it was a S/VTOL aircraft? (as against the sort of failures that would down any single-engine aircraft - I know there were problems, especially in the early days of the Kestrel and the P.1127, with burn-through from the manoeuver jet ducting but I don't think there were many "mishaps" that would not have happened if any other airframe had been involved...)

If you could give specific examples rather than the vague sort of answer I normally associate with anyone who really doesn't have a clue what they are talking about but anyone who disagrees with them must be wrong... I'm not saying you DON'T have a clue, but your comment looks like something a politician would write...

UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Re: Bloody hell.

Intel-gathering is one area in which the UK definitely ranks well above our (soon to be ex-) European partners, for various reasons which really should not need repeating. To imply that WE will lose out if Europol decides not to share anything with us is like saying a record company will lose out if you never buy another one of your favourite artist's products.

How many criminals have been extradited to the UK from mainland Europe? How many terrorist attacks in the UK were prevented because the French or German intelligence services passed on intel they had collected but GCHQ had not? I would ask how many attacks on mainland Europe have been prevented because we shared data with them but they are - quite rightly - somewhat reluctant to let us know the answer to that.

And as for stopping bankers shifting funds from one hole to another, is that really a bad thing? If they can only try to plug gaps inside the UK then their "little" misdemeanours will come to light a lot quicker than if they can borrow increasingly large sums from other people...

If you seriously believe that Europol would fail to pass on actionable intelligence over a hissyfit because we told the Eurocrats to go play with themselves then you need to ask yourself what would happen when such knowledge became public - knowing that someone could have prevented murder but didn't because they were too interested in scoring political points is a good way to end up with a large number of unhappy citizens. What would you say if you found out that some foreign politician sat on information that could have saved one of YOUR loved ones? "Oh well, it's all down to the people who voted to leave the EU"? Or would you want to know just What. The. F***. made some idiot in a suit think he shouldn't pass on vital information because someone else in a suit didn't like to be told 'no'?

CIA-backed big data firm Palantir says secrets pinched by investor

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Black Helicopters

Re: Chickens, roost?

Allegedly these guys have dealings with the Alphabet Soup organisations, so maybe that should be "big helicopter, black"??


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