* Posts by ElectricPics

46 posts • joined 11 Jun 2019

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims


Re: Stelios & EGM

He's probably right. After all, he'll have been on the receiving end of the odd bung so he should know.


Those that discard 'outdated' wisdom tend to be in greater need of it.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle


Re: Manufacturer???

It was Ferrograph. Based just six miles from the station (and three from me) and still a major supplier to Network Rail.

Comms giant Telefonica confirms O2 in talks to merge with Virgin Media


I've had my mobile with Cellnet/O2 for 20 years and found them no trouble at all, other than the recent in-contract price rise irritation. If a merger goes through and Virgin put their stamp on customer service takes over then my relationship with them will likely end.

Google says no more shady anonymous web ads – if you want your billboard up, you've got to show us some valid ID


Re: A Good Step

Your naivety is quite touching but you're right, the ultimate owners of any corporate Should be identifiable, but many aren't, especially those based in US and UK tax havens.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'


Iran presents 'new' high tech military hardware from time to time which usually turns out to be obsolete Russian or Chinese aircraft, tanks or missiles with some painted cardboard attached to them. No-one is ever fooled or understands why they do it, and this looks like a similar antic.

IBM age discrimination lawsuit suddenly ends, suggests Big Blue was willing to pay to avoid discovery process


Re: Yay ! Justice is served !

Another reason companies settle even if they're guaranteed to win a court case is reputational risk, although in IBMs case I doubt that's ever going to be a worry.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle


Re: Double ejection

The pins only restrict the firing handle so even if it was left in it should have fired.

Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks


Locks only keep honest people out anyway. To the rest they're just a hindrance.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


Re: OFCOM really have screwed DAB in the UK

Another major issue is that most BBC multiplex transmitters radiate far more wattage than their independent equivalents leading to more signal drop for commercial broadcasters unless you have clear LOS.

Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'


I'd be getting nervous if just one invoice went unpaid, let alone several months worth - you'd think he'd have walked much sooner.

Fitbit unfurls last new wearable before it's gobbled by Google, right on time for global pandemic lockdown


"You can only leave your home once per day"

Kindly don't disseminate nonsense.

Delivery drones: Where are they when we really need them?


The only people who think delivery drones are any good are the corporate communications departments at Amazon etc who find them useful for getting some incremental media exposure.

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown


Re: (e)to donate blood;

O neg here too. They'll waive the 8/16 week donation frequency rule when blood stocks drop nationally so why can't they make an assessment of individual donors at a time like this?

Microsoft cops to 775% Azure surge, quotas on resources and 'significant new capacity' coming ASAP


Re: “We are expediting the addition of significant new capacity"

If every worker was at home in isolation we'd be in a true apocalypse. Who do you think is maintaining the infrastructure that allowed you to post such drivel?

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm


When I worked for a division of ABN Amro, if anyone typed All into Lotus Notes recipient it didn't just send to all 300 or so users in the division, but global. And Reply All to 'cakes in the kitchen' sent in error to the world had predictable results.

What happens when the maintainer of a JS library downloaded 26m times a week goes to prison for killing someone with a motorbike? Core-js just found out


Re: Zloirock

Thanks for the belly laugh!

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores


Those that are not panicking have failed to understand the issue.

MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after workers jailed over accounting errors


Royal Mail Legal Services, the successor to previous incarnations of Post Office Investigations, is recognised by the MoJ as a private prosecutor. They're probably more clued up than the CPS and certainly present cases with evidence gained under the same rules as the police, which is where most of their investigators come from anyway.


"So far there has been no suggestion that any individual from the Post Office or Fujitsu will face criminal charges for their part in the scandal."

Both the Judge and the DPP have referred information regarding the Fujitsu witnesses to the Police for investigation. In the normal course of events I would say that would be the end of it, but with an annoyed Queen's Bench Division Judge pushing things along I think some sphincters will be twitching at Fujitsu. This isn't a case of a corporate fudging the game but investigating individuals for perjury and perverting the course of justice. Convictions for either inevitably attract prison sentences.

Scottish biz raided, fined £500k for making 193 million automated calls


But again, nothing will happen to them. Companies House are notorious for non enforcement


Re: Spoofing of phone numbers should be limited

Caller ID masking is an important part of many businesses communication arrangements, for preventing callbacks to outbound-only call centre teams for example. It's a service offered by all telcos and a major benefit of VoIP. It's not really spoofing until it's used dishonestly.


