* Posts by Dave Aitken

11 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jul 2007

Caterpillar plans 600 tonne godzilla-lorry robots

Dave Aitken

don't go for the tyres

or any other mecha-bits of these mechadroid would-be overlords. We need to zap their frikkin brains out with 10kiloTesla per second EMP pulses. Build coils, lots of BIG coils!! and magnets!! gather many many large magnetics. We must prepare to hit these monsters where we can hurt them

Home Office screws prison data bunglers

Dave Aitken

it is a start, I suppose

glass half-empty or half-full?

Full to overflowing with breaches both direct (civil SERVANTS) and indirect, but you can only really get accountability from STAFF, not from contracted-out services

A cautious welcome to this start of what may become a wind-change in HM Gumment practice

Anatomy of a malware scam

Dave Aitken

good forensics

Well done, Jesper

Aside from the fanboi flame wars erupting in previous coments, let's get back to basics for a moment. This multi-layered techno-social engineering scam demonstrates 2 things:

1) the criminal business case to invest time & effort into coding such a Byzantine maze of tricks and traps for the ignorant (not in the perjoative sense of the word) masses is sound

2) the home computing paradigm is not sound, upon which the case in 1) above is based

I can think of no other purchase we make where we are seemingly willing to accept all the risk of vulnerabilities; nobody would buy a car if they knew that no matter what they did the clutch would burst into flames next Tuesday, &c

The balance of liability for malfunction between vendor and purchaser is so distorted in favour of the former in this computing malarkey compared to any other aspect of modern commerce it is almost beyond belief.

How have we, at a societal level, seemingly blundered blindfold into such a mess?

Now how best, at a societal level, are we to procede to redress this ridiculous imbalance?

The answer must lie in persuading legislatures to produce sotware liability laws. Lobby your MP, AM, deputy, representative, congressman - whatever title (s)he may have in your country - the computer software vendors must be legislated into taking financial liability for the flaws and faults in their products.

OBTW: "not part of user acceptance test plan" - precious ;-) - a coffee spluttering moment

Paris Hilton cavorts naked in middle of desert

Dave Aitken
Dead Vulture

Death valley? no - it's...

Stevenage, Croydon, Milton Keynes, Cheltenham, Billericay.

There used to be a F14 squadron in the US Navy called VFN-147 The Pukin Dogs - where's the pukin dog logo?

Brown quizzed on gov IT failures

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Thumb Up

Gordo hits the nail on the head! Shock Horror Probe

Our wunnerful gum'ment has got a LONG LONG way to go to even understanding how to procure Information Systems & Services coherently.

So when will Gordo announce the sacking of the e-gov "Commissioner"?

Will Gordo understand that this is (I originally capitalised the 'is' - but it made this contribution look like it came from Mars) one area where centralisation of authority (real authority, not just words on paper) actually makes sense. I propose a Cabinet Office Minister, advised by a panel of Accreditors, shall be tasked with an URGENT and comprehensive information architecture review across all Departments; the Senior Information Risk Officer in every department to report to the oversight panel by - say - end of Feb.. Oh! there already is one - young Milliband!

The coherence of HMG IS must be security-driven, Milliband is nominally in charge of the Central Sponsor of Information Assurance. Time to give the CSIA teeth.

Outcome: lots more work for me ;-)

Knickerless: the secure data centre connection

Dave Aitken

irrational rational explanation

Oh yeah, right! Surreptitiously shake the granny pants out of trouser leg WHILST STOOD IN SERVER ROOM.

As for the cleaning cloth theory: the newer the pants the better; old pants generate too much lint.

The real explanation is clearly extra-terrestrial

Googlewhack trick used to slip junk mail past spam filters

Dave Aitken
Jobs Halo

preview feature in tinyurl

"The following URL:


has a length of 52 characters and resulted in the following TinyURL which has a length of 25 characters:


Or, give your recipients confidence with a preview TinyURL:


OK for tinyurl among friends; no guarantee, of course, for links from strangers.

Remember: don't take sweeties from strange men

Pentagon: Our new robot army will be controlled by malware

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extraordinarily dangerous

The current US mil fanboi approach to 'network centric warfare' is ludicrously ambitious and I, for one, am glad to see that there is at last some semblance of detached and objective scrutiny being applied. The FCS is nothing less than 'Skynet' - the US mil actually think/believe that 'the network' will be better at warfighting than 'the soldier'. The intellectual & technical chasm between their aspirations and the ability of technology to deliver is so enormous their strategy appears to be to ignore it.

Red ring of Xbox death costs Microsoft $1bn

Dave Aitken

Mircosfot messes up - only consumers hurt

why - oh - why did anyone ever think that M$ could make a stable, reliable console? Their track record is <fill in own sweary words here>

Hyperion harbours building blocks of life, says NASA

Dave Aitken


A v fast body travelling tangential to Hyperion's gravity field would not impact Hyperion, merely body's course would be insignificantly bent? So, all H-impacting bodies have been fully captured by H's (low) gravity

Scouse builders nab six millionth .co.uk domain

Dave Aitken


Nominet - not for profit, but fairly strict on administering sub-doamins of .uk