It's not his lock to pick.
94 posts • joined 16 Nov 2015
Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?
Watchdog asks UK.gov to reissue freedom of information guidance after councils are told to STFU about Brexit plans
Re: This is going to be embarrassing
..oh wait, no there are some plans - everyone's booked vacations abroad in April ..
No, holidays will be taken in March .. after that we'll be limited to only a couple of bottles of wine duty free. (at least the anomaly of it being cheaper for me to drive from Scotland and buy my whisky in Spain will go away)
Re: I lost a spanner
I've always use Haynes manuals as guidance rather than gospel, though religiously buying one for every "new" purchase of a car or motorbike - they invariably paid for themselves after a few months of buying someone else's problems.
I didn't lose a spanner, but found a dropped and lost screwdriver after a few years that had fallen between the radiator and fan (1960s or 70s mini, escort or transit van .. memory's a bit dim). The acrylic handle had been polished to 45 degrees and was a spit away from causing <shudder> grief </shudder>.
The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings
Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe
Re: I guess plod IQ problems are universal...
I stay by my original assessment. Das Plod is either fumbling the ball here or there is something else at work like f.e. a grey import with reflashed numbers.
I'd suggest not fumbling, just looking for more evidence .. e.g. to correlate with other potential perps; they may have the device but not the operator; see where else they've been (physically, and on t'Internet), and so on.
MAC not used to connect to mobile network...
The article suggested the device was probably a Motorola smartphone, in which case it has both IMEI and MAC. As has been noted, the manufacturer should be able to link the IMEI and MAC, and a bit of poking around phone records should then turn up an IMSI if it is a smartphone .. but the authorities are well aware of that (according to anecdotes the presenter gave us on a UMTS training course back in the day).
Apple blew my mind – literally, says woman: MagSafe plug sparked face-torching blaze, lawsuit claims
Re: Recursion is difficult
It was a dark and stormy night, and the Captain said to Antonio "Antonio tell us a tale"; so, Antonio told us a tale, and it went like this:
"It was a dark and stormy night, and the Captain said to Antonio "Antonio tell us a tale"; so, Antonio told us a tale, and it went like this:" ..
Re: @A.P. Veening Economists - In 1889?
Why not the keel too, it's heavier than led. There was one well known and quite successful French yachtsman who had a keel of uranium in his offshore racing yacht for that reason.
I trust you mean denser. A kilo of lead is far heavier than a gram of uranium.
Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?
Nope, downvote for OP and downvote for you as well. Misuse of apostrophe is the only crime I'll countenance flogging for...
I'm surprised you didn't give up at the first sentence ..
".. our weekly column of reader’s technical triumphs.
Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere
Re: Scottish college?
"Edinburgh University. The clue is in the name. Heathens."
Wrong. From the Uni's website:
"The University of Edinburgh's academic structure is based on three Colleges containing a total of 20 Schools."
- College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
- College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
- College of Science & Engineering
[ and, of course, with three colleges it means the apostrophe is in the wrong place "..the Scottish college's websites and wireless network gateways are down ]
Re: Scotland wide
"Local holidays in Scotland have nothing to do with bank holidays. Scottish bank holidays are Scotland wide."
you would think so, but it's not that simple as Banks in Scotland do not always close on Scottish bank holidays, and neither are they statutory holidays.
"So what's the story about the two different holidays? "
In England, everyone's on holiday on the same day, everything's shut and the roads are gridlocked as everyone tries to head to the beach.
Holidays in Scotland are staggered, so, for example, Glasgow's on holiday but, say, Paisley isn't, meaning the day trippers have somewhere to spend their cash, the load on the popular destinations is spread over a few weeks, and the roads aren't as congested as much of the country is still working a 9-5.
There are a few downsides, for example if you work in an area that has different holidays to a child's school.
Until a couple of days ago I had a football-sized wasps' nest outside the house, however the wasps haven't been a problem and they seemed to be doing a good job of removing aphids. I was wondering about how to remove the nest but a family of sparrows tore it to shreds and the wasps have all but vanished.
