* Posts by WanderingHaggis

145 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Nov 2019


Microsoft unbundling Teams is to appease regulators, not give customers a better deal


total frustration with teams

Logging in to a community in teams is painful. Invited into a community I can only access the shared area if I use the initial invite (even then it doesn't always work telling me I don't have permissions to access it), I can't even book mark the link. The idea is nice the result fails to meet the promise.

Cops visit school of 'wrong person's child,' mix up victims and suspects in epic data fail


There was a presenter on Scottish BBC who claimed that he went to school two children in the class were called Donny McCloud so the teacher to call roll would say Donny A and Donny B McCloud. Donny B stuck for the rest of his life.

The batteries on Odysseus, the hero private Moon lander, have run out


Re: Well USA, you learned an important lesson didn't you?

It still a government body i.e. NASA that did all the basic research and development that the private companies are building on.

Trident missile test a damp squib after rocket goes 'plop,' fails to ignite


What if?

Everything was fine except for what wasn't. So if this was the real thing would the nuke have armed and then detonated in the ocean under the sub? I think right now its deterrent effect is probably felt most by the sailors on the sub.

Europe's data protection laws cut data storage by making information-wrangling pricier


Sounds good but ...

The laws for handling the P.O. scandal already exist: starting with contempt of court, perjury, plus other things that a lawyer can update you on. In the end the problem was not the tech failure but the cover up and deceiving the courts. P.O. management, Fujitsu management and the experts who said everything was secure should be charged and not allowed to hide behind the corporation..

United Airlines’ patience with Boeing is maxed out after repeated safety issues


Oh dear

They best do something quickly before the wheels come off.

Post Office boss unable to say when biz knew Horizon could be remotely altered


Re: Compensation?

I don't know how the PO did their accounting but I would have though the yearly audit should have been showing that while X stock and services had been sold they took X+Y income. For example my shop has 100 pens in stock and at the end of the sales period I've sold 110 pens. Accounts should pick this up and ask questions shouldn't they and also be able to say the equivalent of 10 pens is owed?

Former Post Office boss returns CBE to sender over computer system scandal


Re: A scandal of epic proportions

I fear it relates how people get and process information. The drama appeals because you don't have to think just react emotionally. Panorama is work you need to think and be analytical (as with Private eye and computer weekly)-- the dispassionate "I say old bean isn't there something wrong" never quite has the same effect of "You what, mate" outrage.

UK PM promises faster justice for Post Office Horizon victims


Re: How is Fujitsu not in the dock?

Failed to edit in time -- did Fujitsu inform the PO that only the sub-post master had access i.e. PO management and employees didn't but not say that Fujitsu super users did because that was not what they were being asked. I saw that Fujitsu engineers are being investigated for perjury did they also mislead / lie to the PO as well. This is not an excuse for the PO as they should have realised that there was a change in the patterns of fraud and levels were not "normal". Odd behaviour is a sign that something is going on. The PO IT staff should have the awareness of opsec realities even if the board didn't and asked the relevant questions.


How is Fujitsu not in the dock?

The cry out against the Post Office is loud and valid, what is terrible is the feeling that Fujitsu has only been named in passing when they are a central player. In my experience user don't understand the power of the sysadmin to access systems and over ride restrictions. That is why there needs to be audit trails so that "back door" access is at least logged. Management in the Post Office should have asked questions why the number of fraud detection increased so much once Horizon was deployed. The post office should have asked who had access though I suspect from experience if you tell management that you don't have access they tend to believe you. A person with sysadmin experience would ask what do I need to do to have access and how is it logged. Fujitsu should be front and centre here, and liable to compensate just as much as the Post Office is.

You don't get what you don't pay for, but nobody is paid enough to be abused


Paper / email trails sadly can be necessary

I had a similar experience where I was blamed for seriously delaying a project. Fortunately I had had a bad feeling about the whole thing and was careful to document and save emails which I was able to produce to show I'd been chasing the third part for months and had fulfilled my side of things. Sad that you have to do this but it can save you a lot of grief.

Bank's datacenter died after travelling back in time to 1970


Re: Priorities

We put a sign on the door WE KNOW and our big boss was smart enough to tell people to not bother us. There are a few good bosses.

Chromebooks are problematic for profits and planet, says Lenovo exec


Re: Chromebooks

Do you want a Billy Bunter customising it -- not if you're responsible to maintain it.


Re: chromebooks suck

Got a chromebox for my mother in law. Much lower stress level giving her chrome support than any of her previous windows boxes. Backup is done all the tasks she wants are easily done -- she hasn't lost anything. Wouldn't give her anything else now.

