* Posts by Alister

3335 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Kiwi prankster 'oinks' down cops' radio and sings Old MacDonald

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Re: Nope.

If I was to hazard a guess I would say the perp owns a farm

Yeah, there can't be that many farm owners called MacDonald, in NZ.

'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Live trials are expected to take place on Britain's "major roads" by the end of 2018, according to a government statement.

Great!, And how do they get to and from the "major roads" I wonder?

Or is the plan just to drive a troop of lorries round and round the M25 until it turns into a gateway to another dimension?

Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

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The longer-term fix would involve a revision of internet standards and more intelligent security controls at the network and the endpoint,

Or, STOP USING HTML in emails.

Phisherfolk dangle bait at dot-fish domain

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The sheer scale of the puns in this article leave me floundering.

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Re: Or maybe they still couldn't make a case against him even with Blairs extradition law

Be interesting to see if he trusts GCHQ ever again.

I'm not sure if he'll get the opportunity to try, sadly.

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Client support, we've heard about it


If that is the state of your job, you do need to look at options to get out of the 'tarpit' now and again to replenish your sanity and get a balanced view of the Users again. IT support grinds you down eventually !!!

Thankfully, the majority of the time, I'm not involved in user level support, and spend most of my life wrangling servers and networks, so my sanity is comparatively unscathed.

Unfortunately, when company directors are involved, I'm the mug who has to attend to their exalted needs. The bloke at issue does nothing to inspire respect.

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Re: Client support, we've heard about it

If you feel snappy all the time, then it is the time to move on: the IT support is not for you anymore.

Feeling "snappy" as you put it, is the ground state for all those who undertake IT support, a world weary cynicism, and contempt for the users, is how you survive.

You don't read the BOFH, obviously, or perhaps you think it's fiction?

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It's Outlook on a Mac.

It is nice of you to try and find him a technical excuse, but he's just not safe to be let near technology, really :) He's also the most likely member of staff to click on attachments in dodgy emails, or forget his domain password every time he logs in.

We bought him a Mac in self defense, as at least it's less likely to lead to a network wide infection when he screws up.

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One of our company directors regularly deletes important emails, and then swears blind he never touched them.

Invariably we find them in his deleted items folder, and restore them, and every time he says "well I don't know how that happened!".

No-one has yet dared to respond "because you're an idiot" out loud, but it's only a matter of time.

UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

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Re: What does "DV cleared" mean?


She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Re: Photo of Admiral Sir Philip Jones' Speech

Bow = pointy bit.

Not on this ship.

Bow = sticky up wedge shaped bit...

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Re: Oh no!

and fitted (the admittedly non-existent) British Naval Connectors?

With a "T" piece and terminator on every one...

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Re: Garbage

Also where are you getting Exocets for €100K? They're normally about €3M.


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limited resources

It looks like they've only got enough crew to line one side of the deck...

Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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Re: Make the internet 'goverment approved content' only

@ inmypjs

"this is a private company choosing to stop helping to host a website, because they find the content of that site offensive."

And if they found gay marriage offensive?

Newsflash! There is no law that says a private company has to host any website, whether it be White Supremacists or LGBTQI.

There are laws which make it illegal to refuse to host a site because it is LGBTQI, but that only applies if a company were stupid enough to say "we aren't hosting your site 'cos your queer".

In the absence of government censorship, what is considered socially and morally acceptable or unacceptable is decided by consensus of the majority.

Thankfully, in the US as well as most of the rest of the world, Nazism and White Supremacy are considered to be socially and morally unacceptable by the majority, whereas gay marriage is not.

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Re: Make the internet 'goverment approved content' only


please read the title that was added to the post by the OP

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Re: Make the internet 'goverment approved content' only

The thought police will decide the content allowed, and everything offensive, deviant, and against what is approved shall be removed.

Yeah, yeah, whatever. In case you missed it, this is not government censorship, this is a private company choosing to stop helping to host a website, because they find the content of that site offensive.

