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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

martin Guardian data destruction explained (205 comments)

Possibly explains why the cesg guys got certain usn related chips destroyed on The Guardian kit that had held Snowdens files - perhaps they'd already done this and wanted the evidence removed

about 6 months ago

Bletchley Park's Bitter Dispute Over Its Future

martin Loss of memorabilia (99 comments)

Oh that explains why all the memorabilia has gone since we visited 5 years ago and last year.

Very sad that this of the park has gone, it really helps the younger ones to see things in context with the work that went on there, seeing real life artifacts such as toys and the scenes from the time.

Also explains why we cant buy 1 ticket at the entrance for both the Park and the Computing museum with Colossus etc inside it.

Again all very sad that they cant get this joined up to work together, moss other places are putting on living history stuff and BP is pulling it all out.

1 year,3 days

How One Drunk Driver Sent My Company To the Cloud

martin move to offsite troublesome (290 comments)

Seems the main problem here (as already noted by others) was a lack of DR facility not moving to the cloud. But this is the same for many SMB's, requirements for a decent internet connection (not in the costs and quite a bit) and you STILL need a DR solution for alot of the stuff. Googles and others have suffered outages.

Also they've struggled with the online versions of the accounts and expenses system, just because it's a SaaS solution doesn't mean it any good!

Also moving from internal BIND to GoDaddy for DNS - seriously.....

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Supporting "Antique" Software?

martin Risks (212 comments)

All about risks, not just the fact the device is RS-232 only, but can the manufacturer support the equipment and if it fails whats the cost to the business while the machine is down.

Sure we can all get 486's with ISA cards if the device needs connectivity to the outside world, but the device of that is a business risk and needs Mgmt to be aware of the issue.
I've had a parts carousel system go down for weeks while we replace gearboxes, made worse by a switch from AC to DC by the manufacturer. Costs to the business were huge and all production was slowed down. Mgmt were informed of the risks but wouldnt spend any money till if broke.

Basically you're looking at a CYA situation, make sure mgmt are informed in writing (email etc) of the issues around the machines and what costs there are vs getting in new machines and added benefits of new machines

about a year and a half ago

Should California Have Banned Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving?

martin Re:These laws already exist elsewhere (433 comments)

the UK is the same, it's all about being distracted from driving, using a phone/txting etc is just a specific examples


I've seen people applying makeup, eating, even reading a book (I kid not) never mind reading instructions or a map... they'll still pull you if the officer thinks you're driving distracted.

about 2 years ago

Boeing 787s To Create Half a Terabyte of Data Per Flight

martin Re:Engines at Rolls Royce (213 comments)

Quite - everything seemed to happen v quickly once the oil pipe broke. And yes the engine should be able to contain a broken blade

Allows get issues with new engines and the original Trent almost broke RR (its development costs being the major reason fir nationalising it in the 1970s from what I remember

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the E-Ink Dashboards?

martin Led (242 comments)

Another vote for LED
You can get v big 60" jobs quite easily and theres no burn-in esp if theres alot of static content as you imply

about 2 years ago

Nationwide Google Fiber Deployment Would Cost $140 Billion

martin Re:America's Priorities (327 comments)

+1 to that exactly what i was thinking. Same for many countries

more than 2 years ago

US Security Classifications Needs Re-Thinking, Says Board

martin Uk going three tier (76 comments)

Uk is currently moving from the 7 tier IL 0-6 markers to a three tier system, so doesnt surprise the US are looking to follow this

more than 2 years ago

Senate Committee Approves Stricter Email Privacy

martin National Security letters (60 comments)

So how does this work with the laws allowing those nice national security letter to be issued by the fbi etc?

more than 2 years ago

Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud

martin Current rules in data sovereignty (79 comments)

All down to current CESG guidance on data soveriegnty. Until the new data classifications are fully launched (replacing the IL based system) this wont change, and event then its down to the accreditor to assess the risk so still doubtfull we'll be seeing any major offshoring

more than 2 years ago

Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud

martin Re:Imagine that... (79 comments)

Since when was Dublin in the UK??? Not since Irish independance in the early 1920s.

Eire is a soverign state and given rhe history I can see why CESG wont entertain this level of offshoring

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Wants To Nix Data Center Backup Generators

martin Re:Low price? (141 comments)

we dont like quakes in the UK so we'll keep the shale gas down there ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Wants To Nix Data Center Backup Generators

martin Low price? (141 comments)

Not here in the uk, and of course this price is very volatile anyway , more so then diesel with massive swings year on year.

more than 2 years ago

UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

martin Re:I wonder ... (1065 comments)

none - STORM the embassy isn't what would happen, This would be the normal police who would remove the immunity and remove him under internation law.

Basically it's just forcing the Equadorians to make a descision, either kick out of the embassy or give him political assylum. They've been waffling about the whole thing for weeks so we just helped them make their minds up.

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Gas Prices Continue To Fall

martin still dropped by more in the US than UK (398 comments)

we've dropped about 10p in last 3 weeks, yes once again we're getting stuffed royaly in the UK.

