* Posts by AnotherName

9 posts • joined 1 Oct 2020

Diary of a report writer and his big break into bad business

AnotherName

Location, location, location

Way back in the mists of time, my first 'real' computing job was as a programmer for a system controlling a repair workshop and it's associated stock of repaired and due in for repair items. It was that long ago that we were working with Dataflex 3GL under CC/PM on co-ax networked ICL desktop hardware. It was a small team with a couple of programmers, and an admin assistant who did a lot of the testing and all of the documentation.

The documents were created in Wordstar (as was the coding). Our admin assistant insisted on putting hard carriage returns on the end of each line, which was all well and good up to a point - that point being when changes had to be made. He would then re-flow each line manually from the edit to the end of the document! It didn't matter how many times we told him just to use wordwrapping, he never changed his ways for the rest of the time I was on the team.

Brave bets on the decentralized web with IPFS browser support for a more peer-to-peer approach

AnotherName

Location, location, location

Exactly which other planets is content available from?

Like a lot of these ideas, it sounds great until you stop and think about how many ways it could be abused, both in terms of the hosted content, and the ways it could be intercepted or subverted in transit. Freedom is a wonderful thing, but so easily exploited by those who want to do harm.

Tech support scammer dialed random number and Australian Police’s cybercrime squad answered

AnotherName

Always take the Press 1 option to enjoy the ride...

AnotherName

They don't seem to use any form of block list, as I can receive as many as three or four calls in some weeks, usually Amazon Prime renewal, Microsoft Support, BT internet, "your ISP", VISA Secure and others. No matter that I usually string them out for as long as possible before breaking the news to them that I know it's a scam, they still call back. When I move house to a different part of the country soon, I wonder how long it will take them to find the new number and start the entertainment over again...?

H2? Oh! New water-splitting technique pushes progress of green hydrogen

AnotherName

You could say exactly the same about petrol too. It's been said that if petrol was proposed today as a new fuel, it would not get approved due to the same safety concerns.

Experian vows to drag UK's Information Commissioner's Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices

AnotherName

Re: So why?

Unfortunately, in order to get a bank account, loan or mortgage, you have to sign an application which specifically includes their rights to search AND update your credit records. This has been happening for years, and not really related to who is in Government either.

What will you do with your Raspberry Pi 4 this week? RISC it for a biscuit perhaps?

AnotherName

They already have my original Archimedes. I still have a RiscPC and an Iyonix that I can add to the collection.

Where are we now? Microsoft 363? 362? We've lost count because Exchange Online isn't playing nicely this morning

AnotherName
Alert

Re: NSaaS

More like FUaaS

AnotherName
FAIL

The advantages of cloud use?

1. Resilience?

2. Control of your data?

3. Data security?

4. Accessibility?

Yet another FAIL

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