* Posts by $till$kint

24 posts • joined 6 Nov 2017

6 days to go, no sweat, just more than a million UK firms still to sign up to Making Tax Digital


Re: perhaps HMRC are the issue

You're not. Similar story here.

Prodigy dancer and vocalist Keith Flint found dead aged 49


He made it ok for a generation of blokes to dance

Keith's antics made it acceptable for a whole generation of guys to unleash the bendy bits ( I think they're called "knees" and "elbows" ) in what can loosely be described as dancing. For allowing us to express ourselves and communicate in this way, we thank you. Although my wife has never quite forgiven the number of times I've managed to stand on her feet in the process.

Keith, if only you could have spoken to someone last night. Us blokes are a bit rubbish like that. So to anyone out there feeling a bit lost right now, if you feel the need to talk to someone, know that there's always someone who will listen:

Calm - https://www.thecalmzone.net

Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence


Re: It woz the drink wot did it. Oh, and all that neon, too.

Worth noting that he's been out on bail, albeit with some pretty debilitating conditions, since August 2017. Adding this to correct the assumption that he's still banged up. To all intents he's still being denied his liberty, as he is unable to leave the US and has had restrictions placed on his use of technology and the internet that effectively prevent him working or even helping build his defence case.

He's worth a follow on Twitter, if you're into the twitterings. @malwaretechblog

Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT


Re: Simple solution.

I think you must have written the Outline Business Case that's just been put in front of me...

Have a pint and an upvote.

Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on


Re: Does nobody ever read Larry Niven?

Ah, the moon's a balloon. A most entertaining read.

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-


Re: Hacker installed Oracle and then dobbed you in for the reward money

I had similar thoughts of the licence audit team rubbing their hands....

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds


Re: Developer PC

If it helps, I'm a Programme Manager (Project Manager squared) and I'd fund that.

The amount of deliveries that have fallen on their arse because of this kind of thinking.... Perhaps that's how I got demoted and now actually have to deal with the PHBs as the Developers' Champion?

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


Re: Not Ads, but chuggers

If it's amnesty international (a regular crowd around Holborn Circus) I tell them I work for an arms manufacturer.

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing


Re: Plutonium left in SUV in Marriot Hotel

Oh. You used the term "fools" on teh interwebz.

This is usually a solid indicator for sensationalist claptrap and suchlike. You'd do well to avoid it.

Also stop with the posting sensationalist claptrap.

UK.gov IT projects that are failing: Verify. Border control. 4G for blue-light services. We can go on


Please no, not octarine!

Described as a kind of greenish purple. Greenish. Green.

"It's ok everybody, there's a hint of green in there. We're on track! Now, about that early retirement package with matching knighthood....."

Ticketmaster gatecrash: Gig revelers' personal, payment info glimpsed by support site malware


Re: Clear as mud

@Tom. Fair one. Have an upvote


Re: Clear as mud

Not great practice to share what you know and how you know it when it comes to fraud detection. Word tends to get back to the fraudsters and they modify their MO to further obfuscate detection.


Barclaycard also on the ball here

About 3 weeks ago I was notified of two suspicious transactions by BarclayCard; one for close on £1000 for events through another ticket sales company and one for car insurance (yes, really!)

The last transaction prior to these? Ticketmaster on 23rd February.

Smoking gun anyone?

It rather looks like the bad actors gathered data for at least 3 months before they swung into action and started selling the details. On the plus side, both the merchants in this case were keen to take action to cancel the purchases (invalidating tickets and insurance) and were proactive in referring the matter to their internal fraud teams and local police. Barclays had already put chargeback in place, but was nice to see the merchants taking an active stance.

Not often I say this, but beers for Barclays.

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you


Those kind of two-finger typos could get you into teouble if your name is Alan....

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic


Re: It is just me that's noticed.....

I think some readers may see that as inferring this is a problem of Chinese origin. It's not; their action has simply highlighted the scale of the issue. When China says "too big a problem for us to manage" we had all better sit up and pay attention.

BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown


A good, straight accountant is like a decent mattress; both help me sleep at night.

Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy


Don't worry, someone in an NCIS lab* will be able to zoom in on that rock, rotate the image, extrapolate a full body view and reveal a reflection on the dinosaurs' eyeballs of a fast-approaching meteorite.

(*there'll be a dead marine somewhere in the story to establish jurisdiction. Probably crushed in the stampede.)

£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash


Re: Radical Suggestion...


Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?


I was grinning along as I read this until I got to the bit about the drum of telephone cable. Too close to the truth for comfort....

Tech Hoarders Anonymous anyone?

Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy


Re: Tradition

"I'll wager that a nice part of Dorset, with mainline access to London has more than a few well connected bigwigs, and that's why Openreach are doing it, nothing whatsoever to do with any "cluster of properties". "

You'd lose your bet. Mostly agricultural workers, families on benefits and retired folk with the remaining 1/3rd working in jobs ranging from school teacher to Project Manager. A number are able to work from home by nature of their work but unable due to.... Elastic band. What we do have is a sense of community and a determination to ensure the kids in our village aren't left behind with their homework, the tried can Skype their families and the rest of us can stop blasting carbon into the air with our unnecessary travel footprint


Re: Tradition

Narp. Oi be where the wildlings be, nestling on the Dorset Frome 'twixt Wool and Dorchvegas


Re: I regularly communicate with openreach

OpenReach actually correspond with you?!?! What super powers (or incriminating photos) do you possess?


Re: That's the price you pay...

H is for Horace



Re: Tradition

@ AC

BT are now rolling out FTTP using overhead in some areas. We're one of those locations in rural Dorset - 5km from the cabinet but a reasonably well concentrated cluster of properties and we have a mainline station for that there London, so the demand for service is pretty high.

OverReich have been stringing fibre through the trees for the last 5 weeks, with a few sections where foliage density requires a return to underground conduit. We're hoping for a switch-on later this month and it will be full FTTP.

I shan't be getting rid of my Draytek Vigo 2860LN any time soon as I suspect I will be making full use of the LTE fallback capability at some point...... Trees being prone to fall over and tractors having an unerring ability to knock over telegraph poles in this neck of the woods.

Icon? Because we drink scrumpy in Dorset too (see tractor driving capability)

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