* Posts by hoola

269 posts • joined 22 Mar 2013


Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


Google, Advertising & Paid Results

The entire search tool is becoming more and more useless. Paid or "sponsored" results that fill the top half of the results often with no genuine link to the site you actually want. This is particularly true of Government agencies where parasitic click-bait companies with nothing to offer are the first in the and the actual link you want, direct to the real website is buried.

Add to that the shop website that leave old items on that mean they get the click through because the item you want it cheap, it is jus the wrong item and out of stock, never to be in stock because it is discontinued.

Amazon are total and utter tossers on this because an entire page of links will appear all to Amazon for items that are not even sold or are not available. Of course what a significant proportion of shoppers then do is search on Amazon to find what they want having been sucked into the website by essentially fraudulent means.

If a high street shop did this Trading Standards would be down on them like a ton of bricks, but this it the Internet and you can do anything.

The links of Google, Amazon and all the other US tech outfits have long gone past the point where they are a benefit to society. The trouble is that they are so bid now that they are almost immune from regulation. The US is never going to touch them due to the amount of money in lobbying, The EU just might get somewhere but I cannot see it having a huge impact as the recipients of the legislation will just ignore it or suck the fines up as a business cost. They are simply too big and have been allowed to get that way be a benign regulatory environment that has been based on market forces. Once the genie is out it is very difficult to put it back.

I suppose at some point it might all implode on itself but by then the likelihood is that it will be due to some international cock-up involving idiotic political leaders, oil, minerals and weapons as America attempts to assert itself and show the world how great they are. The out come will be that we are back in the stone age if we are lucky.

Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess


Re: Why …

And why does a recipient of this mistake also believe that the correct thing to do is put it on a public website.

Responsibility is two way and one would assume that a Computer Science student would understand that.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'


Smell the lobbying

All this reeks of lobbying by the motor industry, or much more likely the tech industry that already believes that regulation does not apply to them.


Re: Missing the obvious

The fact that ultra bright LEDs and the even more ridiculous strobing of those lights that are available have reached the point that the are dangerous. This is not just for drivers, but pedestrians and other cyclists. These idiots then compound the problem by having them pointing horizontal so that from half a mile away you are already dazzled. Many of the lights have warnings about not looking directly at them however this advise only applies to the moron who is using it. I cycle, I have a good front light that is point downwards at the road (in the dark that is actually where it is needed). It is bright but it also has the option to dim it.

Add to that that many new cars are festooned with LEDs now, all far too bright (only headlights "should not dazzle oncoming traffic") this is becoming a real problem. The manufactures claim that it is for safety, that is bollocks, this is just one-upmanship in the endless specification wars.

Bright lights (headlights or DRL) are a menace, particularly as the average height with all the "SUV style vehicles" now puts them 3' off the ground to start with.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs


All is well

Like all these US based mega corporations, all that is needed is a quick "we are very sorry blah, blah" All is now sorted and everyone has a warm fuzzy feeling.

No data is lost (from Microsoft's view) and if it is, then the customer can go back and find it.

It happens every time, and appears to be happening with ever more frequency yet business still keep throwing more money at them.


Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'


Re: Apple boredom

The V3 range was also pretty much indestructible and well designed. Metal frame, big buttons, angled shape that put the mic near your mouth and speaker near your ear. Battery life was good as well.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Re: 'much harder for lawmakers and antitrust investigators to argue'

"Or it just made it easier, since it will increase the monopoly, especially if user data, and not only messages, are consolidated?"

I would have thought that is what it is all about, how much more money can we make aggregate all those billions of users and there data?

Of course they are probably doing it already but it is a lot of work.

Facebook should be forced to split of Instagram and WhatsApp. The problem is that they are such a shower of two-faced shites, they will keep everything whilst swearing blind they have complied.

Amazon's titchy robots hit the streets, Waymo starts a self-driving car factory...



All this rush for automated deliveries is for one reason only, more profit at the expense of jobs. We are rapidly approaching the old Victorian era of a small, very rich elite doing whatever they want at the expense of the majority. These people do not care about anything other than being the biggest and making the most money for themselves.

This is then endorsed by the younger generation that want everything instantly, available to be ordered on an app at the cheapest possible price and bugger the consequences. The problem is that at the moment they are still in the honeymoon where they can still benefit from it.

