* Posts by WanderingHaggis

77 posts • joined 5 Nov 2019


Theranos blood-test machine demos for VIPs rigged to hide any failures, court told


Am I being too harsh?

The "accidental destruction" of evidence should set a legal presumption of guilt and require the defendants to prove their innocence.

Boeing 737 Max chief technical pilot charged with deceiving US aviation regulators over MCAS


Re: When only companies are blamed it keeps happening again & again & again

There has to be personal responsibility but that has to extend beyond the test pilot if he had told people about "fixing" things then his manager should also face charges if there is a culture of corruption the GD CEO whoever responsible for allowing it should be charged. Corporate manslaughter is just a way of ducking out of your responsibility and hiding the guilty party. If a bean counter blocked the report then he / she should pay. .

Brit MPs blast Baroness Dido Harding's performance as head of NHS Test and Trace


Please don't call it NHS track and trace

It was a third party track and trace not NHS -- vaccine roll out which was NHS has worked well for the most part and I understand the NHS had its own trace and trace (primarily for STDs) that was ignored during the set up in spite of their competence. https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-why-did-england-ignore-an-army-of-existing-contact-tracers-140825 This was a major failing from day one.

Zoom-o-cracy: Wales MP misses vote, allowing COVID-passport rule change, blames the IT dept


Re: But it's conference season

Because there were important decisions to be made that couldn't wait.


Re: Can't fix

At a guess -- he didn't attempt to connect to the meeting until the vote -- if he can't be bothered to take part and understand the issue then only connect when it is time to vote then it is an own goal and deserves no sympathy. If you connect ahead of time and thus checking everything is good as well as participating in what you think is an important debate you then have time to go to plan B or check who you should phone.

There is a good French proverb the absent are always at fault (wrong) - Les absents ont toujours tort.

Config cockup leaves Reg reader reaching for the phone


Been there, done that, where did I put the tee shirt?

Updated a FortiGate firewall in the data centre and watched it disappear. Mad rush to centre (2 hours away by car) to reboot it. I then implemented a script that reboots the firewall 5 minutes after a configuration is changed unless you save the running config. (I strongly recommend this to any budding firewall manager.) I you can save it your good if you can't you need the reboot to fall back. But remember don't get distracted after you made the changes as going for coffee or chatting to a colleague has resulted in many a reboot.

Get real: Say what you like about your app but don't be surprised if I trollsplain



Buy one at twice the price and get one free. emmm

Facebook rendered spineless by buggy audit code that missed catastrophic network config error


Re: Who me?

Whatever happened to the you know have five minutes to confirm everything is happy or I'll reboot and fall back to the previous configuration. Fortigate can be told to behave like this and Juno does it out the box probably a script or something could be added to cisco. Really cool except when you sigh with relief and go for a coffee forgetting to confirm and save.

Is it a bridge? Is it a ferry? No, it's the Newport Transporter


A bit off topic

I remember visiting the crash chamber in Newcastle back in the eighties and seeing bandages and blood still on the floor of the chamber. But the worse was the tubes they had for transporting divers at pressure in the chopper. Not for the faint hearted.

BOFH: You'll find there's a company asset tag right here, underneath the monstrously heavy arcade machine


Re: Personal heaters

Ah the memories, the electrics in our building being quite old (building no longer exists) meant that when one of our colleagues turned on the heater under her desk the circuit breakers would pop if people were working in the studio and us geek running to check UPS and server, and/or circuit breaker. Many black outs, and informative lectures -- it should be noted she is a lovely, generous person and a fantastic cook so forgiveness would be extended,

UK Ministry of Defence tries again to procure £1.7bn tri-service recruitment system


Has anyone seen an outsourcing work?

I know when things work we don't notice them but notice when they fail however it seems to me that when ever something is outsourced it goes titup. Can anyoone tell me of a contract that has worked? Keeping things in house seems to be the only way to stand a chance of getting what you want.

