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Boffins debunk study claiming certain languages (cough, C, PHP, JS...) lead to more buggy code than others

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What a load of crap!

Irrespective of langauage, it comes down to your attitude.

Bad coders with bad practices and a bad attitude, create bad code.

Good coders, conscienous coders write good, fault tolerant code.

I know people who think exception handling is something the user should do via emails when they simply spit out a failure message from a piece of code! I hate the idea that a process I write will fail so I probably spend an inordinate amount of time writing handlers, backup and correction routines that will try everything possible before giving up and apologising to the operator/user that process X has failed.

The reason is that when something fails there's usually about 2 days of blame apportioning emails flying back and forth between people trying to pass the buck, I don't have time for that nonsense. So if I can do everything in my power to avoid all that, people waste less company time and money arguing and more time doing something else, even if it's less productive at least it's not near me or my processes or code.

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Re: Remind me again why ...

Come on now! It's because PHBs understand it and if they can understand it, then it must be good. So they invite people in from MS who tell them how great the cloud products are and how much money they will save by sacking all their onprem staff, especially those know-it-all ones with 20+ years solid experience of IT. Then it'll be easy to sell it to the upper/board management of the company looking to squeeze every single penny they can from the company.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Wrong way mouse

I knew several people who used the mouse with the cable running under their hand and they'd move with one hand, reached over with the other hand to click the buttons! I remember using a mouse on my Amstrad CPC as early as 1986, the picture on the box actually showed you how to hold it and how to operate it, it was never rocket science but somehow in the mid 90's people still hadn't got any idea.

A picture tells a 1,000 words. Pixels pwn up to 5 million nerds: Crims use steganography to stash bad code in ads

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Come on, that's cool!

Love these sorts of attacks, they're so clever. Like the obsfucated JScript using a variant style of BrainF**k. It's just gibberish to most but if you start to pull it apart it reveals something similar, each character used to build the malicious script is meticulously put together by interpreting a tiny limited set of non-alpha chars and the way they get interpreted.

They're scum for sure, but the bad guys want something so badly they will push the limits of simple technologies to keep us on our toes, and they keep IT and coding so interesting you never stop learning.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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The world is a big place and I want my share

I didn't get to be a billionaire by giving my money away, I invested and got people to lend or even give me it, my first instinct is not money but for playing the games that get me money. Money is just tokens for playing "the game of life", the harder to you work the more tokens you get the more you win. My first instinct is to make sure my business and investments keep making those tokens. Doesn't mean I don't have some love of the country of my birth, however I've spent the last 5-10+ years travelling the world in pursuit of my interests and by seeing the huge diversity of what's out there, people and places, I know the world is bigger than one tiny island and it's slightly, albeit proud, insular outlook.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Where's your password manager?

Those pathetic scamming emails have been increasing lately, I've seen loads come through for accounts I've killed off 2-3 years ago. I check the passwords they send me in my keystore but out of 15 in the last 3 months none are active and none of the passwords are active.

Always, always use a password manager you can then always ensure you have non-reusable passwords, even for crappy one-off logins for forums and such like. I can't believe that a quick straw poll at work showed me that out of 10 IT techies only 2 of us use password stores for work and home account details. Where does everyone store their passwords, on Post-Its on desks? In text files?!

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Off the mark

That shows a lack of AWS understanding. AWS doesn't have data centres in the traditional sense, given how they currently distribute data over multiple locations it's very, very unlikely they will have single point of storage of something as critical as backups.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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I'm not a porn user myself, not since I was a young lad anyways, but surely the answer would be to snag a large collection of your favourite pecadillos and keep it offline for quick and easy access. I would guess that once you've seen various "offices" from several angles over several hours, it pretty much all looks the same. I appreciate fashions change and video quality changes, so you need periodic updates to your "smut stash" but on the whole surely it can't change that much?

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Tough, he made his choice.

Nobody asked him to "squeal" on his old boss. You make your choices in life. The guy decided to go into IT, he decided to contract his services to some people with, erm, questionable ethics. These mob bosses aren't like you see in the movies, they get to the top like normal boses by being utterly ruthless. In the case of a mob boss, having your cronies tie some guy up and cut off his "belongings" while you watch and laugh as he's screaming in front of you, that proves you're "management material". Getting one of your henchman to go round, rape the girlfriend of an associate who's not pulling his weight to teach him a lesson to get it together. Violence is used just like you or I going to the toilet, it's just something that has to be done, can get a bit messy at times, a bit tedious but has to be done.

