* Posts by SW10

169 posts • joined 20 Mar 2013


My crow soft adds audio transcription to premium Word Online... Only joking. It's pretty good if a bit on the slow side


Not undeleted in unwiped storage that isnt ours

Can anyone help me with the difference between the Micros~1 phrase:

“ are not stored by our service”

...and my preferred phrase:

“are deleted”?

Norfolk's second-greatest cultural export set for return with 3-metre monument in honour of the Turkey Twizzler


On being sold a turkey

Am I right to assume that Nutritionist Dr Sarah Schenker‘s “research” into the Twizzler Goodness Quotient was funded by Bernard Matthews?

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors



I’ve seen the movie

The kid makes a plea bargain and becomes a renowned security consultant, planting his feet on a succession of boardroom tables around the world. One day he realised he may have met his match as a series of sophisticated attacks overwhelm his clients.

Now desperate, he agrees to meet his new nemesis. Imagine his surprise as he finds himself face to face with (foreign, of course) femme fatale. After a few awkward meetings, they realise that love conquers all and they jointly turn against the evil state sponsoring her attacks

Then they all lived happily ever after

Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers


Just so we’re clear

Are you saying there are sloppy people out there who don’t clear up after themselves?

And that there are enterprises who take a “their-problem-not-mine” kind of attitude?

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract


All right now


“We made a very complex machine that also had some complex software to make the machine behave like something it wasn’t

We’re sorry about the accidents

We’ve re-written the software (which still makes the machine behave like something it isn’t) and, working with a mate, found a couple of other glitches that shouldn’t have been there [1]

It’s all good to go now, and we’re not quite sure why the world’s regulators don’t just get in line with our pet here...”

[1] From the Air Current blog:

“[Boeing...] was forced to tackle further changes to the software, including adjusting tolerances on sensors that were erroneously activating cockpit indications that the jet’s horizontal stabilizer was not properly configured.“

An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware


Re: Clarification

...and the personal pronoun for teams in Brit English is ‘they’, not ‘it.’


“win for Liverpool - it won the English Premier League yesterday“

should be:

“win for Liverpool - they won the English Premier League yesterday”

Strange, I know. But there you go


Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

Thumb Down

Busi-mess Plan

...and “we’re relying on the unstated rules of the App Store” was under the ‘Risks’ heading of his business plan.

Am I right?

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR


Relax, she’s rebranded to Baroness Dido Harding now - totally different bottle of chips

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat


Re: "this particular one used his surname as part of his username"

How do we know that it wasn’t Able Seaman Jones masquerading as Rear Admiral Bloggs just for a laugh?

Papa don't breach: Contracts, personal info on Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John, others swiped in celeb law firm 'hack'



The whole point of lawyers is to write text in unambiguous language and they say:

we've been victimised

No you bloody haven’t. You could maybe say We've been victims, but any good defence lawyer will uncover your contributory negligence

That awful Butterfly has finally fluttered off: Apple touts 13-inch MacBook Pro with proper keyboard, Escape key


Landfill tax

Apple kit doesn't really lend itself to anything but landfill once it goes out of consumer warranty.

Damn. Both the ‘refurbished’ MacBooks I bought from the Apple Store for personal use must have been brand new. And they even knocked about 20% off the price.

With that kind of business sense, will Apple ever make a profit?

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle


Re: Double ejection

The pilot should bear some responsibility

It’s pretty clear the retired guy came from the ejector seat vendor; the crew and pilot did all they could to give him the full fairground experience...

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots


Re: Am I surprised?

I mean, you don’t get this with Voyager, or even Mars Express. So it’s do-able...

Yeah, that Zoom app you're trusting with work chatter? It lives with 'vampires feeding on the blood of human data'


More fool me

Early adopter of the paid service who evangelised Zoom to others who were on Skype

Maybe I should move to Google Hangouts...

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


He may even have asked questions during his “training” - I can picture the kind of patronizing smart-arse who would fob him off with: “Yeah, for your job, you only need to remember to click the 1...”

One of those dicks who thinks knowledge is a power that should be reserved only for them

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92


Re: O tempora, o mores!

My kids are 100% bilingual and I have a pretty good command of French. They prefer the English versions and so do I. The depth and richness of the humour goes beyond simple translation

HMD Global revamps infamous commuter-botherer, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic


Re: Odd choice

Yeah, nudge me when the one-week-of-autonomy, drop-proof signal-terrier that was a 6310i re-emerges

Browser minnow Brave nips at Google with GDPR complaint


Re: "Brave' is really Brave

Hi AC,

Gary from Google here. Glad you posted from Chrome. Just a gentle reminder that we know where you live. And it would be a shame if something happened to that nice new bike you bought. Oh, and the kids’ Android phones show their route to school as well, which is all part of the value of our offering I’ll think you’ll agree.

