* Posts by RichardB

308 posts • joined 29 Nov 2006

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CFAA latest: Supremes to tackle old chestnut of what 'authorized use' of a computer really means in America

RichardB

Re: Charges?

Not to mention conspiring to interfere with an ongoing police investigation. But I gather that is de rigueur these days in certain circles.

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain

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/S

Glad to see no one making too many Sarky comments on here about the medium term prospects of their tourism industry.

Maybe once the paperwork is finally in place we may have moved on from beer related lockdowns.

'Up to 300' UK heads to roll at Brit IT services firm Allvotec, with 200 jobs offshored to Bulgaria in cost-cutting drive

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Is there any uproar about any of this?

I mean, when it was boatyards and steel, people were complaining in the street.

I get the feeling IT can be wiped out without a middle class whimper.

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space

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Planning Committee....

Right lads, a .303 has a range over 4500 yards.

How big do we have to make one to get to space?

13m you say? What's that in real money? 14 yards you say?

EU court tells prudish IP office to fack off for balking at 'fack ju' trademark application

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I'd have thought the movie FAKK 2 might have some prior claim.

Google lives in an Orange submarine: Transatlantic cable will get by with a little help from some friends

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What's the bikini got to do with it?

Does it go through an atoll or something?

Low code? Low usage, more like: Add G Suite's App Maker to the Google graveyard, it's switching off next year

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Appmaker was treated just like all those other too good sci fi shows on TV when that had schedules.

Piddled around and hidden behind the sofa. Oh and you had to have the right subscription.

Not properly linked from the menus, had to spin up a 'default sql instance' on cloud in order to use _any_ sql.

As with so many things people make, it was almost good. Almost just enough to get people going. But no. They went and ****ed up just a few details to make it die an early and broadly ignored death. One can only speculate at the bullshit internal politics that must have driven those choices, and what agendas those competing teams must have, and how big a bunch of tits anyone who pushed it into their organisation must look right now.

This is also a system for GPs, right? UK doctors seek clarity over Health dept's £40m single sign-on funding

RichardB

Re: what is a GP?

Not new under conservatives...

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Working in a heavily IT company, it was fairly normal for our pcs to take 20m to go from boot to functional post login.

Well, I say normal, but usual would be abetter way to put it.

Layers and layers of garbage, websense, nonsense, startup programs etc.

Eggheads have crunched the numbers and the results are in: It's not just your dignity you lose with e-scooters, life and limb are in peril, too

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Editing?

Normally a big fan of the publishing here, but, is the Ed still on vacation?

Why would you trot out lines of stats about the types of injury and then move swiftly into the bold (and apparently unsupported by the stats you just quoted) assertion about head injuries?

Please, Reg, a little discipline would go a long way.

We've heard of spam filters but this is ridiculous: Pig-monkey chimeras developed in a Chinese laboratory

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Re: "all died within a week"

How many weeks do they have to suffer uselessly before it stops being cruel?

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So they've already managed to breed Egg Heads?

How to fool infosec wonks into pinning a cyber attack on China, Russia, Iran, whomever

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Re: This is news?

https://wiki.c2.com/?BattleOfWits

Googlers fired after tracking colleagues working on US border cop projects. Now, if they had monetized that stalking...

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Perhaps more to the story...

"Speaking through a megaphone pointed at Google's offices in San Francisco where he had until recently been employed,"

Can't help but wonder if perhaps some people were already on a sh1tty list.

Section 230 supporters turn on it, its critics rely on it. Up is down, black is white in the crazy world of US law

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Seems easy to stop them republishing politicians lies. Just ban politicians from the platform.

But where do you stop then? Your mate Bob from school posting Meme's that have political slants?

Gill from work who posts something a little bit edgy about a new law?

Announcement from the government that inflation is 2.4%?

Double downtime: Azure DevOps, Google cloud users put the kettle on

RichardB

Re: Its just scale

Hahahahahhahahahhahaaa

RichardB

Its just scale

When my infra cocks up it knocks out a project or 3 for a while.

When GCP cocks up it knocks out many, many projects for a while.

Question is, for -me- are they more likely to cockitup, or me? I still think that for anything outside my core skillset and that of those around me, it's a fair bet that theirs will be significantly better, with the added advantage that when they _do_ mess up, it's pub time not panic stations.

It's Orphan Data in Backup Hell: No, it's not a Netflix series about storage admins...

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Ah, Ops awakens

Like Visual Studio Code and your data lives in SQL Server? Microsoft has something for you

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be nice to get the sqlproj back

Are you a Dapr Dan? Microsoft teases runtime for Kubernetes to make microservices sparkle

RichardB

Re: Interesting

Is that where you get burnt?

'We go back to the Moon to stay': Apollo vets not too chuffed with NASA's new rush to the regolith

RichardB

"flew over to Marshall Space Flight Centre in my T 38"

Cracking bit of understatement just casually dropped in there.

I'll Just hop in and fly -my- supersonic jet over there....As one does.

GNU means GNU's Not U: Stallman insists he's still Chief GNUisance while 18 maintainers want him out as leader

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Nice to see the important bit buried deep in the article.

18 or 300 or 400.

Really? There's a hundred missing maintainers, but these noisy 18 are the headline?

Where are the missing hundred? Did M$ and 0racle dissapear them?

If your org hasn't had a security incident in the last year: Good for you, you're in the minority

RichardB

Re: Not strictly true

and a fool if you say that you do.

Orford Ness: Military secrets and unique wildlife on the remote Suffolk coast

RichardB
Boffin

Now we know

What NIVEA stands for.

NIght Varnish East Anglia

Devonitely not great: Torbay and South Devon NHS declares 'major IT incident'

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Re: What ?

Bloody Romans.

