* Posts by Joe 35

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MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

Joe 35

Re: Yeah well nothing changes

"Even worse maybe they analysed the problem/specification and knew that it would not solve the problem"

Anyone that did that, would not win the contract, because the idjuts who run these tenders dont want to hear the truth. To coin a phrase, they can't handle the truth.

So all you are left with, is people running teh same game as said early on, bid at a loss, make it up on changes.

This is why no SMEs will win these contracts either, they can't bid at a loss, nor can they accept the onerous Ts&Cs anyway.

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UK government names Cloud Foundry Her Majesty's preferred PaaS

Joe 35

Coincidence

What an amazing coincidence that it just so happens to cost a nice round sum of £50k to ensure that they run at break even, despite not knowing up front how many companies will certify and therefore how much revenue they will make. If there is an excess at the end of the year, will they hand it back?

I also wonder, how does mandating £50k a year fit into the SME-friendly mantra of GDS & Government IT?

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Car parking mobile apps are vulnerable to hacking, say infosec folk

Joe 35

Re: It may be possible for an attacker to create a fake GSM base station

Since with the app I use you can only pay for a whole day, I cant see that happening, but even if its by the hour, for someone with the capability to run up a fake GSM base station, I think bigger opportunities than stealing £2.50 from parking receipts will be available.

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Joe 35

It may be possible for an attacker to create a fake GSM base station

So they can do what? Pay my parking for me?

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Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

Joe 35

Re: Country Boy

Renting to use it over very limited internet just doesn't make sense.

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You woudn't be doing that though.

You would be using it locally. The 'cloud' aspect is a misnomer, all it means in this case is, every now and again it checks you've paid your dues. All the photos and the app still reside on your computer.

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Battery-free IoT sensor feeds off radio waves

Joe 35

20cents? I don't think so.

Maybe the chip is 20 cents, but then there's repeaters every few metres which will bump the effective cost up to, errm, whatever a repeater costs, maybe $20, so the chip cost is an irrelevance !

Plus add the cost of installing the power cabling to run the repeaters, and the hassle of that.

So you might as well, as a comment above says, just run wires and embedded sensors.

Back to the drawing board I think.

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McAfee Security Manager lets anybody bypass managers' security

Joe 35

Re: OOPS

Looks like a backdoor to me.

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Surprise! No wonder Oracle doesn't 'see' IBM or SAP in the cloud

Joe 35

You can use as much as you've paid for. Fill your boots !

The only shouting would be your manager when he discovers what a wheeze you thought it was to spend the entire budget on a joke.

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Joe 35

Re: Oracle is trying to sell SUN hardware for storage!

Why are you wasting both your time and hers, and not telling her "we are buying cloud storage now" ??

Oracle arent just selling "in the old model" (and there are customers still buying "in the old model" BTWso they'd be mugs to stop selling that ! ), they will sell on premise, public cloud and indeed private cloud, if that floats your boat. same as do IBM I'm sure.

It does require an intelligent customer with the wit to ask though.

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

Joe 35

"though the Home Office tell me ...

".... that it is in practice very difficult to piece together a browsing history"

Well why do they want it then?

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

Joe 35

Re: " i " is for Indignant

My 6 or 7 year old iMac is happily running the very latest OS (well, apart from yesterdays update :-) so you are utterly clueless. I presume you dont actually have a Mac but wish you did so have made up an excuse so its all OK with you not to have one?

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: No Control of Updating

"It is my computer, my software, and therefore by rights my choice."

I think you'll find it ISN'T your software.

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CommBank throws AU$5 MEELLION at UNSW quantum computer lab

Joe 35

it will therefore record your bank balance as all values between $0.00 and your actual balance.

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Wouldn't it be all values between minus the maximum amount that could be held (eg you are in significant overdraft) and whatever the maximum amount a balance could be?

eg from (say) -$9,999,999,999 through to +$9,999,999,999 ?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

Joe 35

Re: If only..

I think (OK, I KNOW) you missed the irony/humour there.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

Joe 35

Re: Missing a trick?

That way you can read on to the second 'page' without faffing around pressing buttons

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But not the third page, or the fifth. So, you'll just press buttons half as frequently.

And for that, you probably pay double, get worse battery life, more weight, more inconvenient to read, and a mechanical hinge that inevitably will be far more fragile than not having a hinge at all.

Other than that, it sounds like a great idea.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

Joe 35

Re: Weasle Wording?

This, at first glance, seems to suggest a new licence is required each time an expense claim, by a new employee, is processed - so only one is required per new employee. If, as I suspect, its the other way round - a new licence is required for every time an employee submits a new expense claim - then I'm lost for words!

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You only need be lost for words because the article is pretty much bunkum and so is what the quoted DEFRA spokesman said.

They will licence at so much for every 100,000 expense claims per year (whoever made them), or some such bulk transaction figure. Only a few items are licensed on this per transaction mechanism. Pay once every 100,000 (or whatever)

They will also licence each employee per head, one-off for HR. Do it once, dont need to do it again, ever.

To add the 100,000 transaction licenses to the employee count for HR makes no sense, its like adding up how many gallons of petrol you buy in a year, how many seats your car has, and then deciding your car uses that number of seats every year.

