* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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Re: First Hand Experience


Any other bank. They might be slightly better. Just slightly.

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Re: Cashless Swedes

"How does this work if you are a child? Want to buy a bag of toffees for 0.5Euro?"

Toffees are probably banned 'cause they're bad for your teeth.

I'm not sure how Swedish prices compare with Norway but a while ago someone at a client came back from a trip to Norway and said "It's a great place. You can buy anything for £25 - a beer ... a sandwich...". On that basis there'd be no problem; nothing too cheap to buy with plastic.

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Re: Truly Shambolic Bank

Didn't they used to be known as, "The Bank That Likes To Say Yes"?

Under the Lloyds' ownership I found them to be the bank, or at least branch, that says "don't care".

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Re: Another false claim...

what an incredible typical response

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Re: For goodness' sake

"If I was a Project Manager and this was my project, I'd have been pushed out of the door a *long* time ago!"

He probably was pushed out to save costs.

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Re: Loss of customers

"they still only lost less than .25% of customers."

The other 99.75% are still trying to get enough access to switch.

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Re: "CEO said city law firm Slaughter and May is conducting an independent review"

"They know they can't get rid of it, so they do what they can to strip it to the bone."

I wonder if we may be reaching a turning point. When everybody's reached the bottom the next logical step is a race to the top.

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Re: Another false claim...

"I would buy an edible hat if I were you, his yachting/golfer mates will soon find him some other highly paid job ideal for an ignorant and lazy of his kind."

Note the OP said in an FI regulated business. That may well be the case if the regulators so decide. But it wouldn't stop him popping up in another capacity. Perhaps a career in politics beckons.

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"There is no one who feels more for TSB customers than me," a grovelling Pester told MPs.

By now we've learned exactly what credence to attach to your statements.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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"The SC part reminds me of this piece of crap: Visual SourceSafe."

You must be too young. SCCS. Where do you thing MS got the idea from?

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The really smart thing would be SCVFS: Source Control Virtual File System which would only define an interface. The interface would provide the semantics but the implementation could be Git or any other source control S/W.

Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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I didn't know you needed an armoured vehicle to transfer cryptocurrency.

At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Re: How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

"Given how long this has been going on does it have competitors?"

That Spectrum console thing?

NHS England fingered over failure to forward patient correspondence

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Re: outsourced the work and thought also the responsibility

"We won't get service improvement in the NHS until it starts bringing stuff back in house."

It depends on who's then doing it in-house. If it's the same lot of fungible managers who see things as a structure of cost centres and contract terms it won't change. If it's someone who sees things in terms of patients being treated then it might. The traditional hospital management largely depended on people who'd come up through the medical and nursing ranks.

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Re: True story.

"Why is the optician contacting your GP? Your optician should let YOU know and YOU should contact whatever healthcare provider you want to provide the service."

The GP is, presumably, the OP's healthcare provider of choice, at least in the first instance although there may then be a further specialist referral. Secondly, the optician will be providing specialist information so a written communication of some kind is preferred - would it really be a good idea to rely on the patient remembering everything correctly? Thirdly, there's a lot of value in having the various providers cooperate and especially having one of them act as a central point to keep all the information together and the GP, who can be expected to have a longer term relationship with the patient being that person.

"Patients should be in control of their treatment, not some archaic old boys club."

What matters ultimately is quality of care. The local providers working relationships can contribute to that.

Earlier this year SWMBO had a black patch appear in part of her visual field. There was some delay in getting an optician's appointment but as soon as he saw her he rung the local hospital and got an appointment there the same afternoon, she was seen then and operated on, successfully, next day for a partial detached retina. Both optician and consultant agreed time was of the essence to avoid permanent damage.

You apparently see such an arrangement as being the operation of an old boy's club to the disadvantage of the patient. We saw it as an efficient handling of a problem avoiding her losing the sight of an eye. You can keep your view and my wife can keep her sight.

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Re: "concerns over its debts owed to private equity parent, Rutland Partners"

"There wasn't a service level agreement in the contract for telling anyone about misdirected post."

Capita are definitely getting slipshod. In the old days they'd have got this added on as an expensive change to contract. It's not surprising they're losing money. If they keep missing things like this how will they be able to afford executive bonuses?

Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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Have they tried asking for a moratorium?

Australia wants tech companies to let cops 'n' snoops see messages without backdoors

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Re: It's simple

"Oh no; they understand alright."

