* Posts by Will Godfrey

3808 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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Dodgy Dealing

Right from the start I thought this was some kind of stock market scam. I'm even more convinced now.

25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security

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I wish this was a unique situation

Sadly, at the moment I can't think of a single organisation that has anything like in-house IT security-aware staff.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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No

It might produce a brownish liquid with some undefined percentage of alcohol, but is certainly won't be beer

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Well I like sprouts

They go in a dish along with the cauliflower and carrots, then the whole lot get a quick zap in the microwave, just as soon as the meat and chips are ready.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Proof

That comment is total vindication of the idea that today's politicians have not even the most tenuous contact with reality.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Ah HA!

Clearly the template for all those totally useless online 'help' services.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Don't ask if computers are smart enough

Ask if people are.

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

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He had been a primary school teacher

They are strange. Very strange.

I once went to the retirement party of a woman who has spent her entire working life doing secretarial work. The result was we were a mix of people from all walks of life, making for an extremely interesting party. There was one small group though that coalesced in one corner of the room and didn't interact with any of the rest of us - they were all primary school teachers!

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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Historical

What you need to keep in mind is that all of this is the result of nearly a century of very careful selection and placement of the 'right' people in the right places. Sadly I see no likelihood of this changing in the foreseeable future.

Incidentally, does anyone know of any of our so-called regulators that is not a mistress of the group it is supposed to be regulation.

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly

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Don't test it

Never try to test your own automation if it's marginally more than trivial. Get someone else to try it - with as little information as is reasonable. If it doesn't screw up you can be cautiously optimistic.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: For old times' sake

Telecom Technicians, if I remember right.

... been downhill ever since.

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Re: TUBE

"I remember the tricks of getting PCs to ork with dodgy peripherals."

Interesting... care to expand on that? Too many of these maybe :)

It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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Enquiring minds would like to know?

How can they be certain it's time that's changing, and not the mechanism for measuring it?

Symantec comes out in swinging in bitter legal battle over security bug audit conspiracy claims

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No Angels here

I find it difficult to find sympathy for any of them. Maybe NSS is just a little bit further along the extortion road, but that's about it.

Linux lobby org joins with RISC-V bods to promote open chip spec

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Suits you sir!

I rather like the relatively simple architecture. Hopefully this results in fewer hardware 'oopsies' - unlike some other types we know so well. It should also be much easier to code. I remember in the days of coding ARM2, it was amazing just how much functionality you could get out of a very small, highly orthogonal instruction set

That sphincter-flexing moment for devs when it's time to go live

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Sometimes testing is not enough

Especially when the information you are given about the installed system is wrong.

On a factory automation upgrade our people insisted on getting timings for every part, right down to solenoid actuation. We built a sophisticated test rig with all those times built in, then added extra to allow for slow or sticking ones, and as many failsafes as we could think of.

When we installed it the system wouldn't even start. One of those failsafes kicked in. We had been assured the vacuum system took 1 minute to get to a usable level - even though we had doubts and allowed for 2 minutes. It actually took at least 10, not helped by the fact there was a leaky pipe that was known about, but not by us.

Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess

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Short version

They're all full of bullshit

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Reluctantly may have to get a smart meter.

What's wrong with a good old fashioned mirror on the wall and a torch?

When selling security awareness training by email, probably a good shout not to hit 'reply all'

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Predicatable

... but not a problem I'll ever have. My email client simply doesn't have a 'reply all' feature, and was chosen with that very much in mind.

OK, so I'm not a business with thousands of clients, but even so, by now there should be a separate system in commercial products specifically for sending bulk messages where and when wanted.

P·S. I was going to say 'needed' but that's debatable anyway - needed by whom?

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Presence in github

Well I know at least seven projects that don't have a sniff of it. Two have quite a lot of XML

Britain may not be able to fend off a determined cyber-attack, MPs warn

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Sharks

Keeping with the theme you beat me to it.

Maybe, some form of lien on profits only might sharpen their focus.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: So we've gone from six to five

But is' quite possible your first radio set would still work today (if there's still something being transmitted on those wavelengths).

Your phone, however...

Nuff sed?

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Re: Le Grand K's fate

It will be put in a museum with great fanfare, then as interest in it wanes, will be moved by degrees to less auspicious locations, until it is almost forgotten. There will be a brief resurgence of interest when it is stolen to order for some obscenely rich person's private collection.

In tens of thousands of years time, archeologists in special protective gear will find it while searching though the highly radioactive remains of what appears to have been a fairly advanced civilisation. Recognising that it contains important metals that are in short supply it will be immediately taken to the Whole Earth Technology centre to be put to use.

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

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What a surprise

The Met, that bastion of civility, honesty and integrity.

Almost forgot /s

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Two carpet tacks in the door, and two in the frame, interleaved stops that.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Had a similar experience but with the light itself

Actually, yes they did!

