* Posts by MortimerTheCat

13 posts • joined 6 Jun 2018

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts


Re: Please click the link to read

I came to the comments to make the same point. I teach people never to click on a link; there are too many phishing messages going around to take a risk. But then you get genuine messages like this one, with an unrecognisable domain undermining my security lessons!

NHS COVID-19 app is trying to tell Android users something but buggy notification appears stuck on 'Loading...' screen


I deleted the app to get rid of the notification. To be honest, I wasn't even sure that the app was still in general use, I have not heard it mentioned on the news for months.

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler


Re: Colour me square

{{Waffle mode on}} In preparation for a revamp of our order processing software, the management asked the uninvolved developers to host a series of informal user requirement meetings with the people who would actually be using the software. I hosted a couple but was never given the opportunity to pass on any feedback from those meetings.

So we now have a management designed system and complaints about its functionality can be brushed aside with a "You had your chance at the design stage".


With my condescending hat on, whenever I see someone creating even mildly offensive tests, I always have a moan about maintaining professional standards. The usual come back is "It's only a test, no one will ever see it" at which point I direct them to an article like this.

26 million logins believed to be stolen from LiveJournal in 2017 pop up on hacker forum


Owning my own domains, I have a unique Email for every site I sign up to. My livejournal@ user name was reported to me today via haveibeenpwned.com so definitely it is the livejournal user database. I started receiving spam for that address two weeks ago, from a Vietnamese mail server. I am never sure who I can tell.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


A few years when Government ID's were a hot topic and they came up with a cost, The Register did point out it would be cheaper to buy everyone an iPhone.

Zapped from the Play store: Another developer gets no sense from Google, appeals to the public


Same with Adsense

Many years ago I signed up for Adsense just to see what it was all about. I placed a couple of adverts on my personal blog and forgot about them. Five years and probably about 20 hits later, I had my account closed for violating. I appealed at the time, but never told what I had done wrong. I remember as part of the appeal they expect you to tell what actions you were taking to stop it happening again. In reality, this meant confessing to all sorts of misdemeanours which may have been the cause.

Recently, I needed an adsense account to use on a professional basis, so I appealed again. I tried to explain I needed my account back as I was now a professional web developer and had a proper customer for them! Still they rejected me. In the end, I just created a new Gmail account.

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


Have they tried turning it off and on again?

Protip: No, the CIA will not call off a pedophilia probe into your life in exchange for Bitcoin


Why 10 people?

I was bemused by the sentence "the crooks would only need to convince ten people". Where did this random figure come from? Why not just convince a single person to get $10,000 - that would be worthwhile. Alternatively, go for hundred and get a cool million. Is $100,000 the current budget target for a scam in these economic times?

Weird interview questions


Fix our SQL server

During an interview I was conducting, the candidate started to tell us about his experience rebuilding a SQL server following a hardware failure. Having experienced the exact same scenario ourselves the previous week, I took the opportunity to grill him on what he had learned, what processes he had put in place to make recovery easier and make the system more reliable.

He was quite knowledgeable so why waste the opportunity! He did get the job and guess what his first task was.

Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?


As someone who needs to catch up to 4 trains on their morning commute, I spend most of my journey monitoring online which trains are running late or cancelled. Wifi is very important for me, approaching East Croydon my phone hits a large blackspot at a crucial decision time. If I get it wrong, I am stranded at West Norwood for half an hour. So I switch to the train wifi, doesn't always work, hopefully to get the data I need for my decision of which train to get next

Mailshot meltdown as Wessex Water gets sweary about a poor chap called Tom


Speaking as an IT manager at a printing company that prints thousands of this type of letter each day, I have to instill an element of professionalism into my staff in that they do not make jokes on their computers no matter how funny it is. This is a perfect example. The intention may have been not to save it, or be sure that the joke would be spotted. But it happens. Poor Wessex water, thanks to a moment of unprofessionalism from a member of staff have now appeared on these pages.

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