* Posts by johnfbw

159 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Aug 2015


Musk's Hotel California erected at Twitter HQ, as some offices converted into bedrooms


Not unusual in London

Back in the day it wasn't unusual to have a couple of suites in head offices in London banks for late workers. Not sure what percentage were used by pissed bankers who missed the last train because they were getting taken out when I started working

University orders investigation into Oracle finance disaster


Re: Software 101

That is a fairly unfair assessment. Having two concurrent systems will duplication of all processes - including user effort and IT. I have been in projects where the financial costs of dual running are minimal but the users don't want to dual run

No, I will not pay the bill. Why? Because we pay you to fix things, not break them


I hope you sent them a bill for you fixing their issue

Cops swoop after crooks use wireless keyfob hack to steal cars


Re: We don't want decent security.

If your car gets stolen, they get to sell you a brand new one!

California legalizes digital license plates for all vehicles


Some countries make you change plates when you move cities

Ever suspected bankers used WhatsApp comms at work? $1.8b says you're right


Re: They admitted to it...

Presumably you are referring to SEA Rule 17a-4 which says 3-6 years, but only 2 years 'easily accessible' ie good luck after that. MiFID 2 is five year. This only refers to people directly affecting trades.

The FCA rules only required 6 months... (interesting bit of quick research)

Doesn't change the fact the fact that banks do auto purge - often after 3 months. They just don't remove it from that one backup - only accessible with a highly focused legal demand


Re: They admitted to it...

From experience some banks have their emails set to auto purge for this very reason

UK's largest water company investigates datacenters' use as drought hits


Re: I'm betting ..

2 days late? That is nothing, in my old place in SE London it wasn't uncommon to have leaks filling a bucket of water every minute not fixed after weeks. Some of their leaks had trails of lichen over 100m long.

One one behind my house was dug up every month for 2 years.

I worked out that in 12 years there wasn't a single week where there wasn't a leak within 200m of house. Thames Water's response was to just stop updating their leak map (and fix dates on the signs) so it didn't show the leaks

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up


Re: Bank Accounts out by 5p

Not really - using the same conversion method, 11d translated to 11p

Using the correct ration (100/240 or 0.41) 11d=4.58p. As they still had 1/2p coins thats 4.5 New Pence a whole 6.5p too much.

Banks work on precision

Keep your cables tidy. You never know when someone might need some wine


Re: My girlfriend did it

Theres no DJ TB in this list.


Feel free to name and shame (besides - he isn't tech literate enough to read The Register!)

Scientists find gasses from Earth in rocks from early Moon


Re: Sounds sketchy

Sounds like people who have devoted many years to this exact subject have come up with a theory of the most likely cause, based on present knowledge

Scientists often say stuff we don't understand (and often have to dumb it down for journalists)

VMware’s subscriptions start at 16 cores, prices won't be made public


Cannot be easily read

As a frequent user of translation software putting text into images is extremely mean.

But if you are blind and require a screen reader it is just criminal - deliberately discriminating against disabled people!

Indian tax authorities raid offices of Chinese smartphone maker Vivo


Re: Why is 2kg of gold a big deal?

Because there is very few reasons to have gold lying around, virtually none in an office.

It is likely it was received or to be given as a bribe. Very difficult to bribe someone with multiple phones - the value significantly decreases after the first one.

Additionally the gold may have been imported without paying the appropriate import dues.

Now-frozen crypto-lending biz Celsius accused of devolving into a Ponzi scheme


Re: I'm a successful crypto investor

So you quit after the first quarter billion Euros?

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear


Re: Cunning ?

CVs are almost exclusively files sent from people you don't know.

There is basically no alternative because it is private information from non -tech literate people.

Web front end for HR (hideous abominations) usually ask for the file as well

Taiwan bans exports of chips faster than 25MHz to Russia, Belarus


Re: Intermediaries

Most export controls already control final destination expert via intermediaries. Very difficult to control for consumer goods like these where Russia can just go to Currys in India.

Would the US bother to sanction a Chinese company? Depends on that days political climate (and who is lobbying with the most $$$)


Re: meanwhile in Russia...

I think a few people missed your parallels to a similar war...

False-flag cyberattacks a red line for nation-states, says Mandiant boss


Re: What's he smoking?

Govermental flase flag attacks may be rare - government supported criminal gang ones are routine

It's all a matter of semantics


FTC says Frontier lied about its internet speeds amid $8.5m settlement


Lawyers get 8.5m

Customers who paid for something not delivered 0.25m. shareholders and managers don't admit blame and walk off Scott free

Meta materials: Facebook using AI to design green concrete


Re: Farcebook's AI?

Are you in the Rotary Club or any other wheel based club?

Or maybe you forgot to sign out of someone elses computer!

Singapore to license pentesters and managed infosec operators


Re: Easier to prosecute hackers

I was thinking more bug bounty type affair. "I was trying to get google to pay me for the bug I found" as a defence for hacking google

There is the other one where pentesters are caught and the company denies employing them - though that is more the plot of movies than massively common


Easier to prosecute hackers

I guess it removes the defence in court if a hacker just claims to be pentesting - they will change the charges to unlicensed pentesting and throw them in jail

FIN7 crime-gang pen tester headed to US prison for five years


Shows how out of touch judges can be. He was effectively reprimanded because he was Ukrainian

(and a criminal)

US, UK, Western Europe fail to hit top 50 cheapest broadband list


Germany isn't that cheap

I pay approx 30% more in Germany than I did in the UK and I get locked in to a 2 year contract (auto renewing for a decade if you don't sacrifice a goat on the third full moon before contract expiry)

Emma Sleep Company admits checkout cyber attack


If anyone has used their website they wouldn't be surprised it looks like it was put together by the work experience boy.