Anyway, just wanted to ask you to dial down the cynicism and negativity a little - not what the world needs right now, eh?

Sure we understand each other. Mind how you go.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband



Moreover, that “Anno MMXX” wording looks suspiciously foreign

Talk about making a rod for your own back: Pot dealer's seized €54m Bitcoins up in smoke after keys thrown out with fishing gear


Daft or smart?

“Worried about security, I’ve realised I ne account might be too easy to access by heartless criminals, so I’ll spread my stash across twelve. And note all my passwords down on this one piece of paper.”

Surely smarter than that?

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts


For our service to work

You need to give access to all data in your pod

[ OK ] [ Cancel ]

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it


Newton - MessagePad

Although I have never actually seen or touched one, I always hankered after a Newton.

Yeah, it’s probably just as well I never got my hands on one, but 25 years later the appeal of a screen that I can scribble on, which then magically becomes orderly text is appealing...

Razr sharp foldable: Samsung whips out Galaxy Z Flip – and, oh snap, it's £1,300


Re: Why this form factor?

I don't get it. Even though I had a RAZR back in the day and thought it was the mutt's nuts.

But that was the noughties. Today, the pockets on all my clothes have evolved to accomodate the form factor of most mobiles.

Sammy are asking me to buy something that:

- will disappear too far into my pocket for me to reach without contorting my hands, figures and body;

- is twice as thick; and

- has a mechanical/foldy/likely-to-be-breaky component.

Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen


Re: Ministry of names...

the Renaud family who won a court case to be allowed to name their daughter Mégane.

I have worked with an actual RENAULT Mégane (to use the French convention) who was born months before the car was launched.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


I notice that...

... no-one is complaining on behalf of trick cyclists

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing


I have the mac.com address *without* the ‘.’ and they have the one *with* it.

I turned down the invitation to a family event saying they must have got the wrong guy and kicked off some kind of massive family feud whereby I (the other person) was accused of just wanting to pas off certain people

Leeds IT bloke pleads guilty to hacking Jet2 CEO's email account


Question for shareholders

If no personal data or other customer, supplier or Group data [was] compromised after his in-box was accessed, what was your CEO doing?

Aviation's been Boeing through a rough patch: Software tweaks blamed for Airbus A220 failures


Re: Just wondering

had the pilots involved ever learned how to use the trim button instead of trying to muscle the plane's controls

Remembering always that MCAS was introduced “on the quiet” and that its purpose was to change trim behind the the pilots’ backs


Hands off our phones, says Google: Radar-gesture-sensing Pixel 4 just $999 with a 3-year lifespan – great value!


Radar nada

It’s going to be quite hard to learn NOT to touch the phone, isn’t it?

Some fokken arse has bared the privates of 250,000 users' from Dutch brothel forum


Re: Bah!

Can I just say, the only reason my email address is on there is because my my mates thought it would be a laugh.

So, um.

Yeah, that’s all.

Hey, it's Google's birthday! Remember when they were the good guys?


Re: Old search engines

I remember using Yahoo!’s tree structure to find websites (yes kids, it was like the whole WWW on one page!) and then moved to AltaVista which HAD A SEARCH BOX!

The first time I saw Google I was completely seduced by the all-white page and lack of clutter (Yahoo! by now a portal, still trying to corral accès to the whole web through one page). However, the real magic was the accuracy of the results Google produced back then, it seemed mind-readingly spooky.

Obviously I’ve since moved on and now use a blend of ddg and Qwant

Boffins build AI that can detect cyber-abuse – and if you don't believe us, YOU CAN *%**#* *&**%* #** OFF


There is a serious point here about how the neural network is trained.

If it’s a group of (say) white blokes tagging what is ‘normal’, ‘bullying’, ‘aggressive’ etc., they could well overlook or miscategorise things that are perceived as abusive (or banter) by others.

Whistleblowing saboteur costs us $167m bellows Tesla’s accountant


Voting and weighing

There is an old adage that in the short term, the stock market is a voting machine and in the long term it’s a weighing machine.

Musk should know that the long term share price reflects Tesla’s value in the market, anything else is noise. By definition, if Tripp’s revelations affected the long term price they are considered by the market to be true.

