* Posts by WanderingHaggis

113 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Nov 2019


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.

Driver in Uber's self-driving car death goes on trial, says she feels 'betrayed'


Software to arbitrate between two soldiers -- haven't they heard of rank?

Don't really don't get this one, you don't have time in combat to make decision making protracted so usually the army has very clear hierarchy such discussions usually end with yes sarg or sir not lets boot my laptop and see what the AI thinks once everything is entered in.

We have redundancy, we have batteries, what could possibly go wrong?


I'm not slow -- you just have to explain for a long time.

I remember our big outage -- phone alert -- rushing to the site and knowing most of the battery life would have gone by that time I got there. I start shutting everything down cleanly until I suddenly realised that the lights were on again. (It was during the day so there was some excuse.)

UK govt signs IT contracts 'without understanding' the needs


Indeed there but not listened too but expected to clean up the mess and carry the can for the minister.

Make assistive driving safe: Eliminate pedestrians


Re: In other words, precisely the wrong direction. Nice.

Cassie is pretty good and nice restaurants

No, I've not read the screen. Your software must be rubbish


Back inthe day

We had a simple menu system 1 -- for word processor 2 -- format the disc in drive B (yes it was that long ago). I had been pushing users to read screens as we had a lot of problems with the it is not working -- what does the screen say -- press any key to continue so what do I do? problem. One user complained that she had read the screen as I'd instructed and typed Y then for some reason all her work disappeared. As you can guess she had hit the wrong key and only read the last sentence -- do you wish to continue. Reading is a rare gift in users.

Free AI protein software packages nearly predicted structure of the Omicron coronavirus variant correctly


If I remember correctly in pharmacology anything that can enter / interact with your body is considered a drug. So you would either have to create a new working definition of naughty drug or licence stuff like water, food etc -- tricky that.

It's the day before the grand opening but we need a firmware update. It'll be fine


Friday rule

Touch nothing unless you have no alternative.

Thank you, FAQ chatbot, but if I want your help I'll ask for it


Re: I am here to help. What can I do for you today?

I remember a conference speaker who had worked on creating these systems describing them as satanic. Looking at it now he would have it not answer the call if there were not enough operators available to handle the load. Avoid winding people up and wasting time.

Foreign Office IT chaos: Shocking testimony reveals poor tech support hindered Afghan evac attempts


It boils down to your way of running things

A lot relates to the Govt's philosophy i.e. small government means no slack, minimal staffing and no reserves for when the brown stuff hits the ventilator but taxes are lower. I'm sure the merger of departments was to streamline things a bit more. They were set up to fail.

As for companies doing better -- remember the Olympics - I heard (unconfirmed but believable) that a civil service Sir Humphrey back at the start knew the private company in question was not going to work but was forced to use them; one had a quiet word with the generals so that they were ready when it fell apart.

There are skilled and good civil servants but you need to let them do their job. One of the main problems with government is the Government.

BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?


Re: Unfortunately...

True but they never say that a dodgy civil servant in a pub offered them a pony to inject nanobots into unsuspecting patients so are the government not offering under the counter money to antivaxxers -- why don't they record one of the meetings. Again no one has come forward saying I took money from Boris then changed my mind. After so much time it is not credible that no one has been able to provide this kind of evidence.


Re: Unfortunately...

It's a moral question not a logic question. The basic claim is every doctor is corrupt and is gaining from this in one way or an other to such a point that there is not a single doctor who has a moment of remorse and confesses to being part of the plan. That is deeply flawed and insulting.


Re: They must have

my bro in law as well. The satire articles scare me as I'm sure they believe them and add to the ambient BS level.

Theranos' Holmes admits she slapped Big Pharma logos on lab reports to boost her biz


In other words I was wrong in what I did. Admission of guilt.

'We are not people to Mark Zuckerberg, we are the product' rages Ohio's Attorney General in Facebook lawsuit


Corporate failure

As shareholders they should be holding the company to account -- though if I remember correctly the main shareholder is Zuk himself so so much for that. Sue them for lying and mistreating their product (sorry users)fair enough, charge them with negligence and endangerment yes and the shareholders for not sorting out the company they own definitely; but for lost profit when you have not held the MD accountable sorry no. Shareholders may not do the day to day but they set the direction and hold accountability rôles.

One click, one goal, one mission: To get a one-touch flush solution


Re: Is it for prople who don't wash their hands?

The formula one (cheap staff-less motel in France) had toilets that automatically cleaned everything when the door was closed for the second time (so as not to wash the user) - my daughter was convinced that the pervasive moisture was a user failure and would refuse to go in. The problem with little children if you have to go in and out to help and encourage them is remembering not to close the door twice with them inside.

Say what you see: Four-letter fun on a late-night support call


The joys of the phonetic alphabet

Learned the NATO alphabet as a boy scout -- was nerdy even then. It is useful when giving codes over the phone but it seems that the average user doesn't have a clue about it which is a real pain. foxtrot India lima mike

Sharing is caring, except when it's your internet connection

Black Helicopters

Re: Be my guest...

So you're the neighbour -- at work when checking surrounding wifi (channel availability check) the surveillance van 3 keeps showing up. I wanted to name our system van 4

Good Grief! Ransomware gang has only gone and pwned the NRA – or so it claims


Be very careful that might be dumb dumb .

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