Once the point is reached where the only jobs left are the most menial where it is still cheaper to use human labour or an ever-decreasing number of skilled jobs, society falls apart. Unfortunately there appears to be an increasing number of people who are only interested in now, not the future and certainly not how it my impact their own life in 10 years time.

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe


Re: And this is why

It turns capita into recurrent expenditure. All the fluffy presentation from smart sales executives go in at board level with this promise. This generally makes people happy as smaller payments going out all the time look good on the books. There is next to no interest in whether it is better, cheaper, more expensive or anything else.

Add this to the band-waggon effect where it is perceived that using the cloud is fast, modern and agile.

The bottom line is that the people that do care (old techies who genuinely understand what they are doing, and a dying breed) are perceived to be inflexible and just putting up barriers.

All the rest in the food chain up to the top of the tree are just interested in where the next bonus is coming from.

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years


Re: Glad they helped me understand

Just think of it as being very hot.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport


Re: At least people can take comfort from the fact that ...

More to the point if, at best, a load of debris from the now unserviceable engine spews over the M25 or at worst the aircraft is unable to gain enough height as it all goes pear-shaped then what? Time and time again the theory of what is supposed to happen versus what actually happens in these situations is usually worse.

You will end up with an aircraft crashing in a densely populated area unless the pilots had enough control to ditch in one of the reservoirs.

Whether on the ground of the air it is not a risk that should be taken on a whim.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


Re: Backups

Backups = less grey hair

Fairly recently I was replacing an ancient g7 Microserver for a small business. This contained everything, data, accounts, email, AD and so on however most of it was backed up. Due to a lack of resources (it being a small business) the best option was to transplant the OS to the new hardware and fix the odds and sods around networking.

The grand plan:

Create a disk image backup of the old server

Build the replacement Microserver at home and on the appointed day take it in.

Update the disk image then turn off the old server

Swap the power and networking then restore the images into a HyperV VM as this is easier for future management and expansion.

Back home messing with another Microserver of the same generation that I am replacing the SmartArray on (you can see where this is going). Both are through RRDP session and the base OS is the same.

Both servers have the same number of disks (not logical volumes) and for some reason I had the SSA open on both. I needed to delete the array on the local server but managed to accomplish this on the server at the remote end.

Much swearing (even the kids realised something had gone badly wrong). The server was supposed to be on the Saturday morning. Everyone had gone home at the business and the disk images were with me. Copies were on the local disks in the server but that was gone. Fortunately the OS was on a separate disk so at least you could sit and stare at your incompetence/

A phone call to the boss of the small business to explain the situation and grovel.

The upside was that I had the old server & my disk images so I could start again and get everything back. Fortunately, apart from email, there were no crucial files or plans needed for the Saturday it was down so the original migration could be completed.

Finally get everything working ready for Monday so they have only been down for 1 day. A few lost emails from the period it was briefly up but it could have been far worse.

You can never have enough backups but they are only any use if you test them!

Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap


Re: Fuel pumped by a Jaguar V8 engine

Clamp it to the bench in the shed, a bucket of paraffin, a few bits of hose, maybe a funnel and a battery to get it spooled up, job done.

If you were lucky it might running, even better you might burn a hole in the shed.

The best scenario is the bench/engine out of one end of the shed, a hole in the other and a lot of noise.

It would certainly scare the cr@p out of the neighbours but this is what British ingenuity is all about.....

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...


Storage in the cloud

And just what is that stuff stored on in the cloud?

There appears to the this notion that the cloud does not need any hardware. Cloud providers needs servers and crucially storage. The storage is going to be based on the cheapest possible available and currently at those scales traditional disk still provides what is needed. What many people fail to realise is that if you have enough spinny disks in your storage system (this will all be software defined on some sort of object store) the performance becomes pretty good due to the number of spindles available. Storage will be tiered with some faster at the front but the bulk is all low performance, minimal access.

Eventually some sort of SSD will become more cost effective and due to the scale they work at the data reconstruction times of 50TB, or 100TB SSDs is largely irrelevant.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers


Re: Acronyms

MVP, what counts for any normal techy solution in the current day. Deliver the absolute minimum, promise the earth & walk away, safe in the knowledge that unless the customer is really, really big there is sod all anyone can do about it.

