Oh wow! As a kid in the 1970s I grew up on a diet of Ventures and Shadows through my parents, they loved the Ventures. We used put on the Outer Limits album and watch our dog lose his marbles singing and howling along to it like a nutter! Ha ha!
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Re: The walking dead
"Zombies don't use phones."
Hmm, judging by the way most people move up the street when they have a mobile phone in their hand, I'd say that's probably not entirely true!
Sound like a complete tool who got what he deserved
Personally I think this guy got what was coming to him, you mess about with bad stuff like this, with nasty people and let's face it drug dealers and gun runners aren't known primarily for their skills in the tact dept, add to this that you're too stupid to make sure these sort of people can't find you if any bad stuff happens on your website, it doesn't take a genius to work out that sooner or later you're going to be found swinging on the end of a rope in a prison cell or found floating face down in the nearest river!
I remember in the early 90s when VR was doing the rounds yet again as the next-best-thing-that-will-never-happen and teledildonics was constantly being discussed on trendy late-night US teen shows. We'd all be jacked in, jacked off, plugged in and plugged up to various crap VR apps on 486sx PCs to experience having a very, very non-sexy virtual wank in something akin to the "Money for Nothing" video by Dire Straits!
Once got breakfast from a customer...
Fixed a customer's server kit and installed some new stuff, about 2 days work. The customer asked me to come back on the 3rd day but make sure I was wearing my best suit, wouldn't say why. I duly arrived and was ushered into a cab and promptly found myself taking a very expensive Elevenses at the Savoy by way of a thanks for all my hard work.
Steady now using that piccy, you'll have Lars Ulrich claiming copyright infringement and demanding money!
Re: Been there, done that
If you look at the 1Password forums they're getting questions about "Can I do XYZ like the app could?" and the replies are always, "Not yet but in a future release of the online version.".
1Password seem happy to beta test their online cloud offering to any mugs they can get to sign up to it, then they'll bodge it into shape as they go, pathetic. One reason I refused to to carry on using it and went off and used a FOSS password offering. Shame, as I liked the 1Password apps.
One reason I stopped using 1Password having used it quite happily for several years. I paid for the prog 3 years ago and now they want people on subs based services AND holding your private password stash on a cloud service. I checked it out and if you upload your local password stack you can't delete it!
Sorry, I want it locally where I know who is doing what to it. Did a bit of poking about and there's plenty of FOSS password stores on offer for free and which work across multiple platforms with the same DB.
Re: 2 Wrongs make a right here I think
Personally I think all religions are a crock of lies however as a decent human bring and assuming the moral high ground I choose to respect people who do wish to have faith in their various deities, even if they choose not to respect my peace and quiet on a Sunday morning by banging on my door and trying to thrust copies of Watchtower in my hand!
Just 2 months ago, being well into my death metal I was out on my drive washing my car in my favourite Decapitated band shirt when a sweet old dear comes wandering up to me.
"May I speak to you about the Lord....oh....erm.....". I point at my shirt and console her with, "I'm sorry love, much as I respect your right to practice your faith I personally have absolutely no interest in religion. I take the Humanist line on such matters.".
"Oh, I see. Thank you very much for your time."
"The vast majority of MCSE's I've met are totally brainless clods."
That's because you only need to take a look around some of the certification forums to see that half the people gaining certs in MS, Oracle, CISCO, etc are simply performing verbatim regurgitation of test questions you can buy or simply rip off torrent sites.
I'd been working as an Oracle DBA for 10 years when I thought I might take my Oracle 10g certs for a laugh. I diligently studied the official cert guides, then I thought I'd find some test questions just to make sure I was ready for test day. Well let's just say that 98% of the test questions I got hold of were word-for-word identical to the actual test questions. I completed my Oracle 10g OCP exam, 80 questions in 9 minutes!! I didn't even read half the questions properly as I knew them off by heart. I'd wasted a month reading the cert guide ( plus £30 for the book! ) when I didn't need to. While I was looking for test questions I checked into a few forums and it was simply full of people just learning the test questions then taking the official tests.
Certs are a waste of time and nothing more than money spinners for the software vendors, Oracle make you take a single official course at £2500 before you can take a pro cert test. I assume MS et al are much the same. The second I'd finished my cert exams I felt cheated, I knew that anyone else who had taken those sort of multiple choice tests by groups like Pearson can't be trusted. While I had them on my CV as they ensured you get your foot in the door, I knew they're worthless as anybody with a good memory for Q&As can pass multiple choice cert exams.
Red under the bed!
"Are you or have you ever been a practising Pinko you damn Commie bastard?!"
It was this sort of Pinko-paranoia that forced British actor Charlie Chaplain to have to leave the US under a cloud.
"I'm struggling to find sympathy for this chap tbh."