Not if they're in the Amber Rudd class of elected official (remember hashtags?) - whether this guy is in that class I don't know.

What you have to remember is that behind the elected officials are a group of unelected officials who do understand. They prefer their politician front not understanding. That way the front don't know they're talking bollocks and are so much more convincing because they actually believe what they're saying. Could you have spouted such stuff and kept a straight face?

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Re: It's simple

"I stopped reading your comment at that point"

I almost did so too. What you missed was a short, well-stated summary of exactly what's wrong with key escrow or, indeed, any other form of back door..

Pwn goal: Hackers used the username root, password root for botnet control database login

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Even when the errors are as basic as this it really isn't a good idea to publish them. Just let them make the same mistake elsewhere.

Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

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If you're going to run "unzip" as an administrator then you're very careless.

Or you're doing it deliberately. It's been a way to install or update stuff since forever. If you didn't intend to give an absolute path when you created your tar it's also been a way to make a balls-up for just as long. I'm sure somebody would have a "Who, me?" story on that.

Continental: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones. GDPR, innit?

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Re: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones

"So they blew a gasket."

Well played, sir.

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"Whether the ban will achieve anything beyond pushing its employees to using their personal devices for work messaging is perhaps a different matter..."

This must be a concern for compliance in general: individual employees or departments going behind the DPO's back to keep their own records will get the company in trouble.

Amazon scam trio primed for prison stretch after million-dollar fraud

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Re: Trust and lack of trust.

"suffer being vetted"

"vetted" is also a euphemism for something a little more drastic. That would be a deterrent.

US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

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Perhaps a 3rd option is needed such as putting IANA under a consortium of registrars. Make that a 4th option if the ITU is being considered as the 3rd.

Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Re: Surely the solution is simple

"Throw abandoned scooters in your nearest skip/dumpster"

It only really works if skip-diving's illegal but it would ease the litter problem.

Here's a transaction Transamerica regrets: Transgressors swipe retirees' personal info

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If they have 5.4 million account holders it's very likely some would have been EU resident even if there weren't any amongst the 45,000. Have they notified EU regulators?

Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: So what did you want?

"If this was the best choice for Github, then Github was already doomed and is fully worthy of being abandoned."

I think you may have missed the point. The OP was right, Github was doomed financially without someone buying it. For the corporation and its investors it probably was the best choice.

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Re: So what did you want?

"the recruiter attitude"

I think, in fact, that point was made on a drift OT about LinkedIn and whether it was essential but there does seem to be a scenario where recruiters want to see candidates having published code on GitHub or similar.

This seems to reflect the situation in science where a young researcher needs to have published, preferably in a reasonably prestigious journal. That has given the journal publishers an opportunity for gouging. I think the long term solution there will be for universities and libraries to offer themselves as online publishing houses, that being the cheaper alternative to buying print journals. Perhaps there's also a need for someone, possibly the universities, to provide a pro bono equivalent for open source publication.

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Re: So what did you want?

"This was the best choice for GitHub. Suck it up."

It - or any of the others you mention - may have been the best choice for GitHub.

That doesn't make it the best choice for their users. Their problem started long ago - by putting stuff there so they came to depend on something without a revenue stream to support it. For some an in-house server would have have been a good idea, instead they accepted being subsidised by a business burning VCs' capital and as you point out, that couldn't last. Others seem to have got sucked in to having to put stuff there because of the recruiter attitude displayed by one poster in a previous thread; had GitHub not existed that whole scenario wouldn't have developed.

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Re: "We love developers"

But I couldn't eat a whole one.

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Re: "M$ is doing experiments how to brainwash the open source"

"Basically, they've been brainwashed in working for free while others reap the real, huge benefits."

You think all those devs working for Intel, Google, Red Hat etc. work for free? No wonder you're posting A/C. I wonder who your upvote was from - JJ Carter?

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Re: The Git in Github etc.

At some point that advertising bubble is going to burst.

Grrr. Had to shorten the title. El Reg: why not set the maximum length of a first title at 4 less than the title after you've added the "Re: "?

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Re: Opportunities

"Houston, we have an opportunity!"

An insuperable opportunity.

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Re: @Updraft102 - If GPL is that toxic

"With GPL those who want to use it must contribute back (either they like it or not) to the community."

No. This is a a caricature arising from the notion that everyone is a programmer. That notion is, I'm sad to say, sheer elitism The caricature fails on several grounds:

1. There is no restriction on who can use GPL S/W. Many users would have no skills to give anything back, nor do they want to acquire those skills, nor should anyone assume they'd want to. Many users who do have such skills have no need to make amendments what could be contributed back.