And even if you are really big, this is still probably sod all you can do about it.

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)


Re: fibre to the hamlets

To a certain extent this is the reverse of the problems Royal Mail have. They also have a USO to deliver anywhere in the UK at the same cost. Private companies have come into take all the fat out of the business because no one wants to do the last few miles because it is expensive. The irony with Royal Mail is that they are forced to deliver (albeit for a small costs) all the private companies mail that they have collected cheaply in urban areas.

Whoever picks up the USO is going to expect subsidies and be of a sufficient size to be able to implement them. I am not sure the arguments that you will not get the service are correct, the point of USO is that you have to deliver.

BT come in for a lot of bad press but they are probably no worse than any of the others and they appear have to operate under far more restrictive practices than the likes of Virgin. They just have the cheapest possible contract dig everywhere up, put a duct 6" down, loosely reinstate the hole and walk away. Cabinets put in where ever it is convenient for them, even if the location is insanely stupid with almost no recourse to getting them moved.

Near where I live:

BT - Had to put a green cabinet more or less out of sight

Virgin - Gey cabinets in front of municipal flowerbed, benches gardens, blocking pavements.

BT - Trenches correctly filled and sealed so that they are still flat several years later

Virgin - Trenches sinking from day one, contractors not even going back to fix errors identified by their own inspectors.

The Council then has to pick up the bill for all the remediation work in 12 months time that is ultimately paid for by your taxes.

All these start up broadband providers all appear to want access to all the infrastructure without having to contribute to its maintenance or development but are only prepared to do stuff where the population density means they can make a profit.

We all fall together. Azure MFA takes a tumble for the second week running


Re: Main Frame Alternative

Nah, no chance, a minor inconvenience that is forgotten about by the time the next large lunch arrives.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die



Correct, both or our cars (and I think almost all new cars) now come with a DAB radio. Ours are never used on DAB as it is constantly dropping out and is an abomination to listen to.

The radio keeps trying to seek the signal and will then spend minutes "seeking"

This on a high quality Kenwood and a built in VW unit.

A friend who has a cube shaped "portable" DAB radio has it permanently plugged in because the battery life is beyond awful. It just does not seem to comprehend to the DAB lobbyists that a radio with weeks/months of battery life that does not constantly need retuning and can be operated by the less tech members of society is a good thing.

It is all about the money.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention


Re: This seems quite irresponsible

There really does come a point when one has to question just what some of these highly intelligent scientific types connection with reality it. It all sounds great fun and MIGHT get a response. The fact that the response could be of negative benefit to the earth just does not appear to cross these peoples minds.

Not that many weeks ago there was a programme on the BBC following a group of researchers that had found traces of material that could contain DNA in dinosaur fossils. The plan was to then extract it and then try to create a dinosaur (I think it was something nice friendly like a T-Rex). Jurassic Park may have been fiction but the consequences of something like this are beyond comprehension. Science can provide a lot of benefits but there appears to be no ethical or moral view on some of the work.

If the earth is a fragile ecosystem that we are already wrecking through a combination of science, greed and selfishness. Splitting the atom was a great breakthrough but the consequences are now with use pretty much for ever.

Many of these scientist/researchers are just so focussed on what they are doing and being able to publish a great discovery that the implications just get lost. Against every discovery that has benefitted mankind, there is probably an equal, if not greater number that have not. The trouble is that impact of the negative ones if far worse than the beneficial.

Commvault revenues grow – but only just – as it switches to subscription pricing


Re: Terrible, just terrible.

Yes, forced by the greedy, quick buck mentality of the investors, in the case Elliott. Now they have a history of ensuring good value (for then selves). Interesting that at the moment Commvualt had no debt. I am really surprised Elliott have not squeezed that out yet.

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded


Re: re. efforts made by the Microsoft in privacy

Nah, just THEIR privacy, a complete wall of fog when you try and find out anything from any big tech company. They are all as bad but those with cloudy offerings just hide behind bull and marketing speak after every cock up that was supposed to have no impact.

The upside (for them) is that people still dive headlong down the cloud route, throwing money at them from all sides.

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads


Re: Would they allow it if...

I recall great hilarity when my youth orchestra went to Germany, on the way from Rotterdam to Hitzacker, possible near the Belgian border with Germany there where a bunch of signs for Wankum.