I have some sympathy, he got pretty beaten up by this whole affair however, it seems like he was blinded by this whole "dream job" bollocks and forgot to deal with the reality. Some people are very adept at drifting through life, they land on their feet more often by luck, the rest of us can't. I never leave anything to chance, especially if it involved more than one person you don't know messing about with your livelihood.
The second you throw in government bureaucracy to anything you're trying to do, you can pretty much guarantee that everyone except you is a complete f**king tool with barely enough common sense to cope with junior school classes! Treat everyone in any government or council like a tool ( at the very least as though come 5pm they couldn't care less if you dropped down dead! ) and then you'll start consider all the aspects required and you might actually manage to get 75% of what it is you're trying to do. I've worked for various UK gov agencies and quite frankly the only reason we haven't just locked and bolted the doors on this country and moved elsewhere is that every government is the same as ours or worse!
I think this guy put too much faith in things being sorted out for him when he should have been nagging everyone in the chain to ensure stuff was happening as and when it should have.
As they used to say in the X-Files, "Trust No One"....'cos most people you meet in companies and organisations are incompetent bell-ends until proven otherwise.
To the best of my knowledge I think my daughter has about 6 tracks saved on her phone, she simply has subscriptions to Spotify or another one and just streams any tracks she wants to listen to from online saved playlists.
She's in her mid teens and has been beaten constantly by the school about not pirating software or media. I've lectured her over and over too, as a serious amateur photographer who makes pocket money from licensing my photos, how would she feel if my hard work was being ripped off and I wasn't being paid for it.
People often see media copyright violation as a victimless crime, those people need to spend time with genuine, hardworking musicians and artists. I don't mean rich megastars or big corps, I mean those at the bottom desperately trying to get a foot on the first rung of a professional career ladder, to really see how we feel about seeing others rip off the work we've spent years and years learning how to produce. Some might change their mind if they met face to face with someone who's seen their work ripped off and sold and not a penny coming back to them.
Cable costs £3 but organising the tender takes 15 people 4 weeks and costs a total of £4,734!
Re: Can't anything be done??
I thought that was the point of BitCoin, it's "stateless" and hence why so many online criminals use it as funds cannot easily be traced.
It certainly points a clear lesson that IBM are bloody useless at looking after their paying customer's security needs!
IBM, one more once-great company now just another outsourcing, money-making machine.
AC, I'm sorry, I genuinely am.
I would love to visit New England in the Autumn.
I would love to see my brother-in-law and his new wife.
I would love to stand in the Grand Canyon.
I would love to drive down Route 66.
I would love to take my Dad to see where Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings were born.
I would love to eat deli-food in Central Park on sunny Sunday morning....
I won't as, not you, but your government has made it perfectly clear they no longer want visitors in the USA. It's a terrible shame but I'll be taking my money and my "tourist wonder" to Canada for the next few years.
Right so they're politicians, safe to assume they all used their last name, their wife's maiden name, or their dog's name as passwords and they wonder how they got pwned?
Just like most people in their position, the minute the IT lacky said they needed a password with min 10 chars, one upper case, one number and a symbol they boomed, "Do you know who I am?! I haven't got time to remember all that. Now make it simple or else!".
What a complete cockup this Vega thing is!
Meanwhile some Android Speccy apps automatically link to WOS and pulls titles down when you want.
Jade eggs? You sure those came from Goop and not LoveHoney?!
Re: Another reason to ban Outlook.
Recall only works when directly connected to Exchange servers. If you send an email out into the big wide world over to remote servers, recall won't work.
"Could you please delete this without opening/reading. Thank-you very much."
What's the first thing you'll do?!! FFS!
"The machine's motherboard had been changed more than once. Ditto the CPU."
I have had this broom years and it's only had 6 new handles and 5 new heads. - Trigger, Only Fools and Horses.
It's a great way to play with NetBackup, Oracle RAC and Windows Failover Clusters for SQL Server 'cos FreeNAS plays nicely inside VirtualBox...well v9 did at any rate! We shall have to wait and see how v11 behaves as to whether it gets a place in my VM lab rig.
I thought the logic used by the ghosts was well and truly understood a couple of years after it came out, based on players who'd beaten the system to the max score?
Re: Bunch of metalheads at Chez Ammabamma
Oh yes, some classic rock there!
I much prefer to crank up more extreme Scandinavian prog metal, Insommnium, Ghost Brigade, Swallow the Sun, chuck in a bit of trad death and thrash to break up the day. It's incredibly relaxing listening to some nutter screaming and grunting at the top of his lungs, no seriously it is! I used to have a colleague who also found it much better for him to code while listening to such music as Amon Amarth and other viking metal treats.
I assume it's something to do with the fact that you can't hear the words, a death grunt vocalist sounds like just another instrument. A very low register and no distracting words in the music I can concentrate more I suppose.
