* Posts by Valeyard

724 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Nov 2012


Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death


Re: So answer this.

I go down so many of those 60mph single track "roads".

When there's a guy behind me trying to give me the hurryup beyond 20mph I get that he probably drives down the road everyday and can do it blindfolded but I'm barely even aware of what town I'm currently in, and at my age I don't care what other drivers think of me so long as I'm alive

Unity talks of price cap and fees for only largest games developers


the trust is gone though

Who's to say this isn't the thin end of the wedge.

It mightn't be, but who's going to bet the farm on it if they're starting a new project today

Having read the room, Unity goes back to drawing board on runtime fee policy


what an "apology"

We apologize for the confusion and angst

"we're sorry you feel that way" what a non-apology just blaming everyone else for not playing ball

Ransomware attack hits Sri Lanka government, causing data loss


Sri Lanka's Computer Emergency Readiness Team...

...was shown to not be ready

UK air traffic woes caused by 'invalid flight plan data'


What certainly IS strange though is that a backup system (that is there precisely in case No 1 fails) has apparently been fed the very same crap... which produced the same result. Resilience?

presumably though a backup would be useless without all current flight plans, this happening is probably less likely and preferable to a backup coming online and being next to useless because it's acting on information an hour old with planes flying around it doesn't know about


Re: Expertise

probably caused by this poor bloke who decided on a change of career after taking down fastly by submitting bad data


Space junk targeted for cleanup mission was hit by different space junk, making more space junk


Re: Space trash

All living organisms dump their trash without thought of consequences

Can you teach that to my cat who's one thumb away from calling his mates to stand around in a circle in high-vis jackets to admire the perfectly filled-in and odour-free hole he buries his poo in

Northern Ireland police may have endangered its own officers by posting details online in error


Someone might be in line for a posting to Rockall.

Ever since all the border barracks closed it must be so much more difficult to relocate people you don't like..


this is what i was thinking, surely the police if anyone should know what "Chain of custody" means.

Before handing off or accepting anything, review it carefully. Before sending it out have a second person sign off on it. Especially when it's the PSNI of all places!

Twitter's giant throbbing X erected 'without a permit'


Re: Morning wood

They haven't even removed references to "twitter" and "tweet" in software yet, but they're already shoving up a sign

US military battling cyber threats from within and without


Re: Statistically inevitable

Try telling that to commercial orgs.

You report a security issue with your software product, only for the response to be "Well that's obscure no one will know about that", well yeah except everyone with access to our code and we've already had our fair share of disgruntled ex-employees who've targeted systems using insider knowledge. But a fancy chart no clients asked for is higher priority for our time because sales people have some new shiny thing to point at.

Ambulance patient records system hauled offline for cyber-attack probe


Re: pagers

are they what sorry? unencrypted?

Of course they are, I've viewed the text in my terminal hooked up to a budget yaesu*. The attack surface is hard to define when you quite literally pluck personal data out of thin air, I'm in eastern England and saw messages between ambulances and hospitals in Northern Ireland as it's centralised nationally. Another chap webcast them but got into trouble for distributing it. Fun fact; it shares the same system as what bird watchers use, so without any filter you get death then a rare bird spotted on a pub roof and back again. They have the same level of security as open public birdwatching comms.

*would not recommend, it's fairly depressing seeing people in trouble with no followup on how they did, can't imagine how ambulance personnel deal with that



meanwhile anyone with a radio can still just livestream unencrypted pager calls to and from ambulances

Post Office Horizon Inquiry calls for compensation to be brought forward



cue the sound of QAs hiding under their duvet and quietly changing their CVs to say they were in jail or on drugs at the time they tested horizon

Oh, great. Yet another tech billionaire thinks he can get microblogging right


Re: ... and Other info."

I think political beliefs and sexual orientation are 90% of what people post there anyway

Europe's largest city council runs parallel systems to cover Oracle rollout mess


after completion and 46 million pound spent on it, the new financial system uses gigaflops of unoptimised cycles to deliver this report:

"Available budget is now 26p"

Bosses face losing 'key' workers after forcing a return to office


Re: "lower corporate real estate prices seen at the tail end of COVID"

The other part is the severe peon-withdrawal that many managers are experiencing

one guy used to literally pull me aside to give me and others mini-bollockings over nothing at all because he just loved that power and liked to remind people he was in charge, now everything's fully documented over slack and email we haven't spoken in 2 years.. strange that

Capita faces first legal Letter of Claim over mega breach


unfortunate wording

Barings Law's head of data breach

hey i found him! the ringleader who did the hack!

Meta tells staff to return to office three days a week


programming from home = equally as productive

programming from home compared to being in an office beside the noisy sales team = infinitely more productive, especially on office-playlist-thursday

Micron, Kyocera, Samsung bet billions on Japan chip plants


Not like we can judge, it's the exact same basket we put all our stuff in

Australia asks Twitter how it will mod content without staff, gets ghosted


I've never seen twitter characterised so brilliantly as in the mental image of a gathering for thousands of sewer rats crawling over each other and biting each others backs in the rush

Brits start 'em young with 20% of tots 'owning' a smartphone


my kid watches youtube (traditional kids tv shows anyway; mr tumble, button moon and postman pat rather than some quick-cuts attention-sapping 3d animation like cocomelon which is outright banned), but it's on the TV with us in the room too being made to watch it and limit the screentime. Used that way the same rules of TV usage apply

Phone-wise she's happy with a 2g flip-phone that lives in her bag until she actually needs to call us for a lift tor something. We've never sat with our faces in our phones around her growing up so it's not something that was normalised behaviour

Samsung reportedly leaked its own secrets through ChatGPT


Re: They copied all the source code, entered it into ChatGPT, and inquired about a solution

whatever happened to "Don't put confidential company assets onto any unauthorised server"

Anyone want an International Space Station? Slightly used



I agree, for no other reason that continuity of service for us ham radio nerds

Twilio axes roughly 1 in 5 staff in fresh round of layoffs


"As part of our shift to remote work, we plan to close some Twilio offices over the next few months, with the intent of maintaining at least a handful of global hubs and satellite offices," said Lawson. "We’ve seen very low office utilization,

I wish my employer would do this. one of our offices originally outfitted for 300 people has around 4 people in it by choice on any given day. The rent is bad enough and then you consider the inefficiencies of heating the entire place for a couple of people.