So no, I have zero sympathy for the IT guy who set this system up, sold his services to scum of the earth drug lords and quite frankly, if this mob bosses' ex-henchman catch up with this sysadmin guy, I won't shed a tear for him. He helped some mob boss sell junk that's killing people, running sex slave rings and enforced prostitution, he helped people live serious horrible lives as either perps or victims. He made his choices and he'll have to live with them.

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Steady now

"Yes, especially those that invented the "confession" so a priest is able to know a lot of people's secrets and use them at his own advantage."

I hold no truck with religion, it does nothing for me but I'm tolerant of it as a lot of people find consolation from it, it helps them and at grass roots levels going to church once a week and a bit of bible flicking every so often it not doing much harm.

I think a lot of the customs in the church started off with good intentions. The confessional, in it's raw form, is simply "a problem shared, is a problem halved". If you discuss what's bothering you with someone, you feel better for offloading that mental baggage. Sadly the reality in some cases is exactly what you said. Not every priest is a nice person, there are a lot and I can imagine most are good guys who want to do a good job but the nasty onces get in and they take advantage of it. The peadophile priest who hears the confession of the vunerable youngster and uses that to groom the young person, that's an obvious abuse of trust and ruins the idea of the confessional.

I think you need to look objectively at what prompted the ideas behind religious customs. A lawless, dangerous world and religion offered hope hundreds, thousands of years ago to people living short, brutal, dangerous lives where a horde of vikings might over the hill tomorrow and slaughter your family! As I say I hold not truck with any religion, in the modern age a lot of it can be a prison for the mind but we live in seriously uncertain times and I have some respect for those who keep faith and it helps them from going off their chump. I suspect like you, I put my faith in myself and my family to help me through rough times, my parents brought me up to rely on myself, use logic and common sense to get you through, others weren't so lucky, cut them a little slack.

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

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Then you had the opposite, the paranoid user who maintains 58 copies of every one of 5,000 documents in very carefully organised file structures and dirs. Their organisation skills in maintaining the structure manually on disk is a work of pure art. Well that is until the day the HD heads crash and you ask if they ever did backups to a something other than the HD...ah, now we have a problem...

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Mostly true...

I once read a quote that said, "Tech for tech's sake? Someone will try to get embedded Linux running on a dead badger if they could, just for the hell of it!".

My old man in his 70s loves his Alexa, he says he can't remember stuff as easily as he once could so he loves that he can use Alexa to remember GP appointments and such like . He likes to remind me as I scream through my middle aged years, that he has many more GP visits and pills to take than he has before in his life and technology is very adept at reminding him that he's an old git now!

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: Wait, what?

I'd be more concerned about a sysadmin who had not installed "sh**t scanners" and quarantine systems on the inbound email servers, now that's bad systems management. Everyone makes mistakes, they shouldn't but we're human, so to remove the temptation you remove the chance of accidentally running something stupid from an email by quarantining it at point of entry and notifying the recipient. Heck, you can even get services that will rewrite or remove URLs from emails on the fly before delivery.

There's no excuse in this day an age for anyone in IT in a business to be in the position to be able to run executables or see URLs in emails!

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Re: The real solution

Yep, just like we had on the old BIOS type motherboards of yore! This is progress apparently now who'd a thunk it eh? A mini pre-boot system that runs code could possibly be abused by the bad guys! Stone me, I'm shocked I tell you!

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Re: That Genesis reading

Outrage for outrage sake sometimes. I've no interest in taking up a religion myself, others seem to enjoy it so good luck to them. However I find the bible is a nice collection of moral stories ( I grew up reading David Kossof bible stories ) and as such the christian bible stories are still part of our Western literary culture. I'd hate to be so narrow minded I couldn't consider any form of literature and simply dismiss it out of hand. Yes, the bible was written to basically be a tool for indoctrination but in the modern age, an enlightened age, I can now appreciate the bible as a nice book of fun stories, even the ones in Revelations that must have been written by a skag smoking junkie! As an ardent fan of extreme heavy metal ( death, black, grind, etc ) the bible has provided some great source material for the bands I like! Ha ha!

