* Posts by TRT

6723 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?

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Presumably the 89% left since 2010/11...

Are not the same ones. The same old hardware running the same old OS as they were in 2010/2011?

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectic witchery, for starters

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Re: It's a marvelous place


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Re: It's a marvelous place

Green Acres is the place to be... fine living in the big country!

Mayors having a right 'mare in Florida: Acting mayor arrested weeks after boss also arrested

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Re: I like the sub-head

If you go round cleaning up after cows, you deserve a pat on the head.

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Re: "He socialized with people of dubious repute,"

Yeah, but bread and fish... I mean, come on... what kind of a party was that? Dorritos and Taramasalata surely? Or maybe he just sent into the future for a hundredweight of sesame prawn toasts?

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Re: "He socialized with people of dubious repute,"

Did he also "like to party"?

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The Nanny State

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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On a recent hotel visit, I plugged in the little bedside clock radio alarm... nothing lit up. Shoved sausage fingers at buttons repeatedly... not a glimmer. Gave up and unplugged the little bastard.

5:30am.... Beep beep beep beep beep right next to my fucking ear. The little arsehole clock only had a broken display. Its brief plugged in period was enough to charge the internal reserve battery. Bastard thing.

Cloud atlas: Oh dear. Now Adobe has mapped out a slowdown

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Which is a kind of a pity, because it's what I would consider one of the core software skills. The sort a lot of people acquire through infrequent use as a step to another goal. They've priced themselves out of my game - no-one is going to pay that when they don't use it that month... but the hassle of starting and stopping monthly subscriptions in a large corporate environment *IF* you haven't been forced to pay up for the whole year already... with a notional admin cost of £50 a time... not going to happen.

Sorry, Adobe, it might work for some, but it most definitely doesn't work for all, even if you insist it does. Now, it *might* work if you had billing tied into a NLM like you used to do donkey's years ago.

Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

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Rename it.

Asteroid Balkhi-Rumi

Holy sh*tsnacks! Danger zone! Edinburgh Uni's Archer 2 super 'puter will cost a cool £79m

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Re: For that money...

Scottish raspberries?

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On campus data centres...

now there's a novel idea.

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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I thought Daily Mail reporters dipped their quills into rivers of blood?

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Knowing the place, they'd use a scrapped dodgem car motor. There's dozens of 'em knocking around. That and tired, peeling hire boats. Come in number 9, your time is up! and all that.

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Re: Not really secret

Oh, I know the place you mean. Used to go to school near there, and I went back for a wander a couple of years ago. Yeah... not much interest really. Nothing worth nicking... now if it had been a COPPER cable, the local scrotes would have had away with it years ago.

Radio gaga: Techies fear EU directive to stop RF device tinkering will do more harm than good

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Half-arsed legislation? Is that a cheek?

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Ah, the old BT sticker...

Indeed, but the issue I was highlighting was that IF you start transmitting over the power limit for your jurisdiction, then you've already breached existing legislation, and this issue should be dealt with under that legislation. There's absolutely no need whatsoever for this particular piece of legislation. None.

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There’s already a power limit. That should prevent any widespread interference. This is just licensing the unlicensed frequencies.

What happens when security devices are insecure? Choose the nuclear option

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Re: I had one of these at the time

More that they are all in a big straight line with barely a mile between them... monkeys escape from zoo, steal tank, ram it into Winfrith Magnox reactor.

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Re: I had one of these at the time

I have to admit I was more concerned about Dorset's co-location of an atomic reactor, the National Tank Museum and Monkey World.

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Re: I had one of these at the time

A girl with a bottle of cider? This was the 80s, man. Hadn't you seen the Government Information Campaign about AIDS?

Jesus, that was a grim time. You were going to die, basically. One way or another.

Iranian-backed hackers ransacked Citrix, swiped 6TB+ of emails, docs, secrets, claims cyber-biz

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I'm trying to think of words to describe this...

But I can only come up with "Ouch! Ooooooohhhh...."

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Re: 6+ Terabytes?

Well that's 6 TehranBytes of information now...

Biker sues Google Fiber: I broke my leg, borked my ankle in trench dug to lay ad giant's pipe

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Poor specifications, wasn't it?

There they was, a-digging this hole; a hole in the ground,

so big and sort of round

And there they was, digging it deep;

flat at at the bottom, the sides were all steep.

When along comes this bloke in a bowler hat which he lifted and scratched his head.

Well we looked down the hole, poor demented soul, and he said

"Do you mind if I make a suggestion? Don't dig there, dig it elsewhere!"

