Re: Pen test
"Thumbs up icon because thumbs don't have cameras."
except on the tokyo subway...
316 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
"Thumbs up icon because thumbs don't have cameras."
except on the tokyo subway...
No, talk to the people who work for your customer - important distinction, made several times already...
... worried that Google has the ability to amend the search function of the device remotely?
Not worried exactly, because I won't have one, but it strikes me as not too different from Amazon's ability to edit the content of your Kindle.
Wait, just realised it does it at the server, not the client. Sorry I'm a bit slow this friday morning.
What? It's thursday?! damn!!!
@Long John Brass
Plastic is NOT biodegradable"
Future generations, combing refuse heaps for resources, will be glad of a bit of plastic (especially a tupperware* box filled with organic goodness...)
*Other kind of boxes could prove useful - really useful
If it's World Backup day, then surely we should be making arrangements to store some of the Human Race and associated support network off-planet so we can reinstall in the event of catastrophic failure...
Maybe the WWF are worried that they won't have enough oil to grease all those hunky wrestlers. They have to start rubbing them down with fivers...
(I thought they did that anyway...)
You forgot that cheerful little jingle that Windows plays during startup that is supposed to indicate that Windows is finished loading. It LIES!!! OK maybe Windows is finished, but all the other crap that insists needs loading before you can do anything is still churning away for another 5 minutes. If you do crack and click on something, it never appears, so you click it again and get chided for trying to run stuff twice... aaargh
"Progress bars that are just an illusion are my pet hate. When it gets to 100% then just starts again. Worse than pointless."
Are you talking about Business Objects?
"I think it's primarily intended to annoy pirates!"
It won't annoy organised pirates, because they can afford a solution to circumvent DRM in bulk, It won't annoy casual downloaders, because they get their DRM-free stuff from organised pirates.
It will annoy folk who believe that if they've paid the manufacturer or creator for something, then they have the right to make backup copies to guard against the DRM server being turned off (Zune) or the book they have on their Kindle being withdrawn (1984).
It's usually the little guy that gets screwed by this sort of thing.
I see I'm going to have to try harder (ie, do less work at work...)
My "public posts have been upvoted 1337 times" does not this make me special enough for a badge? Please! Pleeeaaase!
That'll be all of them then...
...to get me some of those for my flux capacitor
The NHS have standardised pay throughout. That means that you can't pay good IT staff extra to make them stay, so they keep getting lured away by the bright lights. I assum gov agencies are the same...
"You look down – why not buy some stuff to cheer yourself up?"
Posit: you are living in a stagnant, declining civilisation. Where are you looking?
What do you see?
Correct! What do you do to cheer yourself up?
Uhm… press the button?
Incorrect! Think again. Your world is a depressing place; you are looking at your shoes. How do you cheer yourself up?
I buy a new pair.
Can I press the button?
[Button is pressed. A surge of energy]
Wa-ho! So nice.
You probably shouldn't be reliant on mobile phone technology for ambulance calls anyway, especially in the house.
Am I the only person who has a good old fashioned powered-from-the-network plugin phone for emergencies?
(we need a luddite icon)
I like just white coffee. My youngest, who is a gamesmaster (Known for: World Weaving, storytelling and rambling rants, according to the website...) and a part time barista hates people like me...
I'm also Luddite enough not to need charging sockets (ooh, that sounds a bit cyberpunk)
If M&S offered a clothing search engine then showed their own offering even though your query clearly indicated that you wanted Ben Sherman, then I might agree with you. The screenshot in the article where it even offered to correct the spelling just indicates vindictiveness.
The technology!! Quiet at the back!!!
Think of the benefits to parents once this technology is ploughshared for civilian use. You might never need to change your infant (unless there's a P in the month...sorry)
I really want to like Vivaldi (long term opera user here), but snappy though it is, I don't like the flat interface paradigm. Oh and call me old-fashioned, but I like bookmarks in a proper menu.
Oh, and +1 for Pale Moon (where I went when opera chromified)
Bill Bailey or Paul Hollywood (he could stare down a Dalek singlehanded)
Or I could probably free up some time in my schedule...
I replaced my Nexus 7 with an Nvidia K1.
Sylvester McCoy. The look of scottish glee on his face when he tricked the daleks into wiping themselves out was priceless.
I think the next series was going to be brilliant.
I have a stick with a nail in it -- for fishing cables out from under desks, obviously...
That's because some staff are there because they actually WANT to help patients, something that the NHS relies on to function.
I hated mine. I had to sneak into the next-door lab after hours and move a waterbath away from the connecting wall. Damn thing's stirrer motor was making my monitor pulse and giving me migraines.
Getting the brains out of the keyboard is a bugger!!
We had a guy that DESPERATELY needed Dragon Dictate (this was the 90s). Before it would even install his PC needed a new soundcard (and a set of quality speakers) and a microphone, lots more memory and an extra big HD -- then it installed but wouldn't run so he needed new PC. Then he "didn't have time" to train it. So he went back to dictating stuff onto tape and getting his secretary to type it.