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Hmmmm

Anyone else have trouble getting over the phrase "backdoor man"? Just me, Kenneth Connor and the cast of Allo Allo then, I'll get me....

An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever

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Re: Unrealistic

Do it! I've been a hobbyist snapper for many, many years I love capturing people's expressions but I tend to lean to more candid street images. My daily commute to my day-job down one of tube lines has lead me to consider a similar project. Candid snaps of people's thousand-yard stares while they cling to the handrails on the tube trains that are taking them to yet another dreary day in the office. Sometimes I just spend the the journey studying people's expressions, they really do run the entire gamut of human emotion some days.

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Re: How long before all the world's pictures look like

You've never looked at 500px photo galleries then? All the top images on 500px.com pretty much all look like they were photographed and processed by machines using some form of AI software, generic and bland. People have lost the art of injecting "soul" into art these days, sadly it's not even the pursuit of money it's worse. Nowadays it's simply the pursuit of social networking rankings, very sad.

Have a gander at this: Amazon agrees not to act as Silicon Valley's foie gras dealer

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Re: Serves them right

"They should offer SAAS - Shooting as a Service - you just put in the address and somebody goes and shoots for you."

I think that service was around a long time before the internet and computer tech came along. I seem to recall members of families with Scilian heritage having quite a nice little business in that direction.

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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Google+ shutdown

Why not just call the 73 users who actually bothered to sign up and use it, to tell them it's going to be finally shut down? Ha ha!

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

The fact of the matter is that if someone can find a way to use something to make money, it's already screwed and that's human nature. I remember using the internet around 1991, a very much different place. It's turned from a quaint little country village with people having a bit of harmless fun into something akin to a cross between Piccadilly Circus , Thai red light district and a warzone.

I remember 10-15 years ago if you wanted a tutorial on a new language you wished to learn, the choices were limited but at least you could find things without trawling 17 sites to find one that has a coherent tutorial you can understand. You can't even look up the weather without first making sure your various plugins are up to date, anti-script, anti-flash, anti-malware, anti-ad, etc, the list goes on, just to make websites usable you need to strip out 60% of the crap on them, assuming you have an 8-core CPU and 64GB of memory 'cos you'll need that much beef just to run the bloated browser with all it's plugins!

If you want a proper internet, I suggest you start a new one of your own 'cos we pissed all over the one we were given!

Wanna save yourself against NotPetya? Try this one little Windows tweak

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Disclaimer: Lax patching regime is not an excuse.

Have you ever worked in an old company or org? I mean a really old company that's been using Windows tech for more than 20 years? There's a ton of legacy stuff and the second you so much as decide to flip a single option on of off, let alone release a patch there's months and months of testing to be done. Some companies out there are only just getting off Win2008 DCs, some are still on them! They can't upgrade as their entire estate will stop working and that costs money. The sad fact is that they don't realise it will cost a heck of lot more if something nasty gets lose in the network!

Someone said to me the other day. Up until this point ( the last 12-18 months ) that most companies can live in their own secure bubble, they put up firewalls, packet inspectors and intrusion devices, basically putting up wooden boards on the windows of your house. Yet now with everyone pulling in connections to cloud services and outsourcing to external data centres those firewalls and devices are not going to secure enough. People must change their mindset, be more secuirty conscious, write better apps, consider security from the get-go, not as an afterthought as we have been able to.

Sadly we're human and out companies and our bosses don't see it like that. Spending more time than necessary on fivilious things like security costs money so they dismiss it. Sadly a false economy and sites like the Reg will fill with even more stories like Equifax as times goes on because security is not a dirty word, it's just boring to most.

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Laughable

As usual it always comes down to, "Give 'em an inch...".

They paint so much lipstick on their pig but fact is that no matter what powers they manage to finagle out of the government they will never be happy until they have the right to know every tiny detail about our lives at the push of a buttonm, preferably with no government oversight. The really sad fact is they don't do it 'cos they need the info as they claim, they do it to ensure they can secure their dept budgets each year. GCHQ, MI5, MI6, etc are like any other company dept, they need to justify their worth in their yearly review and claiming they've foiled and caught X number of terrorists, paedos and other ne'er do wells is what they have to do.