Elon is the bakery owner swearing in the street about Yelp critics canceling him


Re: Advertising Money

Do I care if twitter survives -- yes in same way I care about a sewer pipe discharging in the street. I don't want its poisonous content and conspiracy junk polluting the neighbourhood.

Ex-school IT admin binned student, staff accounts and trashed phone system


What was the reason for him being sacked

If he was sacked there must have been something already going on so why wasn't he locked out first? Basic opsec. As suggested he might have had a back door -- audits may have been his responsibility so he can hide but still... The guy needed to go so check that your car isn't beneath the chosen window.

Suits ignored IT's warnings, so the tech team went for the neck

Big Brother

The power of controlling the internet

As a charity we used to have board and trustee meetings where it became apparent people weren't paying attention (in the course of one meeting I received an email stating we had policy which contradicted what IT had recommended and I knew hands on leadership were pushing for and as well hadn't been voted at that point.) Very awkward for us getting the job done and telling recalcitrant volunteer workers to comply. From that point on I got the GDs permission to have a wifi outage during meetings. Attention increased, and under table chat was curtailed.

Scripted shortcut caused double-click disaster of sysadmin's own making


Re: Yes

I instinctively make a distinction here -- I learnt maths (past part) that is learned (i.e. high level) maths.

Lesson 1: Keep your mind on the ... why aren't the servers making any noise?


Re: All fun and games until...

I had one user who found the clips annoying so deliberately broke it off to make it "easier to use". e also complained of having a really bad connection which was how I found out he was modifying the clips.

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress


Looks like the reverse engineering hasn't gone too well

If the US has reversed engineered alien tech what astounding leaps should have been made out of nowhere. Unfortunately, there is a lot of expense research still required for big breakthroughs.

Quirky QWERTY killed a password in Paris



Having been introduced to keyboards while working in France I love my azerty, though I am bilingual and can use a qwerty. Living now in the UK my laptop is qwerty and my wireless keyboard azerty (I still do some French user support) -- being the only decent (and rude) French speaker in the technical team. Though the windows habit of defaulting the keyboard to UK layout at login is annoying. I would love it if I could set the keyboard layout independently i.e. without having all the Microsoft apps changing language.

That old box of tech junk you should probably throw out saves a warehouse


Backup spares

One of our offices had a literal server meltdown. Although we had backups the server was the backup machine and the ancient tape drive was end of life. Getting the data from a no longer existing model of tape drive proved very difficult and time consuming. When it comes to back up equipment two is better than one so you can fall back before you have a fail. (And have the second off site.)

Support chap put PC into 'drying mode' and users believed it was real


Re: Nipples and sonic screwdrivers

My daughter gave me a toy sonic screw driver (torch) which was very handy and I would use it to inspect the crimping of RJ45 cables. Then one day I realised what I looked like waving the sonic over network cables and my delight increased.

Wrong time to weaken encryption, UK IT chartered institute tells government


Re: Here Are The Choices

As they say "Sous la pavé les plages"

Turns out people don't like it when they suspect a machine's talking to them


Re: Or

Or they just aren't interested enough in you so ignore you while using the AI to try and not make it obvious.

NASA fixes solar observation spacecraft by turning it off and turning it on again


Re: Does it involve a long paperclip?

External reset was puzzling me too. Maybe they reached out from the ISS or perhaps friendly aliens.

News Corp outfoxed by IT intruders for years


What was their goal?

Piggy back on NI's hacking?

Glasgow staff form UK's first Apple union after historic vote


Re: re: Hey, Glaswegians, care to share...

C U Jimmy -- U gonna gie us a union or can yur mammy stich?

BOFH and the case of the Zoom call that never was


We used to give people (mainly trustees, directors, big boss types etc) from foreign parts a loan of necessary adaptors to use in the office. No-one every returns them but don't have them with them next meetings. In the end we now say we used to have a lot of adaptors but can't do anything as we're waiting for them to be returned. Cue embarrassment, sometimes, but to fair they were decent people just typical in this area.

Artificial pancreas successful in type 2 diabetes tests


Exciting news

As a MODY (https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/other-types-of-diabetes/mody#:~:text=MODY%20is%20a%20rare%20form,of%20inheriting%20it%20from%20them.) and a teckie I look forward to not having to do endless calculations for injections to then end up for some reason (weather, wind direction, mood ...) having them go wrong. It definitely gets harder to control as you get older.

London cops break into gallery to rescue lifelike art installation


Re: Well done to the officers involved

How would they know there was someone in the building and why should they waste time in an emergency. They did the right thing.

KmsdBot botnet is down after operator sends typo in command


Don't work have you turn it on and off?

