* Posts by David Neil

558 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007


Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

David Neil

What's the chances

This poor sod gets pulled over a few times for random traffic issues over the next couple of years.

In my experience the police don't like it when you embarrass them publicly

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Well there's the problem

Not even that many, reads as if he did it off his own back rather than an official role

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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I wonder if it was here?


Right next to the road up to the Rest and Be Thankful, top end of the Loch from Faslane.

Rather derelict now, but good for a nosey around

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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The evidence suggests otherwise

1/10 - awful bait but awarding you a point as I felt compelled to reply.

Zoom adds Choose Your Own Routing Adventure to keep chats out of China

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Pinky Promise

I'll only believe if it they pinky promise and cross their heart

Self-driving car LIDAR stalwart Velodyne sued for sacking a third of its staff claiming coronavirus was the cause

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And that entitles them to shit on employees already limited rights?

Capita CEO and CFO take 'voluntary' pay cut of 25% amid coronavirus outbreak

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Re: "a 'voluntary' pay cut of 25 per cent"

The 80% payback is limited to the first £2500 a month

ServiceNow pulls on its platforms, talks up machine learning, analytics in biggest release since ex-SAP boss took reins

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Re: ServiceNow is great

Sounds like your IT people haven't set it up with the real world in mind and just tried to shoehorn it in. You get that issue with lots of software and it always comes back to people not knowing enough trying to half arse it.

Forcing us to get consent before selling browser histories violates our free speech, US ISPs claim

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Re: Have they never heard?

The Constitution applies to persons, if you take the Bill of rights, all ten amendments use either “people” or “person” and nowhere can you find the word “citizen”.

The 14th Amendment also prevents States from discriminating the application of law:

No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

There is a reason they used person, in that it extends the protections to non citizens. Given Corporations are seen as persons in the eyes of law and that's how the ISP's can claim they are covered.

Whether it's an infringement of speech is another matter, but they do have domain (sic) for raising the case.

Will Police Scotland use real-time discrimination-happy face-recog tech? Senior cop tells us: We won't... for now

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Intelligence led

What like this effort?


US govt 'told Germany that Chinese spies bug' Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy...

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Not exactly surprising they ignored it

When I worked for EY the German country practice insisted on additional encryption hardware before they sent any data onto the Global Network (GWAN) because it was managed by US companies.

Caused quit a kerfuffle at the time as it delayed the deployment of the 'new' equipment and AT&T were already behind schedule.

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

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Some parts of Scotland did

The Antonine Wall ran from Dumbarton across to the Forth - was only manned for a few years, but everything south of Glasgow was under Roman occupation for a while

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown

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Re: Public?


It's linked from the TSB website

Internet jerk with million-plus fans starts 14-year stretch for bizarre dot-com armed robbery

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Re: I feel sorry for the defence lawyer...

Everyone is entitled to a defence, even if he had moral qualms he'd still be obliged to defend the idiot.

Doogee Wowser: The S40's a terrible smartphone, but a passable projectile

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This right here

Is the content I come here for.

If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is: Nobody can decrypt the Dharma ransomware

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Re: It's not just the bogus wording

They can't even spell New Zealand

£99,999, what's your emergency? Paramedics rush to OAP's aid after shock meter reading

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Not so sure

Maybe some youngster who remembered that calls are recorded and monitored and figured better safe than sorry.

Imagine if he had keeled over, and they hadn't flagged it...

EU court rules Right To Be Forgotten doesn't apply outside member states

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>No taxation without representation, right ?

Tell that to the fine citizens of DC

Apple will wring out $18bn by upselling NAND to fanbois – analyst

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Off topic but..

What the hell is up with people who hold a phone like that?

Utter deviants

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned

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Re: Concrete Tornado

Was it not that the radar was still being developed and they had to add ballast up front to keep it trimmed?

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?

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Re: "Windows 1 was indeed sorry"

OS/2 didn't drop till 1987 iirc

Mike Lynch in court: I was not aware of every single thing Autonomy did around the world (so don't blame me)

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Re: I know people who know Lynch/Autonomy

Could say that about a lot of people, hence Caveat Emptor

Comms room, comms room, comms room is on fire – we don't need no water, let the engineer burn

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Battery leak

I was once the Incident Manager on duty one Thursday afternoon in Glasgow when we got a call an office in Cambridge had been evacuated due to battery fumes in the server room.

So far, so good, then we get another call from the onsite support lady coughing her guys up and saying she's going to hospital so could we cal someone else.

At this point we're immediately deeply worried, nice lady, hope she's ok etc.

Next day the story comes out, she'd ran back into the building, into the server room as she'd left her purse and car keys on a workbench inside - apparently she went past two fire brigade lads in full BA before they realised what the hell was going on.

Chinese bogeyman gets Huawei with featuring in EE's 5G network launch thanks to bumbling BBC

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Standards have fallen

I remember when Broadcast engineers would have had an aneurysm at the picture quality that is now deemed acceptable by Skype interviews and mobile telephone reporting

Never let something so flimsy as a locked door to the computer room stand in the way of an auditor on the warpath

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Fobbing in and out

Happened to me as a third party contractor at scottish Power back in the day. Access to their IT datacentre (which also had some call centre people weirdly) was via a tunnel from the main buildng and required a card to get in or out of. Pain in the arse if you knocked off a bit later than 6 and everyone else had legged it.

