* Posts by Mudslinger

37 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jun 2007

You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'


Re: Counter productive

and when your online password is the same as your customer service password and not encrypted (yes pluusnet, I'm looking at you)...

Forget security training, it's never going to solve Layer 8 (aka people)


Re: It's true

or maybe they think 'this looks dodgy... lets send it to my manager just to be sure'

UK's Universal Credit IT may go downhill soon, warns think tank report


Irritable Dowel Syndrome

"The latest series of cuts ... risk leaving Universal Credit as little more than a vehicle for rationalising benefit administration and cutting costs to the exchequer,"

Some cynics believe this was its sole purpose from the start.

iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff


Re: Using toys as tools...

an electronic scale has a legally set maximum number of weighing steps. If you are weighing in the gram area, then it won't be able to accurately read several hundred kilograms and if you are reading in the tonnes area, then changes of a few kilograms probably won't register either.

The figures originally posted suggest total load to the nearest 100kg is acceptable.. My guess is they just haven't considered this solution to be necessary

Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg


Re: The more of this I read


My 1972 LandRover doesn't have any microelectronics (hell, it barely has electrics) but somehow it manages to have turn indicators and windscreen wipers. Happy to live without the other nice to haves - if they're not there they don't go wrong. :)

Not sure what "end" is a typo for.

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 – dual SSD sizzler



Back in the day (early 90s) my employer spent £1000 on a 100MB SCSI external drive. The SE30 it was to hang off the back of had just a 40MB drive.

That's quite a bit of progress in the last 20 odd years...

NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua


Pedant alert

I can cope with either spelling of metre (although the American version is just wrong) but not when both are used in the same sentence to mean the same thing.

Metre - unit of length

Meter - displays something measured

Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K


Re: Cocking Up

The reason public bodies are fined for losing data is because they report those losses. I bet Tesco/Boots/Natwest wouldn't admit they'd lost anything.

UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom


Ask yourself whose comments are more plausible. Someone who is prepared to go to court to defend his libel or an anonymous coward?

Oh the AC, of course!

Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach


Re: I am considering moving away from Barclays

Any other bank recommended anyone?

I'm sorry to have to inform you that in my experience all banks are the same

Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps


Re: Bandwidth?

Maybe laws of physics was an inappropriate shorthand - but where are these PCs going to be that they can communicate at any sensible speed over all the background noise (audible or not)?

Let's assume the hardware (speakers and mics) can handle audio at 100kHz. Bear in mind that they probably aren't designed for >15kHz.

How long to transfer 1Mb?



So now our PCs are going to be talking to each other by acoustic coupler. Really?

That's some pretty sophisticated malware that can break the laws of physics.

Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again


Oh the wonders of the American language

"She's done so in a set of coordinated meetings with a select number press used to deliver the official message".

Means either .. meetings with select(ed) members of the press... or some kind of technological messaging system which involves selecting and then pressing a number (phone?)

Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE


Re: Going, going, gone.

@Robbies; "My reading would be that the eventual sale price / bonus is dependent on O2/Be transferring a certain amount of their users onto the Sky platform. Let's make that not happen eh. Perhaps then it will make other companies thinking of taking the Murdoch shilling consider their other options."

Your reading would be absolutely correct: I rang for my MAC two days after the deal was announced and on telling retentions why I was leaving was offered free broadband for 12 months and £200 credit on my mobile.

Big Data skills gap needs filling says tech industry


"There are millions of technical jobs in the US market going unfilled,"

Of course there are. Millions.

I don't suppose they have jobcentres in the US but if they did there would be only McJobs advertised, just like in the UK

UK cyclists hit by fraud after online purchase at website


Today's date being????

...the common theme of the fraudulent transactions was that they occurred between seven and 10 days after victims purchased goods from chainreactioncycles.com. Purchases at CRC between March 4 to 12 seem to be those most closely associated with subsequent fraud...

Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm


in four dimensions now?

Square acreage? (I'll assume that's what you intended to write).

An acre is an (obsolete) measure of area. Area is two dimensional. Square acreage is going to be much too difficult for most of the Sun's readers.

DWP's Harley tops government CIO pay list

Black Helicopters

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

<quote> Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister responsible for reducing the public sector pay bill, told the BBC he questioned the rising salaries in the wider public sector and the idea that they were necessary to attract qualified people.</quote>

And yet ever increasing remuneration packages are essential if the private sector is to attract the best.

Which means that all the talent will be in the private sector, public services will fail and will have to be privatised and then, because they are now private sector, wages will be permitted to rise for those at the top while, as ever, the people who do the actual work will be tightening their belts even further

Apple iMac 21.5in 2010


Second to?