Just wondering if a reboot would enable the bot again? Is this just a temporary "fix"

Two signs in the comms cabinet said 'Do not unplug'. Guess what happened


Re: Not only two signs...

Seen that one.

BOFH: We're an industry leader … in employing idiot managers


Old and tried methods

Something breaks then it might take a long time to fix and not as reliable as a new one. Ah yes been there. I will not say what I did.

NASA's Artemis mission finally launches after faulty Ethernet switch delayed countdown


Re: Faulty Ethernet switch?

You would expect a fail-over but to be fair I've never had an ethernet switch fail on its own they are solid beasts (unless there was a big thunder storm that blew out a port -- highly unlikely) -- the who me option sounds most likely explaination.

Why I love my Chromebook: Reason 1, it's a Linux desktop


Set my mother in law up on a chromebox

Fed up with the various viral and backup failures she had experienced I got my mother in law a chrome box. Cheap and her stuff is safe - I don't have to keep explaining why windows has changed since 95. It's simple and easy to use, I can even remote to her fairly painlessly without having to install extra software. In short it does everything she needs with out buying / subscribing to lots of extras. Added bonus is the local bodgers don't install all sorts of junk she doesn't understand or need telling her she must have it leaving her upset that her machine is so slow and does weird things. Chrome is a really good option for challenged users.

Children should have separate sections in social media sites, says UK coroner


Re: Why is age verification an invasion of privacy ?

Real information can be abused and sold on -- true that is why GDPR exists. Our problem is enforcement of data protection so that some kind of ID may be used without fear of abuse in an unregulated global context. The valid credit card seems a good way (granted cards can be copied or cloned but it should reduce the number of children exposed and put power / responsibility into the parents hand to keep their information safe).

The other issue freedom of speech is tricky -- Alex Jones and others demands freedom of speech with terrible results. Is this acceptable? How can we police the harm done by these people of bad faith?

Tetchy trainee turned the lights down low to teach turgid lecturer a lesson


Re: Notes? How old school!

Large CRT monitor might be a clue about how old the story is. But taking lecture notes are not necessarily a bad thing -- it helps you to remember by including an other sense/activity writing.

Queen's shooting star was actually meteor, not SpaceX junk


Re: Predator

Depends on the pub.

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV


Re: Apathy is the problem

I suspect as far as the neighbour is concerned the camera points at her garden path everything else is just an accident. Also it is the outside of the front door of the house which isn't really pervy. Surveillance is a possibility see who is visiting or keeping logs on when people go out and when the house is empty but I would seriously doubt it.

Australian wasps threaten another passenger plane, with help from COVID-19


Re: Incredibly delicate technology

Would it be possible to have attached a little chute that would pull the cover off in a slipstream? If the cover is a lightweight thing held on by elastic it shouldn't need a lot of drag, but obviously not so little that it comes of in a strong breeze.

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft


Re: Out of all these...

Argh all these half-baked comments leaves me feeling raw.

Amazon can't channel the dead, but its deepfake voices take a close second


Hollywood here I come

This would make a good Hitchcock movie -- speaker under the bed haunting the attempting to sleep.

That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity


Re: Everybody knows...

But javascript gives you OK or Cancel as the two available options on the confirm method. Changing to Yes or No requires some work (which I haven't been bothered to do rather rephrase the question.)

Keeping your head as an entire database goes pear-shaped


Re: Backups

Almost right. I once had to persuade management (and the web developer) after a bad SQL injection attack on our main website that it wasn't enough to simply restore the site but that it had to be offline while the failings in the code were fixed otherwise we would be on line for 15 minutes before crashing again (leaking all sorts of confidential information and your truly cleaning up the mess again). You can restore the data but you must fix the hole or the ship sinks again. Fortunately I succeeded but only just.

Zuckerberg sued for alleged role in Cambridge Analytica data-slurp scandal


The buck stops at the boss.

I get the impression that US law protects the people who are breaking the law by hiding them behind the company. I don't understand how the decision makers avoid the consequences of their choices. To be honest I'm not sure British law is any better. In France I seem to remember the CEO can be held responsible in court for actions of the company. I may need an update.

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL


Even going from British to American English I've found that some variance in forcefulness and crudeness. The problem now is I've worked with so many non Queen's English folk that I forget what is acceptable where. There in lies trouble.

Bank had no firewall license, intrusion or phishing protection – guess the rest


Re: the Andra Pradesh Mahesh Co-Operative Urban Bank

It's a shame for the account holder who loose their savings though. Was the bank insured -- would an insurer honour such a fail?

Software upgrades help Mars helicopter keep flying


Good value for money

I'm stunned by the number of NASA projects that exceed life expectancy and just keep on going -- patched updated and still work.