Do the downsizing now rather than making people redundant and deciding maybe you shouldn't spaff away a few hundred grand in rent per office

This can’t be a real bomb threat: You've called a modem, not a phone


Re: Work bomb scare

I worked in a bank during a bomb scare.

The protocol was for everyone in the branch to go downstairs to the vault as it was deemed to be protected, fair enough.

I'd popped out for a smoke 5 minutes before and was ushered away beyond the cordon.

I thought I'd inform my manager that I was taking the rest of the day off as there was no way I was gonna stand outdoors for 6 hours, my slavedriver of a manager then said "Can you skip past the cordon and back into work?"

"No I'm sorry, being an irishman i'm not about to rush the bomb squad in the middle of a scare! I'll see you tomorrow morning"

Some managers are just "like that"

UK arrests five for selling 'dodgy' point of sale software


Undoubtedly used in every "American sweet shop" in London

San Francisco terminates explosive killer cop bots


BOFH = bob oliver francis howard from the laundry...

Doctors call for greater scrutiny of bidders for platform that pools UK's health info


The US data analytics company with links to the CIA and immigration service ICE started working with the NHS during the pandemic, accepting a £1 contract for its initial work, then a £23 million ($28 million) contract without competition

There is so much to unpack here, how can there be so much dystopia in a single sentence

Watchdog warns UK health data platform could damage patients' trust



Intentionally giving away data aside, This thing needs to be as bulletproof as possible and not simply awarded to the lowest bidder, it'll be attacked from day 0.

Different departments and GPs need to be granted access to specific patients to prevent people snooping on their neighbours or selling it to whoever asks (see the police database breaches for how inside threats can happen even on audited systems)

Japan space agency blows up eight satellites aboard Epsilon rocket


Re: Sensitive image

it's twitter, there's always someone to be offended

How one Ukrainian software maker planned for survival as invaders approached


work harder comrade, get that comment count up or there are draft papers with your name on it

White House to tech world: Promise you'll write secure code – or Feds won't use it


also white house to vendors: "encryption is bad"

Atos investor says turnaround plan 'too ambitious and complicated'


to make profits they must do the needful

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs memorialized with online archive of emails, guff



I remember reading an article here at some point with John Carmack talking about Steve Jobs and it was enlightening about what an asshole that guy could be even outside working hours

Pakistan politicians label government cybersecurity team 'incompetent'


Re: Ummm...

in pakistan i think there's every intention to block the flow of water...

Barclays inks multi-year deal with Microsoft, starts rolling out Teams


first you work for barclays..

..then they add teams on top of that

what did these people do?

Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing



Tesla Autopilot fails to notice child-sized objects in testing

all we know is that it hit them. we don't know it was an accident.. musk does have quite a few sprogs who'll want money and developing "child-seeking road missiles"TM is the cheaper solution

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy


I think this gives too much credit to metaverse

the only thing it's going to be leaking is meta's money until it's DOA

it's a nice theoretical case study but hopefully as relevant as "what happens if triffids invade"

Russia's new space chief confirms it will leave ISS after 2024


Re: How about...

"it's legitimate salvage!"

Atlassian reveals critical flaws in almost everything it makes and touches


Just put it in the backlog and consider it done

Crypto lender Celsius in Chapter 11 deep freeze


Re: "the lender was unable to return the company’s collateral on a timely basis"

to the tune of billions as well, yet if i tried that with a couple of hundred I'd be called a loanshark

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons


They force me to refresh several times to get even an approximation of my latest tweets, thus inflating their pageview stats, so I can see Musk's point.

this is where it all derailed. you lambast twitter so much... and then talk about your account there

no one's actually forcing you to do anything, just free your soul from the angry shouty place.

Marriott Hotels admits to third data breach in 4 years


Re: clients

the keyword was "blackmail" though, they never entered into a contract, they're more what you'd call a "victim" in this (a situation partially of their own making perhaps given their history, but still).

No doubt this being in the news at all was what they were threatening them with when asking for the ransom



we are always willing to find a deal with our clients and told Marriott that we can provide all the discounts in the world

are they still clients if you're offering them a discount on your blackmail demands?

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI


Re: Anyone who thinks this is AI

still more realistic than amanfrommars1


ice cream dinosaur

Don't leave me hanging Google, I now really want to see that ice cream dinosaur conversation

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables


Dance music DJ's designed a turntable without pitch control that isn't a laptop?



I like vinyl; My daughter wants to listen to music at night while she nods off and gets bored if I play the same thing a few days in a row.

cheap functional turntable for a tenner, classical music vinyls at 1 or 2 for a quid in any charity shop you care to name, so easy to slap on a record and put a stylus down even a child can do it. perfect!

Workday nearly doubles losses as waves of deals pushed back


I'd avoid them just for the annoying voiceovers on their F1 adverts