* Posts by Nick 65

12 posts • joined 21 Sep 2010

Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Not like they're short on backhaul

So as I understand it Network Rail splooged lots of cash on lots of glass a few years ago, according to various articles on the network they called FTNx, with 100Gbps rings.

Surely they can spare some bit of that to backhaul the on-train wifi? Mind you, handing off a trainload of connections at 100mph between access points would be an interesting challenge.


Deck the halls with HALs: AI steals the show at Infosec Europe

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Re: Please

In AV vendor land, heuristics are, roughly, generalised signatures - "looks like it belongs to this family of known bad things, based on certain characteristics."

ML/AI is more like "Not seen this before, but it's similar enough to these bad things that I don't like it" or "this is doing bad things, so it must be bad" depending on which vendor/flavour or solution.

Belden buys Tripwire for $710m: Will keep network burglars out of Internet of Things things

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Don't they make cables?

I suspect "Signal transmission firm" is another way of saying "they make cables," along the lines of "bedpan unsullification technician" or "geomorphological adjustment device." Seems they do own a shedload of other digital media stuff as well, though.

As to Tripwire Enterprise, up front declaration I work for a company that resells it, but I found it easy enough to get on with once you've put in some time learning how to drive it. Until then, it's just odd for a mere grunt like me to work with. Mind you, that's how I felt about MacOS...

Powerful, flexible, easy to use, pick 2, and it feels like they did.

NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: We know, you know.

Better idea, ask a rozzer the time whilst standing somewhere like Parliament Square, where of course there's a bloody great clock. Bet you a pint they remain oblivious and look at their watch.

The secure mail dilemma: If it's useable, it's probably insecure

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Re: Difficult to see what the problem is here ...

There are no gent's toilets there, unless you want to nip into the woods at the back. Maybe you meant to say the BBQ was actually on a Saturday?

IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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Re: Metrics and me...

If the majority of the geeks and people at one end of the curve do that, does that mean that the metrics, and therefore design decisions, are based solely on people who don't care enough or don't know enough to block the trackers?

This could speed up the effect of concentrating on the middle of that curve. Right up until adblocking becomes normal, by whatever means.

Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: The beauty of PDP-endian

Oh, crud. Now I remember ICL VME. I think there are still councils still running VME, although Series 39 has long given way to OpenVME on an x64 host.

To quote the Fujitsu website "2020 is no longer an issue for VME Applications." Not sure if they mean it will work past 2019, or nobody will be using it by then.

Not a zombie OS, exactly. More a sort of... isolated hill tribe of savages that hasn't been seen since the year dot and is barely civilised?

10x power boost for Freeview as London analogue signal cut

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Re: Freeview USB sticks

I managed it, but from a high place with pretty much clear line of sight to the transmitter. The USB stick itself has come in handy for guesstimating what'll show up on the telly when granny buys a set-top box though.

Oxfordshire cops switch speed cameras back on

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A bit of truth obscured under a pile of spin

I have no problem with average speed cameras enforcing the 40mph through roadworks, especially when those run at night, just the time when some people will be complaining the road is empty so the speed limit is unfair- I bet the roadwork gang disagree with them.

I also approve of occasional, random, rozzer-with-a-speed-gun checks, especially in the "right" places. I of course reserve the right to say what a "right" place is. Now I know the smiley/lightup speed limit signs record the speeds to help the plod with finding when and where to be with the speed guns, I like those signs.

As it's Friday afternoon, there now follows some ranting.

I disapprove of fixed speed cameras enforcing (what I think is) a ridiculously low speed limit, think 40mph on a full-size, well engineered dual carriageway where you can see halfway to forever and there are no non-sliproad junctions or pavements..

I also disapprove of the Talivan mobile speed camera parking up on the bridge over a similar, major trunk road. And the habit of painting the huge speed camera logos on the tailgate of said van, knowing bloody nicely it's invisible except to aircraft when they open up the van to use the camera.

And I thoroughly disapprove, with attendant urine-boiling, in full-on, "Dear Daily Mail" fashion, of calling speed cameras safety cameras. They do not measure safety. They measure speed.

Now to drive home and annoy the crap out of everybody by doing 29mph through the villages. I bet the line of cars behind me gets to be longer than I can see in my mirror.

Fukushima reactor shell ruptured?

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Hysteria Modifiers

I approve of this scale, and offer these extensions.

For left-wing news sources, +2 hysteria points will be added for any death involving the police as the not-dead party, governments, or the army, and -2 for any "right on" governments or politicians.

For right-wing news sources, +2 points will be added for any death involving illegal immigrants, estate agents (as proxy for house prices, which tend not to kill people) or persons mentioned in connection with item 9 on the scale.

For two-winged vulture-based news sources, +1 for involvement of Paris Hilton, +2 for Steve Jobs.

Max Clifford has a +3 effect on anything he touches. This may or may not be a good thing for anyone else, but it's good for him.

How do you find the skills needed in the virtualised data centre?

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big company, who ya gonna call

The users have no idea there's more than one flavour of geek, hence DBAs being asked to look at why the printer's jammed, which is always fun to watch.

I was at a small company, and moved to be head of dept for a large company, and I feel the pain there- how many geeks does it take to do x, where x is anything other than switch it off and switch it on again? All of them.

I settled for a small group of specialists, to be the gurus for their topic, and the main cohort of IT folk to be able to do "most" things in our remit, barring a couple of desk-bound call-takers. If it gets too tricky, go ask the specialist to help. If it's really tricky, or you just have no idea, ask them to do it. Mostly worked OK.

Not everyone can be a generalist, judging from the grud-awful wiring jobs and evil server builds we got whilst learning who needs a bit more training. You did learn who to give certain jobs to though.

Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts

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Stating the bleedin obvious

As the non-victim in this story noticed, if your central locking gets jammed, it doesn't work, the locks don't clunk, the lights don't flash and your car doesn't get locked. Since this happens from time to time when you don't push the button properly, or for no good reason (like near my local Tesco, I blame the trolley bloke's hearing aid) surely paying attention at this point is a given? Am I being overly optimistic here?

I do know insurers will take a dim view of this, and will be looking to say "you didn't lock the car" to avoid paying out. I foresee a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth.


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