For a coach full of teenagers that was fun. The trip is also memorable for a tape of "Monty Python, Live at Drury Lane" that was played more or less continuously.

'BMW, Airbus and Siemens' get the Brexit spending shakes


Re: BMW and Airbus have more to worry about...

However we ended up here these companies need to get off the arses and stop bleating about how bad it is going to be after Brexit. There appears to be some childish belief that because they did not get their way, they are going to do as little as possible to make the best of it. That is of no benefit to anyone exist for all the lobbyists.

Take all this noise about how the automotive industry relies on Just In Time supply chains. There may be some small delays but the expectation is that it is in no ones interest to deliberately screw everything up at customs, even the French agree with this. The UK is has millions of square feet of speculative warehousing that is currently empty. It is not beyond the wit of man to have some contingency built in. It is surely possible to project what you need with some accuracy a month ahead and simply move a buffer, "Just In Case". The same goes for the supermarkets and the food chain.

Far too many people are doing their best to ensure that Brexit is as big a failure as possible. The irony is that they are probably shooting themselves in the foot (or worse) but as usual, all those at the top will be fine, it is only the normal hardworking citizen who will end up screwed.

The Brexit process is not going to be reversed quickly so instead of creating problems, do what we are supposed to be good at, finding solutions.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait



Two words for this "Agile Development", a sorry excuse for rushing out substandard, poorly tested software but everyone is happy because it is quick. The solution to the poor quality is to fix or the broken bits in the next sprint, this never happens as the result is just more broken bits and so the spiral goes on,

NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)


James Webb Telescope

The real problem is that all four of the NASA space telescopes are old and will be subject to failures. The next generation of space telescope is the James Webb Space Telescope. This project is grossly over budget, perpetually delayed and currently keeps failing test. Some of this is down to incompetence but a lot is all about waving the flag about how clever NASA are.

The costs of the JWST are just astronomical:

1996 $1 billion, 2007 launch

2018 £9.7 billion 2021 launch

If this does get launched there are just so many things to go wrong it will really be a miracle if everything works.

What is even more scary is that there is another NASA telescope, WFIRST is also over budget and delayed. To be fair, Hubble was also overran with an initial budget of $200 million but ended up at $1.2 billion plus the cost of fixing the mirrors. The thing is that there was always as good change of success. The new platforms are just so complicated and experimental that they risk being obsolete by the time they are commissioned. Improvements in ground-based telescopes and the significantly lower costs are eating into the space telescope's viability every year.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio


It's the future

This is all about "Agile development", an excuse to push out software and updates with a minimum of testing but it is a success because it was quick. Just fix anything major like the logo being in the wrong place, and hope the users find the rest. Then fix all that in a few releases time whilst in the process break another load of functionality. It has been brewing for a few years now and now that it is in the mainstream, all the shortcomings are floating to the top.

If this sort of rubbish was deployed even 10 years ago people would be up in arms but because this is all on-trend and funky, we are just forced to accept it. Unfortunately there is very little anyone can do about it. At some point another equally special "technique" will be invented by some management consultants and so the cycle continues.

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond


Up In Arms

So the world is up in arms because a piece of electronic tat stops working. What a sad state of affairs have we got into?

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin


Re: Debt = Bad

Correct, debt is mostly bad, the real problem comes from the financial arrangements that are used by these "venture capital" outfits. They exist with the sole purpose of making money for their own directors , some of their clients and possible the directors of the companies the "invest" in.

All these takeovers, or injections of money have several things in common:

Any assets are ruthlessly stripped out of the business and sold

Property is then leased or rented back at rates far in excess of what the business can afford, often from shell companies owned by the same directors of the venture capital company.

Shareholders and the newly appointed directors all take out far more that the business can sustain, either in dividends paid from loans or convoluted share deals.

The result is that the once perfectly viable business has been completely hamstrung with all the financial liabilities it has been saddled with so it then goes under. The one thing you can be completely sure of is that all the money is safely off shore and the real cause of the failure are completely safe and could not give a stuff.

Capitalism is not far off broken, perfectly viable business are getting destroyed because they issue a "profits warning" as it is below expectation. They are still viable, making profits but the "investors" promptly dump stock as everything is done on a time scales of days (or possible minutes). The concept of longer term investment appears to be dead and as with most of society, only instant gratification matters and bugger the consequences.

