It would be nice if BT 'spent' £££s on preventing spam calls by blocking them, but no, that would hurt revenue.
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Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors
Lego's Space Shuttle Discovery: No trouble with Hubble, but the stickers will drive a grown man to insanity
Curse you, Mr. Speed!
I enjoyed the review and thought, 'Oh. I'd rather like that.' So when I read that it had sold out I was somewhat pleased, as that meant I could have the vicarious pleasure of wanting it but not being able to actually buy it.
Then I looked on the Lego store and it is in stock. So now I can buy it. But I don't know where I would put it. And I've still got two big Technic kits to build.
So again curse you, Mr. Speed. My your life be full of silver Lego stickers. (Not really :))
South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software
Whilst I absolutely agree with most of your post, I think you're mistaken in including the CFO in the list of the culpable. If I remember from El Regs passim, Cathie Lesjak, the CFO at the time, was dead against the acquisition. Indeed she believed at one point that Apotheker had fired her for her opposition.
That said, apparently she also admitted having not read the Due Diligence report, but then she may have believed that the deal was irredeemably bad so reading the DD report was a waste of time.
Teams will also target spam calls and digitally attest outgoing calls to prevent a user being tarred by the spam brush themselves.
I wish MS would deal with its own Teams spam, namely the in-meeting conversation notifications that appear on my screen even if I've not joined that meeting and even if I've deleted that instance of the recurring meeting. Extra Anger Points when it's a town hall-type meeting
Which numpty thought that this 'feature' was a good idea! Hint for MS: If I didn't join the meeting, I'm probably less than interested in the side conversations.
Icon because surely not even Paris...
Apple aptly calls its wireless over-the-ear headphones the AirPods Max – as in, maximum damage to your wallet
None of our apps (except those 3) could secretly slurp Facebook user details, devs rage to High Court of England and Wales
Wisepay 'outage' is actually the school meal payments biz trying to stop an intruder from stealing customer card details
Re: Plain text passwords
I think this is a problem with a good number of Education Software / Service providers. I've sent more than a couple of emails querying their security after I received emails confirming my ID and password. Funnily enough they are all 'just about to upgrade their security systems'. So I just take even more precautions than normal in setting up the account.
First rule of Ransomware Club is do not pay the ransom, but it looks like Carlson Wagonlit Travel didn't get the memo
BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?
A few years ago I was in dispute with an Accountant about the 25% uplift to the bill for completing a (procedurally very simple) tax return that I lacked the professional knowledge to complete, at least until I'd reverse-engineered his work. His main defence was to inform me that the uplifted amount was what he had booked on his time sheet and therefore had to be correct. I took great pleasure in informing him that I was well aware of the very tenuous link between the hours worked and the hours recorded and could he please answer the following specific and detailed questions about the drivers for the price increase against the original estimate. The firm's business manager then replied to say that the cost of the Principal's time in answering those questions was greater than the value of the uplift and they were going to write off the increase.
Re: rows of car batteries baking in the 48° heat
Possibly an obscure addition to the thread but I suffer from sleep apnoea and have to use a CPAP machine to get a decent night's sleep. Some people with this condition like to go camping, which means they need a serious power source to run overnight, and 'proper' CPAP batteries are expensive. So the question is often asked, "Can't I just use a car battery instead?" To which the answer is, "No. Car batteries are designed to deliver a massive current for a few seconds then be recharged quickly. If you subject it to an extended drain over a period of hours then you will kill your car battery in very short order."
Re: So it wasn't his job
Yay! I get to use my most recently acquired bit of grammar - Nazi pedantry. Something is an acronym only if you can say it as a word (e.g. NATO). Otherwise it's an initialism. And I defy anyone to say OBTW as a word. In fact I defy anyone to say OBTW faster than they can say the underlying words!
Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office
Somewhere in the cosmos, he said, along with all the planets inhabited by humanoids, reptiloids, fishoids, walking treeoids and superintelligent shades of the color blue, there was also a planet entirely given over to
ballpoint USB Drive life forms. And it was to this planet that unattended ballpoint USB Drives would make their way, slipping away quietly through wormholes in space to a world where they knew they could enjoy a uniquely ballpoint USB Driveoid lifestyle, responding to highly ballpoint USB Drive-oriented stimuli, and generally leading the ballpoint USB Drive equivalent of the good life.
Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active
I received a text from Currys PCW yesterday stating that 'Important information from Currys PC World concerning data security' was to be found at a shortened URL. A check of the URL results in a long, tech-style address ending in cpwplc.com. Checks on that reveal this it's probably OK but I'm not minded to try it out.
So in short - and assuming it's valid link - lets warn our customers by sending them a text that looks like an invitation to be phished!
Sounds to me like an early recipient of of a GDPR 'Right to be forgotten' instruction.
Re: Design Life Limitations
Alternatively, the problem can come from the opposite direction.
On a previous car the engine warning light started flashing. A quick check of the manual came back with the instruction not to drive the car and to seek immediate assistance. So i did.
The Recovery mechanic quickly identified the problem: a brake light bulb had blown. The reason for the engine warning light was that the engine's control software took input from the braking system to reduce fuel flow under braking. In short the car's designers identified the wrong problem and massively overstated the severity of the problem.