* Posts by rmv

20 posts • joined 15 Jul 2009

This is how demon.co.uk ends, not with a bang but a blunder: Randomer swipes decommissioning domain

rmv

Oh, yes... that was me.

Belatedly jumped ship after the after the first invoice from Sky that included a surcharge for NOT getting Sky TV. Why? I was quite happily not getting Sky TV for free before.

The Edinburgh Fringe festival isn't happening this year, but that won't stop a digital sign doing its own comedy routine

rmv

Re: Students and tourists and spying landlords

If they start renting the flat to "noisy, drug taking" students, they'll

1. Have to register as landlords.

2. Need a a HMO certificate.

Edinburgh's standard HMO certificate conditions require them to prevent and deal with any anti-social behaviour from their tenants and provide all neighbours with their daytime and emergency phone numbers. Given the good will they've already earned from the neighbours, I'd expect them to start receiving a few 3am phone calls.

rmv

Ah, the steps up to High School Yards - They used to be where the junkies used to hang out to stay out of the rain. I was nearly stabbed at the bottom of those steps - although the guy with the knife was too far out of it to be much of a threat. And once I had to call environmental health once because some shit had thought it was funny to inject a dog with heroin there - I found the body with three needles sticking out of it.

This was "last century" though. Happy times.

FTP is crusty and mostly dead, right? AWS just started supporting it anyway

rmv

FTP / SFTP

Yeah, but most servers don't allow it these days. For some reason allowing people to get a server to send data to a random port on another server was being abused.

It used to be good for bounce scans - proxying a port scan through the FTP server to scan IPs behind the firewall.

Okay, there's less you can do directly with an FTP password - but anyone capturing network traffic can read it, and if it's also the user's login password then you're stuffed. And most FTP servers (proftpd, wu-ftpd and pure-ftpd for example) by default require that a user has a valid login shell.

And that's not even considering all the goodies you often find by logging into a FTP server as "anonymous".

The things you need to do to *properly* configure FTP are not significantly simpler than setting up SFTP and at least if you use SFTP you don't have to worry about people sniffing credentials.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

rmv

Re: Farewell and RIP

s/Bounty/Beagle/g

Brit housing association blabs 3,500 folks' sexual orientation, ethnicity in email blunder

rmv

Re: Why?

Well that's stupid. Because treating impact assessments as a box-ticking exercise misses the chance to actually benefit from thinking about it.

Potential issue one - moving the bus stop 100m up the road to facilitate the residents parking spaces places it directly outside the local BNP office, causing increased risk of violence to LBGetc & ethnic minorities.

Potential issue two, replacing disability parking spaces in this street with residents only parking impacts the disabled & elderly users of the podiatry clinic at no.5.

Potential issue three - restricting parking on this street to residents only will increase the parking pressure on the next street over which contains a primary school and a nursery.

Is it a make-up mirror? Is it a tiny frisbee? No, it's the bonkers Cyrcle Phone, with its TWO headphone jacks

rmv

Re: Dead on arrival

Do you mind if I make a suggestion? Don't dig there, dig it elsewhere

You're digging it round and it ought to be square

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

rmv

Re: There was a time....

Not in our school. It was generally hard to tell the difference between a concussed child and those in a natural coma from having sat through one of the lessons. Most teachers threw chalk though - we only had one Latin teacher who threw board rubbers.

He also used to line us up against the wall with our hands out. He'd go up and down the line asking questions. Get one wrong and you got whacked across the hands with a wooden ruler. Get three in a row right and you were allowed to go back to your desk.

I now still have a negligible grasp of Latin but a surprisingly high tolerance to pain.

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home

rmv

Re: Fishy

The artist reckons he used 103kg of 18-karat gold to make it.

Hands up who can tell me which pupil details transfer system has glitched. Yes, Capita's

rmv

Who to blame

So, little Bobby Tables is moving up to big school is he?

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

rmv

Re: Yeah... Right

@AMBxx: "If there's no yellow line, there's no reason not to park in the cycle lane."

Well there's the highway code, which you're meant to be following.

Rule 240 of the Highway Code:

You MUST NOT stop or park on:

[...]

a tram or cycle lane during its period of operation

Rule 243 of the Highway Code:

DO NOT stop or park:

[...]

where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities

Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

rmv

@Chris Miller

And there was me thinking it was Nigel Lawson under Margaret Thatcher who introduced the Finance Act in '86 which lead to all the big corporations taking massive pension holidays; silly me.

