* Posts by Kreton

18 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Sep 2015

Worried about the magnetic North Pole sprinting towards Russia? Don't be, boffins say, it'll be back sooner or later


Climate change follows the drift of the poles

When I puiblished this I was told it was climate change causing the drift of the poles, no way could the pole drift cause climate changes as only CO2 could do that.


UK energy watchdog to probe National Grid and Scottish Power over fault-plagued subsea cable


“The cable increased interconnection capacity by over 2,200MW – enough to power more than 4 million homes in Scotland, Wales and England every year, according to Iberdrola, which owns Scottish Power.”

But only if the wind blows!

A blog shows the UK demand for electricity was high last week when we were suffering a lot of fog and little wind and contributing around 5% of our electricity requirements and coal, which is to be shut down this year, has been called upon to contribute 10%. And by 2025 it gets worse with a possible electricity supply deficit of some 16GW.

See https://adriankerton.wordpress.com/005c-will-the-lights-go-off-in-january/

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone


Slow emails

Hope the notifications are quicker than their emails, often taking over 15 minutes to receive an email after sending

And it's go, go, go for class-action lawsuits against Equifax after 148m personal records spilled in that mega-hack


Re: Never gave them my permission

My wife's email details were leaked and then Equifax suggested they would monitor dubious transactions for a year after, but wanted all the usual personal information, name date of birth, name of the cat's grandfather etc. Oh yeah after leaking the email then give them lots more to leak?

My credit card showed £7,000 bogus transactions from Australia so perhaps that was due to the Equifax leak?

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found



Would it not be easy to send up a police/military drone to follow the errant drone so that when it runs out of power or is landed the location of the culprits could be noted?

I'm asking you as I have no knowledge of drones.




Re: War time innovation

That was supposed to be a dig at the lack of the authorities cobbling together a big drone with a catch net to go and catch the disruptive device. I'm sure there is a hobbyist out there who could put it together in his/her shed and fly it under police supervision.

". But that would just be two drones disrupting traffic over Gatwick"!

Not once the the quarry is caught.


War time innovation

In the last war solutions were jury rigged overnight to counter problems. Now I may be talking out of one of my orifices not known for speech but surely someone in their shed could attach a catch net to a drone and just fly up to the nasty one and take it down, or perhaps the scientists at the various agencies are fantastic scientists but have never used hand tools?

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


Facebook firewalled?

I use a free firewall on my phone, NoRoot Firewall and the Facebook app is blocked on wifi and mobile data but I don't know if it can pass data some other way. Does this come under the auspices of the information commissioner?

You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block


Re: The usual astounding stupidity from the usual Westminster idiots

Perhaps I am being a bit thick but presumably I can visit n different retailers and buy n different passes then sell them to the under age for £15 and make a decent profit or is there something to stop me doing this?

US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast


UK Poolice one step ahead

Britain's largest police force has been using covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network to intercept communications and unique IDs from phones or even transmit a signal to shut off phones remotely, according to the Guardian.

The system, made by Datong in the United Kingdom, was purchased by the London Metropolitan police, which paid $230,000 to Datong for "ICT hardware" in 2008 and 2009.

Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling


Only carry one phone?

No Backup?

As well as my 3 phone I carry a Co-op Mobile PAYG non smart LG phone which cost me £8 many years ago, it's on a different network just in case.

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'


Ticked the wrong box

The customer complained there was no data on the backup tapes. They had ticked the wrong box in the backup software and presumably ever since they installed the system all they had backed up was the system, not the data. Much anguish and gnashing of teeth.


Re: memories

When I started my first job over 50 years ago I came across a standby generator, great big thing with a massive flywheel/clutch arrangement. If the AC supply failed, the clutch held by an electro magnet released and the flywheel engaged the diesel generator to start it up. I can't remember the exact figures but I'm sure the replacement power was flowing in less than 2 seconds.


Re: Well, I can't speak to BA, but I know of a case

I worked with backup software on a number of operating systems and knew that disaster recovery was more than just a backup of the data. From the number of comments showing diverse practical experience here, it seems an invaluable source of information for someone to construct a How To Manual from these comments and to invite contributions from others. A new website perhaps? Don't have the time myself but I'm sure someone has, so that the next time something like this happens the embarrassment of fingers wagging and saying "It was on the Web" can be well an truly propagated. Oh, and don't have the IT director and team living too close to the facility as if there is major incident in the area they will want to secure their family before the computer systems.

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+


re GCHQ and Patches

Thanks for the insights, the last update to Windows 10 killed my wife's laptop and I had to restore Win7 from backups.

Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016


Windows 10 told us it had updated itself. When we shut it down to restart it didn't, just sat there with a nice blue screen. Tried rebooting it a number of times but no luck. Reinstalled 7 from the manufacturers recovery partition, left it to do updates, and then it would take 10 minutes to run any programme because Windows update was consuming all the memory. Found some information on patches which cured that then of course, now update was working, more updates, finally after 147 more updates it seems to be working the way it used to. What a palaver, surely Microsoft have lost the plot now?

Mozilla burns Firefox on old Androids


Wish they would fix the crashes

On all 4 of my Android devices, different makes Firefox is forever crashing whereas the embedded browser never does

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