So I’ve scripted a life-saving routine. Pah. What really matters is the icon I give it


Re: who was world-famous throughout France

Prefer Eddy Mitchell or Renaud -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak2VSH4oHxY Renaud at least made it in the UK charts with Miss Maggie and was known in the UK but this one is nicer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2QiGY1hgQs

Glasgow firm fined £150k after half a million nuisance calls, spoofing phone number, using false trading names


I really wonder a) how much they make and b) is it enough to cover the fine and still make it worthwhile. They must be getting a return for their "investment"

The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so


O me miserum -- just been taken back 40 years


Re: Pural

But chicken is poultry if your posh.

Fired credit union employee admits: I wiped 21GB of files from company's shared drive in retaliation


Re: Rather moronic

Actually at least 30 minutes before she is told her services are no longer required and if she is showing signs of heading for the door or serious issues arising even earlier. Don't leave a window of opportunity.

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way


I used to make a joke about wireless power -- it is odd to see the joke becoming a reality. I feel like saying if it is only 10 watts the factory floor might not have too much use for it but if the joke become reality then ... I'll get my coat.

British teachers' pensions set to be released from Capita's grasp after nearly 30 years


What I'm trying to get my head around is the concept that they have done a good job. For once has out sourcing worked? I need to go lie down in a dark room.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland


Re: Mars Bar

Pakora and chips with curry sauce -- bliss for a student in the late 70s.Spam fritters were good too but no mars bars back then.

It always struck me as a weird cultural difference, English fish and chip shops have cod, huss and other types of fish; but a Glasgow chippy has only one fish (further details unavailable) but also pizza, spam fritters, chicken, pakora, haggis, black pudding, mars bars the list goes on and on. Why?


Re: Sumption is wrong

Indeed according to it the border is in the wrong place.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement


Re: though corroded with rust, could be cleaned and restored to working condition

With the rust you might need to rebore the barrel.

You MUST present your official ID (but only the one that's really easy to fake)


but there is logic

As my french prof explained you use the maiden name because people get married then divorced then remarried ad infinitum and if you keep changing the surname everyone will get confused and official papers lost -- a bureaucratic nightmare will follow therefor logically you always stick with the name you got at birth to keep the paper work simple and prevent getting your pass lost. Either that or you can't divorce and remarry.

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it


Re: ... to be continued ...

I think this is a case for escalation to vegemite.

Pipe down, Jeff. You've only gone where Gus Grissom went before, 60 years ago today


Re: How Small

Having seem how tiny the Apollo capsule was I would have lost it during the voyage. Three of them in what looks just a little bigger than the back seat of a Cortina. The trick cyclists did a fantastic job of selecting the right people.

Google fined €500m for not paying French publishers after using their words on web


Re: If you can't tax 'em fine 'em

Seems reasonable to me, you plagiarizer or treat my hard work as free and kill my living then you deserve it.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast


Re: Title clearly says, "English Breakfast"

Where is the black pudding or don't southerners have it. Hash browns ok but not english. If Scottish you could add a little fried haggis slices and lorne sausage.

Robots still suck. It's all they can do to stand up – never mind rise up


Re: Perfect workers

But they can be moody especially if they get pain in their diodes.

'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary


But GDPR requires opt in - doesn't it?

As I understand it GDPR requires opt in and doesn't consider failure to opt out as consent. It always defaults to the most private secure settings. So how can the gov. claim people have consented if they haven't opted in. Should the ICO get involved and fine Matt?

That thing you were utterly sure would never happen? Yeah, well, guess what …


Done that to the wrong mailing list. Being a bit bored I had a fake startrek type message. Most receivers were OK but not everyone. Development definitely needs to be air gapped from the world.

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld


Re: Shades of Bletchley Park

A very good point -- there must be a tipping point when you know there is a rat because everything is going titsup -- i.e. time to get out of Dodge . Maybe that is an other reason for them pulling the plug and rounding everyone up.

MoD: Our networks are in 'unacceptable' state and both data and IT bods are stuck in silos


Just a thought

I'd of thought that MOD stuff not being on the internet i.e. along with data being locked inside “internal and contractual silos” making it “hard to access and integrate”. would be a good thing from a security perspective. We don't want some teen hacker accessing the polaris subs and playing wargames. Good hacking film.

NASA to return to the Moon by 2024. One problem with that, says watchdog: All of it


Am I the only one

Am I the only one who looked at the video and saw startrek blue engines on the ships?