"Your digging it round and it ought to be square"

"The shape of it's wrong, it's much too long"

"And you can't put hole where a hole don't belong"

I ask, what a liberty eh? Nearly bashed him right in the bowler

Well there they was, stood in the hole, shovelling earth

for all that I was worth

And there was him standing up there

So grand and all official with his nose up in the air

So I gave him a look sort of sideways

and I leaned on my shovel and sighed. I lit me a fag

and having took a drag

I replied that I just couldn't bear,

to dig it elsewhere

I'm digging it round cos I don't want it to be square

And if you disagree

it doesn't bother me

That's the place where the hole is gonna be

Well there we were, discussing this hole

A hole in the groud so big and sort of round it was

Well it's not there now, and the ground is all flat

And beneath it is the bloke in the bowler hat

And that's that

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Re: While out

"So easy to falsify the dates in the records..."

And THAT'S why we still need printed newspapers. That and fly swatting - can't do that with a 12" iPad. Well, you can, but that could be an expensive fly.

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

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I must be old fashioned...

But what kind of in-flight "Entertainment" is being able to chat to/troll the passenger in the oversized Hawaiian print muumuu sitting 4 rows back?

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Re: Indefensible

Well, how else do you verify the reasonable request?

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Re: Bah!

Ha ha. Spot on.

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Re: While I'm not a fan of Talk Talk.....

I'm not sure if I prefer Sometimes to It's My Life. ... Mmm... Yes. Yes I do prefer Sometimes.

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Re: BREAKING NEWS: Talk Talk Are Rubbish

I quite liked "It's My Life".

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Re: Indefensible

Ha ha. You do realise that the Outer Circle at Stonehenge was the patch for the Y1K bug?

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Re: Indefensible

OK, I found a legal obligation to keep a record of a contract, such as supply of a service like telecommunications, made in the UK.

Section 5 of the Limitation Act 1980.

Minimum retention: for the length of the contract or agreement and 6 years afterwards.

Not 8 years... but this is a minimum.

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Re: Indefensible

"I would suggest 6 months..."

You're not quoting any legal definition here, then. Therefore you're making a judgment about reasonableness. So there IS something about reasonableness that needs or could be or will be tested in law.

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Not the mailbox, per se. Just their use of the address. Which opens some interesting possibilities.

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Re: Had a similar problem with Virgin

Virgin shuts down inactive email accounts after 6 months. Even if you are still a customer. As I found out when I reinstalled the OS and everything on my laptop and forgot to add the account in to the email client. So when I stopped checking the mailbox they closed it off with no possibility of reactivating it. And why is that important? It's the address I had nominated for various service and account announcements which suddenly became important when they did something I didn't like and was told "well... we DID warn you." When I went back to check... yup... no access.

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Re: Indefensible

Well that informed consent would only apply to relationships initiated AFTER GDPR day, and even after that date, when you give informed consent you could have agreed to it for life. You DO get, under GDPR, the right to change that, to say STOP processing my details, erase them, forget about me. But this is still all too new to be tested in law as to what a reasonable period is. I had a quick dig and there's some shocking figure like 90% of customers present as repeat business after periods ranging from 3 years to 7 years since their last purchase from a company, depending on sector.

I'm far less worried about a name and address and even an email address being retained by a company that I have interacted with, especially where it's a long standing relationship like a telecoms provider or an energy provider or a store for whom I have a loyalty card, than the creeping stuff going on without consent, or where the information is joined up to other stuff.

One person's interpretation of reasonable might well vary from another's. At the end of the day, GDPR gives ME the right to decide FOR MYSELF when long enough is long enough, and that's more power than I think we've ever had like that.

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Re: Indefensible

There are levels of personal information. I see nothing wrong with holding onto a name and a service address for a former customer once that relationship has ended. Indeed, if they didn't hold such records, how could, say, a historical police investigation subpoena records? Is there a legitimate business case for doing so? That's another question. I would argue that there possibly is, discounts for a returning customer, details of installation works, issues with local exchange quality or engineers notes about the property. It's not like they have a copy of your passport, driving license, current credit card and bank account details, etc They wouldn't be comparing THOSE against what you possess to check who you are. They would simply have a record that a certain name had a contract with them at a certain address. An issue arises from that historical relationship, so they have to establish with reasonable certainty that the person who has contacted them about the historical relationship is, in fact, the person with whom they had a contract.

I could throw hypotheticals at this, owned a car for 9 years, do I expect the dealer to have a record or delete it as soon as my warranty expires? But that's not specific to this case. It turns out they DID have an ongoing relationship for a service, even though it was unexpected. I read the situation as being one where they verified an identity before blithely progressing on to doing something without checking that they could reasonably trust that this person was who they said they were, and they did that in a "one-sided" way, not a "comparing what you have to what they have" way.

In fact the details they hold about you are pretty scarce - do I have a copy of the last amount of a phone bill from 8 years ago? No! That's MY poor record keeping. What else do you expect them to do? Allow someone to close down an email address WITHOUT any verification?

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Re: Indefensible

There's a certain UK HE establishment that has took the same approach to end-of-life tin... and proceeded to backup the virtual machines to the same storage array that the live VMs were running on. On the plus side, it did clear out a lot of dross when it all went horribly, horribly wrong.