Hear us out: Smartphone lidar can test blood, milk


Too good to true?

And in other news this week the last person to make similar claims...


Moscow to issue HTTPS certs to Russian websites


Re: actually

Most larger countries visa applications happen in offices outside the embassy. Russia's over is in farrngdon

HMRC: UK techies' IR35 tax appeals could take years


Re: Dumb question...

I have written HMRC many times when I wasn't required to file a self assessment.

Self assessment is the method to file online (or offline in some cases), but if you aren't required you still can.


Re: Dumb question...

If it is too good to be true...

IRS doesn't completely scrap facial recognition, just makes it optional


Re: I've read 6 versions of this article on different sites

A poor implementation doesn't necessarily mean they don't have a reason to do it. Just search for "IRS refund fraud" to see how many people file falsely with other peoples details

Skills shortage puts SAP projects on hold


Re: Skills shortage


Training? What is that?

Shut off 3G by 2033? How about 2023, asks Vodafone UK


Re: Power calculations

Hoisted by my own petard. I also can't do maths!



O2 Deutschland is switching off EU roaming to the UK at the end of the year. Profiteers have to profit!


Re: Power calculations

Seems a bit off

4G 30kWh for 1TB implies 3kWh for 10GB - a hairdryer running for an hour and a half is about 3kWh

I doubt base stations use either 13amp plugs nor 240V outlets, plus the average is 30kWh - but I guess that includes longer distance transmissions (who might not get full speed) and lots of users

The ideal sat-nav is one that stops the car, winds down the window, and asks directions


It looked Pretty

Isn't that a really good reason to go that way?

Would be happy if google maps had that option

Sharing is caring, except when it's your internet connection


Re: "What the neighbours made of their sudden disconnection is . ."

Definitely wasn't doing at the same time, so no idea how it happened.

Was a happy end to it though - I sold the flat to him and he knows he can connect the two flats using powerline!


Re: "What the neighbours made of their sudden disconnection is . ."

Happened to me with powerline adapter - accidentally connected to downstairs flats network - different subnet so took me ages to realise only certain devices had connected via his DHCP

Data-breached Guntrader website calls in liquidators, is reborn as Guntrader 2 Ltd


Re: How does this work?

Technically selling assets for zero value - which is presumably what has been done here is an offence and the liquidators should reclaim the assets. This would include member lists, website, and potentially goodwill (though completely abstract)

Deliberately stealing assets is theft

Sadly I have seen too many times where liquidators fees magically happen to be the amount left in the companies bank account and they just say there is nothing left (they get the first slice of the pie)

Bank manager tricked into handing $35m to scammers using fake 'deep voice' tech


It would be enough for your bank to say they weren't responsible and tell you you aren't getting the money back!

Get ready to make processes fit the software when shifting to SAP's cloud, users told


Re: Tread carefully here.

In the long run it is probably cheaper to change people (or at least the roles they do)

The number of companies I have been in where roles are massively duplicated is unbelievable, in some places roles exist that essentially unwind what someone else has done. A good holistic strategy should prevent this which means good business practices which suggests a solution might already be available.

Even if moving to a standardised solution is more expensive it could be cheaper in the long run due to decreased technical maintenance and increased throughput (and potentially non-IT resource savings)


Re: Tread carefully here.

Often if your processes don't nicely fit a given solution I think either 1) You chose the wrong software 2) Your processes aren't best practice

Highly customising a solution leads to massive heartache and often ends with political arguments and a system that doesn't work. I am a SAP Consultant and the areas I see the heavy customisation also seem to be the ones that argue they are different when they aren't really and have deep seated company issues.

Of course light customisation is almost essential in any business, but if you have to heavily customise there are other issues to look at

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?


his phone seems to work fine

UK govt draws a blank over vaccine certification app – no really, the report is half-empty


I was a similar situation, but emigrated a little further.

Luckily the German doctors decided to 'fake' my first vaccination on the same day so I got my certificate.

Of course now both the NHS and the German vaccination centre now tell me I have pending appointments for a 2nd and 3rd final jab!

One good deed leads to a storm in an Exchange Server


He maybe at fault, but possibly not to blame. Perfect time for a little bit of education - at least he was trying to be useful

Now everyone can take in the sights and smells of a London tram station shut for 70 years


Hidden London

I've been on a couple of the Hidden London tours - Clapham and Down Street. They are interesting, but expensive. Apparently run by volunteers, so no idea where all the money goes

Blue passports, French service provider: Atos bags £21m UK Passport Office deal


Re: backdoor identity card

Basically using the passport as part of a 2FA like other countries do with their ID cards


Re: "become completely digital"

It might be controversial - but eventually the only way to do a lot of stuff should be online.

Almost everyone has access to a computer (often through a library).

22% of the UK don't have access to a landline so it more exclusionary to offer a phone number to do things

Microsoft flips request to port Visual Studio Tools for Office to .NET Core from 'Sure, we'll take a look' to 'No'


Wait, there were VSTO developers?

Former IT manager from Essex pleads guilty to defrauding the NHS of £800k


And didn't put the money into his personal bank account!


Re: VAT non payment

Companies don't declare which companies they purchased/sold stuff to/from - they just give a total so there is no way to do this kind of matching.

Of course with Making Tax Digital this is the aim, but it is extremely complex