Is Twitter only now used as a way for people to whinge at the PR depts of companies when they have some minor grievance, all in the hope their little whinge will get them on the BBC website? I've yet to see any tangible benefit Twitter has for mankind. A right load "Twhingers" all "Twhinging" about nothing most of the time!
Re: When I was a lad ....
Many the time me and my mates would have "postern blast" competitions to see who could make the loudest noise! Something about my diet and motions meant I could easily be heard 75 yards away! Ha ha!
Nah, it's Lester from This Island Earth.
Re: The first pic
Well maybe, as a someone who spends every weekend shooting pics on the streets of London at all times of the night and day, the coppers are the most thoughtful and respectful people I know. They know the law, they've had the right training to deal with the public and, touch wood, I've yet to meet a bad copper while I've been out shooting even during stressful times. I met a couple of very cheery coppers the day after the Westminster attack, we had a good chat and they were all about calming people and letting them know that it's all business as usual for everyone. Nice blokes.
The ones you need to worry about are the private security guards with 0.4 secs of sensitivity and "legal" training who think they know the law better than anyone and simply think cameras are illegal, full stop. The others are the paranoid nosey mob who will run and tell every copper going that someone ( shock, horror! ) has a camera and is using it in a public place!
Oh thanks, now I'll have bloody Bomb the Bass stuck in my head all day!
"Dun-dunna-na-na, na na-na. Dun-dunna-na-na, na na-na."
Paxo, I have a right to a private life and secrets. Sod off!
On the role of the surveillance state, he said: "Personally I am prejudiced on this question on security and privacy, what is it you are all doing that you are so concerned about? Do you think anyone is really interested in your sex lives? They are not! I can't understand this."
Yes I completely agree with you Paxo, however I have a right to a private life. Screw all your intellectual crap and your "If you're not doing anything wrong, then what are you hiding?" bollocks. By way of international law, I am entitled to keep certain facets of my life private. I decide who I tell about what I like to do in the bedroom, not some faceless civil servant.
If I decide to go out and hook up with some girls for a fun night and then head back to my wife, cheating on her the issue is between me and her and no one else. No one else decides the course my life should take, that decision is between my wife and I. We may work out and get on with our lives, however with the information made public we can't reconcile and a costly legal battle ensues. I did nothing illegal, I simply did something very immoral but that's not for anyone other the pair of us to decide if we can move on from it, not some faceless civil servant or MI5 snooper.
MI5: "We can't catch them and they keep getting away!"
Gov: "Hang on, we'll get you more powers to access more people's info."
MI5: "Now we can't catch them, there's too much information to sift through!"
"It is particularly concerning that employers appear reluctant to invest in their workforce and are unwilling to hire less experienced candidates. If we cannot be prepared to develop new talent, we will lose our ability to protect the economy and society."
Welcome to an IT career in the 21st Century! I well remember when my career started back in the late 1980's they couldn't throw enough training at you, pushed from course to course all the time. Roll forward 30 years and I haven't seen the inside of training room in 10 years, when I want to learn something these days I'm expected to do it off my own bat in my own time.
Re: "Sounds like a lawsuit"
That's what your monthly fees on your CC cover, insurance and legal costs should something go wrong that's not your fault. If she wishes to sue the hotel chain, she's welcome but I can imagine she'll be on her own on that one and they will have some T&Cs that will mitigate having their business "shaken down" if the issue has already been dealt with by the credit card company.
A credit card is a temporary loan, they don't ask for the money until later on, so why was she out of pocket for her bills if all this trouble was via the credit card? Her regular paycheck should have covered basic living expenses, I can't see someone in that position in a reasonably well paid job that allows her to stay in hotels, living off a credit card month to month.
Reality Winner, don't people have normal names these days?!
Card on the table, I'm biased as I'm a DBA ( most hated of the hated admins! ), click those downvotes now!
The real problem as I see it is why was a developer allowed free reign on a production system? They should be restricted to dev systems on a day to day. Devs ask for temporary access to UAT and prod systems when required to fix things. Their actions are audited and recorded so all parties are in the clear if anything goes wrong, everyone's arse is covered.
Sorry first day on the job then you are ultra careful and check everything first, at least that's what's in my mind in those first few hours. I don't mean to be callous but there is a reason they don't pay IT people minimum wage. We get paid damn good money for our knowledge, attention to detail and professionalism, we get paid danger money 'cos we carry the can for the company systems. I've had to fix things when stuff has gone wrong, shit happens as a fact of life but you try to mitigate that with a bit of care and attention. Too many people treat systems, especially databases, like dirty black boxes that can do anything. Sadly the shit often flows downhill to the hated DBAs like me, who then have to pick up someone else's crap. It's what we do but we'd appreciate it if you just stepped back for a second and thought before you click GO to submit that untested transaction, to make sure it's pointing at the right system.