The list of companies affected by this goes on and on. BHS is another, they ended up having to bp

Microsoft wants to cart your data away in a box and punt it onto Azure


And getting it out???

And one assumes that they will quite happily do the reverse if you need to move it somewhere else. Not a chance in hell of that. Everything to do with Azure is about Microsoft getting their hands on as much as possible and then never letting go unless you have very deep pockets.

Cloud does have its place but the way it is being sold as this gold-plated solution to everything is just wrong. If this were a consumer product, some sort of financial service or such like then Trading Standards or another regulatory body should be taking an interest.

SLAs are promised that are meaningless with as they appear to be able to wriggle out of anything being down, even when it is blatantly broken.

European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year


Re: Taxing revenue is inherently unfair

Is that fair? Probable yes as Amazon are directly responsible for decimating retailers everywhere as a result of undercutting everyone due to the tax arrangements and all the incentives they get.

New Horizons eyeballs Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule, its next flyby goal



We can send a tea chest that far to hook up with something the size of a small island yet we are incapable of doing simple tasks like filling holes in the road, or making batteries that don't leak gloop everywhere.

Ah well.......

None too chuffed with your A levels? Hey, why not bludgeon the exam boards with GDPR?


Re: FOI...

FOI does have it's uses however it is routinely abused for commercial reasons. There are certain people who will send out all sorts of complicated requests to every council in the country. Exactly why should a FOI request response to equipment inventories that go down to model numbers and sometimes serial numbers. It is not what the FOI act is for. This is invariably business trying to get contract information. It also wastes a huge amount of time in departments that are already over stretched and under resourced. Sure there will be lazy employees everywhere but local government has suffered so much budget cuts there is bugger all fat left. Most are struggling to provide the statutory minimum. Where there are problems they are invariably with the elected members, not the employees (Northampton).

Android data slurping measured and monitored


Re: recaptcha?

The last paragraph is interesting, I was looking for something my son wanted but was now discontinued and only a few places had it. Ignoring all the spam Amazon click-bait link and we found a couple. A few days later the page for one of the suppliers was still open when Chrome loaded and as I moved the mouse of the website's search box, it came up in faint grey with an error containing fb, facebook pixl or similar. At this point I concluded that any searches done on that site were uploading metadata even though I have nothing to do with Facebook. The entire debacle has now got me looking in detail and trying to block even more outbound calls that are not necessary. As others have mentioned, the idiots that build these site just cannot conceive of the fact that users may not even have Facebook or Twitter or some other stupid account. The equally cannot conceive of the fact that what they are doing is probably morally or socially unacceptable. But these will be the same generation that have grown up sharing the minutia of their imibicle lives with the world without the slightest thought for the consequences. And this is of course why all these types of companies want young devs, etc. they simply have no concept of right, wrong, decency and what is acceptable, reflecting the views of those at the very top.

Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it


Basic Common Sense

One would hope that the financial regulators would have something to say about this. Any bank that signs up to this "in the interests of the customer" is just plain stupid. I fail to see any benefit for the user but huge benefits for the endless data grab that Facebook is doing. Facebook execs would sell absolutely anything to anyone to make money.

The current vomit-inducing adverts on UK television about how "Facebook is changing" are just laughable. Like any big tech (and by inference US based) company. That have repeatedly shown themselves to be utterly untrustworthy with anything but their own money. They will do absolutely anything to duck and dive privacy and regulation. The only people that look to be taking this on are the Germans and possibly Vestager in the EU.

Cisco drops a cool $2.3 billion on SaaSy outfit Duo Security


Re: All that was green now turns blue

That will totally stuff a great product that is economical for both private and corporate use. Something that is cheap and usable bought by Cisco, what could possible go wrong!!!!!

Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices


Re: Ab Fab economics

The labour to build it is cheaper, much cheaper, as will the raw materials and all the machinery. Then the running costs will be less due to the regulatory restrictions being reduced .

All those laws to protect the environment are generally significantly more lax in those areas.