Sony usually manage to charge more than Apple for equivalent kit.

Perhaps that's what second to means here.

Hacktivists ransack Hitler defender's email


@ Steve Roper

Er, no.

Excuse my ignorance.

Historian slams 'absolutely crazy' UK time zone

IT Angle

@ Steven Jones, Uncle Slacky

Once again wikipedia is wrong (shock).

Double summer time <b>was</b> implemented during WWII, the clocks still went forward in spring and back in autumn, so the effect was the same as adopting CET would be today.

In 1968 -71 Britain experimented with British Standard Time which was 1 hour ahead of GMT all year round.

I have no idea why this experiment wasn't made permanent if the supposed saving of lives of schoolchildren were indeed realised.

Apple releases Java patches (finally)



Are you confusing Java and Javascript?

They're about as similar as cow's milk and soya milk

Can you talk and drive?

Black Helicopters

Automatic taxis are coming.

This is all leading, slowly but inexorably, to the day when driving is taken out of our hands because we can't be trusted to do it properly.

There will be no user operated controls , in the current sense, in the car of the future. Instead you will enter your destination into the navigation system and the car will take you there. An automatic taxi.

No problem if you're too pished to stand so long as the nav sys knows where you want to go. And if it's your own car only you are going to be upset when you puke.

Apple 24in iMac (March 2009)


Re; Monitor ergonomics

"I've never understood this desire to raise the monitor. For correct posture your eyes are supposed to be level with the TOP of the monitor, so that you look down at about 30 degrees. That's standard ergonomics. Whenever I've been forced to use a computer for any length of time where the user has raised the monitor on top of the desktop case or even on books, I end up with a crick in my neck.

"Oh, and just for balance, I've checked around the office - NONE of the PC LCD monitors in the office can be adjusted in height either."

Yeah, and I end up with neck ache if I don't raise the monitor by about 9" off the desk. You obviously have a shorter back than me. Some colleagues with 24" screens are able to adjust the height.; the majority of us have to make do with non adjustable screens.

Doesn't this conflict with the DSE regulations?

MoD tops lost security pass league


While we're on the subject of slapdash...

"Work and Pension's secretary"???

I expect better from John Oates

Royal laptop theft 'will expose picture'


so what else

was on this lappy?

Coutts banking details would be handy!

France liberates Jesus Phone from Orange

IT Angle

@Maybe there's more to it....

Ah, the French are little more subtle than the Italians then: the head of state is merely a friend of the main TV channel owner rather than being the same person.

2008 goes into one-second overtime


I think I know what you mean


"The occasional chrono-adjustment is meant to keep the uniform time kept by atomic clocks since 1972 less than 0.9 seconds within the time-scale measured by the Earth's rotation around its axis."

isn't quite how I would have put it :-)

Brits decline to 'think outside the box'


Did anyone mention

Ahead of time? - used to be early.

Cocaine addicted IT manager hacks ex-employer's mail servers


A year and a day sentence

To be served in January???????????????????????????


Jezza Clarkson cops flak for 'truckers murder strumpets' gag

IT Angle

Fair comment?

Peter Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper) was also a truck driver.

Apple agrees to pay itself $14m


One rule for the rich?

<quote>Anderson settled with the SEC for $3.5m without admitting wrongdoing, and Heinen paid $2.2m just last month for a similar arrangement.</quote>

No comment.

Arrest made over data-stuffed eBay laptop hard drive

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@ Serial Numbers

The smarter crims may well fake the s/n, the smarter buyer will certainly check to see if it's recognised by the manufacturer's website.

EU abolishes the acre


Chains and furlongs

and from that it follows that there are 640 per sq mile

MS pulls plugs on XP SP3 mass launch

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@ Ernest

Just do what I did:

Fire up Safari in developer mode, switch to emulate IE7 and download onto a Mac. Copy to USB thumbdrive and Robert is your mother's sister's husband.

5,000 NHS records vanish with latest lost laptop



>Because Doctors and such are often working at sites where they don't have access >to the main NHS network.

>Also, the WAN links between different NHS sites can be a bit flakey.

Laptops with built-in 3G cards are available. It's sheer laziness on the part of the health professional (or worse their IT dept) not to have done a proper risk asssesment.

NHS IT boss quits


Motorways and IT projects

Motorways and IT projects are not entirely analogous: Once a motorway has been designed and the route approved very little changes - no new technologies, no 'oh wouldn't it be nice if we could just take in Newcastle' (on the Southampton to Plymouth route).

That said, the managers who take on IT projects should know the risks and take account of them. It would seem that too few do.