* Posts by Sweeping Brush

35 posts • joined 5 Nov 2009

IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round

Sweeping Brush

Serious question

"As revealed a fortnight ago, IBM told staffers in both business units to form Employee Consultation Committees (ECC)"

Am I reading correctly that people are being told to form their own committees to consult on their own redundancies?

Surely its the job of HR to form the committee to answer the employee's questions?

Also, if employee's are being told to do their own consultations, if they don't form a committee at all does that mean that IBM would then be in contravention of employment law if they made someone redundant who did not have a chance to consult?

I'm geniunely interested to know as when it happened to us it was HR who had to go around and have individual consultations with everyone at risk.

Good news: Unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket discovery just got easier

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Re: ferc is a nice one.

Not really sure what's in there but there's a bunch of documents with this in the footer :

<center>You don't have permission to access this document.<BR>This document (eLibrary accession no.<font color=red> THERE WAS A NUMBER HERE</font>) is Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII). <BR> The public may file a CEII request under 18 C.F.R. 388.113. <!--The public also may file a FOIA request under 18 C.F.R. 388.108--></center>

<!--<center>You don't have permission to access this document over the Internet. <BR> This document (eLibrary accession no. <font color=red> THERE WAS A NUMBER HERE</font>) is Non-Internet Public (NIP). <BR> Public access to this document is available through the <A href="mailto:public.referenceroom@ferc.gov">public.referenceroom@ferc.gov</A>).</center>-->

156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

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So if the ICO brings forth one person who got a text from these clowns and who didn't give permission can they please multiply the penalty a hundred fold for making ICO waste time and effort?

Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

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Change to code to require only majority of signatories?

I know enough about cryptocurrencies to know that I dont know enough, but would it be possible to modify the Eth codebase so that multisig contracts only require the consent of the majority of signatories rather than all of them and thus be able to unlock the wallets that way?

Then once they are unlocked and moved to a safer wallet the codechange can be reverted?

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Be polite but scare the crap out of them.

My solution which has worked with 100% efficiency so far :

Them : Hello, Mr Person, I am calling from ....

Me : How did you get this number? This number is unlisted and is part of the Witness Relocation Program. Please hold the line for 30 seconds caller while we trace this call and verify that the location you are ringing from is on the list of allowed contacters and dispatch law enforcement officers to your location if it is not

I usually dont get to the end of my spiel before they have hung up.

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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Did not disclose the bug publically.

Where are people reading that he disclosed the bug publically?

I've read the article here and nowhere does it state that he did anything other than report it to the company 2 minutes after discovering it.

Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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This was not the Panic Mode I was looking for.

I was hoping like hellwig that this was some sort of special dialling code for anyone being attacked/mugged/robbed who could mash the button while handing over their phone to cause it to lock up and autodial the emergency services.

But i guess having a useful feature like that would cause less phones to be stolen and therefore reduce profits so would never be implemented.

Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Paris Hilton

Not the first.

Trump - Not the first to pull out of Paris early and certainly not the last.

Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

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Can we get a brief comment on the relative comfort of these guys for glasses wearers?

Years ago I had a pair of headphones with the softest foam ring I've ever encountered and never been able to find them again.

they were the only pair I could wear that didn't give me blinding head pains after two hours of gaming.

Now I'm reduced to using in-ear buds because nothing breaks immersion more than the screams of agony when you realise that your glasses are now embedded into the side of your head and you didn't notice until you went to adjust them

LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

Sweeping Brush

Re: Web site - does it exist

It doesn't yet, but it will soon, you just gave me a wonderful idea.

Sony outs its first Ultrabook

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Fails the first test.

Test 1. Does it have a number pad?

iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

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I'm assuming this is a typo?

73 million units compared to 37,900 device running Android.

Tesla 300-mile e-car UK debut set for 2013

Sweeping Brush

Only 89 years to wait

Tesla 300-mile e-car UK Debut set for 2103

Excellent, by then we should be able to drive it using a direct brain to car interface

City IT manager accused of brazenly stealing mayor's email

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City IT manager accused of brazenly COPYING mayor's email

Fixed that title for you.

EC to vet Euro broadband performance

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Eircom are in trouble.

Finally, I get to prove how crap Eircom really are.

Advertised Speed : 8MB

Actual Speed : 2MB on a good day with a stiff wind behind them.

Sony insurer says it's not liable for costs of data breach

Sweeping Brush

Why Sue?

I'm completely not understanding the reason that the insurance company is sueing here.

Step 1. Sony get hacked.

Step 2. Sony submit claim.

Step 3. Zurich says 'You're not covered idiot'

Step 4. We all laugh at Sony.

No need to sue, just all stand around and laugh at Sony.

Star Wars: The Old Republic preps pre-order pages

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There is a standard edition you know.

Just buy the standard edition, its the same game and if you really want the jumble, just wait until your local game store reduces it to 10 quid to get their shelf space back.