He also needed one of those desks where the monitor (90s - the monitor was the size of a minibus) sits underneath a glass section of the desktop. Then a bigger monitor because it was now too far away to read, then he still couldn't see it because his desk was covered in paper...
Anyone walking past can get a better view of your house than on streetview(s) of any description, and if they are actually in your street, they can see if you're in or not before attempting to nick your stuff.
Besides, as my wheelchair-using wife would tell you, wheelchairs and crowded halls don't go together. You can't see over people, (you spend the event looking at more groins than you might be comfortable with) the push handles emasculate anyone you reverse into and you can't get close enough to a booth to actually see anything. Oh and it's hard to handle a drink and a wheelchair. She ends up sitting in a corner relying on people coming to her.
...because creating new species of virus in the lab is a great idea! Has nobody here played Resident Evil?
If I'm already fishing about for my phone, I might as well just scan the dangling thingy (ooer missus) on my car keys. Actually my car keys are easier to find than my phone, what with them digging into my leg an all. And I don't have to press any buttons and enter a code onto the lock screen before I can run the app...
(what is thees obsession with the mobile phone...)
...muffle these here microphones with me ears...
bootnote: Use your search engine of choice to google (oops) "exploding head syndrome"
Especially in Dundee, where they used to make them... (and where they used to "fall off the back of lorries" regularly)
I thought you were going to post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7eCUEfb7U0
"...I tend to have a small tablet or a Kindle to entertain me..."
I use a device consisting of thin flexible pages bound together in cardboard sheets. The pages have markings that are read by an organic optical reading system, and are decoded by an organic matrix that doesn't often blow up.
It's no worse than mine...
I think folk are missing the point here. It's not the smartphone per se that's the great invention, it's the need to miniaturize all sorts of cameras, microphones sensors etc enough to fit into the form factor and make them at an affordable price that's the breakthrough. Do you really think we'd have seen (for example) the camera drone revolution without the small, high quality bits of kit originally developed for phones?
But no, I wouldn't credit Jobs. My fliptop alcatel had a decent camera that foreshadowed just what you could achieve when you can stuff kit into a pocket-sized device.
"I wouldn't know a pound if it hit me on the bloody head and neither does anyone under 50ish"
It's 240 pennies...
"I wake every day hoping I'll wake up in hospital with a kindly psychiatrist saying "Well, that was one hell of a delusion you had there wasn't it?", but sadly so far the nightmare continues..."
"so I suppose dark matter has its own internal dynamics which keep it from the event horizon."
I can stop worrying about it then. What's dark matter again?
"In general they seem to agree that the way a USB A socket goes is such that the USB symbol on the plug is uppermost. "
Unless you have a Dell PC. The ones we have at work (ie quite old...) have the USB sockets on the front of the case "upsidedown"
Who cares what way up the back ones are, you always have to rotate the plug several times to get them to fit.
I knew an IT lady who didn't like to embarrass people, soft-hearted soul that she was. When phoned with an obvious "it's not powered on" problem, she would explain that they've had a batch of faulty 3-pin plugs, and can the user check the serial number on the one they have. Miraculously, the problem cleared itself!
We had one user who managed to consistently plug in the "printer end" usb plug 90 degrees wrong. It doesn't help of course that device manufacturers can't seem to agree what way up the sockets go...
I'm sure all Elite fans have seen Oolite (http://www.oolite.org/). If not then you should.
It was gratifying to see that my computerless docking skills were still there!
Speaking as a stroppy fecker in a Pathology lab, I can assure you that as a non-patient facing service (ie not important) we have to sometimes stress that patients might die if they don't get their results.
As IT support for 40 other stroppy fecker in a Microbiology lab (being told we're Pathogy is intensely irritating, but a matter for another day), I can feel your pain. I regularly have to sort caps-lock password problems. The LIMS we use needs you to switch on caps-lock once you're logged in, unfortunately our users generally change their passwords after they've put caps on, then next time, they lock themselves out by forgetting they used caps lock the last time.
I'm going to thumbs-up you anyway, because I've been on both sides of that fence...
I had to think before replying to this one because I didn't want to take away from the emotive and important message about cancer treatment that the Reg is putting across here.
Certain groups of UK medical researchers have shown that they are perfectly capable of manipulating the data in their studies to make claims about treatment that are not shown to be valid when the data used to support those claims is examined by other interested parties.
Further, certain reputable UK journals have colluded in this both explicitly by publishing misleading findings (and releasing press releases which publicize those findings) and implicitly by not calling out the perpetrators.
The details are a bit long and convoluted for here but looking here https://jcoynester.wordpress.com/ and here http://www.virology.ws/2015/10/22/trial-by-error-ii/ and searching out "PACE trial" with your engine of choice will give a bit of background.
This sort of scandal is sadly not rare and our press is willing to pull any interpretation out of trial write-ups that will up the reading figures and further their own political agenda (see current NHS reporting for examples).
What I'm trying to convey here is that I've personally lost faith in all science reporting, both in the media (who seem to go out of their way to get it wrong) and the journals.
Oh I think it is, what kind of IT expert are you...
Yeah but the fact that I plane _might_ survive a drone strike doesn't mean that it's not incredibly stupid to precipitate one...
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