* Posts by katrinab

222 posts • joined 6 Aug 2016

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AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

katrinab

Re: Okay...

Also, this is in response to the Manchester Arena bombing, The bomber was as far as I can gather, just outside the secure area, and hit them as they were leaving the arena.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

katrinab

The photo showed XP Professional, not XP Embedded.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

katrinab

Re: Russian planes

I'm sure Trump would be a reliable ally to Russia in such an incident, given his alleged involvement in a different type of water sports.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

katrinab

It is an evening paper. It gets delivered to the collection points at around 4pm or so. The Metro is the free morning paper.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

katrinab

Re: Escape tunnel ...

But it is only £3.10 off peak on the Picadilly Line.

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Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

katrinab

Re: I guess it'll depend how people "fixed" their problem

Does your wifi router care about the date? Have you ever checked it to ensure it is accurate?

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ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

katrinab

Re: Far from unique

Or, you unsubscribed from the June 2017 campaign, this is the July 2017 campaign.

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Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

katrinab

Re: Accounts?

"In December 2016, they filed form AA01 to change the accounting period from 31st March to 30th March. Why?"

That's easy. If you change the accounting date, you get 3 months from the date of filing the AA01, or 9 months from the date on the AA01, whichever is later, to file the accounts, so instead of having to file accounts by 31st December, they get until sometime in March to file them.

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katrinab

Re: Unaudited

It is now £10.2m, it went up last year, but it is two out of three criteria, the others are £5.1m assets and 50 employees.

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katrinab

Why are they not audited?

Presumably because the company is "small", and if they are filing micro-entity accounts, they are "micro" which is the next size down from that.

They are micro if two out of the following three apply:

10 employees or fewer

Sales less than £632,000

Assets of less than £316,000 or less

They are obviously above the micro limits on assets, but below the "small" limits (£5.1m), so they must be below micro on the other two.

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Banking websites are 'littered with trackers' ogling your credit risk

katrinab

Re: I think we need to know...

"It would have been funnier if your username was not female."

I'm sure there are men out there getting ads for pregnancy testing kits.

If you have a Twitter account, you can see what gender it thinks you are. It doesn't ask when you sign up, they make assumptions based on various things. It got mine right, but it's accuracy seems to be little better than random.

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katrinab

Re: I think we need to know...

"And tomorrow, it will be for incontinency pads."

If they keep going as they are, I suspect it will be baby stuff in about 8 months time, followed by divorce lawyers.

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katrinab

Re: I think we need to know...

No, they are tracking shopping habits and stuff like that to decide whether you are a responsible borrower.

How accurate they are, I've no idea. A few months ago, I was getting loads of adverts for dating sites where I could find the "perfect" boyfriend, not something that appeals to me at all. I don't know where they got that idea from when my browsing history is full of lesbian stuff. Now I'm getting loads of adverts for pregnancy testing kits.

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

katrinab

I had that with a MacBook. They also tried to sell a Windows version of MS Office, and they do actually have the Mac version in stock.

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Capita call centre chap wins landmark sex discrimination lawsuit

katrinab

Re: Nice to see a win in favour of equality of treatment!

No, it most definitely is feminism.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

katrinab

Crossrail was first considered a lot earlier than 1999. The first serious mention of it was in 1941, that is about the same stage that we are at now with Hyperloop. The Government first had a look at the idea in 1974. The first proposal to go to parliament was in 1991. The second attempt got consideration in 2001, went before parliament in 2005, was approved in 2008, shovels arrived on-site in 2009, and it should be completed by 2019.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

katrinab

Re: @wolfetone

The document should have given "username" and "password" as the username and password. And those should not work on the live system.

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katrinab

You can still claim wrongful dismissal, not the same thing as unfair dismissal. You will likely get about 1 week's salary out of it.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

katrinab

Re: Ive been inside...

No, just a doctor/surgeon.

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katrinab

Re: It takes two to tango

Siri says "I sure have received a lot of marriage proposals recently"

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Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey

katrinab

If you want to receive calls on your usual number while abroad, and not have to remortgage your house to pay for them, get an O2 account, install the TuGo app, and put a local SIM in your phone. O2 will charge you for using the TuGo app as if you were in the UK, ie no charge for incoming calls, and the local provider will charge you for the data the TuGo app uses.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

katrinab

Re: What about other measures?

Yes. Lexmark already tried that one.

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WannaLaugh? Funsters port WannaCrypt to Commodore, Cisco, Nintendo and Tesla

katrinab

Re: Taking bets now

That's been around for a while now - http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2014/10/16/356693782/your-car-wont-start-did-you-make-the-loan-payment

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

katrinab

And I haven't seen any reports of anything similar to the Black Friday power cut in Central London.

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

katrinab

Re: Probably got their own staff to install the back up generators

Isn't the refilling done by the tanker driver who delivers the stuff?

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Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

katrinab

Re: Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

Obviously it isn't legit, but also, it clearly comes from someone who doesn't know how things work in England.

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katrinab

Re: Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

Unlikely the barrister is actually in London. For starters, barristers don't do that sort of work, it is done by solicitors.

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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

katrinab

Re: Note the vote 0-8

What if I am a manufacturer in China or in Wales that ships all my products to a third party distributor in the US to access the US market? One example of that might be the Raspberry Pi foundation. They manufacture in Wales and China get RS and Premier Farnell to handle their distribution.

