* Posts by Will Godfrey

3858 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

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Would he like a thankyou note...

... for giving us all the facts spin

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

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How does it go? ...

My country, right or wrong.

Not 'kin likely.

FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground

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They don't even pretend to pretend

It's a complete and utter joke. They know nobody will actually do anything.

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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Am I surprised?

No

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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Change of email

Probably one of the commonest oopsies - and most obvious.

Also, have these people not heard of that thing called a diary?

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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Test/Error messages.

The funniest I ever saw was a routine that just consisted of a set of printf statements

"You shouldn't be able to get here."

"Well I did!"

"How?"

"I don't know. You wrote the code. Where should I have been?"

And so it went on. I can't remember the rest but ti was hilarious.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Re: Godfrey vs. Demon

Wern't nuffink to do wiv me - honest gov!

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Sad

Sorry to see them gone, but (as another commentard said) they had been effectively dead for years.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don't believe them

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Leopard

Spots

Nuff sed?

*taps on glass* Hellooo, IRS? Anyone in? Anyone guarding taxpayers' data from crooks? Hellooo?

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Re: Governing America

For a moment I read that as:

"in basket cases"

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: Disappointing...

How about Lewd Lane at Biddenden Green in Kent

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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An interesting detail - or two

From the BBC website:

A person with knowledge of the case confirmed that a Huawei employee called Wang Weijing - also known as Stanislaw Wang - had been arrested but not charged.

Also:

Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesperson for Poland's Internal Security Agency (ISA), told Reuters that Mr Wang's arrest "doesn't have anything to do with the company he works for".

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Niot convinced

The whole Huawei situation looks just too 'convenient'. Clearly some people see them as a threat, but I wonder what it is they are really concerned about.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Ha!

I mentioned previously that the problem we had was a control panel mounted on a thin partition wall the other side of which were three massive cables carrying the power for an entire factory complex.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: About this new wall

Indeed. Some questions:

How low can you dig foundations V How low can you dig a tunnel?

How high can you build a wall V How high can you fly a drone?

How much of the wall can you continuously monitor - both sides?

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

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Grave Robbers

That's my opinion of insurance companies these days.

In over 60 years our family has made 2 claims on home insurance. In the first case, the loss adjuster actually increased the value dad had estimated, whereas for me they reduced the amount so much that the excess was more than the value of the actual loss.

Oracle's in-house lawyer denied access to Uncle Sam's procurement docs in JEDI legal battle

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Interesting

Oracle seems to be getting quite a few knock-backs lately. Did the wind change or something?

{Johnny Cash reference}

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: what?

Now wash your mouth out with soap and water!

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Crazy

Isn't about time America sent the petulant child to bed... without his toys?

Microsoft wins today's buzzword bingo with empowering set of updates to Teams

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Talk about dumbing down

When you start giving your employees, and err, partners kiddy gold stars you've really lost the plot.

P.S. then of course tell all the 'class' how good billy has been.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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And so it begins

Whether false alarms or real sabotage attempts, this will develop into the biggest game of wack-a-mole the world has ever seen.

All it needs is for the baddies to set up a drone on a fixed flight path, then bugger off.

Oh, and forget about registering and tracking devices. The designs are are so simple that anyone with a 3d printing kit and a tame electronics geek can build their own - at least good enough for a single flight.

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far

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Hmmm,

I'll be keeping a close watch, but don't think it will be an issue for the small project I work with. It's public and GPL V2 or later.

It's also mirrored on sourceforge to give a small degree of insurance.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Priorities

I think it would be far more productive if the Met. were to crack down on all those Central London drones, you know, the ones in and around that long building by the Thames.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Progress?

I remember the Archimedes 420 with a whole 4MEG ram and 20MEG hard drive. Incredibly it ran a very full desktop environment with ease, and seeming plenty of space left both in memory and on the drive.

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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Before joing up their systems...

maybe they could consider joining up their thinking.

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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Like it

Apart from all the new toys, it's nice to see a lead dev. who still has a sense of humour.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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The best bit so far has been the nest-o-fest

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Re: It really is so much easier to nit-pick and complain

I'm sure he can breed his own kids.

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Re: Blimey

There is no dark side of the moon

.. matter of fact, it's all dark.

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I had noticed

Seeing as I was not far from a computer over the holiday, I dipped in... quite frequently, and was quietly rather pleased.

Now, about that TP icon we asked for...

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Re: Mexican Wall of Shame

Q/ Which is more secure, wall or fence?