I fully support the fact that we need secret services to keep the country and our enemies under a watchful eye but "ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat" ( 'the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies' ).

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Well bugger me with a fish fork, start up a picture sharing site and before you know it pervs are using it share naughty piccies. Then after years and years running it Tumblr finally decide now is the time to start cleaning up the garbage, talk about trying to hold back the tide with a slice of bread!

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Don't feel so bad Ericsson, you probably did us all a favour!

How may "zombies" had to stop staring at phones on public tranport and actually read something in the paper, look around them or worse actually talk to other passengers! Oh the humanity! Oh the number of cat videos and half-naked teenage girls who's Instagram pages didn't get visited today, oh think we need a charity single by Sting and Bono to help them through this terrible time.

Yes, I know there probably was serious fallout for businesses and people urgently trying to arrange personal business but for most of us it's just bloody annoying and for the most part we had to take a break from our screens and actually take in the world around us for a day.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: BBC are naming names

"suspect a bit of planned maintenance didn't go quite as planned. And neither did any plan to rollback to undo it."

So Ops were given the Change Request at 9pm last night, hurriedly signed off by a manager ( now negotiating his golden handshake to leave I might add! ), they accidentally copied the dev creds to the Jenkins cluster and flooded the network with pre-UAT code pulled from the wrong Git repo branch! Ha ha!

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Re: Not just O2

"..because O2 have outsourced something, it's not their problem and people shouldn't be annoyed with them?"

I bet you're one of those people who berates the platform guard at stations 'cos your train was cancelled? Sure you have a point, up to a point, but this isn't just a server room with 20 PCs running a couple of SQL Server databases. This is a huge, global f**kup by the provider, Ericsson I believe. So O2 are much like you when your heating goes out and you're waiting BG to come round and fix your boiler! Stop stressing, go outside and have a fag, come back when your nerves are calmed down.

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Re: Not just O2

A good laugh over lunchtime, especially the "window-lickers" who think Nigel from O2 is a real O2 employee, some people just don't get sarcasm.

What now, Larry? AWS boss insists Amazon will have dumped Oracle database by end of 2019

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Re: Oracle has very goog technology for large corporations

As a veteran DBA one thing I can tell you about good DBAs, they were doing DevOps long, long, a very long time before DevOps become a trendy job. When you have to manage more then 4 Oracle databases, in fact any quality RDBMS for that matter, you learn to script every damn thing in the place so you spend an hour a day max doing your checks and maint. The rest of the day you spend learning and improving things. A good DBA has to have good comms skills, networking, basic dev skills in multiple languages, sysadmin knowledge, project planning, etc. Sounds an awful lot like a devops job spec to me!

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Give 'em an inch....

You know the rest.

Forget DeepFakes. This robo-Rembrandt with AI for brains is not bad at knocking off paintings

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It'll make a mint 'cos all people want is knock offs of well known styles

You don't need a farm of AWS EC2s and a 5TB backend DB of data to rip stuff off, just give someone a decent DSLR and a copy of Photoshop, then give them 18 months. You only have to look through any modern photo gallery like 500px.com to see how many people will happily "rip off" the most common photo styles, saturated and overprocessed images of landscapes. Soft focused nudes that wouldn't look out of place in Amateur Photographer circa 1985!

You want your AI to impress me? Show me something truly original that ticks all the right mental boxes for a pukka image, based on the backend data you have on famous artists and their work.

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)

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Throw all the hardware and software you like at it, a photo is only as good as the person taking it. Some of the best photos are those were shot on 35mm film using pocket cameras.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Re: Oh FFS

Laptops are replacing desktops in a vain attempt to get already stressed workers to work even more when they leave the office. The very fact that you have a work device to hand means you will never switch off. I don't care who the hell you think you are, it is simply not healthy to constantly keep working outside your standard contracted hours. Once in a while or on a full burst before a big release or other operation, sure bust a gut and get the job done but if you don't switch off you will end up down the quacks asking to become a junkie hocked up on "happy pills", trust me I know!

