* Posts by Hairy Airey

94 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Oct 2011


Misconfigured cloud server leaked clues of North Korean animation scam

Hairy Airey

Re: Make trade, not war

In which case North Korea needs to bring its war with South Korea to an end. It's surprising how many people don't realise that there is only a ceasefire agreement in place.

Bright spark techie knew the drill and used it to install a power line, but couldn't outsmart an odd electrician

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Qualified Electrician

Absolutely agree. Every house I have owned has had some stupid wiring in. Extension under carpet, live round one side of the room, neutral round the other side and of course earth diagonally across.

Socket wired the wrong way clockwise: earth - neutral, live - earth, neutral - live. It worked but not in a good way. (All metal in house becomes live when on)

Lighting cable inside a plug socket. Only discovered when socket started smoking.

And yes, I put these right as best I can.

Cybersecurity snafu sends British Library back to the Dark Ages

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Tom Scott breaks it again

The curse of the Tom Scott video strikes again! I'm sure it'll drive up views of his video, hopefully inside the British Library when it's all working properly.

No offence Tom, but it is getting hilarious.

Cryptojackers steal AWS credentials from GitHub in 5 minutes

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Least privilege

The bigger question is why are people using AWS credentials this way? Ideally you use an account that has the least access necessary to perform the task at hand. So for example you're using Terraform to build multiple instances. The account you use should only be able to build those specific instances. (There's probably an opportunity here to write separate code that gives an account those least privileges and warns if the account is "overprivileged"). This is essentially AWS best practice.

The lack of professionalism in our industry makes me want to cry sometimes. Yes it's hard work, but that's why you are not an amateur at this business. I hope.

It's official: EU probing bundling of Teams with Microsoft 365

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s/Internet Explorer/Teams/g

Deja Vu - see title.

Aviation regulators push for more automation so flights can be run by a single pilot

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Airplane reference of course

Really, I just thought they made the "Is there anyone on board who can fly this plane" announcement?

Hairy Airey

Re: Bank of mum and dad

I came here to reference the very same Mentour Pilot video. As I said in the comments of that one I was surprised that he didn't say "1500 hours on the Xbox" because that movie seems to be the only possible explanation for this figure. Basically no-one wants to change it in America as they don't want to give the impression of reducing safety.

Some of the European airlines are investing heavily in flight simulators (see the crossover Tom Scott/Mentour Pilot videos where Tom lands a 737 with no prior flight experience - "Good luck, we're all counting on you" was hilarious!)

To misquote one of my favourite documentaries "never send a machine to do a human's job".

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

Hairy Airey

Genius move

Musk was very astute in offering to buy Twitter, it allowed him to liquidate stock without affecting the value of his own company adversely.

Was he ever serious about buying it? Probably not. Has he made a profit from it, most likely yes. Has he exposed Twitter as being overvalued for what it does? Definitely!


Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps

Hairy Airey

Re: many European nations hesitated when it came to instituting lockdowns.

You're not wrong. The EU are pretty much dead after this, free movement died with this virus. The Northern states don't want to bail out the Southern states (they think it'll just encourage them to be profligate with money). The EU takes months to make a decision. They'd probably form a committee of all member nations if their building was on fire.

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

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Re: De minimis

Does this mean I can refuse to let my solicitor wife eat trifle? Result!

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

Hairy Airey

But what day is the testing?

Are we assuming that the weekly test is the same day of the week, or evenly distributed throughout the year?

Does the person come in drunk on a Monday only or are they an alcoholic that comes in drunk 4 days a week (ie Mon-Thu) 3 times a year? If the testing is every Friday neither will get caught.

There's not enough data to give an accurate result.

Says the guy who has just drunk two glasses of prosecco at work (with permission!) and it's gone to his head.


British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

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Re: So dump them...let te price tumble and then....

As a former employee of IMG I suspect that Apple's decision will open the way for them to be bought up by another company. As I understand it several companies hold a controlling stake in IMG. Unless Apple are going to poach IMG staff I can't see how they can pull this off. Even then they are probably prevented from working for Apple by restrictive covenants.

Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Pedestrians at risk anyway

For our American readers it's worth reminding them that in the UK we haven't entirely sold out to the right of the car to be higher than any other road users. With the exception of motorways pedestrians are allowed on all roads (granted there are plenty of roads that I wouldn't cycle down).

