* Posts by PeteS46

16 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Oct 2016

Schools email marketing company told us to go away when we told them of exposed database creds, say infoseccers


My kids are too old to be targets. Grandkids though are in range.

IF my details are exposed I'll be reaching for my lawers.

So should parents!



Blithring idiots!

Intrepid squid mission may help in kraken riddle of why zero-g makes astronauts sick


The 'sick squid' 'joke'? GROAN

What knocked out Brit cloud slinger Memset for the night? A busted fibre cable upstream of its data centre, apparently


This reminds me of an incident back in the 1990's IIRC. I had arranged our 3 main sites to have Megastream2 links in a triangle and BT sales assured me that the links were diverse. But a fire in a tunnel between Manchester and Salford was upstream of our links and they failed. We were OOS for about a week, again IIRC.

Not just us, either! Lots of businesses including banks were offline. So no cash machines, card payments..... (cue public unrest).

The situation was so serious they drafted in plods from other areas to reassure the public. I had to issue them with local guide maps (thanks to the Tourism centre) so they didn't come across as gormless when interacting with the tourists and other plebs.

Lesson learned: If your provider says the links they serve are diverse:

* Don't believe a word they say!

* Insist on them providing guarantees with significant penalties for failure!

* BT/Openreach sales lie!

aka Bernard

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'


This post needs a 'thumbs up/down' button.


AWS Frankfurt experiences major breakdown that staff couldn’t fix for hours due to ‘environmental conditions’ on data centre floor


And when a fire does break out in the affected area? With an off-lined protection system? What then occurs?

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant


Re: Windows for Nuclear Power

ZX81 RAM - I used duct tape to secure it.

The 'power station control' bit was an add-on eprom (from Dave Husband IIRC) which converted the ZX81 to be a 'Forth' machine. Up to 4 threads! It worked so well that I wore out the keyboard!

I probably still have the remains somewhere....



The "Na" joke - sigh! Not even worth a groan.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'


Re: Ahhh.

We knew who you meant!

Sir Pretty? Sounds good, doesn't quite fit the man.

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?


First test the tester.

Then do the test.

Last - test the tester again.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42


First Contact

In 1978 I inhabited a computer-nerd collective called 'Galdor Computing'. (In Surbiton as unlikely as that seems.)

One Sunday I was cooking late-lunch for the inhabitants (we didn't rise with the larks!) and turned the house radio on, BBC R4 of course, not knowing what was happening apart from it was too late for 'The Archers' (thank your own deity!) And there was something new on, interesting and funny. So I turned on the 'all stations' mode, so everyone in the house, office and mainframe room could hear.

IIRC, Arthur and Ford were about to be thrown off their transport or have to suffer the Vogon Captain's poetry.

Gradually the whole crew of Galdor accumulated in the house, to better hear the feed without the noise of the fans cooling several ancient mainframes. Anything that could capture the attention of a disparate crew of bright, technology obsessed nerds should't have been fascinating to the mundane world. But it was!

If Tesco was prodded and probed by hackers, your data could be being flogged for just £2.70 – research



Very little helps.

(Tesco's staff forum!)

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically


I'm a (something), which is legal, non-violent and quite usual nowadays. But if 'the powers that be' decide that (somethingism) is a threat to the state (probably because it will reduce the profits on some megacorp) then I'll be a criminal. And us (somethings) will be hunted down using, for example, facial recognition technology. 'For the greater good' to quote some spoof cop flic!

Has no-one read '1984' recently?

Spanking the pirates of corporate security? Try a Plimsoll


Great word

I really like "fustercluck"!

It's your walkie-talkie Teams mate, over. 'You don't have to say Over, over'. Copy that. Stop making the static noise, over and out


Re: "Over and out"

AFAIK 'Over and Out' was invented by Hollywood scripwriters who wanted their characters to sound 'official'.

Correct procedure is 'Over' when a reply is expected or 'Out' when a reply is unwanted because the conversation is finished.

Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge


OOPS! West Drayton is? (used to be) where the Lord of the UK Skies lives (aka Distress and Diversion - who you call if you REALLY have a problem). If they are OOS then both civil and military aviation around UK are at severe risk. Hopefully they have enough redundant circuits and diverse routing to cope. Anyone know different?