Nuclear war and thrash metal
I spent my adolescence of 1980's listening the cream of thrash metal bands telling me the end was coming and to get ready, when Gorbachev walked out in Reykjavik all the metalheads were ready, ha ha! Graphic depictions of the end of humankind and planet Earth, rich tapestry of mayhem and destruction and we couldn't get enough of it. The glorious tones of Nuclear Assault, ToxiK, Anthrax, Testament, Megadeth, Destruction, Sodom and Exodus. ( Real thrash and death fans don't include Metallica post 1987! )
Re: Am I understanding this correctly?
I suspect what it means is that you can but you must declare up front to the Chinese Gov exactly what you're transferring out of the country before you do it, once they ratify you can or cannot then you stick to that. Woe betide you if you change it after you've declared it, or worse you do not declare it as China-Gov will ensure you "never work in this town again"!
Re: a solution @big_d
"It's not the dead girls data and privacy being protected, it's everyone else who has interacted with her."
This occurred to me, that if the parents get access and see messages that suggest the girl might have been coerced into taking her own life by private messages from another set of people, they could start proceedings against other users based purely on suspicions, which I would have thought would have been the job of the courts and the Police to determine. If the courts and/or Police are convinced she took her life because she was unwell and someone took advantage of that, then they might be able to apply for access for the investigation.
The whole problem with social media is that everything you post is intertwinned with so many other people on the same systems and sometimes beyond, you can't just untangle one person's profile without all the other strings attached also being tugged.
Get used to it
With May in charge and her desire to abolish encryption, every day will be like this finding tons of interesting stuff that's not encrypted or secured by private companies!
Re: Can Machines really learn 'experience' and 'judgement'?
What is taste? Merely a set of chemical reactions happening and being measured by receptors on your tongue and then transmitted to your brain. If I go into Sainsburys I don't expect them to have cooked a set of donuts to my exact liking but they're know a broad recipe that will suit 99% of the of their customers and there aren't that many ingredients.
Food and drink I think will be one of the first to fall to AI as it's just pure chemical reactions and measurements of same.
Don't want to be a kill joy, I know he was being public spirited and doing the right thing but I think if I found someone I employed was messing about with kit they weren't employed to touch, I'd be a bit miffed as my company be in trouble for the actions of one of their employees. It wasn't his kit to play with and he should just have left a simple message on top of it or better still advised someone formally about what he thought the risk was. Playing silly games with kit he wasn't supposed to touch doesn't seem like a very good career move.
Here's the money shot...
"But Smith cautions that the government should not resort to unilateralism by enacting a law that says US authorities can demand data stored from anywhere, without regard to applicable regulations. Doing so, he suggests, would encourage other countries to do the same."
Someone who realises that if we demand a back scratching, then all our mates will ask us for the same and we'll have a tough time saying no.
Here's the real kicker...
The main BBC headline states that PM is not going to share info with the US because there have been insecure leaks of critcial information to the media!
Holy crap irony-o-meter off the scale!
Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till
"Yes, I am the exception but it makes for a less invaded life."
And you're a "runner" citizen voter. You are one the undesirables they're making more effort to find as you attempt evade the system citizen voter. You will comply citizen! YOU WILL COMPLY OR DIE CITIZEN!
Re: Non issue
OK, so the software you wrote last year, can I have it for free please as I want to rip the guts out the reuse your ideas for my own software 'cos I'm a lazy bugger quite frankly. I mean it's over a year old, you must have written better by now so you won't need it right?
I still make money from photos I shot 8 years ago on one of my early DSLRs I had at the time. I created the work, I put my hard earned knowledge into it so surely I deserve to still be paid for it? It's mine and I decide what to do with it. It's not up to you to decide when a piece of work goes into the public domain, it's my choice as the copyright holder. I do love the attitude from people who don't create artwork, they all think that copyright only applies to big studios and that copyright is a bad thing. Copyright is something that everyone has a right to use over their creative work, photos, art, games, software, writing, etc, you create something and you have a right to dictate how it's used.
Much as I think the big studios are scum for keeping the copyright for so long, I have to respect that's their right same as I would expect them to respect my copyright too.
Re: Similar technical data
"Not much use unless you know the location of the router. Netgear don't. The ISP (probably) does."
It doesn't take much to find out roughly which blocks of IPs the ISP have been assigned for passing to their customers. Given that they know the rought country a router has been sold in by it's internal serial number, match that to local ISPs and you may not know the exact street but I reckon with enough tech sorting and solid DB schema you'll quickly build up enough info to know which town or county a particular router is running in.
One name for you...
"I'm so hip I can't even see over my own pelvis!" - Zaphod Beeblebrox
'I used to be "with it" then they change what "it" was. Now "it" seems awful scary to me."