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows


Re: application compatibility

Wine may run it but if the supplier of the software does not support it running on Wine then you are stuffed. My experience of Wine is that some stuff works, some partially works and a lot simply will not run. Then you have the issue of enterprise support. Opensource might be fine at home in a small business but unless you have commercial support with appropriate SLAs in place then it is going nowhere. Once you start paying for commercial licensing and support then the underlying OS becomes even more important as few are in the support matrix, REHL being the most common.

Add all those costs together and a commercial Linux solution is not going to be so different to a Microsoft solution. At that point you go with what fits and the unfortunate truth is that Windows wins over Linux most times. All the points mentioned in previous posts about replacements for AD are correct, they just don't exist in forms that are currently viable. These used to be Novell with eDirectory that was a serious AD killer, it even ran on Windows. Novell ported to a SLES derivative with Open Enterprise Server but it was still doomed. As with all these things, it probably was the best and the NSS filesystem left anything from Linux or Windows in the dark ages.

If Linux does get corporate adoption in the way Windows has it will be with a single commercial distro. What happens then, is all the ranting is to switch to the "Free" distros? Much of the hatred for Windows appears to be because it is not opensource & free. In the corporate world support and longevity matters.

Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE


What a load of bull!

The number of times we have "consultants" turning up with a Mac that will not connect to anything is just stupid. They these shiny iToys that then require a wheelbarrow full of additional parts to make them work, which they NEVER bring because it is too much of a pain . Even if they do have the right connector it them refuses to link up correctly. Then discover that it has only one part and cannot plug in the inevitable USB stick to get the presentation up.

Love it or hate it, even a basic consumer laptop will connect to an external monitor or projector. Add all the extra peripherals for Skype & conference calls and they just work.

They also have far too many problems connecting to services that in any organisation, because it is Windows centric, just work. Everything to do with these things at true enterprise scale is a serious pain in the arse, ultimately costing far more than supporting a regular business class PC/laptop. Just selling a few iToys at CEO level does not make it "enterprise ready". Sure they may have a place somewhere but I am buggered if I can see it in mainstream big business.

UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network


All the doers

There must come a point when Management have to reduce their own numbers, All too often it is the people doing the technical or productive work that are chopped leaving the desk jockeys with their feet up. There appears to be this belief (that is self-perpetuating) that the answer to any project that has failed to deliver is more management.

Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill


Re: In theory, and practise

I think that the entire thing is being approached from the wrong direction. Take all the politics and beliefs away and you are left with:

Unacceptable violence

Speech that is inciting hate/extremism/violence

Unacceptable sex

These are the fundamental things that need dealing with and for most of the part the current crop of US based companies shirk any responsibility. There is as much incitement coming out of Christian or other teachings that are deemed acceptable because they are Western in origins as there is from the Muslim aligned faiths. The problem with taking this approach is that it does not align with the political rhetoric that if you are not a friend of the US then you are evil. The freedom of expression that an uncontrolled Internet provides is also is downfall. There is so much junk returned in searches that it is getting more and more difficult to actually find what you want. Even simple searches can return huge quantities of useless results that land you on advert infested pages.

My biggest gripe is the amount of click bait links for items that are discontinued or not available (if they ever where) at a price. The later often is Amazon links that show an item at one price yet if you click on the link it is double that yet because you visited the page, all the metrics mean someone makes some money, just not from selling anything. We appear to have reached the sorry state where there is more money to be made from people visiting a page than actually buying things.

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally


Ah the Phone kit

I decided to swap the head unit in a VW from a Sat Nav with a tiny screen that was not much use to the same size unit I had in a previous Golf. All went well, I got the old one out without breaking any of the stupid little clips, found I had the correct connector and put it all back. A quick test and it all appeared fine until a few days later the phone would not connect.

A bit of research revealed that the cheap unit had Bluetooth built in whereas the replacement had a funky external module. I spoke to an acquaintance in the car radio business and he supplied me with the correct module and the advice, just plug it in to the loom a the back of the radio.

No chance, having taken the whole lot apart I could not see where the big plastic module was supposed to go. There were some references about it being under one of the front seats but there was not space (this was a Touran with drawers under the seats). Anyway, I gave up and took it to the acquaintance at the car radio outfit. I collected it later that day and thought nothing more of it. The vehicle went in for a service and they dealer needed to do something in the dashboard. At this point the Bluetooth module was revealed, wrapped in some card from a cereal packet floating around in the dashboard.