Was there for 5 months and they wouldn't give me an ID card

Wanted: Big iron geeks to help restore IBM 360 mainframe rescued from defunct German factory by other big iron geeks

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It's the granny rule

Sure it may be old, a bit slow and often infuriating, but you can't help love them for what they are

Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers

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I've got a horrible feeling just be reading these comments I'll end up on some watchlist - if my understanding of UK law is anywhere near accurate

Polygraph knows all: You've been using our user feedback form

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No-one was particularly excised about that freak show exploiting people for over a decade

I can't say Mike Lynch knew about Autonomy dodginess, star witness tells High Court

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Oh dear

This is going to be expensive for HPE

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

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Re: It doesn't end

Ah Powerpoint briefing slides - used regularly at a former employer as the only way that management would accept an annual performance review, monthly departmental scorecards, the lot.

If it couldn't fit on the slide in 10 pt text it was ignored

Fed up with 72-hour, six-day working weeks, IT workers emit cries for help via GitHub repo

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50 Yuan will deposited in your account at the end of your shift

Brit Watchkeeper drone fell in the sea because blocked sensor made algorithms flip out

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Re: Hmm

Isn't that the plot to a Bond film, albeit with a V bomber?

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

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Tangential story

Around 2k, I was doing onsite support at a manufacturing company north of Glasgow and was asked to nip up to the on site engineers office to see why his CD drive wasn't working.

I get there and he shows me it's not working with his new copy of the RS Components catalogue on CD.

I eject the drive and there it is... he has scored his name into the top printed surface, so that he knows it's his copy in case someone nicks it.

Hold it up to the light and I can look clear through.

Asked him how he expected a laser to reflect off a transparent surface and he went a bright red as his colleagues laughed.

No Court of Appeal for you! Judges uphold Aria PC firm VAT fraud ruling

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Fumming here

PM me, 2 many sneks on here xxox

Free online tax filing? Yeah, that'll soon be illegal thanks to rare US Congressional unity

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Weird rules

I'm married to an American citizen who lives in the UK.

She has to file a tax return for investments she has left in the US.

She has to pay for a third party to do her return, because if she attempts to use the free route they insist on attempting to assign me a Taxpayer Id Number, even though I've never lived or worked in the US.

Here's what Lynch, Hussain and HPE are saying about Autonomy pre-buyout due diligence

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Re: Auditors?

"And given that HPE are chasing Autonomy and not KPMG or Deloitte, it appears that the auditors are in the clear. Maybe not innocent, but in the clear..."

Or they realise that the Auditors clearly covered their arse and acted on client instructions to the letter, including time constraints.

HP deployed 'Truth Squad' in post-Autonomy PR blitz to defend Meg Whitman

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Truth Squad

There is something very creepy about that term

Chap joins elite support team, solves what no one else can. Is he invited back? Is he f**k

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I was subcontracted onto a large Insurance company site near Stirling and they got hit by the LoveBug.

Cue several hours of internal IT running aroun like headless chickens wondering what to do.

Only by 10am I'd had a copy, opened the .vbs in Notepad and saw it was looking for a URL - told them first thing to do would be to drop internet access to desktops - they didn't listen, after all I was only seconded to deskside support.

Made sure I documented it in an email and sent it to my onsite manager as well as my manager at my own company.

Sure enough a meeting was held post lunch and the internal security people (such as they were) tried to give me a chinning over opening an attachment.

Blue Monday: Efforts to inspire teamwork with swears back-fires for n00b team manager

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Re: Hmmmm

Could you narrow it down to a specific decade, only i've had that for over 25 years in IT?

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: So predictable !

Why blame Westminster, this is what people voted for in the referendum.

Not quite what you expected? must be someone else's fault

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Worked at a large insurance company in 98/99

>1Gb HDD on desktop was not uncommon

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

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Everything OK at home there mate?

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Re: Will of the people my arse

However the death penalty was removed as an option for Treason under 1998 Human Rights act, the via acceding to Article 13 of teh ECHR

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff

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Re: An interesting experiment...

Even money it's EY

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

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Brightness Issue

Bugger, that's been driving me nuts on my Yoga 920

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

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What controlsand monitoring did Morrison's have around data useage?

Anyone copying that amount of sensitive data should be setting off alarms and having to account for it

Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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1080Ti v 2080Ti

Be interesting to see what performance you get using a 2080Ti given it has Tensor Cores on the die

Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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Working at a Scottish bank

Got the day off

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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The buzzing noise

Many moons ago I was doing desktop support at a large insurance co. and a call came in from a rather irate PM who was insistent her Hard Drive was on the way out.

Off I went, ran the full set of checks, no issue - she was not convinced, said it was making a buzzing noise and she'd had that before when a HDD died.

I stood in utter silence as she tried to replicate the fault, nothing, not a peep.

Happened a few more times over the next day or so, and on at least two occasions the helpdesk did report hearing a buzzing noise while she was on the phone to them.

Off I went again, by this time fully expecting to be told how I was useless etc. and again, tested everything, and was out of options. Suggested we swap the base unit, after much huffing she agreed and as I dialled up the lads in stores there it was!

Buzz buzz

"See I told you it was making a buzzing noise"

Bit of poking and there it was, a pager down behind the CRT .

Not even so much as an acknowledgement...

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Re: Usually gets worse, the bigger the company ...

That's quite a blanket statement, AMEX do offer Credit Card products as well as Charge Cards



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