* Posts by daftdave

12 posts • joined 26 Aug 2011

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh


Heard of Uber Eats?

I do a part time delivery job for a well known take away firm, and we recently "partnered" with Uber Eats, right at the peak of the lockdown-induced rush.

So here's what happens. Something pops up on a device telling us the order and the ETA of the driver. Except, that the driver might not actually turn up for hours, if at all. Often, food goes in the bin and the customer gets a refund. To circumvent the situation where customers end up with cold food, we now prepare the food but don't cook it until the driver arrives.

This of course, just pushes the frustration onto the drivers. So in turn, they now press the button that tells us they've "arrived" when in fact they haven't.

This is the problem with Uber, it's not a coherent organization, it's just an app that attempts to stitch together different organisations and individuals in an ad-hoc way. As a company they take no responsibility for the ensuing chaos, the wellfair of their "self employed" employees, the integrity of said people or the wellbeing or concerns of their customers (as has been proven time and again with Uber taxis).

That code that could never run? Well, guess what. Now Windows thinks it's Batman


Failure is inevitable

We had an error message in the bootloader which read:

"Wrong FAT version - suggest using monitor to reformat disk" - this would show up on screen if the hard drive or its filesystem could not be read for whatever reason. The "monitor" in this case was a serial port console.

I'm pretty sure the message was only meant for developers, but inevitably with time, machines in the field would display this due to hard drive failure (mainly due to ageing). This would lead to messages on the product forums like

"It's telling me to format the disk.... using the monitor!!!!!"

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing


James Veitch gets emails like this too


Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket


Re: Would someone explain

Yeah in the UK it's not only acceptable to complete the maneuver after the lights have turned red, it's actually very commonly necessary when turning right.

If you are turning right and blocked by oncoming traffic it is acceptable to enter the junction and wait there for it to be clear. At many lights, that won't happen until the oncoming traffic gets a red, at the same time as you get a red. So you complete the maneuver then. I did this many times in my driving lessons and have always considered it to be quite normal.



In Manchester the pedestrian crossing lights have a count down for the pedestrians. It doesn't stop everyone wandering into the road when they shouldn't, much to the annoyance of taxi drivers.

To members of Pizza Hut's loyalty scheme: You really knead to stop reusing your passwords


Re: Today I learned

Both Pizza Hut and Dominos have expensive "standard" menu but also always have "offers" on.

Buying from the standard menu would be like buying a sofa from DFS when there isn't a sale on.

BTW this isn't the first time the Hut Rewards thing has a problems - recently some bright spark figured out you could build up points by placing bogus orders and not paying for them. Reminds me of Moonpig's epic security blunder where you just logged in and changed the user id in url...

Portal to 'HELL' cracks open in street – oh sorry, it's just another pothole


Well know we know...

"Mr Parker, who lives off Haxby Road, said he was visiting Nortons Heating off James Street when his car was damaged."

Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority


Re: Do I understand this?

No the green padlock appears on any https connection provided that the browser recognises the CA and everything else is OK with the certificate.

EV sites have the green padlock plus some green text with the name of the validated organisation (see mozilla.org for instance)

Just because someone is having an encrypted with you doesn't mean that you can trust them, but for years the masses have been educated into "green padlock == safety"

French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic


Re: Why can't they use their own, internal certificates?

Sure they can use their own, Internal certificates. But, regardless of the arguments about data protection / snooping whatever: issuing a certificate in the name of Google when you have no authority to do so is plain fraud.

Website: www.google.com

Verified by: your boss.

It's a joke, and a lie.

What's worrying here is that it wasn't internal certificates, it was much worse. It was a certificate vendor who's certificates are trusted by the majority of browsers worldwide.

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


Re: DL0: 167300 g (Air traffic control)

UK Air traffic control retired their (last) PDP11 in 2006. It is on display at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchly Park.

ICO fines council £120,000 for crypto email fail


Crypto wouldn't have helped

Alice has her e-mail client set up to send encrypted messages to Bob, and Stoke city council. She writes a message to Stoke City council, but sends it to Bob by mistake.

So her mail client, being clever, encrypts it for Bob. So, Bob can decrypt it (because Bob is allowed to decrypt mail that's been encrypted for him right?), and sees a confidential message that should have been sent to Stoke.

To put this in the context of PGP encryption. Alice would have a public key for Bob and a public key for Stoke. If she sends a message to Bob using, say, Thunderbird, then Thunderbird will select Bob's key, because it will naturally be unaware that Bob isn't the intended recipient.

Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8


Video doesn't work in Firefox...

Indeed I can confirm this, doesn't work on my Firefox 6 on 64-bit Linux.

Works with Chrome though.


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020