However pedestrians are just as at risk . I've been beeped at when cycling on the road by people who still thought they were on the motorway. Once when crossing the road another person beeped and drove at me because they didn't understand why I was there (amazing that people that dumb can get driving licenses).

Also, I've seen the movie 2001 putting machines in charge isn't a great idea. Never mind Terminator!

Lights out for Space Vehicle Number 23: UK smacked when US sat threw GPS out of whack

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Re: Want to scare yourself?

I have been well aware of the issue with two NTP servers disagreeing on time which is why across a WAN I'd never have less than four. The extra one is in case of a failures isn't available and the other three can vote on who has the right time. Assuming they aren't all depending on GPS that is (when I started doing this there were fewer than 10 public NTP servers in the UK I think it's better now).

It does seem lots of places are blocking ntptrace now. Not sure how you can abuse this information.

Hairy Airey

Want to scare yourself?

Do an ntptrace on any public stratum 2 or stratum 1 NTP server. Chances are it's getting its time from GPS.

Fears of fiber cable cuts, rogue drones menacing crowds at Super Bowl 50

Hairy Airey

Being the pedant I am

Football (ie soccer) is a throwy kicky game - neither is actually solely played with the feet.

The Superbowl is a big event in the US, it's been joked before that Russia could invade whilst it's on and no-one would notice. It's only a matter of time until it is attacked by terrorists.

In other news they are calling this year's Superbowl 50 because Superbowl L doesn't really appeal. Nor will Superbowl LI. Time to drop the Roman numerals I think.

Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

Hairy Airey

PowerEdge 2200 Pentium II (Klamath) 233Mhz (dual processor) - still going and running CentOS 5.11 - two different 9GB SCSI disks - no disk errors in over 16 years. Weird machine all EISA and no IDE controller. The SCSI CD drive died about two years ago I think.

2015 was VMware's Year of Living Dangerously

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Re: Re:fighting like banchies? was Where's the solution?

I suspect he means banshees - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banshee

Shame that speling is so atrocious in IT.

BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

Hairy Airey

Re: there is this to look forward to

Please - not the misguided busway. Probably the biggest reason that the A14 is full of trucks bringing goods from Felixstowe instead of on a freight train. They were even planning to build a terminal for rail freight at RAF Alconbury next to the A1(M) - idiotic planning by Cambridgeshire County Council.

New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

Hairy Airey

Re: IETF were not persuaded is was a good use of a limited number of status codes

You do realise that 418 was an April Fool's Joke don't you? https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2324.txt

Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

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If it's not a disability then what next?

The definition of disability (in the Equality Act) is "if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities" - so although most with it wouldn't consider themselves disabled they are compared to the people that they work with.

As I have said elsewhere until there is a successful test case where someone sacked for their supposed lack of social skills caused because they have Asperger's Syndrome nothing is going to change.

I think its removal from DSM doesn't matter as it's still a condition however it's classified.

Hairy Airey

Just don't apply for work at Cancer Research UK

They sacked me on the grounds that I "would not fit in"

No employer would treat people the way they treated me - including offering me my job back "for a joke".

The person who started this complained at a Register event that they couldn't get skilled staff. Hardly a surprise if you won't employ someone with Asperger's Syndrome.


Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

Hairy Airey

Interesting complaint

This is a pirate ship! They used an official distress flag (the Jolly Roger) to lure their victims.

Surely you should be questioning why you're condoning piracy on the high seas, before getting onto why they might put any of their crew in shackles?

Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

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Just to state the obvious - HMRC does not like "disguised employees" because someone who works for only one company is an employee. To get around this would involve more expenditure than paying PAYE etc. Although it probably does go on. Probably by people who

As for being able to use Maps on phones - I can recall a journey from London Bridge to Oxford Circus where three different road closures meant I went there via Euston Road. Given London's near gridlock I don't imagine many taxi drivers have the time to keep reprogramming their phone. The knowledge is still useful.

Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

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Re: Mainly a public sector issue

Actually there is at least one cloud provider that ensures your data stays within the EU. The one I'm thinking of allows you to store it all in the UK. Very good news for them this announcement.

The competition of course need to get the ability to keep cloud data within the EU sorted. I wonder how many companies have been using cloud companies but not mentioning that some of their users personal data is being stored in the US?

NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword

Hairy Airey

All very hopeful of a refund...

However it's been established for some time now that you have around a fortnight to get a refund (UK of course - but I imagine it's the same elsewhere). So unless you very recently bought a car AND know it's affected no refund for you.

