* Posts by Val Halla

28 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Mar 2019

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

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Really !

To lose one may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness. To lose three, words fail me.

If the factory is run by AI then it seems to need some education. How long does it take before the three robots failing to arrive at their destination becomes an exception requiring intervention?

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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Another reason to dump Farcebook.

If it didn't exist, governments would have to find other ways to spy on us. Probably too late to worry about it now.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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It's all Coq to me.

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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Re: Black swan event

It's probably fair to assume the indigenous races never expected a white man event either.

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings

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Doctored evidence

There's too many spin doctors and not enough doctors of science.

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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Total Inability To Supply Under-priced Petrol.

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger

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In the long run the most valuable commodity is water, so why do we waste resources generating crypto ?

IBM's CEO and outgoing exec chairman take home $38m in total for 2020 despite revenue shrinking by billions

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A definition of Cloud


OVH says some customer data and configs can’t be recovered after fire, some seems to be OK, plenty is safe

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Hey Octave

What is this DRP of which you speak?

Man arrested after UK school finds wiped hard drives on devices connected to network

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Re: But Why?

Speaking of the three wise monkeys I've always found the following applies where security is involved.

Hear no evil - Directors don't want to know,

See no evil - Management look the other way,

Do no evil - Employees just shouldn't do it, or get caught.

What happens when the internet realizes the stock market is basically a casino? They go shopping at the Mall

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Get shortie.

I strongly suspect this is a variant on a short squeeze perpetrated by hedge funds.

1 The traders bought at $5,

2 Started shorting,

3 Created outrage on social media,

4 Suggest how to undo the hedge funds,

5 Start a movement to increase the price,

6 Price rises

7 Sell out shares bought at stage 1 at a profit,

8 Prices fall,

9 Close out short orders at profit,

10 Buy a yacht,

11 Redo.

150,000 lost UK police records looking more like 400,000 as Home Office continues to blame 'human error'

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Re: UK Data Protection law and GDPR

Their recovery plan has definitely put the deleted data beyond use. It's not just the backup that failed, their DRP has clearly failed too.

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Re: the 3 absolutes

Have a beer, I'm using that.

UK's NHS Digital hands £8m contract to lab data biz after trouble matching COVID-19 tests to health records

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Does it work?

If not, will the full contract value be returned?

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules

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Following the science

Where's the leadership in that?

Far better to have assessed the risks and be over cautious when this started, it would have been easier.

Just let this sink in: Capita wins 12-year £1bn contract to provide training services to the Royal Navy and Marines

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Never was so much owed by so many to so few.

At least the annual accounts look better now.

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England expects....`

.... Crapita to make a fortune.

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Re: Maybe it will work

It would appear we are paying Crapita to train potential adversaries in the same techniques we use thus compromising any advantage we might have.

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Re: Ha!

Read your history instead of the Victor or History channel.

War in the West by James Holland is a good start.

Software engineer leaked UK missile system secrets and refused to hand cops his passwords, Old Bailey told

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I'm surprised our security services need to ask for a password.

IBM: Our AI correctly predicts onset of Alzheimer’s 71% of the time, better than standard clinical tests

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Perhaps IBM could also solve the conundrum of Covid.

Transport for London data pilot: We want to keep tabs on dockless bikes and e-bikes

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Re: I think all transport needs looking at.

Not an idiot, just a pedestrian who seems to have been ignored in all this. Pedestrians always come off worst no matter what hits them, even smart ones.

Dido 'Queen of Carnage' Harding to lead UK's Institute for Health Protection because Test and Trace went so well

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You can't buy your health.

But, you can sell it.

2015-member database floats off through breach in Royal Yachting Association's hull

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To the lifeboats.

We have a leak and are now sinking.

Ahoy !

Do Xpect Custard Creams? DXC buys cosy New Jersey data centre, moves in with Credit Suisse

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If CSC + HPE = (DXC) - 40000.

Where D=0, what is the value of C?

Humanity gazes into the abyss to get its first glimpse of a black hole

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In a galaxy far, far away.....

IT meltdown bank TSB: It's as good a week as any to announce we're taking back control

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Re: Migration

And if you want to be really mean... you convert the CEOs and other high-ups bank accounts to the "new" system first so they can acid-test everything they need to do to pay their bills with their shiny new enforced system.

You are a genius and should be running TSB.

Chap joins elite support team, solves what no one else can. Is he invited back? Is he f**k

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Re: or just fixing an "unsolvable" problem

Tusk, Tusk !