* Posts by steven_t

18 posts • joined 24 Oct 2018

Hackers hack Hackney: Local government cries 'cyberattack' while UK infosec officials rush to figure out what happened


Re: Where's Fatima

She's the prime suspect!

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide


Re: You had one job...

Not a film: it has been reported that she was watching The Voice, which is inexcusable.

Dunkin' Donuts drops some dough to glaze over lawsuit accusing it of covering up customer account hacks


Security Hole

It seems that their security processes, like their products, had big holes in them

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database


Re: Easier?

And "found out they have"

As in: "Maybe it would be easier to just list the carriers that haven't yet found out they have had personal information hacked."

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry


Re: "Critics have been understandably sceptical"

According to Wikipedia, his middle name is Bannister, which means he can legitimately call himself Johnny B Goodenough.

Researchers reckon 500k PCs infested with malware after dodgy downloads install even more nasties from Bitbucket

Big Brother

exfiltrating so many different types of data

Just a thought... did they check whether the malware-ridden versions exfiltrate more data than the genuine products, or less?

In your face short sellers! Tesla goes two quarters in a row without losing money


Re: Real profit or phony profit

Most businesses, when starting, get cash from investors and use it to pay for losses until they start to make a profit. Tesla has done this on a grand scale, having received 6.618 billion USD from investors (as of 31st December 19, unaudited). If you include investments received by its subsidiaries, it is 8.11 Billion.

At this point, it is hard to know whether Tesla will be successful in the business of selling electric cars. It has already proved to be very successful in the business of selling that dream to investors.

Windows takes a tumble in the land of the Big Mac and Bacon Double Cheeseburger


Re: Possible use of audio

I think COKE (and by extension, Coke) IS a registered trade mark.

In the EU, registered mark EU002091940 protects the name from being used for the relevant class of goods:

Class 32 Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other non-alcoholic drinks; fruit drinks and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages.

It also protects the name from being used in a wide range of less obvious products, including edible birds' nests. If you try selling "Coke" birds nest soup, you can expect a letter from their lawyers.


There are other registrations for the same name, presumably covering even more obscure product classes.

Intel server chip shortages continue to bite: HPE warns of Xeon processor supply drought for the whole of 2020


iX shortage

In December, I ordered some Intel NUCs, only for our supplier to cancel the order in January due to an unexpected chip shortage. They couldn't source the i5 or i7 parts, so I had to settle for i3s.

Maybe our supplier is to blame for accepting an order they couldn't fill, but it demonstrates that the shortage is affecting the iX family, as the article suggests.

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"

I heard that "Over and out" gives the other party the last word, leaving no opportunity to reply. The accepted response is supposed to be "The drinks are on you. Out."

Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt


Such cruelty!

That would put the RSPCA in a real quandary. It would have to act against such cruel treatment of lions and corgis but, on the other hand, the Queen is its patron.

Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Tesla, Microsoft exploit child labor to mine cobalt for batteries, human-rights warriors claim


How much cobalt per car?

That's a really interesting post, but could I just query one aspect of it?

You seem to be implying that each Tesla S3 uses 10 - 15 tonnes of cobalt. That can't be right, can it?

123-Reg is at it again: Registrar charges chap for domains he didn’t order – and didn't want


Re: Did these people actually READ their own statement?

No, I think it means: "We didn't rip off this customer, but that was an oversight - we did it to everyone else"

'Don’t be so concerned with your image'... US prosecutor lets rip on Uber for hack cover-up as pair plead guilty


I think he was talking about Uber.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket


Why you need a longer warning if you are turning

I read the article and then it took me a while to figure out why you need more time on amber if you are turning. It has nothing to do with coming out the other side of the junction.

It is because, after a split second of reaction time, you need to make a decision about whether to go or stop. If you are going straight, you have the choice of proceeding at full speed, or stopping. The formula is designed so if you are the critical distance away, you have time to either stop at the line, or pass it at the expected speed. If you are further away, you have to stop. If you are nearer, you have to continue.

If you are going to turn at the junction, you have the choice between stopping, or decelerating to make the turn. If you are decelerating, it will take longer to reach the stop line than it would at full speed, so you need extra time.

Brit hosting provider tsoHost takes needleful of 'unauthorized code' to the servers, suffers week of outages


Lemonrock was affected by this

"Tsohost - our hosting company - disconnected our Lemonrock server from the Internet early on Monday 10th June 2019. They did this without warning, and later claimed that they had suffered a cyber-attack."

Their full explanation is here:


To members of Pizza Hut's loyalty scheme: You really knead to stop reusing your passwords


New pizza base, only available via the loyalty scheme

Credential stuffed crust

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort


Re: Just 'Unnecessary'? What about 'Wouldn't Work'?

The only thing about this I disagree with is the manner of the unravelling. Chocolate teapots tend to melt or, if dropped before use, shatter. I think it unravels more like a toilet roll in a tumble drier.


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