* Posts by SarkyGit

8 posts • joined 11 May 2017

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth


Would you like a toasted teacake?

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant


Just read all this, then....

I suppose a "speak of the devil" occurrence


Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage


Is this News

I created a facebook profile in 2011, from my name (and not my real DOB) it started telling me about all the people I may know and true enough I did know most of the recommendations.

This was a works PC I created this on so no contact scraping, the only real info I supplied was my name.

That rang the alarm bell for me 7 years ago, I assumed it just matched my name against same surnames in my geographical location, and lumped in their friend lists too and this ended up a lot of people I knew,

I used a dummy account since before that, the reason being, we would get a list of users on a Friday who would be starting on the Monday, so as we set each new employee account up we could see pictures of them falling over hedges pissed and the like and have a good laugh, so lets face it we have all been using facebooks slurping for our own spying/stalking and it's basically more fool you for putting it out there.

I downloaded my profile, to see what they had for me, thankfully 103kb of just about fuck all.(bet they have my phone number against my name in my friends/families profiles but they just aren't letting on to me).


Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told


The solution is clear

The service station infrastructure is in place, they already stock what we need.

So you'll be driving along in your electric motor and the wee light will flash saying "Low Battery".

Easy, roll into your nearest friendly local service station "Two Thousand triple A's and a rank sandwich please mate"

Sorted, surely this would be the most realistic situation, not triple A's of course, a standard sized battery.

Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data


Not Even FST FFS

I was amazed when I walked into my local Carphone Warehouse outlet in the Parkhead Forge retail park, Glasgow.

They still have at least four CRT telly's above them behind the counter (yep, you read right CRT).

I stood there gawping at what a baldy bastard I looked like on some sort of bulbous 24" (or thereabouts) colour TV screen from the nineties.

The missus did all the talking (switching from one shitty broadband to another) so I never clocked their EPOS and can't comment on that.

I just pointed and stared at the shiny reflective screens. In awe of the flickery glow. I pondered the magic, thinking of the electrons being magnetically aimed, then fired in succession towards the screen, at the speed of light, row after row and how it made the back of my head look like a full on friar tuck.

I also remember it happened to me years ago, walked into the offie's* on Duke Street, stood in the queue staring at the CCTV telly, when I got to the front the lassie had obviously noticed the staring and said "Aye, everybody looks baldy in it, even the wummin. Wit dae ye wan't"**

* Offie's: Shop where you buy booze to take to your home/mates/party

** Translation: "Yes, everyone looks as if they may be going a bit thin on top, including the ladies. Can I get you anything sir"

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


Have they said it was the IT kit that had a power failure

Ever seen what very quickly happens in a DC when the air-con fails.

It will boil your data and traffic, this could cause plenty of anomolies that a DR site wont recognise as issues until thermal cutouts (hopefully correctly configured) kick in or physical parts fail.

You can be assured you have many days work in front of you.

Yo, patch that because scum still wanna exploit WannaCrypt-linked vuln


Is this not an internal issue?

Is it not the case..

User clicks something they shouldnt, this kicks it all off internally.

I once worked for a large company and you could physically see the thing spread from one side of the building to the other as heads popped up from partitions. That was back in about 2005 and I'm pretty sure it was Windows SMB that was used to spread that too.

So internally the NHS may well have everything opened between sites, hence they were worst hit.

Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised


Here in Glasgow, Scotland, UK,

Uber operate the same as "Private Hire" (mini cabs), they need to submit to all the same checks for their taxi drivers badge and vehicle standards with the local council.

So that means a simple police check and 28 day wait for the badge and twice yearly rigorous vehicle inspections, there are more regulations about vehicle age to make sure the vehicles are all quite new..

They are then issued a Private Hire licence (yes licence, thanks) to display on their vehicle.

They can then use bus lanes, because they are a licenced taxi.

So here, to operate a "Private Hire" licence, you need a base (which is a different kettle of licencing fish), in the case of Uber, THEY are the base.

I have seen more and more Uber's on the road in the last year, so I think it is helping people who wouldnt normally be taxi drivers go out there but, I just cant help getting the feeling... they are all going to shit themselves when the tax man comes calling (unless, Uber has an app for that).


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