Everybody has the right to choose whether they want to support Daily Stormer, and that includes Go Daddy, Google and anybody else. So far, most have chosen not to.

If Daily Stormer approached my company for hosting, we would refuse. This doesn't suddenly make us part of some global conspiracy, it simply means we have exercised our right to choose what we host.

Space boffins competing for $20m Moon robot X-Prize are told: Be there by March 31 – or bust

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Does anybody, currently, have a working launch vehicle capable of reaching Moon orbit?

I can't think of one.

Ten spacecraft – from Venus Express to Voyager 2 – all tracked same solar flare

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Proper Science!

A great bit of investigation.

Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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but did anyone in Scotland, ever, say the word "Jings!!"

Roddy Roy MacGregor used to say it all the time...

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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For comparison, we pay £6.99 for an annual co.uk domain renewal with Fasthosts.

However, for a .com, a single year's renewal is £11.99.

Yeah, yeah, I know, Fasthosts isn't much better than 123-Reg, but we only use them for domain registration, and to initially sort out glue-records to our own DNS servers, so our exposure is low...

At the end of the day, most domain registrars are a similar level of dross.

RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

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When will banks realise that they are in fact, primarily an IT company. The majority of financial transactions are accomplished by moving bits and bytes, not physical money.

IT, for a bank, should not be regarded as a cost centre, but rather as their core business asset.

Oh well, we can dream...

Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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None of the best practices quoted in the article are of any use in complying with the GDPR's requirement to allow the complete removal of all data relating to an individual, unless that individual's data is all located on a single physical drive, which is highly unlikely.

It is therefore impossible to follow best practice in order to comply with the directive, and in practical terms it would require multipass overwriting of portions of databases, and sections of backups, without disrupting the integrity of the rest of the data, the technology for which is not readily available at present.

UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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he Home Office is currently using an external cloud provider and is intending to move the platform to an in-house Amazon Web Services (AWS) solution, said the firm in a tender notice.

What the hell does that mean? If it's hosted by Amazon it can't be "in-house", they are "an external cloud provider".

Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October

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Apparently Malcolm Turnbull released the following statement:

"The laws of orbital mechanics are very commendable, but here in Australia, we follow the laws of Australia"

So that's alright then!

We'll deliver 'in a few weeks' says troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm

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I'm glad to see that they are so keen on proving the authenticity of the Spectrum, that they are prepared to faithfully reproduce the production and delivery delays of the original...

IBM Cloud turns TLS 1.0 off and then turns it on again

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Re: PCI is partly to blame

I guess next time when you need services, you will stay clear of ATOS, then, right ?

Yeah, like it's that simple.

The client, for whom we are providing our own software and services, have a relationship with ATOS, who provide them services, and we are tasked to provide an interface between ATOS and the client.

It's not really sound business practice to go to the client and say, sorry, but we won't fulfill you 6-figure contract, because ATOS want to use TLS1.0.

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Re: PCI is partly to blame

But part of the reason that PCI allowed TLS1.0 until then is the acceptance that there is still a massive amount of legacy code out there which requires TLS1.0 and that it will take time to migrate.

Unfortunately, as you say, until the deadline has already passed, certain companies will feel no urgency about changing things.

We actually had to back down our security on an environment recently, as we were connecting to an ATOS Web service which would only negotiate using TLS1.0 and RC4 cyphers. If the likes of ATOS won't get off their bottoms and update things, how can anyone else?

Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

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A spokesman for Lego said, "He's been an absolute brick, he fitted right in, but now he's in his dotage".

NASA short-lists six candidates for future missions

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short-lists six candidates

When I saw the headline, I was hoping NASA had decided to nominate some meatbags for a human space mission.

No such luck :(

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Re: You forgot CRAPTO

Or a verb and a colour, eg "HAVE BLUE"

A colour and a noun could lead to the Blue Oyster bar if you're not careful...

TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

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...while there is no evidence that any of the data was passed on to third parties...

Excuse me?

What about this then?

The breach came to light in September 2014 when TalkTalk started getting complaints from customers that they were receiving scam calls.

Doesn't that count as evidence?

Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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Re: right to be forgotten

Me: "Prove it!"

Business: "I'm sorry, who are you?"

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The government is planning to impose criminal sanctions on people who intentionally re-identify individuals from data that should have protected their identities.

And what about companies and corporations who do it?

It's most unlikely that individuals will be the worst culprits.

Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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History of flight?

Timber company executive William Boeing, meanwhile, was so captivated by the sight of a flying machine in 1909 that he founded the Boeing Company in 1916, which proceeded to dominate civilian and military aircraft manufacturing.

It took 50 years for Boeing to become a major player in the aviation world, and that was driven mostly by the second World War. Prior to that they were very much a bit-part player, with little real innovation compared to their competitors.

I would question if even now they could be said to dominate military aicraft manufacturing, the vast majority of current US military aircraft are not Boeing designs.

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Runny yokes

Geoff, I sympathise, the combination off ketchup and egg yolk is revolting to me too. However, for me the solution is simple... No Ketchup! :)

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Re: Nobody has mentioned toast.... and the Marmalade to go with it!

To me, it doesn't count as a "Full" breakfast without the toast and marm to follow it. This is accompanied by a further pint or so of tea.

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Re: This is no time for breads

The chief place for bread products in an English Breakfast are as toast, with lots of butter (just in case there's still some gaps in your arteries) and loads of Marmalade, either Orange or Three-Fruits.

The injection of the citrus element acts as a degreaser to help break down the truly life-threatening amounts of fat you have just consumed.

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Re: There has to be black pudding

Cumberland or Lincolnshire sausages are surely the only choices.

Tomato sausages, they are awesome, but only available from select butchers. Once you've had tomato sausage with a breakfast, you won't want anything else.

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Re: Scrambled eggs

However, eggs are an abomination, and have no place in a decent breakfast

Oh come on GJC, how can you have a proper fried Breakfast without runny eggs to dip things in?

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Re: Proper Full English

It's called English Breakfast Tea actually. It's literally designed and named for this purpose.

Only in America, perhaps. Here in Britain, it's a choice between Tetleys, PG Tips, or supermarket own brand, well boiled, and three sugars... Builder's Tea, that's what you need.

Uneasy rest the buttocks on the iron throne. Profits plunge 14% at Sky UK and Ireland

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Say what?

The firm said a total of £504m in operating expenses had been deducted, which also included ...

the costs of corporate efficiency programmes,

So, to achieve corporate efficiency costs money, then?

Are you sure you are doing this right?

Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens

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Do they have the "New Pie" Sorting Engine on display?

Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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That photo is obviously fake, the flag isn't waving, and the shadows are going the wrong way...

Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

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I was wondering where your coverage was. I thought for a terrible moment that you'd forgotten!

UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Re: could not find a way to launch...

Had they thought of standing in a field and flying it using its controller?

Don't be ridiculous! Why, that would be almost ... Empirical!

Government advisors don't do that sort of thing!

Confessions of an ebook eater

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One time in Foyles, I came across a half-height, arched door at the end of a row of shelves, like it was from a monastery for dwarves. I carefully re-traced my steps, and was relieved to find myself in the same universe.

I hope you left a banana as penance...

You need to assemble a crack AI team: Where do you even start?

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It seems to me that nothing that the article mentions has anything to do with "Artificial Intelligence", it's just data-mining and analysis.

I guess marketing has taken over another term and corrupted its meaning again.

Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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In a scary coincidence, as I was reading this thread, I got the following email from Currys/PC World:



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Re: Why wait?

Which equipment are you referring to? Not saying there isn't such a thing, just that I've never seen it.

VMWare VCentre web client is still Flash based. :(

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