* Posts by Gordon Pryra

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

Gordon Pryra

It has nothing to do with software roll out

These kind things never do.

Replace the words "software roll out" with "excuse to move public money to your pocket via your mates company"

I have worked in multiple local councils in the UK and the problems with these roll outs can ALLWAYS be pointed directly at theft

No training will be given because there is no money for training, despite paying 5 million. Out of the 5 million, only a hundred k or so will have actually been spent on the system itself, the rest on white elephants

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Recruitment giant PageGroup hacked, Capgemini dev server blamed for info leak

Gordon Pryra

Blame Dodgers

Bollocks, the fault is PageGroups and noone elses.

They gave access to CapGemini and any blame falls squarley on their own door step.

If they had NOT given access to that data to a 3rd party then their customers details would be safe.

Any company using this bullshit excuse and trying to shift the blame needs to be strung up by their testicles.

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Fatigue fears over bug bounty programs

Gordon Pryra

Sounds like a Synack advert to me

"Kaplan argues that Synack’s man-led, machine-supported approach offers a way to more systematically search for flaws."

Report about how crap one approach is, followed by a nice cheap system that gets over those issuses.

Yawn

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

Gordon Pryra

What an awesome read

No comments on the content, except that I really enjoyed reading that

(for the record its notepad ++ and tabs)

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We're great, you don't understand competition law, Google tells Europe

Gordon Pryra

FairSearch represents vertical search rivals shafted by Google

The biggest trouble is that there are NO decent alternatives.

There never have been, from the moment Google hit the web the other search engines all looked like crap. From Excite, Yahoo, Alta Vista, Bing etc none of them actually return much in the way of relevent results.

Yeah Googles results are not as good as they used to be (and I am a pretty heavy poster on the indexing and ranking good help pages) but they are far and away the only real choice.

As soon as people become competition by offering a decent service, then all this rubbish becomes moot

People use Google becuase they are good. They have to go to google, its not default like Bing

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

Gordon Pryra

Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

@codejunky

Surly we vote for our MPs so that they can represent our best interests in Parliment.

This allows the undeducated masses to have some form of protection and gives them a voice on subjects on which they would not have any understanding.

I would say that you could argue any MP who voted to sign Article 50 would actually be commiting treason by expressly NOT acting in their constitutes best interests.

Saying "its the will of the people" is meaningless, if we had asked people if they want to pay tax or not and the answer would have been "No!!"

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Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

@codejunky

Someone else posted the history of Europe in a few lines

War

War

War

War

War

Argurments about bananas

By the way, the banana I brought a few minutes ago is definitely curved. Whats up with that?

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Smut site offers to buy Vine

Gordon Pryra

six-second format offers "more than enough time for most people to enjoy themselves."

What do we do for the other 3 seconds?

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Judge orders FBI to reveal whether White House launched 'Tor pedo' torpedo exploits

Gordon Pryra

David Tippens, Gerald Lesan, and Bruce Lorente

Whatever the outcome those 3 are pretty fucked unless they are given protection by the FBI after this case.

Wonder how good that protection will be?

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

Gordon Pryra

Re: scored 3 times in 10 months

Even married people get more than that......

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

Gordon Pryra

Re: 'Digital Natives' are totally oblivious to how it works

VW claimed all sorts for their Diesals, how much do you trust figures from car companies?

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Gordon Pryra

Attempting to get Elite working on a 386 because I could not afford a 486 forced me to understand how to affect changes to the hardware using the OS.

But the difference with the old systems we had and the current crop of OSes (Moden Windows, Android, iOS etc) is that nothing was locked away, I had visability of what was going on.

Kids today have no chance. The computer is now almost a black box system

Imagine trying to change the name of Android using a hex editor like we used to with old Dos 5+

Instead of the relevent Dos flavor of the time (Toshiba, IBM or Microsoft etc) I had "Gordy Dos".

Do that now and you will just brick your device

Memorys of Mem /C and /M spring to mind, heady days....

