* Posts by SWCD

17 posts • joined 7 Dec 2018

Millions of Windows Dell PCs need patching: Give-me-admin security gremlin found lurking in bundled support tool


Please Stop!

...doing this manufacturers, all we want is a clean build of the O/S on a machine! :-(

Salesforce? Salesfarce: Cloud giant in multi-hour meltdown after database blunder grants users access to all data


Re: GDParrrggh....

Don't suppose you'd mind sharing some of those via Pastebin or similar? I always end up misplacing old stories and never get my list above three :-(

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco


Re: Management's job

They are definitely out there, in business and in politics. They only need to confess to the mess, even if they weren't directly/solely responsible. Then, rather than run a mile, other outfits re-employ them as it's known they're happy to fall on their sword. A willing chump can be very useful - make the pay good enough and anyone is happy looking incompetent.

If the thing you were doing earlier is 'drop table' commands, ctrl-c, ctrl-v is not your friend


Re: Shortcut curious...

Don't mind a bit of CTRL/SHIFT-INS - and there are certain places a CTRL-V won't work for paste, but a SHIFT-INS does (Can't think of an example off the top of my head, the odd password box I come across though) CTRL-C/V now strongly ingrained, just easier as my left hand is over that way anyway while the right one is on the mouse :-)

Many will remember another "computer birth" indicator - how you'd reply to an email or a Usenet post. For years I'd dutifully bottom-post, ignoring those newer to the medium who'd ask why and that it made no sense. I can't remember the last time I exchanged an email with a bottom-poster now.. Top-posting won, largely due to the default reply setting on Outlook! :-)

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it


Re: It's been years since . . . .

TP-Link TD-W9970's are worth a look, change out of £30 ex VAT. Years ago I'd considered TP-Link budget, I suppose the prices still are, but the software on those is half-decent. Do IT support for small business; they suit them fine, and can be popped into bridge mode and used as a modem easily for places with a beefier router in place.

Used to carry separate ADSL routers and those white BT things a few years ago, now a couple of those in the car pretty much covers all the smaller sites.

No doubt someone will pipe up that they're a load of dung, but reliability-wise haven't ever had an issue with one - for the money they're great.


Re: It's been years since . . . .

Suitable for some, but not all. If you've something on-LAN doing your DNS, great, if you remember to set it as such.. But if all external, a problem straight away is you're losing internal name resolution.. A problem for many, including most businesses. It's pretty bad that an ISP would prevent you changing which DNS service you use :-(

Last year, we joked that Amazon was a cloud giant with a gift shop. Looking at these AWS figures, we were right


Re: Two day delivery?

You're probably right, although can't say I've noticed on enough items - and I'd still use Prime for other reasons. But, other stuff that makes up for it.. Prime Now.. Great! Half day at work so started the alcohol a bit early.. At the point where I've had too much to drive and get more, but don't have enough in the house to continue the rest of the night...

So, Prime Now.. I can have someone here in 56 minutes if I pay £6.99 (overall price, still only a couple of quid more than my local Co-op).. Or if I'm happy waiting until 8pm I'll not pay anything extra.

And I can get some other shopping brought at the same time.

Whatever you say about them, you have to stand in awe of the machine they are.. Both the systems behind the scenes managing all that, and them having the labour on hand to get things to you.

Huawei savaged by Brit code review board over pisspoor dev practices


Re: A good thing?

I don't doubt they're all as bad as each other for a second.

Would be interesting if code from other devices was audited too.

Say maybe, the software on an aeroplane.

Let's spin Facebook's Wheel of Misfortune! Clack-clack-clack... clack... You've won '100s of millions of passwords stored in plaintext'


"We have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused.."

As always, it's in the wording. It's not possible to get evidence that anyone externally abused them.

Still fewer Windows 10 devices out there than Instagrammer Kylie Jenner has dollars


Control over updates? Took me donkeys to find which registry keys and whatever else I had to hobble to make my machine stop rebooting when it felt like it :-(

During an average day I leave a load of Notepad's open with stuff I intend to file/email or whatever, lost track of the number of times I lost their contents. Could've hurled the thing out the window.

That aside, I don't mind Windows 10 at all to be honest. Definitely the most stable Windows I've used.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists


Re: Terminological inexactitudes

The spectacular part is it's coming within the realms of possibility for an ordinary human, be it just a rich one at the moment. Or do we just knock it all on the head because it was done in the 60's, by countries with infinite budgets - we just stop there as it doesn't approach what's been done before? How does any of that help me or you take a look up there?

What an exciting interview you'd have given say being the first on Concorde - "Well, bit shit really wasn't it, RAF been going that fast for ages haven't they"


Re: Terminological inexactitudes

You wonder what it'd take to blow the skirt up of some of the less-impressed posters - I don't get any human who doesn't think the achievement is spectacular.

If I had a spare quarter of a mil, I'd be up there tomorrow. Be in the first handful of people who've seen our home from above? Yes, please. Bothered if it only goes X far up? Nope, don't give a monkeys.

Seeing for real the possibility there's something else out there must leave you in awe and with a tear in each eye. If the price has halved by the time I retire, the house is sold and I'm away. Sorry about the inheritance kids.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'


Re: Five minutes ago...

Shit, sorry, pressed the upvote button :-\

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers


"The fix is not "failing to join the other network", it is more correctly "disconnecting and rejoining.""

Might be being a little over fussy there, Joe. The post said accurately the steps given to customers.. I think it's realised by all what those steps achieved (the disconnect/reconnect)!


These sorts of decisions are often made by marketing type teams, where the brand identity is worth 10x more than the damage from down-time. The decision to allow customers onto a competitors network as theirs broken? No way! Get ours fixed!!

20 or so years ago as a tech-support rep at Orange, a frequent issue at the time was SMS jamming. An easy fix was browsing for another network in the phone settings, attempting to join it (which would fail), then just joining the Orange network again. Within a minute or so, the "stuck" SMS would start coming in. Marketing or some similar dept caught wind of the advice being given out - and said it was to stop.

No matter it worked 99% of the time, no matter there was no other fix available, no matter the customer was inconvenienced by it not working.. The sheer fright that another network's name would come up on the customers screen? Unthinkable!

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school


"He copied data from one system to another, using the medium of a USB stick. Technically, it fits in the definition of "download"."

It may fit that definition there... but the OP, me, likely you, and most other readers on here can make a distinction between a copy and a download surely?

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