You can be pretty sure they won't be rushing to recall just yet.

The other problem of course is if the regulating authority decides that these cars should be immediately recalled and not driven until fixed. Which would be chaotic in so many ways. How many lost working days would that entail? Scary.

Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

Hairy Airey

Not quite the same as Uber

The big difference between a hotel stay and renting an apartment is that you don't get thrown out of your room for cleaning. Plus you get the use of a washing machine (which means you don't have to fly so much luggage out). You might even get internet usage everywhere rather than paying for it in your room (as many hotels do). What's not to like?

Bible apps are EVIL says John McAfee as he phishes legal sysadmins in real time

Hairy Airey

Re: Bible apps?

That's pretty off topic - I suggest you do some actual research you'll find that the New Testament is the most accurately copied book in history because of the number of available manuscripts. Homer's Iliad has 643 and I think the figure for the New Testament is over 30,000. If you're taken in by the media stories that the truth of the Bible hangs on a single bit of evidence then you truly are a mug. I recommend Josh McDowell's books. He was a skeptic who set out to disprove Christianity and couldn't.

Hairy Airey

Re: Bible apps?

Same here - Nicky Gumbel's Bible in a Year app is updated daily so needs network access. That's pretty much it - network access for updates (not to the text I hope - just the app!)

I sense a man who is envious of Focus on the Family's 220 million audience. He's picked an easy target - probably to draw attention away from himself. Perhaps he should consider a career as a spy?

Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

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Re: Why?

Probably not - most courts these days insist that efforts to reconcile parties be made public so that they can see how unreasonable either or both sides are. There may well be other legal reasons to be forced to disclose the amounts.

There was a classic case a few years ago involving Wembley Stadium in which both sides spent a million pounds just on photocopying (possibly half each, but still a ridiculous amount) - the Court of Appeal did point out to them that it would have been cheaper to use the specialist technology courts.

When this whole case amounts to $348 that someone else made you can see that the only winners are the lawyers.

'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

Hairy Airey


This is why you always fasten your seatbelt when seated on a plane! It stops unexpected turbulence bashing you in the head with the overhead lockers for a start.

Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

Hairy Airey

Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

"Except it doesn't work like that. In my case the power company decided that they would change my electro-mechanical electricity meter for a "smart" one. Result total failure, as we have no reliable mobile phone signal here, so that option was out of the door. I'm certainly not prepared to share my broadband with them so wi-fi is another non-starter. Outcome, a miserable little thing not much bigger than a matchbox that is almost impossible to read and which gives me no indication of how much power I'm using or if the photo-voltaic panels on the roof are running. At least my old meter did show how much electricity I was using."

Surely you have two possible solutions? One is a current cost meter or similar (with two clamps and the code is easy to write to show usage and generation. Granted it's Linux but Windows is probably possible too) the other is a wifi adaptor in your inverter?

Oculus adds Surreal Vision to its virty portfolio

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Fiona Johnson

Sorry did you say something? I was looking at the woman in the red dress...

Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

Hairy Airey

Re: Who is Kidding Who?

The roads are even more heavily subsidised - and vastly less efficient as a method of transporting people. Privatisation has given us the unique situation whereby the train operating companies can make money from not running trains or running late (as only 10% of those eligible for compensation bother to claim it). Imagine how quickly roads would be repaired if people were paid compensation for their delay.

Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

Hairy Airey

All those with HP servers fitted with ilo will be delighted since that depends on Java, as well as APC's powerchute business edition.

As my previous boss said

Knock knock

Who's there?

(very very long pause)


(truly machine independent code - won't run on any machine!)

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

Hairy Airey

Re: " it is harder to spot in a car most of the time."

Not to mention of course that the Highway can be fitted to almost any car even if it has a fitted radio. That's how it works in mine.

Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

Hairy Airey

Wasn't that long ago that there weren't even a dozen root CAs but the open market has put paid to that. Unless specific governments take this over I can't see how you can regulate it. Looking at what the IANA are doing with gTLDs I won't hold my breath.

You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

Hairy Airey

Re: Benefit of the Guilds

You'll find that taxis are strictly licensed mainly for safety and honesty - there are still plenty of fake taxi companies at work in London that will rip off tourists. If you take a ride in an unlicensed and uninsured taxi you will receive very little compensation for injury. Uber et al are trying to jump on their bandwagon not a legal one.

Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Hairy Airey

Re: You're screwed.com

Not that funny - lorries have been known to drive into houses.

