* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Exploit kit development has gone to sh$t... ever since Adobe Flash was kicked to the curb

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"The Flash suite is over 20 years old and slated for retirement at 2020 at the latest."

No doubt the Beeb weather forecasts will be the last to go. Have they even had the memo?

What's an RDBMS? Don't ask the UK's data protection watchdog

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"Unfortunately for her, it then took a week for that warrant to be granted"

It might turn out to be fortunate in the long run if it strengthens her argument for better resources and powers. A great deal of commentary has been written along here apparently based on the assumption that delays etc are her fault rather than a consequences of the legal framework within which she has to work.

It's right that she should need a warrant to enter premises but why should that require a 5 hour delayed High Court hearing?

Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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Having read the report, or at least large sections of it, I wonder how the RUC managed 40 years or more ago when they may have had simultaneous incidents on the go. I suspect it wasn't a matter of trained Gold, Silver and Bronze commanders as everyone at all levels knowing what to do through rather too much experience.

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"Vodafone’s CEO ... assured the Home Office that migration to a new platform will provide the necessary fall-back."

Why is it still Vodafone making this assurance instead of some other company?

"The report recommends that the Home Office ensures henceforth that it has guarantees that disaster recovery arrangements are put in place to avoid the failures that plagued the NMAT on the night of the attack."

I'd like to think that the HO realise that disaster recover arrangements aren't actually in place until they've been properly tested and passed. And that they only actually remain in place whilst they continue to pass regular tests. If those conditions aren't met they're not disaster recover arrangements, they're just words. Even more importantly in this situation the prime system is itself a disaster handling system and subject to the same requirements.

Reading through the report it appears that the system had been used for a previous incident in another force and not made ready for re-use.

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"Until the chickens come home to roost."

Or get lost in transit in the case of KFC.

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Re: Muddling through

"I just hope lessons have been learned!"

Of course. They always are. Right up until next time.

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"Must be the same management consultants who advised KFC to change their logistics partner."

Not necessarily. After all, it's industry-standard performance.

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Re: Holy **** you can't make this stuff up.

"You could post them to NI to deal with Brexit there?"

DVLA is the YM usual place of banishment.

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Re: Yet again

"The fact that it's been permitted under contract is pretty disgusting particularly for a service like this."

There's an assumption there: did the contract allow it, was it silent or did it exclude it but outsourcing happened anyway?

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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The problem with this scheme is that so many users will go for the cheapest ISP and then "free" services such as FB which cash in by selling the users. If a bunch of ISPs stepped up and offered services with similar levels of traffic to FB etc their costs would go up and hence their prices unless they also sold their users. They wouldn't attract custom away from cheap ISP and "free" social network combination.

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Easy to blame the VSC

"being able to follow closely... is definitely the bane of modern F1"

One of them. Handing out grid penalties is another. All the artificiality around tyres is a third.

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Re: Same concept...

"Have used that many times to cut down wait time in traffic jams on the M25 around London."

ISTR the Rickmansworth junction being very good for that.

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Re: Follows old adage...

"it would allow the rich teams to build a different car optimised for each circuit"

It would also allow somebody with a really good idea to come in and trounce everybody. A really good idea like moving the engine from the front to the middle of the car which revolutionised the entire sport.

"or (cough 1980s Renault) a car which would only last one race."

Did they always last a whole race? McLaren would have been envious of an engine that did that last year.

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Re: Follows old adage...

"I long for the days when cars didn't have such things (like the 60's)."

I'd settle for the days when the teams had a good deal more freedom.

- Swept volume is x litres and configuration is what you want (remember BRM trying out an H16?).

- Use whatever tyres you want on whatever wheels you want and work out what you think is the best strategy (whe was it who built the 6-wheeler?).

Nowadays it seems that if the (bar) stewards found an engine ingested a stray fly during practice they'd give a 3 place grid penalty.

SAP Anywhere is gonna be absolutely nowhere: We're 'sunsetting' this service, biz tells punters

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"SAP Anywhere is giving its subscribers 30 days from when they receive their letters to move off the platform before their accounts are decommissioned."

So SMBs without any regular IT staff are being given a month - over a holiday period - to migrate back onto in-house systems they don't have?

They're obviously hoping that the customers will take the generous offer of return of the balance of their subscriptions (will SAP pay interest on those loans?) because they'll neither have time nor money to sue.

First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’

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Re: Bootloader locked?

"are there any methods in place to prevent you from changing the OS?"

Do you mean the sort of things you find if you search for Linux on Chromebooks"

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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"One of them looks to be drifting off into the Irish Sea."

