* Posts by CentralCoasty

62 posts • joined 19 Apr 2017

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

CentralCoasty
Trollface

Re: As to culling, just offer it as varmit control holiday to yanks

Hey, this is a good idea... .we can deal with all sorts of varmits in the same stroke....

..... whilst the idiot trophy hunters are out taking pot-shots, the other crowd of parakeets will be busy shredding the camper-van's tires, window seals, roof vent, the tents, food containers, eskies, water containers - in fact just about anything that can get their beak into.....

...... so we end up with lots of dead cockatoos and lots of dead trophy hunters... a win win I think!

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

CentralCoasty
Happy

Re: Elderberries

.... along with accompanying nose-thumbing and gesticulations?

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ATO, Dept of Immigration wrist-slapped for failing security audit, again

CentralCoasty
Devil

Oink, oink?

You can see where this is going.

New contracts coming soon.... with lots of Governance and Oversight.... which means that in 4 years time when they have failed to deliver anything they can fire all the contractors and restart the projects...... Pork Barrels All Round!

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It's time to rebuild the world for robots

CentralCoasty

Re: No, time to design better robots.

"Tractors impetus due to loss of labour on land due to Industrial wages and WWI...."

..... and the loss of the horses to the army (loss of horses on the Western front was enormous)

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CentralCoasty
Happy

Re: Just who's world is it, anyway?

"How save do these examples save labour 'cycle to the next village to court the landlord's daughter' so before that you wouldn't have courted her you would have courted someone else close to hand."....

.... just had to reply to this..... watched Deliverance recently? Perfect vindication of the need for ahm... courting away from your own locale......

As to compatibility - yes the world will change, but it will take decades - and the robots are going to have to deal with what we have for the time-being. Look how it was when cycles & the motor car started. Gravel roads, cart-tracks & cobbles. 140 years on and... yes, we still have unpaved cart-tracks in places, gravel roads - and even cobbles in some places (especially where the road is worn down!).

So I think its fair to say that robots will be dealing with our crappy infrastructure for some time to come.....

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Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Cant believe there isnt a single comment about Silent Running.......

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

CentralCoasty

Re: The hole truth

Well those WW2 bombers & other fliers had to be parked somewhere away from prying eyes....

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/583080/Plane-shaped-UFO-found-on-Moon-in-50-year-old-Soviet-lunar-mission-pictures

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SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings

CentralCoasty
Unhappy

Why, just....why?

Its always amazed me that something so ugly, so cumbersome, un-user-friendly, complex, difficult to maintain, update, fix or manage is the top software time after time in reviews of ERP's and related systems.

I worked out the SAP business model long ago... make something SO complex that once someone's bought it, its just going to be too expensive and awkward to migrate off to something else.... h^ll - even its own version upgrades are the stuff of worst nightmares.

Nearly ever customer bastardises SAP out of existence - why - because SAP allow it.... brilliant strategy.... customers are tied to them forever.... easier to close the business and move to a new one than try to migrate off of SAP.

Do SAP care about cloud? No. Not really - they want their fingers in it just incase - but their focus is, and will remain in the huge money generated off of licencing.

(End of rant from a long-term SAP PM who's in desperate need of a weekend)

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

CentralCoasty
Pint

Lets face it..... Uranus is probably the main reason most schoolboys have any interest at all in the stars... and the "renaming" has simply made it even more comical...

That said, down here its pouring so no chance of seeing it.... dont know what the chances of seeing from Sydney were anyway even if it wasnt!

So whilst all my northern friends enjoy staring at Uranus I'll have a beer........ (better than them staring at mine....)

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Got a software development and deployment story?

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Working on a great project at the moment - with my "newly" coined term of deployment called "fluid".

Basically it involves government setting legislation but neglecting to pass on the details leading you being in the position of having to develop something (in order to meet legislation) but not actually being sure whether what you are doing is right or wrong.... so every second week involves a major change in direction with corresponding panic, fear, chaos etc.

Does make life interesting though.

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

CentralCoasty

Re: Uh, guys...

Isnt that an Austin A30? Or an A35?

Reminds me of the tracks my Mum left when she learnt to drive in her old A30...... and it sure looks like one from behind.....

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Australian PM Turnbull's AU$1.1bn 'Ideas boom' revealed as a bust

CentralCoasty
Pint

Where's my Pork Barrel?

