* Posts by tapemonkey

15 posts • joined 30 Jun 2017

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

Just because you do not know how to use a device correctly is not Googles or any other search engines fault. Heres a thought try Googling the solution

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears


Re: Viagra is a "back-to-back bonking drug"?

Well as a back to back drug it turns two men into a very useful hat stand

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash


Re: What I'd like to know

You T-Bone someone at 60MPH and it is pretty much irrelavent if their vehicles are armoured or not they are going over.

We all know Phil the Greek is a doddering old fool whose only use these days is as an advert for Dignitas

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Surely for the danger posed it should be classed as an act of terrorism. 1 drone could potentialy bring down an A380. Just contemplate that for a second. Through one act of stupidity hundreds could have lost their lives. The perpetrators should face 15 years in prison under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list


Re: Good! I hope my bl**dy insurance company's reading this

With these "accident" leaches I just wait for them to finish their spiel then say "It wasn't an accident I ran them over on purpose" before laughing maniacly. They usually hang up after a few seconds.

Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet


Re: Maximum Hubris

I wonder how long it will be before he is arrested on drug trafficking charges

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin


Re: Ironic, isn't it?

Yes they did it was their first shop front although initially they operated from a 1st floor location in Hadleigh Essex


Re: Ironic, isn't it?

I remember fondly visiting their first premises (before they got an actual shop) in Hadleigh Essex. It was a 1st floor location above another shop. When I walked in it was a mess of boxes crates and reels of wire. I was there to get some components to repair my CB radio and was greeted by a really helpful guy who knew just where everything was located in the jumble. Then a few years later I was at the grand opening of their 1st shop in Westcliff (on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea). Grand times. It was after the mass expansion of the company that they lost their small business feel and I believe that was the root of their eventual downfall. They became too expensive and non competative plus they lost those people that were a mine of great kmowledge in their core business - components. The guys in that first shop were hobbyists as well and so knew their stuff. For me that was the main reason I shopped their because of the staffs wealth of knowledge. Sadly they lost sight of those values that made them stand out from the rest and so were destined to fail.

Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers


Forgotten Heroes

Everyone remebers the name Turing but he didn't, despite popular belief, do it alone. There were many heroes at Bletchley and I was fortunate to meet two. Sam Wiggin was the husband of my old primary school teacher and worked on Bombe as an engineer. George Cutler was RAF and tasked with delivering the decoded messages to various destinations.

As a spotty 11 year old I remember Mrs Wiggin telling us, as she taught binary, that her Sam had said one day every one would have their own computer. That was way back in 1976 and just how right he was.

Every single man & woman who worked so tirelesly to shorten the war deserved remembering.


Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust


Re: The ongoing ruthless take backs.

Or all those alien bases Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin saw in 69

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes


Re: Where's the problem?

That doesnt help when the latest update completely borks the most up to date drivers. I am a tech with years of experience but when this update broke a blind mates onboard sound driver there was literally nothing that could be done except buy a usb soundcard. This meant he was without a PC until it arrived because without sound his screen reading software was useless. Also some people like my mate are unable to do maintenance for themselves and rely on the goodwill of others or PAY


Re: Good luck with that.

I got a desperate call from a blind friend who uses screen reading software to use his PC. After the update his onboard sound was borked (still is) and that was a massive deal to him. Without sound his PC was nothing more than an expensive room heater. I had to order him a cheap usb soundcard to plug in as I dont live nearby and couldnt install a PCI card. The PC is a Zoostorm and the onboard was nothing out of the ordinary just a Realtek HD so you would have thought MS would have checkecd that before release to the general public.

MS should realise that some people rely on their computers for far more significant things than business. To my mate it is his lifeline aginst loneliness. He lives his life in total darkness, not something most of us could cope with, and to lose that because someone did not invest a bit of time to ensure their product was fit for purpose is extremely hard on vulnerable people like him.

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet


Chipped windscreen

Should have called Gavin from Auto Glass


NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability


Re: Local IT professionals can never keep up, cloud automation is the key.

and theres the rub. In the UK certainly with Government departments there is an ongoing debate as to the legality of Cloud based systems. The fact that most cloud providers are off shore and managed by third parties (the physical boxes containing the data) would put us at odds with the Data Protection Act.

I work in a IT department in a Government Agency the IT is subcontracted to a large multi (bluish) company who have their own cloud based solutions and this has been mooted and booted numerous times.


Dont shoot the messenger

There also needs to be more personal responsibility. Having worked in IT departments in the public sector for some years I see it far too many times. Passwords written on post it notes stuck to screens even in full view of street level windows. Passwords so easy that a child could guess them. Companies even UK Government Agencies using 128bit WEP for WIFI that is so easy to crack a teenager with a smartphone could do it in 10 minutes without even entering the building. Middle management flouting IT security policies and when they are told that it is a breach IT being told to shut up and god forbid you escalate it to senior management because IT will always lose. This will have initially been down to someone opening an email attachment from a dubious sender despite being warned by their relevant IT department not to do so. It will have been in the terms and conditions of their employment that they had to adhere to all IT security policies but they failed to do so. If a user is found to have flagrantly ignored IT security protocols no more pussy footing there needs to be harsher penalties and even jail time when appropriate.

Dont get me wrong the systems should have been patched and up to date and the fact they were not is unforgivable and the inquests will lay the blame where they see fit for that one but how many times do you have to tell people not to open email attachments.

One thing I will say I have noticed IT departments do fall down on and MS too is the default setting in Windows needs changing. By default known file extensions are hidden so if you have an attachment come in that is for example invoice.pdf.bat it will only show as invoice.pdf and the user will not be suspicious. Now most email filters block .bat and .exe but I have seen them slip through in fact my own boss was caught just like that with the cryptolocker last year. This should be changed as a matter of urgency by all IT admins because even a USB drive with a dodgy file can slip through this way.

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