This is one of the more hopeful aspects because of the DUP's likely reaction and May's need to avoid that. It could be the issue that politically* derails the whole thing. To think that I'm actually looking forward to the DUP doing something useful!

* AFAICS it would need to be derailed politically. Logic and reality aren't going to have any effect on these clowns.

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Re: Train has not left the station

"I think the UK Government will try and stay in the ESA"

I don't have much confidence that they will and less that they'll succeed.

The best outcome of stuff like this is that enough Brexit shit hits the fan over the next few months that enough MPs realise they have to demand another referendum and that a sufficient number of previously non-voting remainers vote whilst a few disillusioned leavers decide to stay at home.

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Re: Vermin

"I heard that the UK used to produce its passports itself through a taxpayer owned company which the Govt of the day sold off."

And continued to do so for some time after the sale. Try looking up the circumstances of the re-letting of the contract. It's ....interesting.

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Re: The Swiss are in it

"Good luck over there."

Thanks, we'll need it.

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Re: The Swiss are in it

"This isn't the old days of empire and the British Army/British Navy can't come in to enforce Pax Brittania"

In the absence of any gunboats in the RN I suppose we could send a rowing boat. Preferably a leaky one with Farage and his mates doing the rowing.

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'ventriloquist's dummy'

And where does the ventriloquist's hand go?

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"Remind me again why is anyone surprised at this news?"

Because we were only getting rid of the bad bits of the EU. Bits like the ECJ which provided a modicum of restraint on some of the more swivel-eyed ideas of various govts. But we were then supposed to get an agreement which allowed us to keep all the good bits. It's absolutely unbelievable that the EU should take on like this.

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Re: The Swiss are in it

"Just more petty politics."

That's what Brexit's about.

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What did they expect to happen? It's taking back control. It applies to the EU as well as the UK.

Never mind. We'll have all that spare cash so we can build our own space programme. A very big catapult should do it...

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: Loved the article on the BBC

"Put yourself in the average journo shoes. Facebook, for them, was a gifts from the gods. As soon as a crime or disaster happens, they raid the Facebook account of murderers and/or victims"

OTOH someone working RCJ's beat should have had the technical nous to keep a device for that task and no other. I wonder if the average journo's if their friends and families have woken up to the fact FB now have them linked to said murderers and victims.

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Re: Not an FB user. Can I delete my personal data?

It's his photo and his right to say "that's my nephew".

That's a debatable proposition. It becomes less debatable if he says "that's my nephew Pickled Aardvark" because it turns you into a data subject. What should become a real problem for FB, assuming you're in the EU, is for them not to say "I don't wish to know that, I'll pretend you never said it." unless you gave them permission to hang on to such information about you.

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Re: Sorry, I've got to say it...

"My data? They're welcome to it. It's worth nothing to me."

But what about all your friends and family whose data you're giving to FB? Did you ask their permission?

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Re: Most people do not care

"I may speak only for myself, but to me Facebook provides services that are irreplaceable. Fundamentally, it's a near-monopoly on users that makes it impossible not to have a Facebook account and still be able to - for example - be efficiently invited to a friend's party, or see your family's holiday photos, or keep up loose contact with distant friends."

People keep saying stuff like this but it's only got that way because you collectively let it happen to you. You can equally collectively change to one or several of the alternatives which you probably also considered irreplaceable in the past and that still remain as viable as they ever were and which those of us who didn't get suck[er]ed in still use. It's up to you to take back control (far more effectively than voting for Brexit did).

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Re: Most people do not care

"The fact is the majority of people do not care."

And the majority of people aren't taking to the streets to protest about govt. slurp. There's going to be a strong correlation between the people who care about corporate slurp and those who care about govt slurp.

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Re: This is what could really do Zuckwit and his company serious harm

Or hilarious harm depending on your point of view.

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Re: I'm (not) sorry

"1. Someone asks for your number

2. You give it to them"

AFAICT from the OP it's more like:

1. Someone asks for his number

2. He asks them about the security of their phone

3. Depending on the answer he gives them the number

else he doesn't.

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Re: well

"Sorry left pondians but your regime, that treats all personal data as the sole property of whatever corporate entity happens to have a copy of it, is going to have a rough time shortly."

Please don't apologise.

How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

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Re: Nudge + Dev Ops = The Bleedin' Obvious + Buzzword Bullshit (apparently)

"principal engineer and platform tech lead"

It's the "engineer" and "tech lead" bit that's puzzling. People without any tech background coming into IT in management roles and spouting this stuff is nothing new but the titles suggest someone who actually does have that background. Or is it just how they label managers over there?

