* Posts by TwistedPsycho

17 posts • joined 12 Jun 2018

A day in the life of London seen through spam and weak Wi-Fi


But, but.

The railway refers to the rail way as the Permanent Way.

USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions


Re: Use Case?

Why stop at a high spec laptop?

Have a mid spec i5 laptop or 2-in-1 that is light-weight for working on the road and an Intel Serial Bus 4 connected beast unit with a second processor that can co-operate.

From a business use case, you then could have a ratio of beast units to standard units that staff can simply dock into place and it automatically uprates the work that you are trying to do.

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions


They already do...

When my wife appealed a PIP rejection, they went to her ophthalmic team for her last assessment results.

They did not believe the ophthalmic certification of being blind because the assessor claimed there was maintained eye contact throughout.

My wife has severe nystagmus - her eyes never (and I mean never) stop flicking. The fact that she could not even see the assessor was the other kicker.

Fast forward 15 months; won at tribunal within 20 minutes.


Re: proof of concept to expose NHS data to the department's systems

It's the DWP, that can be very easily arranged.

Or if it can't actually be arranged it's just a change from status 0 to status 1.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend



.... set OhMiBod to Insane."

"Which OhMiBod Vibrator would you like me to set to Insane?"


"Which - Mrs Bezos - vibrator would you like me to set."


"I am sorry, I can not do that."

Millennium Buggery: When things that shouldn't be shut down, shut down


Re: Engineers who become managers

It's not just in techies either.

People can be promoted to strict rules orientated industries who then simply make up their own rules to go over the rules framework and wonder why people are aggressive about it.

Because the original rules were more likely NOT to kill a thousand people in a masterstroke.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine


Accuracy is not required......

Unfortunately, the requirement to ensure data is accurate does not apply to all.

Take for example one of the large original banks. Two years after moving into our house and sending back numerous demands for cash - which you could see through the flimsy envelope - we exercised our right phone the bank, talk to their Business Banking department, advise them that their customer had moved out previous and read the account number and address through the address window of the envelope.

Despite threatening to call the police on us as we had breached data protection, over the next few months us getting a knock from collection agents and us proving to them and the bank that we now own the house; as it was a business-to-business loan, the bank was under no obligation to keep its details up to date and said it would keep sending letters and bailiffs.

I walked into their local branch with the letter, to their open plan business banking section and discussed the situation with one of their managers, in full earshot of all their customers. Their manager even got the same response from their own B-2-B banking team.

So no, the data protection principles on data accuracy do not apply to some call centres....

(This started sounding like a rant at ibmalone, it is not and merely a story to the contrary of the point of data accuracy)


Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME


Planes, Trains and automobiles!

Even as recently as 2008, a German train manufacturer was supplying UK train operators with a train running Windows 95.

...and that had connections to the outside world; investigatory quality data downloads were pulled using flash drives that then connected to a standard laptop.

I am suspicious that it will have changed as they now have remote access.

Worrying Windows 10 wrecking-ball weapon weirdly wanders wildly on worldwide web


Re: Windows 10

This is a gift?

Absolutely! But they were speaking German, in which language "Gift" = "Poison."

The Germans are crafty, they like going to the Redmond Cathedral because it has a 123ft spire that looks like Bill Gates.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809


Re: Regressions

They're doing the equivalent of releasing a new version of Windows every six months.

But that are working two patches ahead though, aren't they?

I thought skip ahead testers have been on 19H1 since Easter?

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app


my husband and I just spent 20 minutes at 3am trying to disable the alarm

Some people continue to surprise me.

As a nice-to-have add on, completely love the idea of IoT running things; as a sole need-to-have, God help us!

I admit to having a few rooms wired up with smart lights and Nest, but I made sure I still have an actual light switch on the wall as well as a thermostat!

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


Re: Really?

It won't take too long for the Surface Hub devices to blue screen at a really inappropriate moment though.

Then everyone will scream the praises of the Granny Smith Pro

Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court


We are missing one important question...

.... how did the criminal remove the data?

Skelton was a senior auditor, according to the BBC article at the time of his sentencing, which would suggest to the outsider that the person has responsibilities beyond that of a standard office bod.

If he was just able to post it to Dropbox then yes there might be a case, but if the company took reasonable steps then you won't stop someone who has a determined grudge.

Couldn't give a fsck about patching? Well, that's your WordPress website pwned, then


Re: Lack of maintance

Depends how much you pay them as to whether they care....

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market


Re: Proctor & Gamble!!!!!!

The mega goods corp working with the mega retailer corp? That can only smell like bad news.

I don't think you will be talking to your box of Bold 3, I think you will be having a conversation with it.

All seriousness aside though; a washing machine where you load a cartridge of powder, and it re-orders when it is getting low and calls out an Amazon Maintenance Expert when it feels ill?....

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'


Re: It is also wifi

I bet it's answer would be that it is using the retailers information instead of yours in order to create that particular element of the profile.

It will then argue that as it is a business-2-business arrangement with the retailer, you must complain about the retailer, or something.

Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft



But surely at that point the organisations buying in to LTSC for desktops will also be buying into any similar offer for office anyway?

My employer still runs on Windows 7 Enterprise though, so we will never find out....

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