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died


So you're saying, they had to be stupid and clever at the same time unless suicidal -- in any case it was a willful though out act. I'm stunned.


I'd have thought that seeing the car can tell you you're not wearing a seat belt when someone is on the passenger seat then it must know where you're sitting and then refuse to go if you don't have a person in the driver's seat. Granted the person there may not be awake.

AWS to cut Python 2.7 off at the knees in July with 'minor version update' for Chalice


YES lets move on.

For the last week I've been trying to get Node.js and Quip live apps to compile and every time npm refuses because it wants python 2.7 and will not work with anything else; Now this, please move on fix everything before I go bananas.

George Clooney of IT: Dribbling disaster and damp disk warnings scare the life out of innocent user


After Dark

I had their screen saver and loved the bad dog. Though I had a collegue stick her head round the door to figure out what was happening>

University duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired

Big Brother

Re: If these things never became commits, then whats being reverted ?

I think they have concluded that as the uni is a bad faith actor so they now need to double check everything in case they missed something the first time round. In light of the actions of the researcher they can't be certain of the boundaries that were set and that nothing had been done previously. A bit belt and braces but in reality in IT security all anyone can say is I have not found an intruder / backdoor etc but there is no guarantee that there isn't one.


Re: And so what? CCP, USSR, Israel, 400# oaf in his mother's basement

I suspect the domain name and IP restrictions are really making a point loudly. The people involved in maintaining the project know this isn't so much a block as a way of annoying and making the university aware that they overstepped the mark. Otherwise I imagine they would give a half hearted apology and then carry on as if nothing had happened.

Would be so cool if everyone normalized these pesky data leaks, says data-leaking Facebook in leaked memo


Re: Tactics of the ...

Weasels and cats wow

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into


Re: Not a translator

Did simultaneous once and was totally worn out. It's a killer especially when someone is trying to give you advice while you're doing it.

A floppy filled with software worth thousands of francs: Techie can't take it, customs won't keep it. What to do?

Thumb Up

Re: A Cunning Plan

A bit like ceefax and in graphics mode just as slow. But brilliant back in the 80s.

The French customs ah <old f**t mode>I remember it well --- along with the french "system D" (short for demerde or debrouille) -- the stamping of passports by customs was really interesting too, I had several stamps stating I had left France but none to say I had ever entered. </old f**t mode>

Sure, Dave might seem like he's avidly listening to this morning's meeting, but he's actually doing a yoga routine


Re: Nope...

no pants -- just my kilt -- darn sight more comfortable

'No' does not mean 'yes'... unless you are a scriptwriter for software user interfaces


Re: Distinctions

Growing up in Glasgow using archaic medical terminology like c**t to describe someone was not considered wise unless you could run quickly or were ready to take them on.

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative


Re: English is definded by it's users

A bit like when I told my American friends I was a hooker at school and supported by a couple of friends -- originally though I was the loose head prop.


Re: Hack!, Hack!,Hack!

It can be a bad cough as well -- a hacking cough. By the way does anyone have some aspirin?


Re: My current annoyance is "gift" as a verb

Mine is to speak into a situation -- I speak into telephones, microphones even ears sometimes I advise, suggest, discuss, inform but a situation does not have receptors or intelligence to receive ... But as others have said it is a lost cause.

Shelter for internet outcasts Parler slaps Amazon with fresh lawsuit after abandoning first attempt


Innovative tech start up

you failed to do proper backups and protect their data. Methinks they have an inflated view of themselves and their abilities.

Two clichés, one headline: 'No good deed goes unpunished' and 'It's always DNS'


Re: My Manager!

There are some good guys. I once destroyed the email server with a window's update (many moons ago.) The timing was to say the least extremely bad and email was vital to find out what was happening to people in a sensitive part of the world that was becoming unstable -- the boss and I did the disaster recovery in record time, we had put a notice on the server room door that said "We know" no interruptions -- a really good boss who has our backs.

All I want for Christmas is cash: Welsh ATMs are unbeatable. Or unbootable. Something like that


Re: To be fair

thuirt gu math



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