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

Gordon Pryra

Re: Christmas Time is here!

"With no real world evidence that things will be worse"

If you ignore the value of the pound and the cost to GovUk of borrowing, yeah, then in this fictional world where people cant work out the obvious then your arguement would be good.

But in REALITY many ‘remain’ voters feel they need a holiday or a long sleep after the tiring experience of trying to reason with people who completely reject logic or evidence.

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Gordon Pryra

Virgin Values?

This made me spit coffee all over my keyboard

"no concern for the Virgin values"

These values seem to be the mis-selling of ALL their products to rip their customer off to the maximum they can.

Even telewests support staff lied less than Virgins

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

Gordon Pryra

And job done for Ryan Abbott

The fact people are talking about his idea gives him the power to get another 3 years funding....

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Microsoft boffins: Who needs Intel CPUs when you've got FPGAs?

Gordon Pryra

Awesome!!

So all 12 of the people using Bing found their results were faster....

Can the same FPGA setup also be used to enable relevent search results as well?

That would indeed be awesome for Bing

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Steve Jobs' thermonuclear showdown with Samsung reaches US Supreme Court

Gordon Pryra

Sad but true

If either side had managed to make their offerings capable of being used as an actual phone, then they would have had a stranglehold on the market and could actuallly spend their time doing something more worthwhile than trying to argue that black is white and that they designed the paper bag.

Instead we have two pretty crappy pocket computers with the ability to make bad quality voice calls.

But then again, neither of them pay tax, so I guess they can afford to piss about destroying competition and techical advancement by being patent trolls, neither of them have any wish to actually develop anything new

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Demise of Angler, the world's worst exploit kit, still shrouded in mystery

Gordon Pryra

The worlds worst exploit kit?

Surly thats the one that we know about, the BEST one is still out there working nicely....

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

Gordon Pryra

"This was a lesson learned in how important it is to be prepared."

No this was a lesson in how kin STUIPID having nukes is.

On top of destroying the planet because you dont have sheilded cable connections to your early warning devices you also run a fleet of planes equiped with nukes that will make sure there really are no human survivers if it goes tit up

And the USA call North Korea a rouge state, they are probably more trustworthy than the Yanks, at least when they Nuke someone it will come with a load of Political Vitriol

When the Yanks kill our kids and grand kids, there will be a 3 line apology about sun spots....

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

Gordon Pryra

The cops will be tasking their specialist drone unit to investigate.

The cops will be tasking their specialist drone unit to investigate.

Which, if as well funded as their Cybercrimes division, will be Dave from IT who likes mucking about with remote control boats on a Sunday afternoon and they are pretty similar to drones

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

Gordon Pryra

Actually this is nothing to do with wht we are talking about.

Google have ZERO interest in saving peoples eyesite, they are looking for ways to make money from data (generally personal, but whatever).

They get that data given to them by providing a service, like gmail, or by offering some service to the organisation in question. In this case the NHS

This data is then used whoever they can to make a profit.

Off the top of my head I can see uses in working out what heredatory illnesses a person may suffer from purly from a scan of their eyes, and as mentioned before, its impossible to anonymise data thats unique to a person ESPECIALLY when the organisation in queston already scrapes that informatiion (or enough information) to link high resolution scans to a specific person.

This is why we are supposedly given some protection in the "Data Protection Act" from OUR information being given out without our consent. And THIS is why people on this thread are angry.

Yes this Act is relatively useless, because, obviosuly, once the data is out its never going to disappear, the horse has bolted, this does not mean that we should ignore the people who opened the gates, but I doubt anything will come of this as the NHS/Police/Local Government are actualy above any laws that the common people are bound by

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Now Suzuki admits cheating

Gordon Pryra

Re: Another car manufacturer cheated

The ones with bad emmissions obviosuly....

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

Gordon Pryra

Easy money

I was paid by a bank to spend the evening there for a months wages

My job?

To ensure that fax machines we still working the day afterwards.......

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

Gordon Pryra

No one notice the light beam in his picture?