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katrinab

If you are incorporated in say England, or Cayman Islands, or Guangdong, does that mean they can't sue in the US?

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‪There's a ransom-free fix for WannaCry‬pt. Oh snap, you've rebooted your XP box

katrinab

Re: "the antithesis of a strong and stable operating system"

My Windows machines generally stay up for about a month between Patch Tuesdays. My FreeBSD machines have been up since I turned the electricity off to replace a wall socket just before Christmas.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

katrinab

Re: Sweden

Sorry, a signed consent form is no use, because you can revoke consent at any time.

The case here was, they had consensual sex, then she fell asleep, and he had sex with her while she was sleeping, without a condom, which was not consensual.

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katrinab

Re: Brexit

We had an opt-out from some of the EAW provisions, and May opted back in. My guess is that May will want to keep it, or have something equivalent to it, when we leave the EU.

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

katrinab

Re: You can change the name

Sure, it isn't 100% accurate, but the shape of your genitals isn't either.

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katrinab

Re: I'm sure the D is not a man known for his vindictiveness

Her mother is Welsh, so I believe she could move to the UK.

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katrinab

Re: You can change the name

Actually, a lot of trans women do have "female" hands.

The difference is the relative lengths of the fingers either side of the middle finger. In men, the finger between middle and pinkie is longer than the finger between middle and thumb. In women, it isn't, either they are the same length as mine are, or the finger between middle and thumb is longer.

The reason they usually match is that they develop at the same stage of pregnancy as the brain.

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Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

katrinab

Re: As if...

Read the comments in earlier articles. A lot of people were taken in.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

katrinab

If I get to choose the tracks that are encoded, I'll be able to pick out the mp3, though maybe not the other ones.

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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

katrinab

If you drive along a road at 21 mph, or steal something from a supermarket, they know how to deal with it. Anything more complicated, and they are completely out of their depths.

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

katrinab

There are about 850,000 employees with email addesses. Some will work different shifts on the same computer. Then there are things like MRI scanners controlled by computers that might not have Outlook installed, depends how they transfer the images to doctors.

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Plutus Payroll finally pays up ... but pays people TOO MUCH!

katrinab

Re: Yeah but no but

No, don't move it to another account, leave it in the account it was transferred to, as if the transaction is reversed without notice, you don't want to go overdrawn.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

katrinab

Re: Ferret mk 2

"Actually I'm not over sold on beating Sophos up for the NHS actually having problems"

I am. We get loads of sales reps touting their latest MagicBox™ that completely and totally makes everything secure. Sophos was clearly doing that, and they should absolutely be brought down to earth.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

katrinab

Not really.

"We've installed the MS security patch, we've restored from back-up. Everything's OK now".

Papworth NHS Trust has had something like 16 of these ransomware attacks in the last 12 months, and hasn't done anything. It is going to take a lot more than this to change management attitudes.

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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

katrinab

Re: Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

Which is kind of the whole point of Open Source.

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WannaCrypt ransomware snatches NSA exploit, fscks over Telefónica, other orgs in Spain

katrinab

I believe it is somewhere in the region of 850,000 machines. If it infected the prescription network, then a lot more, because they are provided by the NHS, but not operated by NHS employees.

GCHQ are on the case, maybe they have people who can break the encryption? Unlikely though unless the malware authors messed up.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

katrinab

The NHS has the world's largest deployment of Microsoft Exchange server. I believe it is somewhere in the region of 850,000 users. NHS England has 1.2 million employees in total, if you include NHS Scotland and NHS Wales, it is 1.4 million. Northern Ireland has its own health service which isn't called the NHS.

They are the world's fourth largest employer, and the three largest - Walmart, People's Liberation Army and Indian Railways, don't have as many people who would use email at work.

So anyway, we are looking at a ransomware demand of at least £200m, which the NHS certainly doesn't have as spare cash.

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katrinab

I would imagine they would go for Terrorism, with Computer Misuse Act and Blackmail charges as an alternative lesser charge.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

katrinab

Re: The beauty of virtual machines

It is how some virtual machines work. I know of one company that supplies such a setup to the educational market. The teacher can set up a template computer with the software / files required for the lesson, and it all gets reset at the end of the lesson.

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

katrinab

The other problem is this

If you are a farmer in Northern Ireland, and want to sell your food to England, the quickest route is to drive down the M1 to Dublin, take a ferry to North Wales, then drive across to the distribution depots in the West Midlands. From there the supermarkets take it to our local shops. That is the route they usually take. The other route, ferry from Belfast to Scotland, then drive down the M74/M6 takes a lot longer.

If you want to get from one part of Ireland to another, or from one part of Northern Ireland to another, then sometimes the quickest route take you across the border. You can easily find direct routes where you cross the border four times along the way.

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How do ransomware scum decide what to charge you? The Big Mac index

katrinab

That would be Brazil. But the cheapest big macs can be found in Egypt both in actual currency terms and in ppp$ terms, so maybe you want to go there.

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Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

katrinab

Re: The tax issue may explain how they were able to do it

On a $5000 payment, about $1.40 per week. That is nowhere near enough to cover the cost of payroll.

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