You know …
The recent ransomware attack is generating headlines.
As many security experts are expecting more reports of attempted ransomware attacks.
Especially at a lot of GP surgeries: the ones that were closed over the weekend.
I’m listening to the Today programme, at the moment.
And I’m getting the feeling there’s going to be a blame game going on.
Various government ministers seem to pointing fingers — at other ministers departments! — and saying they haven’t spent the money correctly.
There’s something else.
The attack has its roots in a flaw originally spotted by the US National Security Agency … and not passed by them to Microsoft.
Microsoft have gone on the record, to ask why the NSA didn’t send them an email: comparing doing so to nicking a US Army missile.
My cynical side?
Will point out that’s possibly so they can hit Russia or China with ransomware attacks.
Personally, I think several things.
But this is the import an one
Doing security updates and backups are important: as is making sure you do them, quickly.
I’ll leave that, there, I think.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† pouting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) The first McDonald’s opened: on 15th May of which year?
Q2) That first restaurant opened in which small Californian town?
Q3) It was founded by the McDonald brothers: name either.
Q4) The brothers sold the McDonald’s concept to the man who made it a success: in 1961. He was Ray … who?
Q5) More to the point, who plays Ray, in the 2016 film, The Founder?
Q6) The Golden Arches, the company logo, is a stylized version of what letter?
Q7) According to a 2012 BBC report, the company’s the world’s second largest private employer. Who’s the largest?
Q8) True or false: there’s an asteroid, 449 Hamburga named after the McDonald’s hamburger.
Q9) Which McDonald’s burger originally weighed four ounces, when uncooked?
Q10) Finally … which McDonald’s product was introduced in 1968?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Rationing of what ended in the UK: on 14th May, 1957?A1) Petrol.
Q2) 14th May, 1925, saw the first publication of Mrs Dalloway. Who wrote Mrs Dalloway?
Q3) Eight communist countries signed a mutual defense treaty: on 14th May, 1955. Which mutual defense treaty?
Q4) 14th May, 2013, saw President Goodluck Jonathan declare his country to be in a State of Emergency: after actions by terrorist group, Boko Haram. Which African nation was President Jonathan president of?A4) Nigeria.
Q5) Finally … the US launched its first space station on 14th May, 1973. Which Space Station?A5) Skylab.
Here’s a thought …
“We called 100 nutritionists all over America. And the results were not on track with the vast majority McDonald's talked about. Only two out of the 100 said you should eat fast food two times a week or more. Twenty-eight said once a week to once or twice a month. And 45 said you should never eat it.”Morgan Spurlock, Supersize Me.
And some music …
Oh, and my thoughts about this week’s episode of Dr Who: right here.
Today’s questions will be answers in tomorrow’s Teaser.
Have a good day.
* Yeah, sorry about the rant, Olga: but it was something I had to get off my chest. At ANY rate … ? Yes, I remember the talk of that over-arching NHS network. I don’t know if corruption’s involved … but I think, like a lot of organisations, there’s a lot of inertia involved. There’s an old IT saying: “You don’t get fired for buying Microsoft.” Which means the safe option’s reliable, but pricey … and you’re in trouble when they retire an older product: you end up looking at increased costs, when , maybe, you could’ve gone for something cheaper and less problematic. Frankly? I think the government could be saving itself a lot problems … if they looked at, and genuinely used, alternatives. As George Osborne, of all people, said they should, ten years ago. Would you like to shoot his foot off, or should I … ? (I’m really going to have to sit down with some Virginia …)
† I think you’re right, Debbi: that’s why I have one of their posters up in the window! Mind you, they’re talking about this whole progressive alliance thing: in other words, NOT standing in seats where they think another left of centre candidate has a better chance. If they don’t? June 8th will be Spoil My Vote day … !