I take a bit more care of drinking outdoors ever since a few years ago I took a swig from a can that contained a wasp; it stung the back of my tongue, but fortunately I don't have a bad reaction so it was just a painful surprise rather than anything more serious.
The paltry 2% leave got should never have been enough to trigger this clusterfuck.
That didn't work for the Scottish independence referendum in 1979.
Around 52% of the voters supported the proposal, however Margaret Thatcher had determined that at least 40% of the electorate had to vote yes for it to progress .. so of course it didn't.
If only Cameron had taken a leaf out of the Iron Lady's book we wouldn't be where we are today.
Re: out of paper!
That reminds me of the embarrassing blunder I made at a new job in the 1980s.
I was looking through a database on a Friday afternoon and spotted something interesting so sent it to the print queue. I arrived Monday morning to find several boxes of wide line printer paper on my desk .. I'd somehow managed to dump the entire database. I still have a few hundred sheets for old times sake.
A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers
The biggest problem with doing it that way was that many portable cassette recorders had Auto Gain, resulting in horribly loud hissing for quiet bits such as the lead-in lead-out and gaps between tracks, never mind the enhanced rumble, rumble, clunk from the turntable.
Re: From a maritime safety perspective...
Power gives way to sail, and as it looks as though the ship's (marginally) on starboard tack they should be stand-on vessel to just about everyone until they near the shipping lanes.
[For the 'lubbers amongst you, the stand-on vessel is obliged to maintain course and speed.]
Re: Ah, memories.
that brought back so many memories ..
1. I ran a training course for Saudi Telecom in Riyadh. I checked everything worked in advance from the hotel. All went well on-site until I wanted the class to log in to a large Oracle database back in blighty. The great Saudi firewall kicked in and wouldn't let us connect, no matter what devious route we tried. I took a chance on inviting everyone back to the hotel for tiffin, where we could bypass the firewall using the hotel's satellite connection. I still get goosebumps thinking about all the things that could have gone wrong with that.
2. Oreo break. That same class in Saudi almost gave me a heart attack. I took a few packs of shortbread with me to share at the coffee/prayer breaks. With a deadpan face the local boss picked one up, pointed at the list of ingredients, and said that it contained pork fat ... he let me stew for a about 30 seconds before the class burst out laughing. [I believe a flogging is the standard punishment for importing pork products]
3. meeting rooms. This time I was running a course in Mumbai. I did my preparation, and confirmed a room had been booked. I turned up early to set up, and yes, a room was available. It was a bit on the small side, with no ventilation, but would probably be fine for the small IT group that I was due to train on some super new stuff (real time GSM fraud). The grapevine must have been working overtime, as more and more folk turned up .. I abandoned the idea of a formal course and ended up doing a high level presentation and live demo to a couple of hundred folk in a lecture theatre ... now, if they'd only asked for that in the first place.
Re: It's Scotland
"In one episode they went in the front door (Strathclyde University), and looked out the office window at the Kingston Bridge (the old Strathclyde Council Roads Dept office) which is over a mile away, as the crow flies."
They were good at that .. there was one episode where they were having a conversation on the pontoons in Kip Marina (on the Clyde coast) and continued the scene, and sentence, along Portobello promenade on the other side of the country.
"here's a simpler idea:"
It's not new though, I've been doing that for the last 20 years.
There is, however, a downside; there's a lot of random (though easily filtered) cr*p that arrives.
Imagine taking all the possible slurped prefixes from @yahoo.com or @gmail.com and then finding them in the inbox for @your_domain
.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job
"And as a final piece of advice about the Disney parks:- if you want thrilling roller coasters, go to Busch Gardens or Seaworld instead."
If you want a thrilling Star Wars roller coaster ride, take a Land Cruiser trip over the dunes to the real Tattooine and the remains of the Star Wars set of the same name.