* Posts by Phil Kingston

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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"photos were swiped in January 2015"

Hmmm. Why wait nearly 2 years to sue for the immense damage and suffering caused?

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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The issue is that the ticketmasters of the world don't care there's a problem with automated ticket sales and scalping.

Rather than tackle the result, they should be legislating the cause. One option might be to make it illegal to sell tickets to people not providing, say, driver's licence number at the point of sale and make sure that person has to produce and have meaningful check of that same said driving licence when entering the venue.

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Re: However ...

The question isn't as black and white as that. It's more:

So, which is more trustworthy?

A phone with a known level of security applied OR

A rooted phone with who-knows-what done to it?

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Re: However ...

Sounds sensible

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Netflix and spill: Web vid giant kills password masking in tests

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Wouldn't a checkbox (off by default) before the password entry box indicating whether the password should be displayed satisfies all requirements?

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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

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So a complete titsup and everyone's still in their jobs and we'll never know what recompense IBM had to make?

It's not the culture leading up to the failure that's the issue - it's the fact it's clearly still in place.

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Telecoms Ombudsman praises nbn™ for growing connections faster than complaints

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Re: Be warned

What's a fax?

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Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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Re: I don't understand

Looking at the picture with the article, his aim may be "to exploit the ignorance of the masses".

What a nice chap.

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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

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On the plus side, at least if was some bod's test-in-prod mail that brought it down in a (hopefully) partially-expected/monitored fashion and not just some external party making a typo at some random point in the future.

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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

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Re: It would be interesting...

I'm not sure the quoted text is the best way of expressing the point. To me, those bits are open to quite a lot of interpretation.

I'm all for equal access, but if it's a choice between, for example, a static on-screen keyboard providing less secure access for all, or a randomized on-screen keyboard that adds additional security for 99% of customers but requires the setup/running of a telephone service (thereby meeting those Act quotes) then I'm not sure which side I'd fall.

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Adobe Australia drops SaaS tax dodge

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Re: Laughing all the way to the Bank

"So good to see they're not yet passing the ten percent on directly yet"

Yep, that's the bit that's going to hurt. Will be interesting to see how they describe the (inevitable) next price rise - I expect phrases like "to cover increased administration costs associated with GST collection" will get a lot of use this year.

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

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Bearing in mind the fed's name, the judge should have bought a couple of slabs of Miller Lite and claimed he was just returning them to their owner, surely?

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Three million debit cards at risk after hackers raid Indian payment systems

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"will be issuing new cards against all blocked cards at no extra cost". my, how generous of them not to levy a charge for new cards needed as a result of their security breach.

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Australia's IBM-assisted Census fail burned AU$30 MEEELLION

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but what were these "additional costs" that mean they've burned through another $20million?

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US government wants Microsoft 'Irish email' case reopened

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is it not more about setting a precedent whereby feds can just slap one warrant on a US company and force it to hand over data wherever that company has placed it, without having to deal with legal treaties for other countries?

same overreach though.

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Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

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Re: Losing 100m/quarter

It's easy to lose money when it's not theirs.

If it's just cash pumped into them by vulture capitalists, they may not care too much.

But yes, whatever the source, the cheques will eventually start bouncing.

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Google: We look forward to running non-Intel processors in our cloud

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Re: Blast from the past

VGA's death will come. But not just yet. At the moment there's still the question of why *wouldn't* you put VGA in a chassis? Space isn't too much of an issue and you get a ubiquitous output that may only be used a couple of times on one out ten machines built, but that sysadmin using it will be very glad it was there that day.

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Bloke gets six years in slammer after fessing up to £4.75m tax scam

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Re: Another Example...

When I worked for a bank, I seem to remember one manager telling us a few times that if we're going to try something "do it once, do it big, and get out". Advice I took on board.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Re: Yep - this is the phone to convert iOS users

"And their conversion strategy was to make something that looks the same but is "slightly better" in every way."

Not just looks the same, but is priced the same. Matched to the dollar for the 128GB variants (in Oz anyway).

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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All the devices in my house I'd want to use an IR blaster for have network remote control apps. Which I'd take over IR any day.

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Re: Dual-SIM ?

Support, yes. But very very few models do dual active 3G.

Which is the issue as 2G networks start to get turned off.

SIP for 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc lines is a great alternative. But the issue for me is that I can't get a SIP number that has a mobile dialing code (so callers easily know there calling a mobile) and there's no (easy) way to get SMS to/from a SIP client. And until one of the many IM options becomes as ubiquitous as SMS, that's an issue.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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They might be including lost sales due to (presumably) having to evacuate the store.

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Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

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not a fan then?

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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They're going to put an updated firmware on their website?

Well, that's one way to ensure no one will be able to get it...their websites are completely unnavigable even for the things you might reckon they'd want you to find.

