* Posts by adam payne

374 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

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PCI council gives up, dumbs down PCI DSS for small business

adam payne

It's not just IT security at small and medium businesses that is the problem.

I was doing some network work for a small company in my local area. While working on an issue in their finance department one employee got credit card details (including 3 digit security code) from someone over the phone and wrote the details on a post it note. This person then went up to the payment machine found it was in use and stuck the post it note next to the machine and walked back to the phone to continue speaking with the customer.

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

adam payne

This has publicity stunt written all over it.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

adam payne

A car however useful is still a lethal weapon in the wrong hands and when driver is distracted.

I've had my share on run ins with distracted drivers.

I had a close call a few years back with a lady talking on her mobile phone. She did a u turn and shot out of a junction clipping me with her driver side wing mirror as I was crossing the road. She was completely oblivious to what she had done and drove off.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

adam payne

I'm so happy that Doom is coming back, I love the Doom series and have played each game to death.

IDDQD, IDKFA, IDFA, IDCLIP, IDSPISPOPD, IDBEHOLD

I think i'm going to get the chainsaw started up.

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'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

adam payne

So vendors have been told about this and they've known for a few months but according the advisory only one manufacturer seems to have done something about it.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

adam payne

Why would a car manufacturer design a boot that can only be locked remotely with a fob it doesn't make any sense to me.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

adam payne

When are we going to see driverless buses and trains I wonder.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

adam payne

Re: But what do they hope to find out?

"Once the data has been harvested, collated, indexed and analysed, South Korea will have scientific proof of what teenagers actually do. Spout angsty bollox to each other whilst streaming music & video by any chance?"

Should that be spout angsty bollox to each other whilst streaming music & video so loud that everyone in a mile radius can hear it.

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FTC to scavengers: Radio Shack corpse doesn't include customer data

adam payne

The TRS-80.

Where did it all go wrong for them?

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

adam payne

"It's about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love, which is hard to put a price on."

They don't seem to have any problems year after year when they release their latest product.

"Even though Samsung must pay for its widespread infringement of our patents, this case has always been about more than money,"

No it's all about the money.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

adam payne

20 police officers seems a little bit over the top but if the cow had caused a massive pile up on the A1058 then the media would have lined up to criticise them.

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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

adam payne

Everyone needs a little MAME in their life

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

adam payne
Joke

Educate users will cricket bat and for those hard cases cricket bat wrapped in razor wire.

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NASA's Messenger craft SMASHES into Mercury: See ya later, alien crater

adam payne
Mushroom

Incoming!

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Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

adam payne

It stops becoming a bad prank when you scare underage children and login to extreme pornography websites.

Put her in a cell and put the key somewhere nice and safe for a while.

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Macroviruses are BACK and are the future of malware, says Microsoft

adam payne

User education will be key in this. Users must be told what to look out for in these types of emails and any doubts ring IT support.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

adam payne

That was cool. Hope they get their tickets.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

adam payne

That was so cool!

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This is Spartan? No, it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

adam payne

While I applaud them for finally starting to kill off IE I don't see why it's only for Windows 10. Edge is not going to make me upgrade to Windows 10 anytime soon.

I think i'll stick with the fox.

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Ransomware scum find the sweet spot to coin it without copping it

adam payne

Keeping yourself safe has never been an easy task but it's up the company to do their level best to protect themselves.

Patched computers / servers, decent and updated anti-virus software, ban the use of weak passwords, web / email filtering, a decent firewall and a good backup rountine are just some of the ways to minimise risk.

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SECRET PROTOTYPE iPAD 'stolen from RANDY Apple employee'

adam payne

That's certainly embarrassing for him and I bet his boss had some choice words for him.

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Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE

adam payne

More than likely these banks use outsourced IT. When will these big companies learn that outsourcing simply doesn't work.

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SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

adam payne

I like the Comodo Firewall and have been using it for years but with everything I install it's a custom installation. I never install all the option extras and i'm disappointed in Comodo for dumping lots of extra and unwanted things in the installer.

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NINETY PER CENT of Java black hats migrate to footling Flash

adam payne

After they decided to start blocking old versions of Java is was bound to happen.

Make it harder for someone they will move on to a softer target.