What?!??!?

You mean I'm not getting something of value out of my $1.1bn Pork Barrel?

Oh well.... Suppose its our own fault for voting (for him or any of the other parties!).

Anyone for a beer? Think I need one now......

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

CentralCoasty
Pint

As someone who grew up with the shuttle it seemed that our capabilities in launch vehicles had improved only incrementally from the 60's through the 80's.

Then the shuttles got canned and it all seemed to go to pot.

Then came what seemed to be the miracles of the first private launches and we dared to dream again.

Making these launches (and especially landings) "boring" I find to be the greatest achievements ever. Its what is needed if we are ever going to make even simplest sci-fi dreams a reality.

Now all I want is someone to build a shuttle-type device that looks like Serenity!

A beer for all concerned, all who are interested and anyone who is thirsty.....

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Bah..... should have checked first....,

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast

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Oz government wants its own definition of what 'backdoor' means

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: Politicians don't understand what they're dealing with...

"While many politicians are motivated, quite genuinely, by fears of terrorism and criminality online"..

..... no, no, no, nooooo,,, they are motivated by losing their seats if they are not seen to be acting tough on terrorism/criminality online.....

Totally different thing.

And hence the irrelevance of the discussion - Joe Public wouldnt have a clue as to what the "backdoor" implications are - and most wouldnt care (until it impacts them).

Pollies get the big thumbs up by the Great Unwashed for being tough and standing up to the evil terrorists/crims....

....and we all get beer as its Friday.....

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

CentralCoasty
Pint

Stir, stir...

Just to stir the pot...... (given its a Friday)....

Switzerland's government recently ignored the results of a referendum (on immigration) following the UK's Article 50 (https://www.thelocal.ch/20170330/how-will-the-brexit-negotiations-affect-switzerland).

Which does lead us to question whether the government's role is to impose the will of the voters, the will of ALL the people, or even just what is best for the country overall.

In the Brexit vote the resounding "leavers" were aged 50+. 75% of under 25's voted to remain... so what is it that the younger generation are seeing that the 50+ arent? (Or vica-versa).

Thinking back to how things were in the 70's & 80's in middle-England - it seemed a period of unrest and shortages combined with wild patriotism..... now in the "teens" whenever I go back to the old country I find the shops laden with exotic foods from everywhere, booze from everywhere....

Maybe the under 25's having only seen the "good life" are scared that exiting the EU will disrupt their lifestyles? Maybe the over 50's dont give a rats about the obscure Czeck beer/cheese because they wouldnt buy it anyway.

My parents called the Brexit result "short-sighted". Whilst certainly not pro-EU, having lived through the 30's & WWII they feel that there is a huge benefit beyond those which have been stated by being "in" Europe to being "out". That said my sister and her partner both voted out (and both are in the 50+).

I just wonder what the view of the next generation will be on the decisions that have been enforced by their older generations.

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: HGV drivers are already at a disadvantage

..... and if its all done electronically by the time you have driven to work you will have clocked up a pile of automatic fines and penalty points.....

Reality is though that - like correctly placed speed cameras, if you obey the road rules then it shouldnt make much (if any) difference.

<SOR>

If I cut someone up in my driving then I deserve the slap/fine. Driving into work this morning I saw more than one car swerving across 3 lanes (without indicating) and back again multiple times (in moderate/heavy traffic) in a desperate move to get in front of other cars. Anything that helps reduce accidents caused by idiots like this is arguably a good move.

On my drive home tonight I can guarantee that I will meet:

Cars driving up the motorway (freeway) in the dark with no lights

Cars changing lane without indicating

Cars (and trucks) hogging the middle or "fast" lane

Tailgating

If I am lucky then today there will be no accident holding things up - but it is a regular occurrence and one that seems to spawn child accidents (from rapid braking/rubber necking/speeding).

I think I am just fed-up with how stupid we are when many of us get behind the wheel (and yes I include me in that at times!)....

.....<EOR>

I think I am tired - its been a long week, I've got no beer and its time to go fight the idiots on the motorway......

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: The Post-US Era... Europe forth place

I read it as "force place"... .lots of hipster's with litres of beer waving light-sabers....

That said I agree. It seems to be a tussle between China & Russia at the moment - and I would put my money on China.... the EU seems to be happy to be an "also ran" - the scars of WWII run very deep it seems..... the US will probably perform a hard-landing - similar to the situation the UK ended up in a few decades back......

