508 posts • joined 12 Jul 2008
University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online
Lizards for lunch? Crazy tech? Aliens?! Dana Dash: First Girl on the Moon is perfect for the little boffin-to-be in your life
In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not
"most people are limited to cheaper models, which in general have a shorter time"
Another instance of the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.
It's not so bad when it's one of your own, but working on the Cambridge Science Park in the early 80's, we had lots of VIP guests (and I mean very). Margaret Thatcher and Prince Philip to name but two.
A lot more embarrassing when one of their entourages' buttocks disrupted the demo.
Not the first time I've mentioned this.
Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds
Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram
The 1959 International yard and pound agreement
This new definition won't have any practical effect, however, back in 1959 there was a change which caused the UK inch to increase in length by 1 part in 2 million.
Remember also, that the US (some states, not all) uses two different definitions of the foot, which differ by about 1/8 inch per mile, which can make a significant difference.
An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher
Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen
Re: Scott Helme on expiring TLS root certificates
It's not the renewing of server certificates that's the problem, nor even intermediate certs. It's the trusted root certificates that are embedded into operating systems and browsers. If those aren't updated on the client then the breakage happens.
Scott Helme on expiring TLS root certificates
A timely article:
HTTPS is a bit more than 25 years old. A lot of early root certificates were issued with a 25 year lifespan, and are about to, or have already (Addtrust) expired. Without updates, the web will break.
Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road
Re: DEC Fortran
Back in the early 80's, I used DEC FORTRAN on a VAX-11/780 developing an early Geographic Information System (as it is called these days). I remember one program (interpolating spot heights on a grid from contour lines, perhaps) which did a lot of looping over arrays. There was a DEC supplied program that drew a text based representation on a VT100 of pages being swapped (paged?) in and out of memory (we originally had a huge 512kB, later expanded to 3/4 of a MB). You could see when you had your array indices the wrong way round, pages were rapidly swapped in and out all over the place, rather than a neat little chunk with pages being added at the end and lost at the beginning.
That computer (about 1MIPS) and memory were enough to run an interactive line following digitising program as well as several developers simultaneously editing and compiling.
ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree
Re: I've used Algol-60 at school
Probably 1973/4. We wrote out programs out on coding forms, making sure that our 0/O and 1/I were distinguished (I can't remember any more which one had a slash through it). It was sent off to, IIRC, Lancaster Uni, where it was typed onto punched cards and put through the batch system. A week or two later, we got the output. It took a long time to get anything that would compile. I think mine did run eventually, busily calculating digits of pi until it hit its CPU limit.
Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style
Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct
So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?
How to make a stranger's insecure 3D printer halt-and-catch-fire – plus more alerts from infosec world
Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong
How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out
My humble contribution to confusing phonetics
A are / aisle / aubergine
C cue / cede / canine / cereal
E ewe / ewes / eye / earn
F faze / few
G gnome / genes / gneiss
J jay / jeans
K knot, knee, knight, key
N not, night, nice
P phase, phew
Q queue / quay
R rite / rye / rung
S seed / serial
U use / urn
W why / write / wry / wrung
Looming ventilator shortage amid pandemic sparks rise of open-source DIY medical kit. Good thinking – but safe?
Microsoft, Google, Slack, Zoom et al struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools thanks to coronavirus
More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research
After 1.5 million days of computer time, SETI@home heads home to probe potential signs of alien civilizations
At a previous place of work, one of the consultants went to check the security of some of a cruise liner's systems, mostly for on-board purchases and charges. PCI DSS sort of thing. It only took a day or so, but they weren't going to change the ship's schedule, so he got a few free extra days lounging around before it next docked. Nice work, if you can get it.
Roses are red, IBM is Big Blue. It's out of RSA Conference after coronavirus review: IBMers will not attend infosec event over 'health concerns'
Discussion on COVID-19 affecting the upcoming ICANN conference in Cancún, Mexico
Ah, night shift in the 1970s. Ciggies, hipflasks, ADVENT... and fault-prone disk drives the size of washing machines
A couple of memories: Laser-Scan was frequently visited by VIPs (Prince Philip, Margaret Thatcher to name but two). The server room was cramped, but the dignitaries were always shown around: "VAX 11-780 with half a megabyte of RAM!". Running in shouting "which *** pushed the read-only switch on the drive" after someone had butt-pressed it could be a career limiting move.
Also, if you found a pack on the floor, you didn't just assume it was untidiness: it might have been left on top of the "washing machine" and the vibration could have shaken it off, disturbing the alignment of the platters. Mounting it (in the days when that was a physical action) would almost certainly lead to the destruction of the heads.
Good folk of Forfar: Alan Hattel would like you all to know he's not dead despite what it says on his tombstone
Astroboffins discover Sun is surfing on 9,000-light-year gas wave that acts as Milky Way's stellar nursery
Under construction: CAT lobs bargain-basement rugged mobile that will take a kicking and keep on clicking
though statistically speaking, he is unlikely to end up behind bars
Sentenced: ten months in prison
Parys Mountain Mines?
One of the minor creditors is Parys Mountain Mines Ltd., owned by Anglesey Mining plc, a company with an "interesting" history.
What made the name stand out for me, as a caver with an interest in mines, was the fact that the deep shaft they have was mentioned in connection with storing power by raising and lowering a large weight, a method being developed by Gravitricity.