If not, then um... keep the money away from the lawyers?

Google security crew sheds light on long-running super-stealthy iOS spyware operation


So, can we know...

...the websites concerned?

I’m not for a second thinking that I’m either interesting enough or threatening enough, but presumably that would provide a fairly strong indication of who the targets are?

Or is $Actor so scarily powerful that Google don’t dare to reveal that information?

More questions than answers

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune


Re: Proper requirement analysis

someone must have planned larger than necessary fuel tanks, while others took into consideration the extra bulk and weight

Remember that they were spending government money during the Cold War, and fewer than ten years after the moon landing...

We will hack back if you tamper with our shiz, NATO declares to world's black hats


Top chef

Is Donald Trump – or even Macron [the president of France] – going to go to war...

Did you really think we would confuse the French President with a sportswear manufacturer?

Or was the explanation lifted from a Trump briefing?

Apple is a filthy AWS, Azure, Google reseller, gripe punters: iPhone giant accused of hiding iCloud's real backend


So, what’s your point?

I can imagine that, in China, Apple had to let the government have a spare key.

Even if the plaintiffs (whose financial data, health records and browsing history are probably spattered over various clouds) believe an Amazon, Google or MS BOFH is more likely to pry than an Apple BOFH, I’m sure bosses at those cloudy providers know that holding a key to iCloud data could leave them open to all sorts of liabilities they really don’t need.

This is going to come down to how much third party providers can reasonably be used, and what for.

We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe



"It turns out it was possible to reach across sessions and violate NT security boundaries for nearly twenty years, and nobody noticed."

That’s what you think...

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September


Re: Incremental improvements.

If my manufacturing experience is anything to go by (Lego, since you ask) reinforcing one set of weak points in a dodgy design simply brings others to the fore.

Cloudflare comes clean on crashing a chunk of the web: How small errors and one tiny bit of code led to a huge mess


Yeah, paper’s great.

It’s that transition to ASCII characters that always screws me up.

Literally rings our bell: Scottish eggheads snap quantum entanglement for the first time


Re: No it's three dimensional

I’d have to assume you’re posting under the AC moniker because you’re doing some breakthrough research in this area and you’re not ready to reveal your hand just yet.

In telling us to “read up”, could you suggest some titles from your bibliography and/or references?

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


It’s not my sector, but AIUI that would be a tacit admission that it’s not actually a 737 but a new model of aircraft.

Pilots would then have to be trained on the new plane and its behaviour, at a significant cost to airlines in terms of cash and pilot availability.

It may even be that 737 MAX has “inherited” some certs from its “predecessors” (same airframe?) and I don’t know what would happen if the aircraft suddenly became, I don’t know, the 797.

It's 50 years to the day since Apollo 10 blasted off: America's lunar landing 'dress rehearsal'


Re: Species angst

...and this one shows how it's done today:


Now here's a Galaxy far, far away: Samsung stalls Fold rollout after fold-able screens break in hands of reviewers


Re: a Rubix phone

it brings to mind the maps with their folds wrongly folded

Reminds me of the old adage that says:

“There’s only one way to fold a map: Wrongly.”

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data


It’s a rotten corporate culture

It can’t be the work of a single ‘maverick’

Someone had the idea, someone else said it was a good idea, another person then approved it without worrying about their boss’s reaction.

Then someone was asked to implement it, and got that signed off and was able to get resources allocated from elsewhere. At no point did anyone think that they should flag or even stop it.

Then the third parties pushed it out and the data started to flow in. Nobody thought that was odd. People were asked to analyse data and write algorithms and produce charts and slide decks. No one paused for thought.

I mean, WTFIGO?

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Re: "Apple sees nothing from second-hand trade."

It also keeps people in the ecosystem, buying from the App Store, paying for iCloud, having a reason to stick to Mac OS...

Apple Services is a big line for Cupertino’s Counting Dept.

Moreover, when the punter goes to buy their next phone, they’re mentally discounting what they imagine will be the resale value from the price of the phone they’re buying.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box


Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

Looks like your aircraft is stalling. Would you like some help?

[ Yes ] [Cancel]

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


Re: Unpaid walking advert for someone else's company

“boxes of handbags from Birkin et al.”


Birkin (named after Jane) is a Hermès bag.

Yes I, er...

I er, know a bit about this stuff...

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom



I remember one (government) building that had

DANGER: High signs

on the mirror just above the taps.

It was days before I looked high enough to the top of the wall-to-ceiling mirrors to see the more usual Hot water warning.



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