Insight: Have you heard about Windows Server 2003 support?

Hairy Airey

Re: WS03?

W2K03 - in engineering 2K3 means 2300

BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Oops Simon...

If you are saying "proceedures" to someone you would need to explain where the two Es "together" are. See me after class...

London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

Hairy Airey

Just waiting for...

.emptyyourwalletintoyournearestregistrar and have done with it!

Thundering gas destroys disks during data centre incident

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Never mind the disks...

A sudden pressure change from these gas systems could perforate both your eardrums. Having worked in one of these centres I worked out how far I could run in the 30 seconds the system could be held off for. I reckoned I could just get safely clear before the gas went off because the stairs were a lot further away than the lift.

If you work in one of these environments and don't run regularly - take up running now, because nothing can replace your hearing.

Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

Hairy Airey

Great article

I was diagnosed with Asperger's in 2010 - didn't stop Cancer Research UK sacking me on the grounds that I "would not fit in" (for offences so petty I won't repeat them here).

Attitudes really have to change - I've been told by a Court of Appeal Judge "you're not disabled, you should be pleased you're not disabled".

Anyone who is interested can read more at http://facebook.com/nodismissalfordisability

Fondling slabs during takeoff WON'T end in a fireball of death - report

Hairy Airey

Re: Better to have no gadgets during take off

Rest assured Lee D - if I'm on a flight that crashes that you're on I'd quite happily let you drown for your complete arrogance. I bet you are one of those who takes his seatbelt off as soon as the sign goes out (or probably undoes it when no-one is looking).

Unlike other modes of transport - planes can hit turbulence that will impact your head on the underside of the overhead lockers.

Try to take safety seriously - if you don't give a toss why should anyone else? If airlines knew you had this attitude to safety I doubt that any would let you on a plane.

IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

Hairy Airey

In other news - Turkeys don't vote for Christmas

Call me a cynic - it's only since governments twigged that they could add extra taxes for "climate change" that the idea has gained any traction. As I understand it there are underground fires around the world that should be put out as they are contributing just as much CO2 as the motor car.

As for anonymous cowards idea that population is a bigger problem - just do the maths on worldwide population. If mankind had been around for millions of years our population would be in the trillions now. Notwithstanding that the fastest growing economies have the highest birth rate.

Got it taped: The business of tape-based disaster recovery

Hairy Airey

Re: Ironic choice of picture at http://www.theregister.co.uk/data_centre/

First of all - if your backups are taking all weekend then you need a faster backup solution. If you are depending on incremental backups you're one broken tape away from being unable to recover data. If you can take a full backup every day and have that stored off-site that's much better, but few places can.

The problem with the Friday backup is that it assumes your tapes will be safe until collection on Monday morning. Northgate Information Solutions got this wrong. You will lose over a week's worth of data this way (and just in salary cost that could be a huge amount).

Early Tuesday morning means that the tape or backup device can be put in on Monday (which may mean going in on a Bank Holiday of course or putting it in on Friday - OK that negates the reason for doing it on a Tuesday but we only have four Bank Holiday Mondays per year most years) .

If a catastrophe hits your building on Monday night you will of course lose a week's worth of backups - but that's a risk spread over 16 hours not 64 hours. Since with only one or two possible exceptions Tuesday will be a working day someone will be in to take the tape offsite. If something happens to your building the following weekend then you've lost only 4 days worth instead of potentially 8. You might find Wednesday or Thursday to be a better idea of course - but Friday is risky.

Hairy Airey

Ironic choice of picture at http://www.theregister.co.uk/data_centre/

You've used a picture from the Buncefield explosion. Northgate Information Systems weren't allowed into their building (the red brick one) to retrieve their Friday tapes.

Early Tuesday morning is a much better choice for a full backup. The reason why is left as an exercise to the reader.

Asperger's and IT

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Oops - I meant "the very problem that those with Asperger's have"

Hairy Airey

Not only do I have Asperger's - I was sacked from Cancer Research UK on the grounds that I "would not fit in", the very problem. The court service have been awful about it - Lord Justice Ward told me "you're not disabled - you should be pleased you're not disabled". A totally disgusting attitude. I've had CRUK staff assault me, been verbally abusive, they've been capricious and even offered me my job back "for a joke".

Only this week I've had an email from Cambridge University turning me down for a job on the basis that I was dismissed from CRUK - so both of them are going to employment tribunal now.

Read more at http://facebook.com/nodismissalfordisability