Did no one notice the light beam in his picture? Its not straight.

The beam of light is obviously heavier at the end so curves down.

Test this at home with a really long bit of bamboo.

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Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

Gordon Pryra

Lotgs of hot air in this thread

Who here actually believes that any of these incognito type settings from ANY of the browsers actually hides anything from anyone apart from the wife?

Goolge even give themselves a get out clause when you start Chrome up

"Going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer"

They promise nothing

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Kaspersky announces 'death' of Coinvault, Bitcryptor ransomware

Gordon Pryra

Its free

Its free

They arent going to shoot the good press they get from this in the foot for 13k single user licenses

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

Gordon Pryra

Been saying this for years. I learnt about IT through trying to get Elite working on a 386. In order to do this i was able to get to the bare bones of the physical and then play with the OS (Dos 5 something). And in doing so, was able to teach myself

My 8 year old has now "built" her first computer from my spares box. She at least knows what makes the machine go, from which she can work out how the rest works. Good luck doing that with a tablet.

Kids today are the digital equivilent of the children of the citys from the 70's who had no idea what a sheep looked like.

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Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws to hunt colleague

Gordon Pryra

"Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws"

Stopped reading there, nothing new to see

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

Gordon Pryra

Re: Net energy gaiin?

I used to believe in your analogy, ie money is a measure of work done.

It makes sense until you look at the impact of the credit creation multiplier and the parasitic influence of the financial "industry" where money is created and becomes a product on its own rather than representing the worth or value of an item.

Anyway, nice post, carry on

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Virgin Media sales are a bit flat under the Cable Cowboy's reign

Gordon Pryra

Nothing to do with the quality of their customer service?

Or the rest of Virgin groups misselling of financial packages?

Did I mention the total lack of any service (customer or telephone)

Virgin now equates to Cowboy

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

Gordon Pryra

Utter crap

Your pension pot is worthless now anyway, all the author in this article is advocating doing is backing the one set of people to personally make money from the banking crisis, the thiething scum in the banks.

If there was ever an industry that should NOT be in private hands its the finance industry. All these banks/institutions just carry a modern version of a letter of marque.

Why NOT reduce the amount of automated systems that allow them to turn small errors into massive errors?

What do we actually get from these guys that is worth us getting screwed time after time? We even have to smile and pretend to like it.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

Gordon Pryra

WTF!!

Why is a five you old playing on any system unsupervised?

Shit parents tbh

If you cant give up the time needed to look after them then keep your pants on

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

Gordon Pryra

sites will be "identified by the creative industries"

Sounds like the BPI dictating UK laws again.

Just who on the BPI has friends in high places or how much of their cash is going directly into bribes?

Defend it with the much loved "think of the children!" defense all you want, but these guys should not be in the position of power they seem to be with our legal system and legislators.

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Google confirms Turkish ISPs 'intercepted' its DNS service

Gordon Pryra

Re: I never thought I would be defending Twitter

"Blocking Twitter (and Youtube) was a pointless thing to do anyway."

Funnily enough, after our "riots" where the poor abused English unemployed middle class went after some new trainers, our goverenment got legislation passed to give them the ability to do exactly what Turkey have done.

Except it would work in the Uk. Our people are generally lazy and stupid, not caring (or really understanding) what happens to their liberties.

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China's CERT blames US for a THIRD of all attacks on Middle Kingdom PCs

Gordon Pryra

Rubbish Figures

All these figures show is the untargeted machines’ caught up in the Crossfire between the various Countries games of electronic warfare.

Unless mails go between Washington/Beijing and Moscow every month, with the numbers of "targeted" machines/systems compromised and the departments’ current score.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

Gordon Pryra

British Culture?

Is this not an easy test to pass?

No matter where the game is set, we either gave them straight roads at some point or we stopped the Hun from taking them over.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

Gordon Pryra

And whats the use for the consumer?