(£1.30 a litre is the cheapest I can find anywhere. $7.63 a US Gallon)

more than 2 years ago

NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

martin Tom Sharp's Riotous Assembly (573 comments)

Seems someone at the FBI has been reading Tom Sharp's Riotous Assembly..... now if ALL the threats are suddenly undercover FBI/CIA each not knowing each other actual status, and trying to outdo each other to gain credibility with the others you have the main plot line exactly!

more than 2 years ago

Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster

martin Fbw and lack of feedback ... (319 comments)

The sticks dont follow either ie if rhe copilot pushes forward the pilot gets no feedback on his stick this is happening. This was an issue here not fbw itself.

Other factors at play also of course

more than 2 years ago

US Unhappy With Australians Storing Data On Australian Shores

martin UK/Europe (386 comments)

has the same issues, even "Safe harbour" isn't useful to us as NSL dolled out under Patriot Act etc make a nonsense of this.
We'll keeps our own data thanks until you get some decent data protection legislation thats worth anything

more than 2 years ago



modeling botnets

martin martin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

martin writes "So you've seen all the botnets doing lots of damage from spam to DDOS, well it seems that a team from Sandia Labs have started to model how these work using nice virtualisation techniques."

Company sold workers' secret data

martin martin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

martin writes "The infamous quote from Scott McNeally of Sun back in 1999 is "You have zero privacy anyway, get over it". Now in the UK and Europe there are lots of data protection legislation going back long time that supposed to combat this. But the BBC reports on a case where this was actively abused by a company used by many construction firms on the UK to vet staff. At last the Information Commissioner's Office seems to be bearing some teeth and prosecuting."

Microsoft caves in to European commission

martin martin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

martin writes "Article in The Guardian states that Microsoft today caved in to the European commission and agreed to comply with a landmark anti-trust ruling more than three years after it began a rearguard action against the decision and a record 497m (£347m) fine.
Under the deal Microsoft has agreed that open source software developers for the rival Linux operating system, seen by the EU as its sole rival in a market it dominates by 80%, will be able to access and use the "complete and accurate" interoperability information."



Mirrors and Virgin's not in the press

martin martin writes  |  more than 7 years ago What a week....

First of all I discover a week after the event that mirror.ac.uk is out of action after Jisc withdrew funding back in March.

I use this occassionally as my main CPAN mirror and other stuff and rarely visit the home page so didn't pick up from the message on the mirror.ac.uk either. Mind you just everyone I've asked about this in the .ac.uk sysadmin community and wider we're aware of it either, so I don't feel so bad. Alot of the time I tended to Mirror Service run but the the guys at Computer Labs Kent Uni as they has a fuller mirror list and used to run mirror.ac.uk before Eduserve at Bath got the contract. At least now CPAN is listing MirrorService as a valid mirror.

Another this that's happening in the UK this week is the fact the VirginMedias (was NTL/Telewest) Cable TV/broadband network has been suffering massive outages since around 1600 Monday 6th August. Again no one in the press seems to have picked up on this, esp as they are currently involved in being sold to a private equity firm (used to called "asset stipper" ;-) or someone else.



martin martin writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well I had real computer bug yesterday.

Well I say bug, it was actually a spider!

A Mac Mini was complaining about a RAM error on boot (3 beeps). So we cracked open the thing (no easy task in itself) and found a dead spider spread over the RAM module. Replaced the RAM module and the Mac was a happy Mac again.

Looks like the spider had managed to short out the RAM module somehow and died along with the RAM module.


spam spam and more spam

martin martin writes  |  more than 10 years ago

out of interest I looked at work's email gateway and did some sums as to how much *inbound* email got blocked as it was spam/malware/ to invalid users etc etc.

Now this is yesterday's stats (a Thursday) and 93% of our inbound traffic is crud.

I hate to think what it would be if I averaged this over a week and included the weekends mainly (!) spam traffic.


FreeBSD fun - AKA RTFM

martin martin writes  |  about 11 years ago

OK, so I've done many source level upgrades for FreeBSD.

Yesterday 5.2 popped out, so I cvsup-ped the source, followed the usual install set

cd /usr/src/usr.sbin/mergemaster
mergemaster.sh -p
cd /usr/src
make buildworld
make buildkernel=GENERIC
make installkernel=GENERIC
make installworld

and and splat on the csh/sh install.

and the install README says - do the kernel first then buildworld......aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

OK so back to refresh the src tree and make buildworld. segfaults from make....ahh well restore make from tape or... ..back to downloading the ISO...

Think I'll download the ISO over lunchtime.. :-(



martin martin writes  |  about 11 years ago

Looks like we might have a little money to spend this year at work (as opposed to none last year).

might even be able to get enough bits to make a new imap email server together for the company...heck I might be useful with a budget...


martin martin writes  |  more than 11 years ago

OK so I spent 2 days debugging the optical link only to find out one of the 10basef to 10baseT trancievers was broke.

do'h - always check the hardware first -d'oh


d'oh always check how the hardware works - when resetting on side, need to reset the other too. arrrggghhh!!!!

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