What's all the fuss about? It's not exactly the first time a cock has been seen near a growler!
2533 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013
What's all the fuss about? It's not exactly the first time a cock has been seen near a growler!
"Woohoo. I'm so delighted that the £12billion+ programme has got us a pair of carriers so reliable that they have 50% availability."
Blame Gordon Brown for that mess. There were much better options but this was pushed through to keep uncompetitive Scottish shipyards in business...
"Do these companies never learn?"
Of course. And what they learn is to rinse and repeat...
"DXC or Azure + HCL staff. Not much to choose between them, apart from the staff. I'd have gone with DXC.
Centrica have no plans afaik to use HCL. That's Aviva...
"Obviously some migration effort and expense would be involved but the TCO analysis for a 3-5 year period always favoured Linux."
Erm, no, no it didn't. It would have cost €10 million to stay with Microsoft. It cost €18 million just to migrate, several million more to create the Limux build and applications, and according to Munich's IT department they have spent €82 million since trying to remediate systems to work with Linux!
" The option of "permanently" disabling macros that was there 20 years ago seems to have gone MIA somewhere along the line. "
Nope - you can still permanently disable them in options / trust centre, and there is also a Word file format that specifically excludes the ability to save Macros!
"apt install packagename"
After finding the exact package name and repository, then opening a shell, running sudo, checking for and adding the repository if needed and maybe having to run "apt-get build-dep packagename" though. Not to mention maybe having to run "apt-get install base-config" and then "apt-setup" the first time you want to do that....
On Windows just type the app name in the store, click install
Or for non Store Windows apps, click download from Edge, click Run and accept the elevation prompt all from the GUI...
"Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped"
Petrol angle grinders are becoming cost effective alternatives...
"...shouldn't Greggs be apostophe-ised as Gregg's"
I thought it was just more than one Gregg....
"The sausage roll is the food of the Gods!"
Well it certainly can help create giant children!
Seems rather appropriate to me. Someone must have played "hide the sausage" whatever Mary said....
"now where can I vent my spleen?"
I'm sure Greggs can find some pastry and shelf space...
Because the Sky Fairy cares....
"seriously a country running on windows 98 network can wreck havoc to the world!"
It wont be so easy once they become Asia's largest glow-in-the-dark glass carpark though!
"Skype cannot decrypt those"
For Skype user to Skype user they might be able to get away with that. But when they pass a call to the PSTN they would have to intercept it... Skype's model currently terminates encryption at the servers though, which is fine for most of us, but terrorists, etc would be after end-to-end encryption which would require a different design.
Currently that's not an issue for most corporates because Skype for business terminates the secure connections from outside clients within their network and under their control. However, if they move to the Office 365 hosted Skype model then it becomes something to consider as it might be possible for say the NSA given sufficient resourcing to tap such calls / messages...
" and nor (even with GCHQ's supercomputers applied to the problem) could the authorities."
Bearing in mind the holes (some deliberate) we have now found in previously considered secure encryption and hashing algorithms I would not want to bet on that...
They need to do an "Iceland". Declare bankruptcy and then go back to the money markets...
Transferred Internal Technical Support to Untrained Peasants?
"It's like Shouting(TM), but upgraded!"
No it's still shouting - just with the added advantage that you can now read poetry at them from a distance.,..
"An impediment has been put in place against specific individuals from reading statements made by @realDonaldTrump feed"
Nope - nothing to stop anyone reading them. All this means is that you don't get automatically notified of them and that's not the same thing at all.
"The Trump twitter feed blocked people following his tweets"
But you can still choose to view them... You don't even need to be signed in for that!
"London's Victorian sewer network is to be made accessible to fibre cables under a deal between SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Thames Water."
Just like It already does for Geo networks you mean?
>RCL MD David Levy told us: “We are not interested in commenting to The Register due to its repeatedly biased reporting.”
Uhm, but doesn't the opportunity to comment give you a chance to tell another side of the story if there has been any error / inaccuracy ? I can only assume that there isn't one and everything is 100% accurate and true....