A/ fence.

1 Because you can see the baddies approaching.

2 If they get too close you can shoot them right through the fence.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Never do anything that takes idiots out of the gene pool. That just strengthens the breed, making them more resistant to common sense.

Germany hacked: Angela Merkel's colleagues among mass data dump victims

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Re: I use this

I was just about to say the same. I've heard very favourable reports from multi-lingual friends, for several European languages.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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Big Daddy

See! I said it was the rubber duck's dad - you know, the one we attacked a while ago.

I'm off to barricade my cellar!

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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The real solution

A physical switch that disables all writes to the flash memory.

Yes, I know that's inconvenient, but if you're using really important hardware it's the nearest thing you'll get to safe... for some undefined value of 'safe'.

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

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Re: Updated Look

Nono! It's the rubber duck's daddy.

Boy are we in deep shit now, having stabbed its kid :o

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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I do something similar with the resistor colour code. Where others see orange, orange, yellow, I immediately 'see' 330k.

Great article, and thanks to the RN.

The glorious Brexit uncertainty: The only dead cert on data rules for tech biz in 2019

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Re: The only thing certain is

Although the ferry situation has been raised, so far I've seen no mention of commuters using Eurostar, nor indeed the tunnel in general.

Bored IT manager automates Millennium Eve checks to ditch snoozing for boozing

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Re: Computers are for

There was a time when everything I did was agile...

Then I got old.

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Re: Oh to see something as good and far-reaching come from 2019.

Well that's not really a problem - the project will be abandoned long before then, without even being completed.

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Priceless

Talk about luck of the devil. If I tried something like that it would all go hideously and catastrophically wrong.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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Not for me

Such is the violence of my body's reaction to curry (of any sort) that even in my most inebriated state I'd rather try to eat the curtains than go near a curry.

Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

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... and people ask me why I use Linux exclusively

The article gives a far better explanation than I could ever manage. Indeed, it reminded me of so much cruft I had to re-read it several times to get the full, umm ... benefit.

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...

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... and the other extreme

In the late 1960s Grayshott Hall was basically a slimming farm for those with more money than sense but the need to maintain appearances, and I worked for the firm that got the lucrative contract to install and maintain brand-new colour TVs in all the rooms. Well the catch was that it was a polished shoes, shirt and tie job - even the vans had to be glistening. However our manager (the guy who snagged the contract) was one in a million, and obliged the hall to pay our cleaning costs and where necessary replacements - these TVs with the old shadow mask tubes were seriously heavy, and had lots of sharp edges. They then had to be converged once in place, which in itself was not a nice clean job.

I don't know quite how it happened, but we were also given clearance to take our breaks in the kitchens, where some rather exotic dishes were prepared. Indeed there was no 'ordinary' food at all - we all coped as best we could. These breaks could be quite long, as we needed supervisors to let us in the rooms, having checked they were empty and paying guests not likely to turn up unexpectedly. As we still had to run the regular business, we were sent there on a strict rotation to give everyone a fair chance.

I've never had such a good time since {sigh}

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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As I was once told by a wise old man

There is a limit to everything.

...

Make sure that includes recursion.

ICO has pumped almost £2.5m and 36 staff into its political data probe – but only 2 are techies

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Re: Deliberate Confusion ..... is a Remit in the Gambit of Pawns

Well, after that little lot all I can say is...

amanfromMars for prime minister! NOW!

Facebook Like, social sharing buttons on your website may land you in GDPR hot water if data goes a-wanderin'

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Damage Limitation

One thing I never do these days is to directly go from site to site. If I'm looking for something I get a list from the search engine (usually startpage), then close the browser. My browser is configured to delete all cookies on exit. When I go to one of the sites on the list in a new session they get very little info about me - and if I see that 'Like' button it's immediate shut down.

The only time I ever use google is when looking up software and programming info (it does tend to be quite good for that), so they must have a very slanted profile for me!

That might seem tedious and overkill, but it's surprising how quickly it becomes a habit and it doesn't actually slow me down - just a few seconds against many minutes actually on a site.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Time to move

If I'd had to deal with such a situation I would have started to make plans as quickly as possible.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Already covered

I use a granny Doro phone. Cost me 20 squids, Voice & text only. Real buttons. Battery lasts for ages, and PAYG.

P.S. Yes I am a cheapskate.

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Coming up next

The US (and it's Australian satellite) ban all electronic goods from Germany in case they are compromised.

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