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HP Services engineer dispatch tool 'broken', say engineers

adam payne

Sounds like a classic case of the system being designed by people with little or no field experience.

With anything like this there has to be communication with the field staff otherwise it doesn't work or it doesn't fit in with their way of doing things.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

adam payne

The advert is there to sell a product. Hardly anything in adverts has anything to do with the product.

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

adam payne

Any damage to a laptop caused by overclocking is the responsibility of the owner not the manufacturer.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

adam payne

Re: equips tinfoil hat

Microsoft doesn't need to pay Symantec to break Windows. Symantec can do that all by themselves.

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Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations

adam payne

"Samsung has conducted three audits of Dongguan Shinyang since 2013 and said it had found no cases of child labour."

What type of audits were they?

Were they announced audits?

If companies such as Samsung and Apple are so bothered by this why don't they have surprise audits? or undercover workers?

These big companies only seem to care when things start making headlines.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

adam payne

This reminds me of a financial controller we had, the guy just wouldn't believe in was his spreadsheet causing the issue.

Excel using 900MB of RAM and pagefile size through the roof, horse to water and that kind of thing.

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Ofcom to BT Openreach: From now on, you'd better kill 70% of gremlins within 2 days

adam payne

A good goal but i'd like to see better customer services on the phone and an end to all the excuses they come out with.

Sending an hour on the phone being transferred through nine departments only to put back through to the first person I spoke to was ridiculous. Being told after all that time that the internet package we have doesn't support DNS was funny but not helpful. Google search and found in 30 seconds on their own forums.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

adam payne

Zip drive

Click click click click

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

adam payne

Re: Good Thing (TM)

Tony Blair had nothing to do with British Rail being privatised. Privatisation of BR started under John Mayor's Conservative government.

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Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

adam payne
Pint

Time to celebrate

Symantec Anti-virus is a terrible product and compared the other offerings it doesn't detect 1/4 of what others can detect. It has bugs / security vulnerabilities, it's a resource hog and it doesn't like uninstalling itself.

A product i'm certainly not going to miss.

Bye Symantec don't come back too soon.

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Hacktivists hijack BNP Twitter account, crayon over leader Griffin's too

adam payne

Couldn't have happened to a nicer scumbag!

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

adam payne

They've blamed games, films, music and everything else in between.

He stabbed her and he is the reason she is dead.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

adam payne

Hello World

Hello World

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

adam payne

What, no backup system? or was that having an issue as well?

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

adam payne

"Last year’s consultation made it very clear that there would be a rigorous accreditation process for anyone wanting access to the data and that any access would take place in a secure environment. Those accessing data would be subject to the same confidentiality provisions as HMRC staff, including a criminal sanction for unlawful disclosure of taxpayer information."

Rigorous accreditation process and confidentiality provisions really?!

Sorry but i'm not convinced by that statement.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

adam payne

Atari 2600 = a mean machine.

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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

adam payne
Coat

Shocking! Sorry i'll get my coat.

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

adam payne

Ghosts

Slim line story, big set pieces and lots of killing as you would expect in the single player campaign.

Multiplayer has some new killstreaks, new maps, new weapons etc but it still has the same old campers and spawn killers.

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Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner

adam payne

It sounds to me like this man should not be running a company.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

adam payne

Denying boarding for someone who is being disruptive or someone who is drunk I can understand but threatening someone over a twitter post seems a little over the top.

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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

adam payne

I'm surprised there was no challenge for ID or verfication with their IT department. Did they have fake ID?

I'm shocked that they don't have or have lax device control security. I'd have expected a bank to take security seriously.

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

adam payne
Joke

A case for chavs to be stopped from breeding surely!

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Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

adam payne

I don't know about anyone else but I think these people might want access to safe drinking water, crops to feed themselves and maybe even a safe and stable country.

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Top Brit biz giants love to outsource IT so much, they're gonna do it more

adam payne

More people that still haven't learnt that outsourcing doesn't work.

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Did a bunch of bankers fax a stranger's sensitive privates to YOU?

adam payne

Sending records of that nature to the wrong fax number once is careless but doing so over a three year period and even when there is an ICO investigation going on is just plain negligent.

£75k is not a sizable fine.

Heads should roll over this.

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

adam payne

Cheap knock offs are cheap for a reason.

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