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: TWATTER

Down-votes? Really?

The imagery this writer presents when I read their posts always makes me chuckle.....

.... that and of course bringing to memory certain scenes from "Deliverance".......

Anyway have an up vote and a beer.... not for the content, but rather than amusement value!

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

CentralCoasty
Unhappy

I agree - except there does tend to be one problem.

Most of the content us old farts actually want ISNT available on a licenced stream or for purchase!

I joined Netflix because I was hoping to get some old content I wanted... nah... not available in Australia, so that went into the bin. Online services (here or overseas)? Nah, they dont have it either.

I would be happy to pay for what I want - just not what Foxtel/Netflix/<Insert Corp Here> think I want/are trying to flog. But nearly all the time I cant get it.

I think the last DVD I bought was the Jeeves & Wooster (Fry & Laurie) boxed set - and had to get that in the USA because I couldnt get it anywhere else.....

When I look at my collection of old tapes they include copies of late-night comedies from Radio 4, old repeats of even older shows.... you cant buy these things elsewhere.

Would love the money to go to the original artists but.

1. They are (nearly) all dead.

2. I cant buy the stuff anyway!

As to you and your photos - if I wanted one I would expect (and be happy) to pay you!

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nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Less than optimal take-up. So even telling everyone that their existing copper line is going to die has resulted in less than half taking up the service.

I did - almost as soon as it became available and am now thinking of cancelling it.

Voip? No. Dont need it. Make & receive calls by mobile these days.

Data? Same. Even with video streaming/Netflix etc I still get by on my (shared) data usage with the Mrs.

I wonder how many of the younger generation are really going to bother tying themselves into a fixed service with the mobile data becoming cheaper by the month.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

CentralCoasty
Devil

Re: Then there's change control idiocy...

Ah but....

.... last IT change/outage caused the business headaches.....

so....

.... no more updates and the business is happy....

... until something dies/crashes/needs an emergency patch.....

... by then the system is so far behind in patching it needs months of testing.....

... which then causes the business headaches....

so.......

... no more updates and the business is happy.....

and on infinitum.....

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CentralCoasty

Re: do not enter the hypen!

Having spent the last 25+ years working with outsourced developers it is that whilst they may be technically smart (an assumption not a proven fact!), they are required by THEIR management to follow the specifications given to the letter... no original thought allowed, no deviation, no corrections.

So what we end up with is normally EXACTLY what was asked for irrespective of how stupid it is.

PM's can sign off because its what was asked for. Subbies get paid because it was what was asked for. Management smile because the project delivered what was asked for. User's cry because the solution is so bloody stupid and cumbersome and bemoan that IT didnt fix it because it was "obvious" what they really meant......

Most satisfying program I delivered was where I had the business users sitting with the developers and literally going "ah no.. I mean.. blah, blah, blah" and the coder being able to change it there and then....

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Re: This is the correct order

Unbelievable..... .I missed out the CLANGERS!

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CentralCoasty
Flame

Re: This is the correct order

I am sorry but you have missed the flaming obvious.

WHERE IS "THE BOOK"? How can you have any list like this without it? We quote it, we emulate it, we breath it.... and its not even in your list!

Although I will give you bonus points for Space 1999! I used to love that....

... but am sad that you missed out Joe 90.....

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

CentralCoasty
Mushroom

Ok. So The Orange Master of Mirth (because the only two options when you look at him are laugh or cry) has managed to:

Upset Russia over Syria, Ukraine & because of backlash on Trumpgate

Upset some of the Middle East with Qatar & Iran

Upset China over the South Chinese Seas

Upset NATO over contributions (fair call though)

Did I miss someone?

... now he's sabre-rattling against FBK......

If that goes pear-shaped he might get lots of tokenism from the UN but I cant see anyone putting boots on the ground to help a situation he has escalated.....

... but then he has already put the options of nukes on the table (http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/03/trump-asks-why-us-cant-use-nukes-msnbcs-joe-scarborough-reports.html)

... so maybe he just plans on nuking them until they glow in the dark.... after all, that will teach them to threaten the US with nukes... (erhm?)

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

CentralCoasty
Big Brother

and the news is?

didnt we read this article last year?

and the year before...?

and the year before that.....?