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'Spotify wants SoundCloud'

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there's a few artists on soundcloud who currently don't get anything from me at all. if they were to be included in my spotify subscription then their art would reach me more often and they'd get some cents from me that they're not currently getting.

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Peccant pwners post 670,000 Pokémon punter MD5 passwords

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if someone finds themselves in such a situation - pen, paper

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Re: Fuck that

"Let me run that camera software on my own home server!"

Which is a great option. Until miscreants burn down your house or because the server has a plug and flashing lights, they include it in their haul of kit they'll take down Theft Converters to finance their next hit. Just saying.

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IBM loses chunky ATM contract, reaches for staff eject button

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“in order the relationship remains positive for future win back opportunities”

What a dick.

People being told their job is gone remain professional because it's the decent thing to do and they have a sense of self-worth above that of the company they've been screwed over by.

Not out of some strange desire to really knuckle-down and hope the company that's just stiffed them gets the contract back in a few years.

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Telstra wins AU$39 million for data retention costs as grants revealed

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Let's hope the ISPs use some of that tax-payer cash to properly protect whatever storage they put in place to comply with this nonsense of a policy.

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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One cable to rule them all!

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Lawyers! win! millions! in! bonkers! Yahoo! email! snooping! case!

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What a waste.

All that time studying law that they could have put to good use doing, y'know, lawyer shit.

Instead, they've achieved nowt meaningful other than a payout for themselves.

Conscience? What conscience?

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Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

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Megaphone

eh?

"music is muted"? My first thought is that it should be cranked to wake the driver up.

I'm also undecided on whether dumbing-down an interesting technology to suit the lowest level of driver stupidity is a laudable goal. Still, I guess it may save them from a speculative lawsuit or two.

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Microsoft Outlook.com redecoration delay rumors: THE TRUTH

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An upgrade? Will they get all fancy and allow novel features like adding a contact picture in place of their generic placeholder images?

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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Another Microsoft US-only product/release/service/device/reward program. I know they *are* a US company but their international efforts are pretty poor.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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Re: Give people goals, and they'll try to game it.

They might not directly benefit. But they'd be less likely to be sacked for poor performance.

What I found interesting is that of the team of 5, only 1 remains in their post. If those who left before their disciplinary or were sacked have any doubts about who dobbed them in, they probably don't have to look far.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Re: They have to be joking

There are some (niche) interesting use cases - architects and construction professionals being able to explore spaces, remote operation of machinery e.g. mining.

In the home though, can only think of games and "adult" entertainment.

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

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Even if I tried for 24 hours straight I doubt I could come up with a more meaningless, waste of time, factless statement.

That's clearly been through multiple teams of lawyers before being let out.

Respect for IBM was already shot to pieces, this statement makes it worse.

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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I'd have hoped a leader would be concerned with informing his populace when the compulsory system will be back online and fit for purpose. Not trying to play the aggressive bully-boy with his mentions of rolling heads etc.

That said, heads must roll for this clusterf.

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Australia's privacy watchdog launches '#Censusfail' probe

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"The Register has asked the ABS how it can demonstrate no data was exfiltrated during the attacks, but has yet to receive a response"

They can't even demonstrate there was an attack(s)...

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#Censusfail aftermath: Here's what's happening inside Australia's board rooms this morning

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One hopes IBM's contract included some kind of refund for delivery failure so my tax dollars haven't just disappeared into their cloud.

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Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud

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Their Contact Us page seemed to fair better.

I used it to tell them that I tried to comply, they failed and they can stick any resultant attempt at issuing a fine into IBM's hole.

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Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

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Re: Twin lenses?

Iirc, one lens/sensor combo is monochrome only. Software uses that image to improve contrast/detail taken from the main lens. Not for stereoscopy.

Rumoured an iPhone 7 Pro will have a similar setup.

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Re: Microsoft is now in total control

Tbh, the only one of those I can see impacting anyone is 3. And that'd only impact support staff trying to fix an issue.

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Because the alternative would be a *shudder* Apple device.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Mansfield bars???

I guess that's the same rule book that covers being in control of your vehicle.

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Telstra's head of ops drops after network flops

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"has come to the realisation, with help or alone, that Telstra needs new leadership"

That's my phrase of the month now. Delicately put.

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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

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Re: MH370 and MH17 were organised by the same people

"The fact that a Ukrainian or Polish pilot may have pulled the trigger is immaterial"

And wrong. Everyone knows Elvis did it.

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WA government still hopeless at infosec

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Not hopeless, we've just got to Wait Awhile

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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To be fair, the people involved in posting to their social media accounts are probably either too young, too coked, too technologically imparied (or a combination of all three) to have intentionally misled.

Another company comes a cropper for not having proper social media controls in place. Too caught up in the coolness of it all.

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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

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On the plus side...

...at least people are starting to take notice of apps that (try to) install unwanted crap and not just dumbly letting them install what they want.

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