If Syria pioneered grain processing by watermill in 350BC, the UK in 2019 can do better... right?

RichardB

Why the focus on Robots, not power tools?

Machines, whether physical or informational have been providing automation of tasks for... ever?

The government is never going to be able to keep pace with businesses on this and for sure education will never even keep up with the government.

Revealed: The 25 most dangerous software bug types – mem corruption, so hot right now

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In short...

be careful what you stick in it.

be careful what you stick it in.

respect boundaries and limits.

somethings aren't what you think they are.

This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur

RichardB

Or, you know, get free publicity.

Much like your 'local' coffee vendor deliberately messing with your name...

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

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Six lines

Astroboffins baffled as black hole at center of Milky Way suddenly a lot hungrier than before

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It was obvious, in hindsight, that runaway anthropomorphic climate change would eventually trigger the black hole death of the local galaxy.

Auditors bemoan time it takes for privatised RAF pilot training to produce combat-ready aviators

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"At the end of the war Canada wrote off the UK's share of the costs along with the rest of the UK war debt to Canada."

Proper team player there.

Sadly not everyone took the same approach.

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Re: "Auditors bemoan time it takes"

It's starting to look as if they have pruned back the RAF just a little too far

The wheels on the bus go round and... Oh dear. Chancellor Sajid Javid unveils spending review

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Re: Promises, promises...

What are they going to do... call an election on him?

NATO sharpens its cyber-lances, prepares for war games with virtual jousting tournament

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Re: Getting Down and Dirty in Semper Fidelis-like Nitty Gritty ........

While the article is poorly written, it does later reiterate and alude to the concept, as being something that is below the threshold of IRL military intervention.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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What's the USA kicking out illegals and visitors got to do with the UK going down in flames??

Yes, TfL asked people to write down their Oyster passwords – but don't worry, they didn't inhale

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Add a discount using -your- password?

Sounds like maybe there's a backdoor for adding it yourself?

Audible hasn't even launched its AI-powered book subtitles and publishers have already fired off a sueball

RichardB

Clearly discriminatory here

If the technology exists to make a website or technical product accessible it seems reasonable to expect it to be so under both UK and US laws.

IANAL, but, surely if this is on their website and is distributed by their website for playback in their website or apps, then surely they have a responsibility to try to the best of their ability to comply with anti disability legislation?

I note that currently Dominos is under fire in the US due to it's 'bricks and mortar' store presence mandating web compliance. Amazon is rumoured to be opening physical stores, so perhaps is equally tied?

Certainly it would seem sensible for their most important website - the UK one, to be compliant with the reasonable expectation of accessibility?

Hot desk hell: Staff spend two weeks a year looking for seats in open-plan offices

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Re: Hotdesking is awful?

Just remember the bean counters are the front line in the fight for all our jobs.

Of all the staff in most offices, the bean mob has bled and died at the sharp end of IT for coming on for 60 years. Decimated twice a decade, now you tend to only see the pathetic hardcore remnants clinging to a bleak and progressively miserable existence after being ground beneath the oblivious boot heel of IT automation.

Find an old retired accountant. Ask them about the glory days when accounts staff took up a large chunk of the budget, how many people filled those productive roles. Gone forever. Along with the tea lady.

Greatest threat facing IT? Not the latest tech giant cockwomblery – it's just tired engineers

RichardB
Stop

Truncate... Rollback

Of course truncate can be rolled back; even in Postgres, otherwise it wouldn't be acid compliant, would it...

But... if it's already committed then I'm pretty sure you are bang out of luck on all the proper rdbms platforms...

Happy to be corrected if someone knows of an exception to the rule that you cannot roll back a committed transaction?

Salesforce shells out $15.7bn for data viz biz Tableau

RichardB

Re: n-gram parsing vs. AI-parsing.

All goes to pot once you realise that Merrily is the name of their horse.

British Army down thousands of soldiers after outsourcing recruitment IT to Capita

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82,000?

82...

What's important about 82?

Pretty good year as far as the armed forces went I guess?

Uber, Lyft rides among the biggest reasons why you're probably sitting in traffic right now – study

RichardB

Easy solution...

Free Parking :)

Here's what Lynch, Hussain and HPE are saying about Autonomy pre-buyout due diligence

RichardB

Re: HP screwed up the purchase

"The US courts will side with HP because that's what they do. MAGA and all that."

I know they are pushing us further into the all encompassing arms of the USA but for now the High Court in London is still not entirely under US jurisdiction just yet.

Brexit jitters fingered as UK consumer PC sales collapse

RichardB

Re: Margins. You're missing margins.

Ah of course.

The important bit that's not in the article.

RichardB

So hang on a minute...

Sales by volume are considerably down, but sales by £ are up higher than inflation?

And they think this is a bad thing for their business?

What am I missing...

Hey, DevOps fans. We've got another TLA for you to write down: CDF

RichardB

Where have I seen that TLA before....

Ah yes...Clostridium Difficile... bacterium that infects the bowels and causes diarrhea...

Delightful.

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that

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Re: Quality

Yeah she got all the beans.

When the bits hit the FAN: US military accused of knackering Russian trolls, news org's IT gear amid midterm elections

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So... how long do TLA's reserve their meaning?

I rather thought that IRA one was taken; being a famously popular, and well funded by US interests, charitable organisation.

After last year's sexism shambles, 2019's RSA infosec bash has upped its inclusivity game

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I'm curious... do other industries manage to 'get it right'?

Car shows, motorbike shows etc perhaps?

Accused hacker Lauri Love tries to retrieve Fujitsu lappie and other gear from Britain's FBI in court

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Ah yes, the telephone book punishment

Colour all the e's red, unless they follow a vowel. Then they are blue. Unless they preceed a vowel, in which case they are purple.

Reverse the rules on odd pages.

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