That was Lockheed Martin IIRC. They were working in Imperial measurements and everyone else had moved to metric.
Posts by John Halewood
32 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Apr 2009
Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'
Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down
BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail
Re: We interrupt this movie to bring you this important BSOD
I had something very similar, except that it happened just after I put my card in. Stood there watching NT 3.51 boot up in the vain hope of getting my card back whilst the queue behind me got restless. Never did get the card back - it was quicker to get a new one issued.
Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee
Re: speak for yourselft
"Rich people buy more stuff.... ie pay more taxes."
Unfortunately that works against the poor - they get taxed on 70-80% of their income that isn't disposable, whilst the rich only get taxed on a fraction of that. After all, they didn't get rich in the first place by having to spend all their money on food and rent, they got there by having enough disposable income to not spend it in the first place.
Citrix to axe 1,000 workers, tells GoTo to go to someplace else
Looks like the cold hand of Elliot "Management Corporation", whose MO seems to be to buy enough stock to get a seat on the board, sell off assets/remove staff and then fuck off with the profit.
Not exactly a long term way to run a business, but they don't care as they'll divest as soon as they've taken enough money out for themselves.
Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?
"We've seen this activity in smaller bodies than Pluto, but only on moons orbiting gas giants. It had been thought that the immense gravitational pressures of these moons' host planets kneaded the interior with tidal forces that keep them geologically active."
Considering the inclination of the orbit and how elliptical it is (we haven't seen it complete a full orbit yet), the data would seem to indicate that it was recently (in a cosmological sense) a moon of one of one of the gas giants that has got kicked out somehow . How it picked up a bunch of moons by itself on the way is a little more confusing.
Apologies if I seem to be stating the obvious.
iHump? Apple buys Camel Audio – report
Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps
Headbangers have a gas, gas, gas in mosh pits
Re: "beats exceeding 300 beats per min"
" I'm not a metal fan but that sounds more techno's domain. May well be wrong but that seems quite a bit on the high side."
Depends a lot on what someone calls "beats per minute". Base it on crotchets/8th notes, then a blastbeat on a fast song could hit over 300bpm, but it would only be for a very brief interval. And I don't think that 10^5 people ever managed to form a mosh pit either. That either deserves a Guinness World Record or a Darwin Award - not really sure which....
Microsoft splashes big bucks to blast Google Apps
Would a 6000x250 spreadsheet work any better on Office 365 though? Somewhat doubt it.
There's still a place for local processing, even if everyone (MS most definitely included) wants you to go to the cloud, mostly so they can charge subscription fees - does anyone else think that we're sleepwalking back into the mainframe era?
Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine
Serial killer hack threat to gas pipes, traffic lights, power plants
Re: An attacker therefore just has to wait for a valid user to authenticate
One of the sites I work with has it's heating system remotely managed by a third party who are suppoed to check 24/7. The system is accessed via telnet and just requires a password, no username. I can vouch for the fact that they use it regularly as I locked down the firewall to only accept incoming telnet from a single IP address. Their stupid monitoring system is on a dynamic IP.
After about the 5th phone call one of their engineers suggested not locking the port down - hopefully I educated him suitably about what a bad idea it was.
Magic mystery malware menaces many UK machines - new claim
There's an awful lot of gaps in that blog post, perhaps most of all: "For instance, in case the attacker would like to open a browser on the victim’s machine, the malware will popup on the RDP session for the attacker a box with the message: 'TODO:Start browser!'
That indicates thay've already got a copy of the C&C/client code, so they should have pretty well profiled what it's doing, and if they can see the "magic" id at the start of it, tha suggests it's not encrypted.
I'd be interested to see how you can run RDP through a firewall to a target machine on an RFC1918 network, unless they've implemented a reverse telnet equivalent of RDP. If so, please open source it 'cos it would make a lot of my job a lot easier and I wouldn't have to bother with VPNs anymore
Punters rate Apple, Samsung more highly than ever
Re: "Are we all becoming fanboys? If you broaden the term...................
Guy I used to work with was a classic example of a (wandering) fanboy, going back well before I'd ever heard of the term. When he first joined (late 90s) he was a complete Sony obsessive. After a few years he turned to Microsoft - even got a faeces coloured Zune imported from the US and a Microsoft SPOT watch. These days he's well confused - loves Apple hardware but still besotted with Microsoft software. If you come across a strange individual with a MacBook running Windows 8, it's probably him...
Hearts, minds and balls: Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface gamble
Re: Not getting either RT or Surface Pro
erm....no-one ever heard of RDP? Use that to connect to the corporate data center (if a business)/your home PC and you've got pretty much anything you need for "real work" on any tablet. Not only that but people like me are happy as your quite possibly malware-infested precious only needs access to a single port on a specific IP address and I can ignore the rest. Also when you leave it in the pub after a heavy lunchtime session you don't need to worry about any lost data apart from the last photo you took accidentally when falling over trying to show someone how good your latest shiny thing was.
Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro
Not really sure how you can say "now Microsoft has mobiles running on the NT kernel. That's a great achievement.", when the NT kernel was originally written processor agnostic (MIPS, x86, Alpha, PowerPC). If you look at the hardware spec of the machines it was targeted at originally, all of them are completely dwarfed by today's average mobile phone - first NT machine I installed was a 150MHz Alpha with 64Mb RAM. As it's a microkernel architecture, the "achieveent" was really stripping out all the cruft that had accumulated over the years so that it could run on a phone that has the specs of a PC from about 2000 (ish).
Still, at least that old NT 3.51 install was (supposedly) 64bit, apart from the apps. Funnily enough, it's still the same case over 15 years later.
Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD
The only bonus for optical media
...is that the filesystem (ISO9660) is system-independent. With flash, it tends to get formatted with the filesystem of choice on the originating machine (FAT32/exFAT/ext4/HFS etc.), which can be a pain when transferring across platforms. The Apple based peeps I work with who do multimedia stuff, and use several TBs of data for each project they work on, still send the rushes & finished product to the customer on DVD - at least then they know they can view it, and not just on computers either.
Apple to kick start 'iTV' production in Q2
Pacific nation prepares to flee rising seas
Re: What's all this then?
In fact, whilst the three main islands have actually increased in size (due to human influence) over the years, another two uninhabited islands have sunk completely. The main issue is the loss of fresh water - as the sea level comes up, more of the land becomes saline (which is what is happening) and growing crops becomes impossible. Once you've run out of fresh water sources whether or not you're swimming with the fishes or just paddling becomes pretty irrelevant.
Peeking up the skirt of Microsoft's hardy ReFS
Rather confused by the fact that this will come out for the server version of the OS, but is missing features (that they have "chosen" not to include) such as file level encryption and quotas which are exactly the sort of things it would seem to me that you're likely to want in a server rather than a desktop. Maybe they're opening up the market for a bunch of third party products to provide the missing bits?
Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits
Actually it's just as likely to reinforce what you're doing as hide it: classic scenario (long since known in the electricity industry), Eastenders/Coro/whatever finishes, a couple of million households put the kettle on (in the same way that lots of dogs in my 'hood seem to get walked by blokes between 19.30-20.00). If you've got a house with several people doing different things at once, then it would be more difficult, but with a big enough sample a statistical analysis will pull an awful lot of trends out. Someone would have to put a lot of effort into it, but it's probably more accurate than the old TV detector vans.
Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface
Microsoft gives Phone 7 Mango jailbreak its blessing
Behind Microsoft's $15 Samsung Android royalty claim
The patents Microsoft seem to be going after are it's old FAT/VFAT patents (which must be nearly exhausted by now) for any system that's got an SDcard on it (after all, you can't pop them into your PC to transfer stuff otherwise 'cos Windoze won't support ext2/3/4 etc. and who's fault it that?), and such wonderfully stupid stuff as patent 6,370,566 from 2002, "Generating Meeting Requests and Group Scheduling From a Mobile Device." Erm, so M$ owns your calendar on anything "mobile". They also own a lot of other patents on things that are completely obvious and trivial, have been done for years on normal computers but M$ have inserted the word "mobile" into it and got a patent on it (although presumably they changed a few bits to justify the difference, or no-one at the patent office bothered to look).
Spam volumes show massive drop - but why?
Dunno about reduced spam volumes - on 3 mail servers on a quiet backwater of t'internet (serving about 50 or so domains) I'm still seeing an average of about 1 spam every 5 seconds. Fortunately thanks to greylisting, most of these never get as far as the DATA phase, but it doesn't half decrease the load on the servers (and there's always a couple of legit senders with broken servers who don't understand a 4.x.x "try again later" message).
Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn
"About 201 million American households use wireless networks to connect to the internet." Phew, Amerika seems to have got a lot bigger all of a sudden, there was only about 115 mil a couple of years back. Obviously immigration is out of control, or did they take over Europe while we weren't looking?
BBC might pay for Tory broadband promises
100mbps? That's easy. Even my ancient US Robotics Sportster managed 33Kbps, and that's years old.
Yeah /pedant as always, but one of these days someone will go quoting these figures and then make it real. You can just imagine the Tories going "Yeah! We've delivered 100mbps broadband to the entire country", and then making excuses for you getting about 1 char/sec out of your internet connection.
Police want new remote hard drive search powers
I guess what they actually mean is sending it off to someone else to do the analysis because they haven't got the resources in house to do it. Or they haven't got the money for the duplicate disks that I hope they use (the first thing you ever do in a forensics analysis of a disk is to duplicate it and work on the duplicate - if you don't do that when it comes to court any half decent lawyer will claim the evidence has been tampered with).
Brutish SSH attacks continue to bear fruit
Google taps your IP address for Starbucks targeting
Trying to use an IP address to get a location is always going to be flaky. The worst I came across was a customer who had an ARIN address despite being in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. GeoIP et al thought they were in Texas. Result - no access to all the BBC UK only sites and a lot of confusion. Thanks for that Global Crossing (although to be fair to them they did get the routing right and didn't send the UK-UK traffic via a transatlantic link, which I've seen before)