* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

418 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015


SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything's fine ... Security industry: No, it's really not


Re: Do we have admission of the attacks?

Would be nice, but since it'll never happen have an upvote and a beer instead

Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support



"It’s all very well being able to get the mobile signal to the eNodeB on the street light but getting the voice or data from the lights to the phone network is a tougher problem.

TTP kind of employs a SEP (somebody else’s problem) field solution to this, but offers a partial answer in the form of an a Gigabit interface for S1/X2 and provides Power Over Ethernet..."

And there's the elephant in the room. It still requires digging up the roads/pavements, or persuading existing infrastructure owners to permit access to their ducting. So massive, widespread, long-term disruption with lamp post cells, instead of localised short-term disruption from building a bigger cell tower with more coverage.


Ongoing drive,,,

Around here there's an ongoing drive to turn off street lights between midnight and 5 am as the council's skint.

Hopefully that means each individual lamp is controlled so it may be switched on/off remotely without killing the power supply. Knowing how our council likes to "plan" things they probably just pull the plug at the control centre. That's the kind of thing that could kill this idea dead.

Can't imagine residents being happy about loss of mobile signal overnight. Sure, I'd hope there'd be fallback to a larger cell, but I can easily see the cellco's removing the larger cells if they have street-light coverage. Cost savings and all that.

Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins


>Their answers is to talk to the bully and explain how they're hurting your feelings...

Reminds of a conversation with my 5 year old son's school teacher about bullying. One of his classmate's had been pushing him around, literally, and telling the teacher was doing nothing.

Should have seen the look of horror on her face when we said we teach our son that if someone tries to hurt him he has the right to defend himself, to fight back. We do not teach him that he can start a fight, only that self defense is allowed.

"Oh no. No no no. You can't do that. No, when we are told of one child bullying another, we talk to the aggressor an give them a sad cloud over their sunshine."

Say what? A sad cloud covering their photo on the classroom wall for a day. Yeah that'll show them once and for all not to be a bully.

In the end my son had enough of being pushed around and very loudly threatened his attacker that he'd throw him into the rubbish bin. He's 5 remember. Did the trick though. He's not been bullied since.

Talking to bullies does not work. Never has. It only reinforces how much pain they've inflicted and boosts their ego. Plus they get in trouble, which they don't like and will only ever make the bullying worse.

I don't like confrontation, certainly would prefer not visit violence on anyone, but with bullies it's all they understand.

Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview


Re: Can run cross platform (XP?)

Do you seriously mean you spent the last 14 years thinking Windows XP was supposed to be cross platform?


Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan


Re: But...

If you're then only adult in the house, it's likely you would be considered responsible. If your sons etc. are over majority age, big content should have to prove who did the deed. Of course big content don't give a crap about this and will attempt to sue whomever the holds the account linked to the infringing IP address regardless of how many other people had access.

Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver


Re: re: The meteor ... didn't hit Earth so much as we hit it

Well we did hit it from behind, so that'd be our fault. Gaia!! Stop texting whilst driving and look where you're fucking going!

Rule 1: Never admit liability

iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins


@boltar Re: Not smart.

Slow down there big man. It's not that simple.

Last time I checked, the Natwest app doesn't allow money to be sent to just anyone. It can only send money to accounts that have been previously registered as payees in the full online banking website, and at least one payment to them has to have already been made on the website.

Otherwise all you can do is see how much is in there, and send money to existing payees already set up. Of course the thief might be an existing payee, and some thieves are stupid enough to send money to themselves, but it's unlikely.

Worst case is your gummy-bear wielding chancer gets a cardless cashpoint code, which is only good for a few hundred quid. Sure that might clean out some accounts, but we're not talking thousands and thousands.

To set up a payee requires logging in to full online banking, having the bank card, its pin and the card reader. If your thief has all that you were already screwed long ago.

Home Office wins appeal against £224m e-Borders payout


The balls on Raytheon...

...to screw up so badly our gov cancels a contract and still demand termination charges.

Given the shit gov.uk battles to carry on with despite ongoing monumental cockups, this one must have been a fucking disaster.

Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP


"My 1TB box did that a few weeks back. I didn't bother call Sky support. I just turned it off and on again. All my future recordings came back again."

I never once said I called Sky about this. A quick search of their forum was all that was needed.

"Actually, I turn my Sky box off and on once a month (when I remember) because earlier versions tended tended to trash the hard drive after a few weeks."

And you find this acceptable because...?

I'd prefer they just got it right given how many years they've been in this game. Seems like they should have nailed it down better by now.


"Sounds to me like a standard response from a non-tech user."

If you're talking about me, you couldn't be more wrong.

Needing to reboot indicates the software has gotten into a situation it can't handle and hasn't be coded to fail gracefully. These things should be picked up during testing and dealt with properly, instead of resorting to "turn it off and on again" for every issue.

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Re: WOW!

Whilst el Reg is throwing its weight around could they please please demand Microsoft fix VS2013 so it doesn't spend most of a build cancelling nondescript tasks instead of actually building something...?

Pretty please?

I like VS2013 but this behaviour is a frustrating time waster.


Not just Pace and Samsung boxes. My Amstrad box recently dumped most of the future recordings I'd set up on series link.

And WTF Sky? Turn it off and on again!?! This is 2015 not 1995. Standard cop-out answer from "technical" support that knows less about tech than a Neanderthal.

Product testing. We've heard of it.

First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Two things

I was thinking the same thing about (1). Your wording puts it more eloquently than I could :)


"He added while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims, HMRC was targeting individual departments and making them pay back the tax."

Funny that. Whereas, us regular plebs would be in the dock for VAT fraud. "Ooops sorry, I made a terrible mistake" somehow wouldn't cut it.

Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal


Say what?

So... if I do something illegal then people find out, that automagically legalises my actions?

Game on, then.

Hey biz – cut fraud with digital ID verification. Yes, like Verify – Maude


Security is hard

"The internet is a fundamental part of everyday life, so internet security needs to be easy and convenient..."

Security - real, proper security - is hard. Convenient and easy security ain't secure.

For shit like, oh I don't know, filing tax returns, passport and driving licence applications, identify verification, these seem like things that demand proper security.

Entrusting ID verification to some "approved" private 3rd party and hoping they don't screw the pooch in their eternal quest for maximum profit at minimum cost doesn't sounds like an improvement.

Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch


That's easy...

I can just imagine the engineers going to the marketing drones who came up with "unlock by phone" with this little gem, only to be told "Don't worry we can chuck a 2 quid USB charger in with the purchase price. Make it a freebie. Our customers can charge their phone then they're able to unlock the doors. Why are you looking at me like that!?! It's flawless!"


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