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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Mutex » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:11 pm UTC

sardia wrote:
Mutex wrote:Not the first time I've seen a system get hacked and thought "why the hell is that connected to the internet?!"

If you ever have a chain of hotels, the answer is obvious.


Yes, but I guess the downsides are so obvious to me the benefits of connecting it to the internet just seem obviously not worth it. Meh, people connect hydro-electric dams to the internet, this is nothing really.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby sardia » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:15 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:
sardia wrote:
Mutex wrote:Not the first time I've seen a system get hacked and thought "why the hell is that connected to the internet?!"

If you ever have a chain of hotels, the answer is obvious.


Yes, but I guess the downsides are so obvious to me the benefits of connecting it to the internet just seem obviously not worth it. Meh, people connect hydro-electric dams to the internet, this is nothing really.

Nobody really understands just how bad the internet is right now. Think about your own workplace. Has your work email been hacked, or do you even know if it was, or if it was, did it affect anyone yet? For the majority of people, cybersecurity is the dumb shit IT keeps squawking about, and it's also the thing everyone ignores or gives lip service to.

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Postby addams » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:15 pm UTC

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There are a bunch of studies that showed that it impaired driving.
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The phone is very much like taking a friend along.

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Postby elasto » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:10 pm UTC

A former Olympian has taken a day of rest to end a 52-year running streak of at least one mile every single day.
Ron Hill, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and Munich in 1972, has put on his running shoes every day since 20 December 1964 - a total of 52 years and 39 days.

When he reached 50 years of running, the distance recorded in his log book added up to 160,000 miles - the equivalent of running around the world more than six times.


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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby hollow » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:25 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:Not the first time I've seen a system get hacked and thought "why the hell is that connected to the internet?!"

The casino I work at has a lodge attached. The key makers are attached to computers which also do check-ins, because the employees make keys from the check-in software directly. The check-in software has to connect to a server, and so all of the computers need network access to be useful. So I've been told, internet access is also helpful for when a guest has a question about a local event or something in the area.

I imagine it's not too unusual for this setup to be used elsewhere as well. If anything, it just shows that timely backups are essential.

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Postby Mutex » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:53 pm UTC

hollow wrote:The casino I work at has a lodge attached. The key makers are attached to computers which also do check-ins, because the employees make keys from the check-in software directly. The check-in software has to connect to a server, and so all of the computers need network access to be useful.


Yes, of course the system needs a network, that network doesn't need to be connected to the internet though. It should only be connected to the internet if... it needs the internet.

hollow wrote:So I've been told, internet access is also helpful for when a guest has a question about a local event or something in the area.


Which doesn't need to be done from the system that controls access to your rooms. If you need another computer to go online, get another computer. Sure, cost. But hopefully after this people might wise up to the idea security is worth payi.... I can't finish that sentence.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby HES » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:21 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:Yes, of course the system needs a network, that network doesn't need to be connected to the internet though. It should only be connected to the internet if... it needs the internet.

So when guests book online, how does their reservation make it into the system?
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Mutex » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:36 pm UTC

HES wrote:
Mutex wrote:Yes, of course the system needs a network, that network doesn't need to be connected to the internet though. It should only be connected to the internet if... it needs the internet.

So when guests book online, how does their reservation make it into the system?

Either manually or separate the check-in system from the key makers. I'm wondering how much time it saves having the key maker connected to the check-in system, how much data is on the key beside the room number? Does it have the guests' details?

EDIT: This was written under the assumption the key system would make the doors inoperable if compromised, which according to morris' post below wasn't correct.
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Postby morriswalters » Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:17 pm UTC

It turns out that the story I quoted was over hyped. Nobody was locked in their rooms. In so far as I can determine everything else was true. They just couldn't make new key cards. They do intend to lose the keycards.
HES wrote:So when guests book online, how does their reservation make it into the system?
The same way they do now. Keycards just put locksmiths out of work.

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Postby PeteP » Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:09 pm UTC

https://qz.com/694340/the-richest-families-in-florence-in-1427-are-still-the-richest-families-in-florence/
The richest families in Florence, Italy have had it good for a while—600 years to be precise.

That’s according to a recent study by two Italian economists, Guglielmo Barone and Sauro Mocetti, who after analyzing compared Florentine taxpayers way back in 1427 to those in 2011. Comparing the family wealth to those with the same surname today, they suggest the richest families in Florence 600 years ago remain the same now.

[…]

While researchers admit the flaws to tracing family wealth using surnames, they point out Italian surnames are usually highly regional and tend to pass on linearly.
The surname thing makes it less definitive but still interesting

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby morriswalters » Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:46 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:EDIT: This was written under the assumption the key system would make the doors inoperable if compromised, which according to morris' post below wasn't correct.
To further clarify.
Following the widespread reports, Christoph Brandstätter, the hotel's managing director, denied anyone was locked in or out of rooms but confirmed there was an incident. “We had a cyberattack but the only problem was that we could not program keycards for the guests checking in on the same day,” he told The Verge. "The keycards and the computers were affected, but the doors were not."
My apologies for passing on bad info.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby jewish_scientist » Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:25 pm UTC

The Public Discourse wrote:A police officer had just testified under oath that he perjured himself in service to a city government and a mysterious, far-away corporation whose officers probably earn many times his salary.

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Postby CelticNot » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:03 pm UTC

jewish_scientist wrote:
The Public Discourse wrote:A police officer had just testified under oath that he perjured himself in service to a city government and a mysterious, far-away corporation whose officers probably earn many times his salary.