Greedy bosses looking to squeeze the life out of workers until they drop dead or are driven to the nuthouse grasping their "happy pills". When the clock hits 5, walk out, take up your hobby, enjoy life and make sure you work to live, not live to work.

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Zuckerberg, a child trapped in an adult's body, adult's job and adult's life.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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A huge free PR exercise for Amazon

The guy from New Jersey nailed it perfectly, you've all been played for suckers by Bezos and chums. You've played this up, hyped Amazon to the hilt and all this PR or free, I bet Amazon couldn't believe how well the plan worked! Jeez, what a bunch of rubes, ha ha!

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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Re: What could be better....

This is the irony.

Your government says, "Hey everybody, tell us all about your mundane lives for our spies to keep an eye on you and find the bad guys lurking out there." and everyone loses their minds and we have protests in the streets.

Facebook asks for the exact same info but says it's for fun and offers cat videos and cartoon farming games and people can't hand over the info fast enough. Amazon offers you the weather and cinema times, once again people are buying these "spying devices" like they're going out of fashion!

Crazy world!

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Re: re Overbroad.

"FFS in a civilised society, Amazon should be falling over themselves in their rush to assist the authorities in such circumstances, at their first opportunity."

Law is based heavily on precedence, if Amazon don't appear to fight tooth and nail before they handover information, if they don't make it so damned hard that it takes months to get stuff out of them then every Tom, Dick and Harry will demand their recordings for every trivial little thing that Alexa records.

Amazon cannot simply do what people ask. Today it's something important, like this, evidence in a murder trial. Tomorrow it's because little Johnny and little Jenny won't stop fighting over Smarties and I want those recordings, "You handed them over for a murder trial! They're my recordings about Johnny and Jenny and I want them! You handed them over for that murder thing, why can't I have mine?".

Then on top of that is the fact that if something is found then details about it have to be published in court documents and that leave Amazon's secrets laid bare for others to copy. If we know more about how Alex tech works then other companies trying to get in on that game stand a better chance or beating Amazon once they know how Amazon's tech works.

Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon

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Surely Bezos and co, when they renamed the company from whatever it was to Amazon and knew they were an online retailer would want ( .amazon ) at some point, knew the name of the company might come into conflict with that particualr geographic area, which let's face it, is rather well known after a certain Gordon Sumner highlighted it's plight to us all many years before the "online Mark's 'n' Sparks" used it.

Sadly I suspect Brazil is simply hanging on for a bloody good, long term deal that sees Amazon ( the company ) laying out cash that'll go straight in the pockets of....sorry, see cash injected into the failing infrastruture and helping the poor of Brazil.

Amazon is at this point a money-printing cloud machine with a grocery store in the parking lot

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It's quite frightening to think how much government and fiancial data is all under just one "roof" now. We all know they have multiple sites and an infrastructure to die for, however if they survive without any serious incidents for the next 5-10 years there probably won't be any other serious contenders in the online storage and processing markets. The fact that they offer everything you need from the lowest level virtual tin right up to ready made website/stores with a click of a button. Now just imagine which government's secret spy agency wouldn't sell their grannys, partners and children to get their hands on what's in those locked down AWS containers and stacks.

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

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As I keep saying, these companies are run by kids who never learned to grow up. About time someone took 'em round back of the outhouse and gave 'em a spanking. Shame they managed to sneak it in pre-GDPR, £500k is small change to the billions Zuck rakes in from selling his user's to the highest bidders. I'm sure FB will slip up again soon post-GDPR and then we'll get something decent off FB.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Took mine to Gandi

One of the reasons I dumped Freeparking.co.uk, they just wanted more and more money for less and less features, they cut my domains down to a single email address! I took my 6 domains to Gandi 18 months ago and never looked back. Too many shysters in the domain game.

Oz opposition backs the 'regulatory hallucinogen' of anti-piracy laws

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Re: "primary effect test"

And DuckDuckGo, they don't filter their results like Big G does....

Cathay Pacific hack: Personal data of up to 9.4 million airline passengers laid bare

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Hmmm, was it...

...another S3 bucket with "test data" accidentally left wide open?

Want to roll like one of the biggest minds in physics? Prof Stephen Hawking's wheelchair is up for auction

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"Sniff the seat for Hawking farts?"