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Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

CentralCoasty
Pint

You rat-bag! You stole my exact thoughts!

Oh well, its Friday so have a beer.... between the Government, Telstra & NBNco I think our only hope is to drink ourselves into oblivion.....

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

CentralCoasty
Pint

Cows are dumb

Many years ago in Ireland I met the obligatory herd of cows coming down the single track road.

"No Worries" I thought and moved over as far as possible - which was about a foot from the stone wall (foundations of which were too high above road level for me to get any closer)......

Naturally the herd flowed around the side of the car..... except the really, really clever one that decided it was only 1 foot wide and would squeeze through beside the car and wall.

A beer because I really needed one after that......

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CentralCoasty

Re: Cane toads

My eldest got banned from the casino on the Gold Coast because of these little b*ggers....

... he and his mate (being big soccer fans) decided to practice their skills.... the goal posts were the big glass window in front of the dinning room.....

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CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Just wondering how they detect large birds and what they do when they take off/land? Wouldnt that be similar? (especially in flocks)

You would kind of think that the default logic would be that if a moving object was detected (or stationary) that it couldnt recognise it would reduce speed & engage avoidance by default.... (That tends to be my behaviour when I see an unknown moving shape on the edge of the highlights at night)... Ok it would mean the cars grinding to a halt more often at first, but as they improve the AI they could manage the situation better.....

Biggest fright I ever had was getting "ambushed" by a troop late at night driving along a remote road....

.... final step will be to get the AI to be able to run away from enraged Roo's/Elephant/Bison etc which may take offence at your vehicle.....

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Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Re: Zero day...

The fine is nasty - but the main criticism seems to be related to fairly basic technical issues that any BOFH or like-minded geek would have seen as the bleedin obvious!

If it was run by techy nerds they should have known better and deserve the hard slap.

More likely it was run by salesmen who ignored their technical people (if they even had any as they may have just "outsourced" any tech type stuff as needed) - in which case they also deserve everything they got.

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Costly, under-featured MyGov is just fine, says Oz national auditor

CentralCoasty
FAIL

Re: Just ring up and request a paper form

Agreed.

And I have better things to do with my time than struggle through the inept pile of festering mess that myGov is..... I'm sticking to paper and my local tax guy - so sad.

I just love it when they come up with these big number savings....

"We saved $40M" they chortle....

".... great... how?"

" Ah.. by doing higher value work now we are not having to spend time talking to the public " they reply....

"uhm... but if you didnt do it before and no-one complained, why do you need to do it now?"

Now if they FIRED public servants to the tune of $40M THEN I would believe the savings.... but somehow I think the only people that are no longer there are the project team.......

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

CentralCoasty
Paris Hilton

Good News!

She made it out of dock and is now being shadowed by the full might of the Royal Navy... ahm... ah... well actually just HMS Sutherland... but no seriously... its super important and the Navy is taking real care that its newest asset gets all the protection it can muster!

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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

CentralCoasty
Happy

Re: Up against the wall for the lot of them.

I like Pratchett's idea.... stick them in prison the moment they are elected... saves time and money later.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

CentralCoasty

Re: Lesser of two evils?

".....a lot of the slow down is due to driver uncertainty...".... Really? I thought it was Rubber-Necking?

.... cant see an automated car slowing down to have a gawp at the tangled mess on the verge.....

... now excuse me while I read a novel, sip my beer and lean back whilst my car drives me home........

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

CentralCoasty
Pint

Re: Pingu!!!

Wall to wall Pingu, interspersed with Montalbano....

..... or even just any Italian talk-show... who needs drugs when you watch those things!

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

CentralCoasty
Big Brother

The Two of Us?.. missing episodes?... going home tonight and checking my DVD box to see what's in it!

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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

CentralCoasty
Coffee/keyboard

And the point is?

Most (reports point from 60-80%) of IT projects fail anyway.... and thats been the case since the 80s (and probably before) up to today..... so nothing new in the banner.

I dont see IoT projects being any different to any other project that we are able to stuff up due to scope/time/money

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

CentralCoasty

Re: Broken Planet

There we have it, proof the Death Star actually worked!

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Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

CentralCoasty

"Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery"......... so does that mean there is also an Australia Research Centre for Gravitational Wave Discovery?

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

CentralCoasty

Pie Face would be really nice I think for one....

Sparky..... also suitable at the moment....

