* Posts by aje21

18 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017

Supreme Court of UK gives Morrisons the go-ahead for mega data leak liability appeal



From what I remember reading about this case it was nothing to do with the employer being at fault, or that they could have prevented it happening, it was that they were liable and so should have suitable insurance in place to pay out when it happens.

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps


Whatever you do, someone will do the wrong thing

Back in the nineties we had a "server room" in the middle of the office, for development and test servers (mini-computer sized). For some reason they decided to fit the red emergency power off button right next to the green door release button and it didn't matter about putting a shroud around it, a bit sign up to say which was which, etc. there would be regular cases of visiting engineers pressing the wrong button to leave the room. I think this even happened once after the shroud was fitted with a cover :-(

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads


Re: Good Framing?

I assume that the image we see was cropped to have UT in the centre - from that far out my guess is that the original image would have been mostly star field...

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide



If you sit the 12 jurors on two benches of six, does that mean you have only two jurors?

(Perhaps too obvious an analogy to use court)

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020


Re: Clickbait

Just to put numbers in perspective, if just 0.1% of a billion smart phones were running Windows then that makes a million phones... as far as I can tell (just a quick bit of searching online) the values for total number of smart phones in use and the percentage which are Windows phones are higher (obviously Windows is not showing up in new phone sales, but these days people use their phones longer - gone are the days of yearly or two-yearly replacement).

But hey, lets classify people who actually like the way Windows phone does things (me included) as just "tens"...

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Made me laugh

Almost makes me believe the rule was brought in specifically to target that URL (posted again because I didn't spot my typo until after the edit period was up - doh)

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Except for when you do a long range BFG shot just before being killed and respawn where your shot lands and you end up fragging yourself. Happened just the once but, boy, it was annoying (and very funny for everyone else).


It was the lighting that made the difference

While there have been a few comments about flickering lights, for me the difference was that Wolfenstein 3D was all brightly lit whereas Doom had dark corridors, rooms, etc. and that made it seem so much more real. First game I've ever seen where people would duck out of the way of incoming fireballs...

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Re: Value added installer

Many years ago I was working on a small program to edit the configuration file on a Novell server, pressing Save wrote the file to disc, but as that took a fraction of a second I added a one second delay while it displayed "Please wait" to give the reassurance that something had actually happened.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence


Re: Did not even get the cube right!

You do know that only half of the faces are shown in the picture... or are you saying that the arrangement of squares is not possible and all nine blue squares would have to be shown on the three sides in the picture?

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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Re: I am genuinely shocked

Will be very sad when my Lumia 1020 stops working - I was never that into having lots of apps but some of the fairly useful ones have fallen by the wayside over the last couple of years. However there are still quite a few which I use that are still working...

Tempted to give Sailfish a try at some point as I find Android to be very frustrating as a phone OS (the rest of the family have been using it for years and often can't work out how to do things which are really simple on Windows Phone - I help when I can, but just find it frustrating).

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way


Re: up to 1,000 kelvin (726.85 degrees Celsius).

Never mind "up to", it is the "up to or more" which is really annoying...

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

Big Brother

Re: Just another tax.

If a company provides a mechanism by which an employee can transfer client's savings to their own account without anyone needing to approve the transfer, no audit picking it up, etc. then I would suggest they should be liable. In this case the employee was doing the transfer to an outside party as part of their job and *copied* the data in the process. Can't really do that with money...

If the data which was being provided to the outside party had gone AWOL then the company should be liable. I don't know enough about this specific case to say for sure if Morrisons should be liable for the data breach, but as a principle of law it seems odd that a company should be considered responsible for the actions of its staff when they are NOT doing what the company has instructed them to do.

If a company has rules in place to prevent data breaches (and suitable technology too) and someone specifically does something against those rules it has to come down to what measures were in place to stop it being possible or to detect it had occurred before the data could get out of the building.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer


Re: So the logic is

Still using my Lumia 1020 with Windows Phone 8.1 and getting more pissed a M$ every month because the few apps which I do use are gradually falling by the wayside.

Whatever I choose to do next, I feel cheated that my choice has been limited so badly because I won't buy into the Apple world of iPhones and Android pisses me off every time I have to use it.

Fuzzy logic makes a comeback – in picking where Earth sticks its probes into alien worlds


Curious unit of data measurement

Sure it sounds cool having 100 tera-anything, but who measures their data in bits when stored???

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties


Still using both Windows Home Server and Windows Media Center

Still don't understand why they keep wanting to get rid of things which work well, only to shove loads of stuff down our throats which are not really core features of an O/S.

Oh, and to really show my love of things which have passed from the Microsoft list of current products, my phone is a Nokia Lumia 1020 which (touch wood) is still doing well and I will really miss when it eventually stops working.

UK.gov 'could easily' flog 6m driver records to private firms this year


Re: Private car parks versus councils and police, etc

Surprised it has not been mentioned sooner, but private parking companies cannot issue fines, they can only send you a parking charge NOTICE which is to tell you that you have "agree" to pay them money as part of a distance contract formed when you were in the presence of signage, etc.

In the UK this has been condoned by the supreme court (just look up Beavis vs. Parking Eye) as reasonable behaviour and was brought in as part of the "protection of freedoms" act which stopped cowboy clamping...

Or, put another way, the DVLA had no revenue stream when you had to contact the clamping company to get your car freed but the new model does make them a bit of profit.

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