* Posts by Bertieboy

13 posts • joined 9 Sep 2019

What a time for a TITSUP*: Santander down and out on pre-Bank Holiday payday



I recall a colleague of mind whose main task was to maintain and "continuously improve" a DEC based real time 24/7/365 control system. Above his desk was a large notice reading "NEVER NEVER NEVER update this system on a Friday" Over the years I have come to learn the wisdom of this advice.

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo


Perhaps the time has come to bring in an "abuse your trademark and risk losing it" rule.

Obscene bullying on the part of Apple (or any other megacorp) should have real consequences.

Bricks and mortar chemists take down Indian contact-tracing website


Pedant note: Pharmacists not chemists please, us former members of the Royal Society for Chemists are keen to maintain the distinction.

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains


Forsooth! I'm old and grumpy - old enough to remember the introduction of the Unsolicited goods and services act (1971) - if truth be known, I was quite old then! Is there no chance that Nominet have transgressed this act in any way and can be taken to task? - seems to me they're sales techniques are "iffy". Just asking.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears


Three years free board and lodging courtesy of HMG - bad but it could have been worse, I seem to remember that in previous times, sabotage of vital infrastructure in times of emergency could carry a suspended sentence (assuming the police/army failed to shoot him at the time).

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


Clouseau lives!

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman


Reg converter

Could the powers in charge of the reg converter please explain why according to the converter a mile is not exactly 8 furlongs or 1760 yards etc. as historically defined?

Dixons fined £500,000 by ICO for crap security that exposed 5.6 million customers' payment cards


Try never to use them now, I remember the fights I used to have with them when buying stuff when they insisted on me giving them a post code/house No. even with cash purchases. I always decline (similarly requests for email etc) and have walked out the shop on more than one occasion rather than submit to their rapacious data grabbing practices.

UK Info Commish quietly urged court to swat away 100k Morrisons data breach sueball


Perhaps it's just I'm a grumpy old fart but in a criminal case, going directly to the judge to try and influence the outcome could be construed as attempting to pervert the course of Justice. Personally, I feel the same rules should apply in these type of cases. If you have material evidence, then present it to the court and allow the judge to decide, otherwise just do the job we pay you for and apply the unbiased judgement.

237 UK police force staff punished for misusing IT systems in last 2 years


Contrary to popular opinion the police are and as far as I'm aware always have been civilian.

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice


Sometimes it works the other way - I once checked into my room in the Marriott North Charleston ( I think) only to find it already occupied by a young lady who I vaguely knew. She seemed to think it was obviously pre-ordained so I stayed.

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry


Just bought a cheap HP - slapped it onto my linux desktop and let the OS deal with it - no problems. Haven't used a crappy driver disc for many many years!

Like a grotty data addict desperately jonesing for its next fix, Google just can't stop misbehaving


Only a naive moron who does not understand how all the (mainly tax free) money generated by these obscenely intrusive habits is used to buy politicians and eventually adversely effect us all could consider no harm done!


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