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

CentralCoasty
Alert

And the OS is?

Sorry, cant resist it, but when they get to production level will they ship with M$ XP?

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

CentralCoasty
Flame

Re: Fit for purpose?

As has been pointed out earlier - the vendors are selling this kit either with an OS embedded into the equipment itself, or with a PC sitting beside it to run the software.

Either way it is an issue for the vendor and not M$ in this case. If I were to build some kit and make sure it only works with Win98 and some sucker buys it - who's fault is that?

Support contracts need to be in place between the original vendor & the customer with the necessary guarantees of support & upgrades for the appropriate life of the product.

This will stop lazy vendors selling equipment with a soon-to-be-outdated OS unless they are willing to support it themselves. It forces them to keep their own software up-to-date so they can port it from X to Y and keep their customers satisfied.

If I buy something that has a 5 year life - then I expect 5 years out of it. If halfway through its life part of the kit dies, then I expect to the vendor to make sure they have the parts (including OS's) necessary to keep it running - and if that means upgrading to a new OS then they should be planning for it!

This then means that there should be no compatability issues with "well we cant patch/upgrade because the application wont run on OS x"... admins can then ensure equipment is patched to the latest version.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

CentralCoasty
Facepalm

Jeremy can safely wriggle out by pointing out that whilst he cut the contract he left it up to each individual trust to decide what they do with the risk - and hence the fact they didnt upgrade the XP machines resides with them and not him.....

The trusts obviously didnt understand the risk (if they even knew about it) and/or was just another massive red flag amongst the many that they are dealing with. (Whats more critical getting more nurses, doctors, beds or fixing a computer that may (or may not) get hit by a virus).

All around failure - and I expect nothing will happen except a series of finger pointing at each other.

As to Microsoft having the patches - good on them. It is totally within their right to charge for the patches - as to whether it mercenary or not - this is another question! Guess we should be thankful they still had the technical know-how - what would the situation be if we had been trying to patch OS/2,BeOS or RiscOS......

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

CentralCoasty
Childcatcher

I can see something good out of this.... it might actually finally kill off Jetstar! (or at least get them to grow up).

Ok back in the 90's etc we were happy with a single screen at the front of the cabin and we all watched the same show - but these days we are used to having our own personalised entertainment. Jetstar's "no-frills" flights are nothing but a reversion to the basics - but if we cant even have our laptops on them then they will really suffer.

For the cheap-flights to Bali & other holiday locations - I can just imagine the noise when families get told they cant take the electronic baby-sitter on the flight with them - those families will either not go or pay the extra and fly with an airline that does provide a full service... then there is the "business" linkage in/out of Singapore, Hong Kong & the rest of Asia - I think there are more laptops on those flights than there are seats! What are they going to do?

Of course none of this worries the politicians - most of them couldnt even turn a computer on by themselves... and sitting up in first class/business class they get all the entertainment (and booze) they want..... (oh and I doubt if any of them ever travel Jetstar outside of Australia).....

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

CentralCoasty
Black Helicopters

Re: Panda

hummmm... so you knew about it before everyone else.... I see... and you had the patch ready to go.... I see..... so how are your sales figures doing now?... .ohh.... through the roof... I see...... all a very strange coincidence.....

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CentralCoasty
Big Brother

Re: You've got to love the stock markets...

"Trust a vendor 100% if you want..." of course they do.... thats why they put all their eggs in one basket with nice contracts - senior management can point at the contract and show they mitigated the risk, whilst the vendor can point to their get-out-of-jail-free clauses and prove they did the right thing.... everyone's a winner... oh... except the public of course.....

Big Brother icon because... well.... why not?

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China staggering under WannaCrypt outbreak

CentralCoasty
Black Helicopters

Re: Nervous criminals

Does make you wonder that perhaps it was cover for something else.... or a warm up for something else....

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

CentralCoasty
Coffee/keyboard

Re: many times

My youngest "manages" these calls for us... and has my wife and I in stitches every time...

.... he starts off by putting on an outrageous accent and then starts "attempting" to follow their instructions.... when asked to type something (or run etc) he tells them he is sorry but he cant do that because he is blind..... this soon degenerates into him asking them to speak louder as he tells them that he is also deaf..... this has also ended with him telling them he doesnt have a phone/electricity/legs/arms/(anything he can think of at the time).

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