The company's most recent accounts show it was a dormant company at the time of the offences, so it was trading improperly anyway, and I bet its net worth hasn't increased from the nominal £1 share that was issued on formation. The ICO must know that prosecuting firms like this is only going to cost taxpayers with no prospect of the fine ever being paid.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


Re: Seems insane

What shareholders? The shipping line is owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk which is itself owned by the Maersk family via the A.P. Moller Foundation.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer


Re: Williams and Glynn - Old news

My NaffWest small business account was a remote office somewhere daan saaaaf with no contacts so when they decided to get rid of our pesky accounts instead of hiving off Williams & Glyn, they did a deal with a handful of banks to take on those accounts, including Starling, whose £1000 no-strings bribe won my affection.

Starliner snafu could've been worse: Software errors plague Boeing's Calamity Capsule


The point here isn't the reliance on a single sensor which is bad enough, but the complete omission of MCAS from the pilot manual, simulators, or the fairly simple but also undocumented method for regaining manual trim control.

Where else do Boeing have safety critical systems that are unknown and undocumented for the operator?

Day 4 of outage: UK's Manchester police deploy exciting new carbon-based method to record crime


No need to read past the word Capita. How do they get business given that every single project they run goes from not fit purpose to Titsup and back, in cycles?

Will Asimov fix my doorbell? There should be a law about this


Re: "Brexit means we are at last freed to obey whatever the Americans instruct us to do"

Two down votes? Really?!

Londoner who tried to blackmail Apple with 300m+ iCloud account resets was reusing stale old creds


Thick as a castle wall. No tangible risk other than the baseless threats. That said, this has similarities with blackmail attempts against food retailers which had no basis but caused immense disruption and cost.

UK's Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*


Re: Playing devils advocate...

The list of get-out conditions for Halo would embarrass an insurance company.

If you want an example of how user concerns do not drive software development, check out this Google-backed API


I thought everyone who was in the know, knew that harvesting our data to provide targeted advertising at a price was everything Google was about? In return we get a fantastic search engine that feeds the harvester, Maps that are great but record our every move, email that scans our words, calendars that track our days. All free. Not.

High-resolution display output or Wi-Fi: It seems you can only choose one on Raspberry Pi 4


The Pi 4 is already way ahead of the ICL2966 of my yoof!

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


Re: Most people don't care one way or another.

Likewise. In fact I might even buy the new domain now and redirect from the .org as we don't have any printed stationery with the URL on it.

Totally Sardonic Bank: Well, it must be, to have a TITSUP* the same week as THAT report


I worked for Lloyds TSB before the split - TSB was always known as the Totally Shit Bank long before the merger with Lloyds. Sometimes corporate DNA can't be altered.

This news article about the full public release of OpenAI's 'dangerous' GPT-2 model was part written by GPT-2


Do Not show this to...

,,, any of the senior managers at any of the large UK newspaper publishers. Their newsrooms are deserted enough and this could be the answer to their cost cutting dreams.

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


Re: Demons in app?


Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection


There is no 'button' to eject folks, it's a fairly large pull handle located between the crew's legs. Some aircraft used to have it behind their headrest with a hood that came over their head to protect it in the event of the canopy failing to be jettisoned prior to the seat firing.

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos


Re: Device good, app garbage

I had a similar experience - solved by uninstalling the app and installing v2.95 - the last stable version - downloaded from APK Mirror. It still displays the new dashboard which must be generated server-side but 'looking for device' just takes a few seconds. Notifications are still borked though.

Fitbit fitness fans furious following flummoxing flawed firmware float, fleeting feedback, failed fixes


I've rolled back to Fitbit app v2.95 (downloaded from APK Mirror) and although it still displays the new dashboard, connectivity and notifications are back to normal, which is to say not perfect but much better.

Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides


Re: Was?

Gelber schnee?

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS


Re: OMG!

Still got one in a drawer for just in case. Holds charge for years. Literally.

Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit?


Re: Children?

Oh, grow up.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Never mind all the technical stuff. I've flown in all sorts of semi airworthy heaps but their lack of sophistication and pilots that could fly instead of being flight computer operators meant the risk was negligible. You'll never get me in a 737 Max and I expect that goes for the rest of the world.

Queen Elizabeth has a soggy bottom: No, the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, what the hell did you think we meant?


Re: Literally..

She's not on sea trials. The ship's company is being put through the Flag Officer Sea Training inspection before going operational.

Mystery GPS glitch grounds flights, leaves passengers in the bar


Re: back in MY day...

Not operational anywhere apart from possibly China now. eLoran is running in the UK for shipping and bound to be adopted worldwide.


Re: back in MY day...

eLoran is operational in the UK with seven land stations but it only has a maritime application. Other countries including the USA are conducting trials.


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