Mind you, the corporations had other options than just grabbing the money and spending it on bonuses and dividends; they could have decreased the pension "surplus" of the time by increasing pension benefits for the fund members, for example. So they're not blameless in this whole mess either.

Unlocked: The hidden love note on the grave of America's first crypto power-couple

rmv

Re: British Eizabethan

People have been referring to the natives of the island group of Britain as British (or Brittani, Pretannoi etc) since about the 4th century BC, and I expect they will continue to do so long after England is eventually absorbed into Greater London.

The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

rmv

Power User

I had a boss once who was an Apple fanboy and fancied himself a bit of a power user.

I came in one morning and found every server and PC disconnected from the network.

Apparently he'd come in to work after hours and couldn't get his macbook to connect. Naturally, the fault couldn't be with his macbook so he went around every machine in the office trying to find a network connection that "worked". Anyone else might have given up after a couple of tries, but this guy was management material and exhaustively tested every single connection.

Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

rmv

Re: With all due respect to Gaelic speakers...

It's better than English in that respect; If I "take a bow", there's nothing in that to tell you whether I'm acknowledging your applause or getting ready to shoot you full of arrows. Except the context of course, but Gaelic shares that too.

I'm sure there are some Gaelic speakers who want to "keep the language pure" but hey, you can say that about pretty much any language; You just need to absent-mindedly drop a split infinitive in English and the language pedants leap out of the woodwork.

I can barely string two words together in Gaelic as I have no talent with languages whatsoever. But my wife's family from the Hebrides speak it as a first language. The eldest of them is in his seventies and the youngest has just turned 21, and when they're rabbiting away, it doesn't seem like a dead language to me.

Here's the Gaelic for Punks lessons if you want to learn a bit:

https://soundcloud.com/an-t-uabhas/sets/togaibh-ur-guth/

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rmv

"throughout Ayrshire - where again, nobody speaks Gaelic and nobody ever did"

So all those Gaelic place names in Ayrshire, like Dunure, Kilmarnock, Ardrossan and the like - they were all chosen by the non-Gaelic natives for their exotic, foreign sound?

Carrick was known to be a Gaelic speaking holdout against Lowland Scots certainly through until the early 16th Century. In 1504, William Dunbar repeatedly sneered at Walter Kennedy of Dunure's Gaelic in The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy (an early predecessor of The Register comment section and the first recorded use of the word "shit" as a personal insult).

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

rmv
Stop

RATs

"The fly-by-wire systems will be fine, because the RAT will pop out and produce power."

"Last June, the FAA approved an exemption to allow the 787-9 to enter service on schedule despite a substandard reliability record on the GCU for the RAT. The agency approved the exemption because it was deemed extremely improbable that all six power generators on board could fail at the same time."

From the flightglobal article (http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/faa-orders-new-787-electrical-fix-to-prevent-power-failure-411794/)

Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

rmv

Re: mind your use of language

"and it actually is unless

by saying *until* you are giving judicaries the right to keep trying you until they get a verdict that they like, think carefully about the language you are employing. Also look up a little legal history ;)"

Legal History:

The phrase doesn't appear in English Case Law before it was coined by William Garrow in England in 1791 - using the word "until".

The phrase used by William Best in "On Presumptions of Law and Fact" in 1845 used the word "until".

The phrase was first cited in the US Supreme Court in 1894 (Coffin vs. U.S.) and used the word "until".

The 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights uses the word "until".

The 1953 European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights uses the word "until". That right is incorporated into English Law by the 1998 Human Rights Act.

It is possible that all the lawyers involved in drafting those documents were wrong and you are right, but I've not seen any evidence of it so far.

rmv

Re: Re:

"the legal principle is actually; Innocent *unless* proven guilty"

No it's not.

UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 11, Section 1:

"Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence."

Kent Police clamp down on tall photographers

rmv

Robin

"Yet here is the Met guidance in respect of s.44: [...] Not quite. The Met guidelines make no mention of reasonable suspicion"

That's because S.44 doesn't require reasonable suspicion. In fact S.45 says quite explicitly that powers under a S.44 authorisation can be exercised "whether or not the constable has grounds for suspecting the presence of articles [of a kind which could be used in connection with terrorism]".

A stop and search under S.43 requires reasonable suspicion.

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