Not American, so maybe this isn't a requirement, but I'm surprised that the court did not immediately remand the traffic officer for perjury. Or maybe I shouldn't be.
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Postby Thesh » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:14 pm UTC

Honestly, though, that officer probably is just doing his job; it's the department itself that is the problem, and that's what needs to be fixed. You send the officer to jail for perjury, then the problem continues and that officer loses his entire future.
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Postby Angua » Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:23 pm UTC

Meanwhile, in the wonderful world of cricket - Bees disrupt play.

I feel like this isn't a problem in other sports.
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Postby Deva » Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:27 pm UTC

Affects baseball too.
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Edit: And tennis sometimes. Presumes something about seasons.
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Postby Angua » Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:56 pm UTC

Aw, I was hoping for an insect-based joke.

I feel sorry for these poor bees though.
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Postby addams » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:11 am UTC

I've never heard of bees invading a sport, before today.
In Alaska many amateur Softball Games are 'called off' because Moose wander onto the field.
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Postby jewish_scientist » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:35 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:Honestly, though, that officer probably is just doing his job; it's the department itself that is the problem, and that's what needs to be fixed. You send the officer to jail for perjury, then the problem continues and that officer loses his entire future.

The author makes it clear that it is the system as a whole that is at fault, not this particular officer. That is why he also attacks the concept of being charged with a civil violation of a criminal prohibition, the disrespectfully excessive waiting, the stupidity of the City Attorney, the lack of evidence used in these cases, the refusal via bureaucracy (which is a term I just coined :) ) to return the paid fine, the relationship between the city and the private contractor and the childish behavior of the mayor.

The bees disrupted play twice - sending players diving to the ground - before the game was officially stopped in the 27th over, with Sri Lanka on 117-4.


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Postby Jumble » Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:13 pm UTC

Here's a phrase I'm absolutely sure I've never used. Go John Bercow, UK House of Commons Speaker!
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Postby elasto » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:31 pm UTC

Matt Forde does a monthly podcast where he interviews a UK politician for 60-90 mins. John Bercow has been done and came across really very well.

(Actually, everyone he interviews invariably does; And with UK politics in disarray in a way it hasn't been for generations - not just with Brexit but the implosion of first the Lib Dems and then Labour - it keeps the faith alive that there are still good guys in politics.)

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Postby CorruptUser » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:21 am UTC

We have righted what was once set wrong.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Thesh » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:32 pm UTC

Jet makes emergency landing after hitting a deer during takeoff.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/l ... 68979.html
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Postby HES » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:19 pm UTC

The tab heading for that link is "Deer hits plane". Pretty sure it would have been the other way round...
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Postby Thesh » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:23 pm UTC

Could have been a VTOL; I'm pretty sure we most regional passenger jets are capable of VTOL.
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Postby HES » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:32 pm UTC

They're certainly capable of VL
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Postby Dauric » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:56 pm UTC

HES wrote:The tab heading for that link is "Deer hits plane". Pretty sure it would have been the other way round...


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Postby commodorejohn » Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:09 am UTC

Well, if it's whitetails, they absolutely will go out of their way to get hit, so I'd say it's a fair characterization.
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Postby Angua » Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:44 am UTC

I'm sure it's completely a coincidence that this is going on a few weeks into the presidency, but Hitler's phone is being auctioned in the US.
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Postby addams » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:21 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:Jet makes emergency landing after hitting a deer during takeoff.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/l ... 68979.html
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Postby HES » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:30 pm UTC

addams wrote:oh, Deer!

FTFY ;)

addams wrote:There has been a marked increase in large bird vs plane incidents.

There has also been a marked increase in air travel
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Postby ucim » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:13 pm UTC

addams wrote:We have worked hard to make those birds Common.
Now, they are a darned nuisance.
Are they good to eat?

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Postby Sableagle » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:46 am UTC

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addams wrote:We have worked hard to make those birds Common.
Now, they are a darned nuisance.
Are they good to eat?

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Postby LaserGuy » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:24 am UTC

Golden retriever saves man, two boys, trapped in collapsed snow fort

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Postby sardia » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:32 am UTC

LaserGuy wrote:Golden retriever saves man, two boys, trapped in collapsed snow fort

That's an exaggeration. I was expecting the dog to dig out one of the guy's limbs at least or warn a neighbor. All we got is "dog barks, kids panicked, and trapped man freed himself".

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Postby jewish_scientist » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:34 pm UTC

Latest Airport-Security Exploit: Walking Through in a Group
Its latest buffoonery, unless something else has happened since Monday, involves a security breach at JFK Airport. Although “security breach” seems a little overwrought here, because the incident involved 11 people who defeated the TSA’s high-tech, multi-layered, double-top-secret security scheme by the cunning expedient of just walking through it. Apparently, these miscreants saw an untended security line, or at least an unmanned metal detector, and decided to walk through. Which they did, unmolested (verb choice intentional) by the TSA. Three of them actually set off the metal detector and yet no TSA employee seems to have roused himself or herself to see what was going on.

It funny in a sad short of way.

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Postby elasto » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:26 pm UTC

Police were called to break up a fight on a train as rowdy passengers repeatedly placed bagels on other travellers’ heads.

A video on Twitter, which has been liked more than 15,000 times, showed bagels on top of two passengers’ heads, with female passengers placing partial and whole bagels on the head of the man sitting in front of them.

The man is then seen to take the chunks off his head before throwing them out of the carriage window. Amid the ensuing cacophony a group can be heard singing: “He’s got bagel on his head.”

The footage then cuts to two officers boarding the train, with one asking: “Has anyone seen anything, anyone know who’s involved? The train will not move until I find out.”


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Postby Liri » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:54 pm UTC

It took me a bit to realize this wasn't an Onion article.

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Postby commodorejohn » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:48 am UTC

Frankly, I'm surprised it's that high.
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