The Bluetooth unit does fit under the seat but needs the carpet removing for the wiring and a piece of moulded foam for it to sit in. The foam is often thrown away by the fitters as "packing" and why bother taking up the carpet if you can hide it in the dashboard.

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering


Cloud Panacea

The root of all this is that it is sold as a service an management do not give a stuff. IT is not their problem if it goes down they just quote SLAs et al and phone their account manager. No one really cares in the way they would if it was on prem. There you can scream at technical staff and play the blame game. Once it is in the cloud and something goes wrong, shrug shoulders, complain and a few ineffectual meetings, job done. Repeat every time it happens and continue to pay because it is too difficult now to do anything else.

Yes you can mitigate to a certain extent but the costs become prohibitive, significantly more than well managed on prem solutions. And that is where the second major point comes in, cloud is all recurrent expenditure driven and looks good on the books. This obsession with converting capital into recurrent keeps accountants happy as there are no lumps (just an ever-increasing expense). The ultimate cost to the business is ignored, it is just like everything else in society where the monthly payment is king. It does not matter if it costs four times the cost of owning it. Each payment looks small so everyone is happy,

Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums


Re: Clueless answers anyway

So not very different from Premier Support then.

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands


Re: In America, the driver is ALWAYS responsible

In which case then, ultimately Musk is responsible. It does not matter if he wrote the code, the buck has to stop somewhere. At the moment with all this self driving guff, there is no one responsible. Get some CEOs in the courts with manslaughter or dangerous driving charges and all of a sudden things will change.

That will not happen due to the amount of money behind these grubby tech outfits, and Tesla is a tech outfit. The provide a (albeit expensive) disposable piece of consumer electronics. If they were a car manufacturer they would not be having all these problems because safety usually comes first due to experience and all the regulation.

Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design



The bottom line is that there simply has to be some prosecutions here. If I had a crash because I could not stop due to the brakes being disabled there would be all sorts of laws being thrown at you.

Because this is seen as tech and all the crap associated with it , they are above the law.

The great Dell EMC storage slimdown: Giant to trim off product bloat


No Suprises Here

It is simple and many could foresee this happening. It was always going to end this way and anyone who thought otherwise was in La La land.

Dell are a bunch of double glazing salesmen, revenue at any costs.

How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked


And WhatsApp

The change in the T&Cs for WhatsApp is another, typical Facebook cop out. Essentially it is used by loads of people, including minors (not the underground type) to communicate. Recently a pop-up appeared where you just ticked a box to say you were over 16. How in hells name are kids just going to stop using it. They will just tick the box as the shites at Facebook say, well you agreed and then continue to sell the data. I have zero confidence in Facebook to be doing what they claim and keeping the two separate. They should never have been allowed to buy WhatsApp in the first place. If you read the T&Cs then there is every chance that data is being used for profile matching with Facebook accounts.

They are simply the worst bunch of money-grubbing lying scroats there is, along with most of the similar Silicon Valley app-based outfits.

Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more


Crux of the matter

And this ultimately is the real problem that no one is prepared to address. Automation the removes jobs with NO REPLACEMENTS is going to cripple society. Everything at the moment is about short-term gain and mega-profits for the few, usually already very rich corporations. Once the bubble has burst and there is no longer a majority to consume, use or whatever, they are stuffed. At that point all the mega rich will be on their yachts, islands or whatever without a care.

What happens when the working population is essentially menial jobs that cannot be automated (and do not contribute to tax) and very wealth corporate types (who also do not pay tax)?

Automation as it stands is going to destroy the so-called civilised world. The divide between the "haves & have not's" is going to get ever larger and recent history has already shown us that those in the new generation of "haves" have not a jot of concern for the outcome of any decision/action they take if it does not directly benefit them.

Arista: Sales up, profit up, share price down


Stock Market Shysters

These stock market people are the biggest bunch of shysters ever. Their sole existence is to make profit, usually as quickly as possible and at other people's (company's) expense.

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain


Re: Surprise Sighting

After "borrowing" the petrol from the various vehicles parked around G-ERTI to stop it taking off.

I always thought that commercial jets had under-wing pumped fuelling rather than a petrol cap on top. Now that would spoil the story.


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