One wonders if TalkTalk could take the same approach?

Ah, those were the days, eh? When the cover CD / Floppy or PCW had the setups for dozens of dial-up ISPs, when everyone, EVERYone, was offering a dialup service, Sainsbury's, WHSmiths, Tesco, the local Library Service, AOL, Demon, EasyNet, DungeonNetworks, SouthernElectric... EVERYONE.

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Re: Indefensible

They have a huge legacy base from hoovering up a shit-ton of smaller ISPs over the years, and hoovering up larger ISPs who had in turn hoovered up the smaller fry. Instead of migrating people to new email addresses, they virtualised the old servers as they came end-of-life or as the tin was moved out of DCs that they were letting go of, and this left them with a massive and diverse virtual real estate which they just allowed to bubble along as always, no service improvements, minimal updates to web portals etc, essentially just rebranding the UI.

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I can confirm...

That TalkTalk, who took over Tiscali with whom I had a dial-up when dial-up was all you could get, have very, very shit UIs.

I kept on my old address as I had so much going through it, but their server was ONLY POP3, IMAP and SMTP with ONLY plaintext password transmission. No APOP implementation, even. I mean, who, WHO allows an email server to run with ONLY plaintext passwords as an option nowadays? Or for the last 25 years, even?

All it would take is an eavesdropping on an unencrypted public WiFi and boom! account PWND. So I switched to gmail, but all I could do was forward Tiscali mail to Gmail. There was no way I could change the password myself, and I knew that password had been compromised by way of HaveIBeenPwned.

No way to change passwords using POP, IMAP or SMTP commands from a client...

After much, much haranguing of TalkTalk, they eventually set me up with an account to access the portal required to change passwords. It still forwards to GMAIL, but I've managed to expunge address books, sent mail folders, inboxes... as much as I can manage. And I'm gradually changing my account details, but some news sites simply won't allow a change of email address, would you believe it! One could create a new account with them, but then one loses access to all the historical stuff associated with that account, and all the "rewards" like having so many community points as to be ad-free.

tl;dr TalkTalk are shit.

Unless you want your wine bar to look like a brothel, purple curtains are a no-no apparently

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Mr Gilbert and his partner Mr Sullivan, perhaps?

But why restrict yourselves to indoor shenanigans?

I heard the minx remark,

She’d meet him after dark,

Inside St. James’s Park,

And give him one!

And then all down to Penzance:

Alas! there’s not one maiden breast

Which seems to feel the moral beauty

Of making worldly interest

Subordinate to sense of duty!

From hard drive to over-heard drive: Boffins convert spinning rust into eavesdropping mic

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Given the noise coming out...

of our multi-rack HPC, which requires PPE mitigations just to work in the same room alongside it, I'm surprised that spinning disk storage works at ALL!

Rather like the comparison one can make between the energy transfer in the hair cells of the cochlea and the amount of thermal noise from hot blood passing nearby, or working out how stereo-location could possibly work given that neuronal spikes require ~7ms minimum per pulse and the speed of sound in air means that there's just a 700µs time difference for sound arriving at each ear. (Actually, that's achieved in a very clever way indeed - evolution is incredible sometimes).

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same

And of course trying to navigate ANYWHERE in East Central London at 6pm on a summer's Friday evening, dodging the grey suited wankers clogging up the pavements as they laugh loudly at the £x-gazillions they've traded today, shouting (couldn't be called talking) out of their arses and one-upping each other so far that they turn into some sort of meta-vocal human centipede...

isn't, as I point out elsewhere, relieved by breaking northwards out of tosserville to the non-conformist and rebel-base of Old Street... and you can't escape that by heading up to Camden Lock either. In fact... you have to get as far as Archway before any semblance of normally distributed variable-person-scatter begins to seep in through the cracks in your shattered sanity.

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They may have a point...

I mean any trip to Camden Lock is like a visit to The Matrix on Super Patch Tuesday when it has slowed right down and is glitching all over. Am I right?

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Re: Beanie?

Heck. When I worked at RadioShack Cannuck (aka Intertan), they rang up on the tills as RSToques.

Linux 5.0 is out except it's really 4.21 because Linus 'ran out of fingers and toes' to count on

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Doesn't seem that bizarre. I sometimes count using my nose too.

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Re: ...and toes (of which he has 20)

It's well known that when he joined the army he grew a couple of feet.

The infamous AI gaydar study was repeated – and, no, code can't tell if you're straight or not just from your face

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USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions

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Re: USB colour coding

Well, it will be the one connector to do all things, royalty free and open standards. Which won't suit Apple at all. They'll have to whip out some version of it... maybe with a physically incompatible magnetic latching connector that'll cost 23 cents each to license.

And as for naming conventions...

Thunderbolt - Lightning - Very Very Frightening.

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