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Re: Problem is...

"True leaders are like eagles... Beautiful, powerful, majestic"

And apt to carry off livestock.

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The view from local government:

"Ensuring litter bins are available accompanied by adequate signs..."

Costs money. Bad.

"...rather than imposing on-the-spot fines."

Brings in money. Good.

"It was seized upon by politicians"

Guess which was the 'it' the politicians seized on.

We need to go deeper: Meltdown and Spectre flaws will force security further down the stack

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Re: "we will see more technologies that sit between the hardware and the software."

"security agencies hoarding vulnerabilities"

But not hoarding them well enough to keep them out of the hands of the malware authors.

Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

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Re: Biggest point - glossed over.

"and let them sweat it for, say, an hour"

And make sure the beancounters' stuff is the last to get restored.

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Re: No shame in cocking up!

"Let's hope none leek out"

Then we'd be in the soup. Cock-a-leekie.

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Re: Incremental backups?

"ISO 9001 only specifies that you have a process and follow that process in a documented fashion. It doesn't specify that the process has to be any good or have any value."

That was one of the objections I had about ISO 9001. It was supposed to be a quality management standard but providing the "quality" was repeatable it didn't matter how bad it was. I kept calling the mediocrity management system.

We introduced it after TQM. It was supposed to bea step up from that. As TQM had a mantra of Get it right First Time Every Time I wanted to know how, if we were already doing that, it could be a step up.

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Re: Don’t need human error for that

"mirrored the drive - the new drive that is, over the remaining good drive"

It seems to be a standard feature of mirroring judging by the number of times I've heard of that.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Re: Copyright

"Why should not all this aggregation of my life be massive copyright violation for commercial gain, a criminal offense?"

1. It'll be buried in the T&Cs that you're granting them a licence if not the actual copyright. It will be explicit.

2. Even it wasn't it's usually a matter of civil rather than criminal law.

3. If it's people you know entering data about you without your permission it could be if you were living in the right jurisdiction.

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Re: Our experience is varied

"but organising things with other parents just don't happen without it"

Right now is your opportunity. Dropping FB is suddenly becoming trendy. They may just need the push to join the trend.

Organising stuff for our grandchildren, as far as we're concerned, has to happen and does happen without it.

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Re: What do Hitler, Nix and Zuckerberg have in common?

"One ball?"

Which of them has it?

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Re: What it will take for people to change

"Why should 'Data-oil' be different?"

Data and oil are very different.

Oil is a source of energy. Energy is useful. You can do actual work with it.

"Data" in the sense it's being used here is of very dubious intrinsic value. The most intrinsically valuable piece of data about me as far as advertisers are concerned is that I react very negatively to being advertised at and that's the one piece of data that the advertising industry would want to keep away from their suckers advertiser clients.

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Re: Limited resources

"That's why they add value"

The only value FB has is in suckering the advertising industry to advertise on it. The only value the advertising industry has is in suckering advertisers to take money from their customers and give it to them. It's all a big con.

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Re: don't worry, our ads aren't as effective as we told you

"If I had a share in Google for every time I've seen apparently intelligent people claiming that ads don't work, I could have retired a decade ago."

No doubt you could. But what bearing does that have on the validity of the claim?

I keep saying this: the one thing the advertising industry sells is advertising. Not soap. Not over-acidified flavoured fizzy sugar solutions. Not cars. Advertising.

The real scandal of this is that the vendors of those products not sold by the advertising industry take good money from the rest of us as part of the price and give it to the advertising industry because they've been suckered into buying advertising. That's why your shares in Google would have prospered.

Just when you thought it was safe to go ahead with microservices... along comes serverless

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Surely after "serverless" we'll get "codeless" where you just wish for something to happen and it magically happens.

Then "wishless" where stuff magically happens without even having to wish. It all hits the buffers when it gets to "magicless" and people have to start doing actual work and thinking about things.

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Re: Is it just me

"However, those costs are less than the savings made from not having hardware sitting doing nothing."

That depends on how much hardware is sitting waiting for stuff to be spun up. There would need to be some slack in there and it's going to be an overhead that gets charged on to the customers somehow. If the service is there but idle it should get swapped out, minimising the hardware it uses; how does the work of swapping it back in compare with spinning up a new instance?

UK's data watchdog seizes suspected Scottish nuisance caller's kit

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"Although an old news report"

Of course it's an old news report. It's an actual news report. Current Beeb news site pages tend to be restricted to a video and a selection of tweets but mostly links to other pages restricted to video and a selection of tweets.

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