It was a work of art. A double hinged sort of cabinet top with gas struts, and nicely balanced so you could easily lift it up and back with one hand to make adjustments, then when closed, switching the folder in to 'Run' locked it in place. Apparently the HSE wonk almost wet himself with pleasure and insisted that a similar guard was fitted to the other folders - quite unaware that it's primary purpose had nothing to do with safety!

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Had a similar experience but with the light itself

A print detector on a leaflet folding machine checked there was print on both sides of the paper. If either sensor read the wrong number of lines the machine was stopped. This had worked perfectly for several years, then we started getting reports of intermittent false positives. Whichever of us was available would go there and have a look, but everything behaved perfectly each time.

We started to get some vague suspicions when told the problem only occurred on the late shift and I was the lucky chap ordered to do the overtime. I knew the way to the machine and started poking around but everything seemed OK, at which point one of the operators came along and helpfully switched on the main lights, and the sensor reading the underside immediately faulted. The operator commented that it always seemed to be that one (information that nobody had given us before), then went on to say it only happened after they moved the machine. Looking up, there was a massive 8 tube fluorescent unit directly above.

I chopped up a large cardboard box to form a makeshift tunnel, and everything ran fine. The production manager laughed when he saw the fix, but still signed off the work, and said he'd get the maintenance crew to make something more permanent, adding that it was about time they earned their pay.

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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WTF?

Well he's a bit of an arse, but...

Wasn't this exactly what he said would happen?

Up to three million kids' GPS watches can be tracked by parents... and any miscreant: Flaws spill pick-and-choose catalog for perverts

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Re: Regulations?

In a word...

No

Red Hat talks upgrades and bare metal with its new OpenStack Platform

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Hmmm

Another wait-and-see situation I think.

Incidentally, maybe it's just me, but I keep reading openshift without the 'f'.

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Too much

I have sometimes thought these terror attacks occur at very 'interesting' times.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Just a wee little point

Looks quite nice for minimalist stuff.

But, what is this $10? And how much cheaper is it? (seeings as this is supposed to be a British rag) in pound sterling?

That Old Time 2018 IT songbook: Verity, Verity - give us your lyrics, do! We're half crazy, all for the love of you

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A breath of fresh air

Very welcome after a puzzling time with a bit of code. I'm too embarrassed to say for how long, but I'd forgotten that memset was in the string.c library not std.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

Well said.

I'm actually astonished that there are still people who still believe Dick's bare-faced outright lies - If ever someone was well named it's that apology for a woman - who incidentally has been 'punished' by being made the boss of the MET.

You couldn't make it up!

Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

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Seasonal best wishes

I'm no lover of Amazon, but Lounge-suit Larry is so in need of a real slap that I hope they get through Christmas without so much as a stutter.

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Re: I was also clueless at the time

If I want to be sure I've hidden a file I do a copy then delete. When I'm feeling paranoid the copy is to a removable device which is then removed before the delete.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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An Achillies heel?

What are the power requirements? Also I'm assuming that even a brief interruption would be pretty dire.

Hmmm, don't suppose it uses Linux for control.

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

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32 bit?

16 bit should be enough for anybody.

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: When assembler is not assembler

That would certainly explain the shortage of virgins.

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Re: When assembler is not assembler

Anything that goes anywhere near the stack is 'Here be dragons' country and should be preceded by the sacrifice of at least three chickens and a goat.

Disabling interrupts is playing in Satan's personal back yard.

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Priceless! As well as an upvote, have one of these ->

P.S. I may steal this :)

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Ancient memories

Not really the same class of problem but I remember getting mightily confused by some 6502 assembly that crashed only when an attempt was made to access the last few items in a fairly short lookup table.

I eventually found the problem after many hours. I'd used ROR instead of LSR to turn the index into an offset. With ROR the 'carry' gets pushed into bit 0, and this was only being set by the calling routine for the way the higher indexes were created.

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Re: I come to Bury St Edmunds...

After all these centuries, I just wish they'd get on and do the job!

Skimming cash off UK police budget for tech projects probably not the best idea, say MPs

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I never expected that

A Home Office screw up with a pork barrel too. Who'd 'a thought it?

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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Re: There really is no hope

Damn you sire!

Caused me to waste a perfectly good cup of coffee - I'll have to go and fetch a backup now.

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There really is no hope

With fools like this (supposedly) running things we're doomed.

UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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No, He'll just return them as not fit for purpose when his 2nd appeal gets refused.

Intel peddles latest Xeon CPUs – E-series and 48-core Cascade Lake AP – to soothe epyc mygrayne

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Re: 6 cores vs 32 ??

What!

You used {gasp} reality?

Are you insane?

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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I stand corrected

There really is no limit to people.s stupidity.

Why would a so-called security establishment go anywhere near the internet? ... Except to snoop on what other people were saying.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Why Gnome?

I wasn't keen on Gnome 2, but at first sight of V3 ran away to any other desktop KDE, XFCE, MATE, OPENBOX...

Oh, and since KDE started to go rotten they're of the list too now.

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