Mate, don't laugh. Some PR scumbag probably offered them a ton of cash for his bodily fluids. If porn makers can offer the sister of a royal parts in grumble flicks based on seeing her arse on TV at a wedding, there's no limit to the depth some people would sink to make a buck.

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Re: Ugh

I thought so too at first but the money is not going into their pockets, it's going to "chaireedy", so I'm fine with it.

Ex spy bosses: Cyber-warfare needs rules of engagement for nations to promptly ignore

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Sound like a bunch of liberal hippies at a local anger management seminar. "Yeah, sure you can have a few battles and war or two online, but like you know, play nice and by the rules, right? Then everyone has a good time.".

The problem is that rules of engagment might have worked fine in the 18th Century battlefield when only those with serious moolah could buy the kit and organise armies, plus the sense of honour among monarchs and the ultra-rich, however these days anyone with a £250 tablet and a copy of "Learn Python in 24 Hours" can be a black-hat if they wish. The script kiddies and "rogue actors" are not going to give "two rat's" about your rules of online engagment, they're just going to take down a financial company website or worse, the infrastruture of some country, and then sit back and have a bloody good laugh at the IT bods scrambling to patch the problem.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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The Least Forgotten Generation Ever

The one thing I reminded my daughter of at the weekend is that she's the first generation of kids where no stone is left unturned and nothing about them from cradle to grave, will ever be forgotten. One of her friend's brothers, just 15, came home absolutely paralytic after a Saturday with his friends. His reasonably well to do parents went absolutely ballistic at him and it was a bit of a to-do by all accounts. On the Sunday morning I said to my daughter that although his parents might try to keep a lid on it I guarantee that by midweek it'll be all round the school and all over the kids social media. Sure enough, my daughter came home Tuesday and said it was the main topic of conversation at school due to the posts his so-called friends put on social media about him.

I did some stupid things as a kid but only about 3 or 4 people know about them, no pics, no videos, nothing recorded and more or less forgotten, in fact as I get older even I begin to forget some of the daft things I did as a kid. Our children don't have that luxury. We post pictures of them by the minute on social media just to fill Zuckerburg's coffers and seal our children's fate as the most watched and recorded generation in history to date.

My wife will only allow our daughter to have snapchat and instagram, no other social media, and with her locked down iPhone she's not allowed to install any apps either. As parents we carry the can for anything she does online, when's old enough we won't be able to stop her but by then she'll be wise enough to see what has happened to others. Hopefully she'll understand why her generation must be so infinitely careful on the internet lest they wreck their future for good with one careless post.

It's ironic that we fight against government spying to save ourselves yet we let our kids post all manner of things on social media just ripe and ready to be sold to the highest bidder and hoovered up by any government.

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Cloud based services

They're great and I genuinely think they're the way forward but they're just not 100% there yet. I think that huge strides are being made and these are just teething problems as we all adjust to the new world, however we as customers need to use these services in tandem with our own on-prem, securing our own data and making sure we're fully ready before we make the complete move.

Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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The least funniest joke ever

This whole Saudi affair is just the most blatent and obvious example of what utter bollocks world politics really is sometimes. Too much money at stake, all we in the West can do is wag our fingers at those naughty boys in UAE for going a tad too far during their ( ahem ) "failed interrogation", 'cos anything more harsh is said and with the stroke of a diamond encrusted pen billions of much needed cash being spent by the UAE on goods from the West just disappears and goes elsewhere in the world.

If you ever needed to be reminded of how tiny and insignificant a working class drone you really are, this is it. You're a nothing and nobody compared those with their hands on the reins of power, they're like a playground clique that runs the show, so get on and dance monkeys 'cos that's all we're good for.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

Not if you're allergic and and they make you violently sick! Hated them as a kid, forced to ensure them I never felt right. As an adult my reaction one Crimble was to eat 2 and then get to see my entire Crimble din-dins all over a again and spend the next hour lying on the sofa feeling like death warmed up, itching, sweating and shaking. I later learned my Dad doesn't eat them either as they make him feel sick too.

My body sees all the goodness in the little green sods as a threat to my immune system and I break out in sweats, itchiness and vomitting. I can't even stand the smell when my wife cooks cruciferious veggies like cabbage. We have to agree for me to be out of the house when my family wants to eat them!

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