After all, if the phone sellers can still say "the litmus paper shows you have water damage, your not covered" even when the phone is advertised on the wall being underwater (Sony Experia - carphone warehouse, nice job)

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

Gordon Pryra

Sadly

If the Government actually came to most sysadmins, then they wouldnt need to do any of this bull shit.

Generally people like to help the police and, if legal, would bend over backwarks to give up all they can to help.

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

Gordon Pryra

Found in old wallets?

More likely someone was told "when I turn the lights back on, there better be a slice of the cake on the table"

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

Gordon Pryra

Hula Hoopping

I work at a local council, I shudder to think of the Hula Hooping antics being carried out here.

Then again, when I worked at some of the big city bank head offices, its a different game of bouncy bouncy.

Anyway, whats wrong with nubile pooly paid young ladies entertaining the hardworking males?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

Gordon Pryra

Re: Your all up your own arse

Dont get me wrong, I aspire to be a normal person. I've just spent 2 days straight getting DFS fixed across a Govt domain. I am not normal. I live and die by the command prompt.

After wasting 20 years not being normal, I have learnt the error of my ways.

Thinking people care about anything other than "does it turn on and can I email with this" this is not a normal viewpoint. This is the viewpoint of someone who works in IT.

This is also the reason why most people working within IT cant get a shag

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Gordon Pryra
Mushroom

Your all up your own arse

There are millions of computers running XP, owned by millions of people who don't give a rats arse what flavour of windows they are running.

This is aimed at them

They are called "normal people"

People who sit in dark server rooms worrying over shit like this and laughing at people who don't care about the version numbers of some bit of software are not "normal people"

That is all

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

Gordon Pryra

+1 for the drop bears!!

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Reporters without Borders confirms, yes, lots of nations are spying on their citizens

Gordon Pryra

"so-called democratic countries"

What exactly has the type of Government got to do with a misuse of powers?

The way the people in charge are selected has nothing to do with what the people in the background do on a day to day basis.

And misuse of power is what this is what this is after all. GCHQ etc use these powers because they can and probably not for any real nefarious “Police State” type reasons.

The average people who can use these systems and can understand/implement them are hardly qualified to ask the question “Should I do this?”

The people doing the "spying" are just kids playing with cool gear or otherwise the normal Asperger’s 40 year old IT virgin, neither stereotype thinks there’s any problem doing what they are doing because they really haven’t thought about it for more than 10 seconds.

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

Gordon Pryra

Poor Guy

If I had invetnted the algorithms used in a currency used by the Worlds worst people. I REALLY would not want this information public.

How many people who would not give a second thourght to torturing someone for 50 quid would think he knows backdoors in the system?

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Twelve million hit as Korea suffers ANOTHER massive data breach

Gordon Pryra

Special Website

Fantastic!!

A rushed implementation of the cheapest possible way to launch a website will allow those who took the data to veryify which of the accounts are actually live accounts once they get the guy inside who they used last time to give them the passwords. Massively increasing the datas value!!

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China bans TXTing and Tweeting in Parliament

Gordon Pryra

Biased Westen Reporting,

At least they understand the internet and how it works, which is more than can be said for the selfserving elite governing our land.

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

Gordon Pryra

If its not NSA Proof

Then whats the point?

And the phone is not the component thats going to be leaking information to the NSA, ergo its impossible to make a really private phone (in the States anyhow)

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

Gordon Pryra

Utterly fantastic

How the hell can the Government of the UK talk about the financial situation improoving when they make the "difficult decisions" by moving jobs to other countrys where labour is cheap?

How about they just send their bean counters into the various deparments and look into the procurment and service delivery contracts, work out which ones are more expensive than they should be and fucking jail the thiething scum who signed off on them?

I bet their costs come down by far more than the savings from a few low paid helpdesk jobs being sent to India (or whichever country with little to no human rights is the current favourite)

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

Gordon Pryra

Re: Something doesn't add up here...

"At what point did America get taken over by people who think the state can do whatever the hell it likes to whoever the hell it likes, and make it legally enforceable."

Are you not exactly describing America there? Actually any of the Western Governements.

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