Research links laptops to 'toasted skin syndrome'

Sweeping Brush

So why are the called laptops then?

Why are they called laptops if you cant put them on your lap?

Surely they should be called 'do not place on your lap as it causes you to look like an old scottish woman' tops?

Police issue lettuce e-fit

Sweeping Brush

Colour blind witness?

Did they not maybe figure that the reason the hair was green was because the witness saw it as NOT green due to colour blindness?

Fake IBM playboy pleads guilty

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360 quid a day to shovel shit!!!

Hand me a shovel!

Man charged with malware 'sextortion' plot

Sweeping Brush

Turn off your PC.

Dammit , don't people turn off their PCs anymore.

No matter how much malware and shite is on a PC its gonna have a tough time recording you doing the horizontal dance if you just turn the damn thing off before you go to bed.

Aussies rage at 'strings attached' iPad sales

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Thumb Up

Cost Price on Shelf Labels?

Wouldn't that be nice

Software SNAFU took out 10,000 military geo locators

Sweeping Brush

Who needs enemies?

A military spokesman said officials are "extremely confident in the safety and security of the GPS system from enemy attack."

We are of course scared shitless that some snotty nosed sys-op back at base is gonna screw it all up again!!

3-million-km-long comet plunges into Sun

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Paris Hilton


Because she knows all about 'deep penetration'

Outsourcing goes inside

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Thank you, con again!

So here we have well educated prisoners, in a 3rd world country, being given PCs and access to banking information.

I don't see much problems here, do you?


Mobe-wielding drivers getting away with it

Sweeping Brush

Law in Ireland slightly different.

In Ireland the offense is 'Holding a mobile phone while driving' and costs 2 penalty points

You don't even have to be using it.

From the April 2010 statistics almost 90,000 points were given out so over here its definitely being enforced.

EFF fights Facebook bid to outlaw one-stop social apps

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Facebook has ads???

I only just realised while reading this that there are ads on farcebook, I've only ever opened it with adblock running so never even realised.

Just goes to show how good adblock does its job

San Francisco's rogue BOFH is guilty

Sweeping Brush

Memory Wipe.

Official : "Mr BOFH, you're fired, please hand over all passwords"

Mr BOFH : "I'm not an employee of your company, therefore I have no reason to know any of your passwords and have wiped them from my mind, you will need to retrieve them from the secure location they are stored in"

Official : "Thank you Mr BOFH, where is this secure location"

Mr BOFH : "I'm not an employee of your company therefore have no reason to know where this location is and have wiped it from my mind" .....

Problem solved.

Bloke threatens BT with giant plywood cheque

Sweeping Brush

And don't pay the postage!

Don't forget that when you're mailing in the 8 x 4 plywood sheets to BT, either use their freepost address, if they have one or just don't pay the postage.

Microsoft 'offered sex and drugs to distributors'

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Paris Hilton

Microsoft -

Who do you want to do today?

Why Nominet disconnected 1,000 sites with no court oversight

Sweeping Brush

Thank you mr policeman.

The Police pointed out a number of domains to Nominet,

Nominet investigated them and discovered the violated the agreed upon contract and suspended them,

whats the problem?

If Nominet had suspended properly registered and valid domains without a court order then step on them, but in this case, the police told them something, the looked at the domains, found they were wrongly registered and suspended them.

anyone that was affected could have simply updated their details with valid details and got turned back on again. As has happened with the valid ones that were suspended.

Smut-ladened spam disguises WoW Trojan campaign

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Paris Hilton

First rule of marketing ...

know your target market, and these guys obviously do.

Activision denies Modern Warfare 2 Russian ban

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Scary Terrorists.

I don't think the world has much to fear from terrorists who's only source of inspiration is a video game.

If we do then watch out for the terrorists who start rolling a small little ball of rubbish around, pretty soon they'll roll the whole world !!!!!

Play.com leaves Modern Warfare 2 buyers empty handed

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Paris Hilton

Cheap in Ireland

Got it from Smyths in Ireland on day of release for 40 euro, which has now been bumped up to 54 euro.

Is this a new tactic, launch day have it about 25% cheaper and then bump it up, as its the first time I've seen it.

I will of course be taking advantage of this tactic next weekend for Assassassassassassassassins Creed :)

Paris (her price is always low)

115,000 nabbed for in-car calling

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Paris Hilton

Rules of the Road.

I don't know the exact rule of the roads over in England, but here in Ireland it is actually against the law to have ANYTHING in your hand while driving.

Its considered that if you have anything in your hands that you are not giving complete attention to your driving and so you can be done for driving without due care and attention.

I can't find the news report right now, but I do remember that a few years ago there was a successful prosecution of a man who was eating an apple while driving!!! He obviously ran into the cop on a really bad day :)

Paris (because holding any part of her would definitely be a distraction)


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