"Worked so well for torture and waterboarding..."
Well it could do but the US chooses to ignore the ICC which could prosecute such offences...
"How does Satellite in-flight Wi-Fi actually work?"
It uses a very long Ethernet cable.
"As demonstrated by the man from across the street, who grabbed his ASSAULT RIFLE and put it to good use, no doubt saving lives in the process."
No, the massacre was over by then - the guy was trying to escape - and killed himself anyway so it saved no one. It just created a cross fire that could easily have hit a bystander. The primary thing that would likely have prevented this would have been less easy access to firearms.
nb - at least 2 US based studies have also shown that having a firearm in your household INCREASES the risk of death by firearms to everyone in it!
Can sometimes evaporate...
"So I presume that either the replacement aircraft brought along a very big step ladder, or the passengers had to run along the top of the wing, and jump onto the parallel parked 777 and 737."
Or perhaps they just parked nose to nose to the transfer?
"There's a willy joke here somewhere."
That's quite a blow job at 30MPH....
"We have taken control of your sceen....."
All your base64 belong to us!
"to throw your bone in a greasy box"
After you have finished with the breasts and the thighs....
"likely the writer of the fake version is going to be banned"
Or at least the throw away email account he used will be banned...
"Come on, how can the Play Store be expected to know if someone is telling fibs about their app?"
In this case by the most basic of checks! Clearly they don't bother.
"Ooh! I wouldn't mind noshing down on a cockatoo"
I'm sure we can find you a large pecker...
"What puzzles me is who uses modems nowadays?"
Anyone with a cable or adsl Internet connection? Or a mobile phone?
I'm sure they are already withdrawing any cash and filing for strike off. And have started a new company called something like Verso2 Ltd...
"Experience suggests that UPS and standby are often a problem when you really need them"
Experience for me suggests that normal practice is n+1 resilience and regular testing!
"The border patrol agents can take your phone, hold it up to your face, and it unlocks."
It won't if you close one eye... Or open your mouth wide, etc etc...
I know of one product that detects this type of thing - Payload Security's VX Stream Sandbox scanner... Any others anyone wants to suggest?
"How about we block all the connections that aren't VPN?"
So how would you tell the difference between SSL Web page access and a VPN?
"The legislation will require ISPs to block websites that offer VPNs and similar proxy services that are used by millions of Russians to circumvent state-imposed internet censorship."
I note that NordVPN already added an "obfuscated server" mode under advanced settings to defeat this and i expect others will follow. Cue a large game of Whack-a-Mole. And I dont remember any government ever wining one of those.
Of course if you use Azure you can just peer with Equinix and / or Megaport etc to connect to Azure ExpressRoute... No need for anyone to dig up anything...
"Outlook mailboxes have a maximum capacity? "
It's configurable. The technical limit is 4PB!
Optional though. I don't like it either. A couple of mouse clicks to turn it off...
"Since fluency in French is a requirement for most such Federal Jobs "
I expect that will be dropped eventually:
"that is what they would like but ultimately someone has to repair and innovate."
But that becomes largely a highly skilled job for AI and robotics, not a working class role..
"If you buy in tools and neglect your own people"
There will just be fewer people required that will in general be highly skilled and relatively well paid. Companies mostly wont give a crap about the proles.
The real question is - what will happen to those that are not that smart and / or don't have a trade / education? Whilst there will always be some working class jobs, I think jobs for that sector will gradually become in short supply. For instance we could already pretty much replace train drivers. (And that cant come soon enough imo - £60K for pushing a button and they still strike all the time?!)
"Robots cost serious money compared to increased computing power for brainiac work."
Not necessarily. An automatic vacuum cleaner for instance costs a couple of hundred quid.
"The low hanging fruit is in white collar stuff -"
Disagree. The lower hanging fruit is lots of types of manual labour that can be automated. Johnny Cabs are coming soon!
"and I'm revising that 5x estimate to 10x."
Only 3X when you use Avios though :-)
"We're calling it Seat-3-P-O"
Arse 2 Seat 2?
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