2. If a user makes some modifications for their own use and does not distribute S/W they do not have to make such modifications available to anyone.

3. The actual requirement is that if someone distributes the S/W, whether in original or modified form, to someone else they must provide the source code as distributed. The nature of the licence is such that any such modifications could be picked up by the wider community. There's a built-in assumption that this would happen but there's still no requirement to publicise the existence of such modifications nor to pass them to the maintainers so it's not guaranteed.

4. Someone who makes a modification can attempt to contribute it back to the community but there's no guarantee that the maintainers will accept it.

The converse notion, that those who use BSD S/W do so because they don't want to contribute back and are somehow being parasites on BSD developers is also a caricature, partly for 1. above and partly because the BSD developers have chosen to work with such a licence and, one must, presume, OK with anyone using their work in that manner. BTW, this is not to say anything about the extent to which Apple contribute to BSD: for all I know they may contribute back work of their own or support developers in some way or do nothing - I have no knowledge of that.

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"Business developers, not devs, talk about opportunities."

There's the insane "nothing bad" management style that insists on thinking of things as opportunities, not problems.* It might not be how MS sees these opportunities but it might be the way devs see them when they encounter them.

* Note that "problem" seems to be almost totally replaced by "issue" in current usage.

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"judge us by the actions"

We have.

Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

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Re: So...

Bet clueless directors and execs will go away from her talks thinking it was great, ignoring the fact massive security breaches happened on her watch that should never have.

FTFY. The missing comma changes the sense entirely. But have an upvote for what you meant.

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"I'll be dammed if I'm going to out myself on social media for this industry."

Social media? El Reg? We're anti-social and proud of it. BOFHdom is a thing to aspire to.

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In other words "do as I say, not as I did". AKA being wise after the event.

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: you must accept the scientific fact that placebo ... works.

It's the camp-followers of woo and "memory of water" and that hogwash that grind my gears.

This is also essential for the placebo effect to come into play. There needs to be something to trigger the magical thinking in the patient.

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Re: This is why science rocks

"If placebo works, homeopathy also works. It doesn't mean I condone the people and companies which sell homeopathic drugs for obscene sums of money."

In so far as the placebo effect allows homoeopathy to work the obscene amounts of money must be justified. If it costs that much it must be perceived as powerful medicine which perception is essential for the placebo effect to come into play.

It's much the same effect as that which causes corporations to take note of expensive consultants telling them what anyone in the work-force could have told them (and been ignored).

Yarrrr, the Business Software Alliance reckons piracy be down, me hearties

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"use of unlicensed software is dropping, it is due to a fear of malware rather than a worry of a visit from the lawyers."

Could it also be that more and better Open Source alternatives are available?

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"t's the GDP to price radio"

Nice Freudian slip in the context of piracy.

UK has data adequacy issues? Oof, that's too bad! says Isle of Man

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"partly to ensure the economy didn't become too heavily reliant on e-gaming – the government took a bet on digital cash and exchanges."

And how do these differ from e-gaming?

Missed our Continuous Lifecycle conference? Relive it in video

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Thanks for the videos. They give me a chance to miss it a second time.

'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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" I'd suggest that the authorities are not fit for purpose."

We're pretty sure they aren't anyway.

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Re: Tesco Does Not Know More About Me

"Then they play muzak, so I go the extra mile to Lidl instead."

Upvoted for the Lidl reference: no music, no ads, no burbling DJs. Peace and quiet.

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Re: Tesco Does Not Know More About Me

"Not when it's switched of, they aren't. And mine is switched off"

Similar situation here except that the phone's probably switched on but left at home and possibly with a flat battery. In any case it's a fairly ancient one and although it has GPS I can never get it to work properly - it probably wants a data SIM which the PAYGO isn't in order to get maps or something.

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: IBM Software

"They'd obviously decided it was easier/cheaper to just update the manual, than fix the software!"

The converse of the Feynman story. As part of the Challenger investigation he was looking at the process for recycling the booster segments after they'd been knocked out of round. There were a series of holes and the opposite ones at the point of the bulge had to be lined up in a machine to apply a squeeze. There were problems counting off the correct number of holes to locate the correct pair. He suggested painting a series of marks so only a few holes would have to be counted off. He was told it would be too expensive. "To paint a few marks?" "No, to update the manuals."

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