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Proxima and Ultima: AI, hard sci-fi and multiverse – ALL GOOD. Romans – not so much

Joe 35

you can’t plausibly be a space-faring nation with an insular viewpoint

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Mericans ?

outdated societal structures like slavery .... but also happen to have spaceships

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China ? India?

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Oracle, the King of Cloud? Maybe in Ellison's world

Joe 35

Revenues are not profit

"Amazon doesn't break out the financials of its Amazon Web Services cloud business in any detail, but the business unit under which it reports earned revenues of $1.34bn in its most recent quarter alone."

And didnt Amazon make about $20 profit or some such?

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

Joe 35

Re: iOS 7.1.3?

The only nasty is if you were dumb enough to install an app not on the app store, via a link sent you in an email.

I dont think a fix exists on any OS to stop such idiocy.

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Joe 35

Re: Why would they allow installs from text/email?

Given their walled-garden approach, I figured they would have set things up so that executable code could only be modified by the store app, and only during an install requiring your password.

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This is for "side loaded" apps.

So, you would receive what is likely an unsolicited email.

In the email is text that says "how would you like to download such and such an app"

You click on the link.

You install the app

You are an idiot.

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

Joe 35

Re: Concerns

Is not just those two options. They will still accept credit cards but plan to entice customers to use it with coupons and discounts.

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Joe 35
FAIL

Re: CurrentC dead on arrival

"Apple in particular has a policy of not allowing apps in their store which compete with functionality provided by the phone. Apple Pay is in the phone so CurrentC won't be able to get their app into the Apple Store."

Nope its already in there (US store only for obvious reasons). As you might guess its attracted rather a lot of 1 star scores (1 being the minimum) over the past day or two.

The Android version in the Google Play store was at about 1300 1 star reviews when i looked yesterday.

Apple have no need to ban this app since its a complete dogs dinner of usability with added security issues, in particular the potential for a hacker to hoover your bank account dry.

Add to that, it will probably add about a minute to your check out process with its clunky "scan a QR code" process.

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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

Joe 35

Ridiculous kneejerk response. Like Microsoft, Apple IBM and any other huge software vendor, they have millions of customers, its wholly impractical at that scale to contact each and every customer, the back end support systems will anyway have details of for example, the person in procurement who made the order years back, rather than an actual person responsible for bug fixes.

They also all have have systems that you can connect to which will tell you what needs an update for the actual software you have installed rather than what you bought (not the same thing at all) which any responsible IT organisation will be using and monitoring, rather than waiting passively for Oracle / IBM / SAP etc etc to send an email to "fred@procurement dot com" who probably also buys software for every other vendor as well.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

Joe 35

Re: How much?

But they also make a decent smartphone that does all yours does, love, for less than half the price.

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Same argument as Macs vs PCs, your LG2 will be landfill in a couple of years, the 6 will sell for half what you paid for it. Net cost, about the same.

Or if you want to keep your phone longer, good luck putting the latest Android OS on it, so forget all the new software goodies (or even just the security fixes that probably will never be released for your phone on your network anyway)

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

Joe 35

This reminds me of that apocryphal farmer personal ad;

"Wife wanted." Must have tractor.Send picture of tractor".

So, whats the Blackberry model used? Anyone know?

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

Joe 35

Re: csi

They also zoom in 2000 x on a reflection in a hubcap to capture your pin code.

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I think you'll find a single pixel is sufficient :-)

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

Joe 35

Re: low wage/no wage market

Their failure has nothing to do with their customer base, they were successful, but if you only sell three things, A, B, C, and the monopoly suppliers of A and B stop supplying you, you are screwed.

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

Joe 35

There are many more hotels than just two involved now and the common point is booking dot com ( BDC)

One of the Trip Advisor threads relates how the website interface used by hoteliers to access their BDC info is only protected by a 4 digit pin, so all you need is to select a hotel and try a PIN. Keep using the same PIN across multiple hotels, you'll soon enough find a valid hotel/pin combination. Thats one way they could be getting in.

This is also very targeted fraud, its not just done only by email, they are phoning out to "marks", and answering the phone to enquiries (using a supposedly BDC phone number in the email, obviously its the scammers)

So, this is a low volume operation, might only be a handful of people operating it, there is no point blasting any info gained out or selling it, each "mark" needs careful treatment, plus the fact there isnt a mass email going out pretty much proves its selective access, eg not every single BDC booking has been compromised.

IMO BDC's public response is pretty pathetic, all they have done is put out a bland email about crooks targetting credit card numbers, when its bank transfers (no doubt via mules) they are using.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

Joe 35

The flaw with the "it doesn't matter" theory is that with a list of email addresses I can then do a brute force attack against those addresses and some are bound to be hits. eg if I try "pa$$word" on a list of a million hotmail accounts each only one try, I am probably going to get tens of thousands of hits. Now do it for the top 10 or 20 passwords, and I'd probably get 10% of the database. At least part of the iCloud attack is reputed to have used the top 500 passwords.

So I suggest the first thing you need is a username that maps to an email address, and the user name is used to login, not the email. Now to even start an attack I first need to know your username for this account and thats not something thats going to be bandied around as much as your email.

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Apple tells devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

Joe 35

Re: Mental Illness App

Anyone who knowingly allows Apple and thus the whole world

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?????? there's a non sequitur if ever I saw one.

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Joe 35

Re: The only reason for this...

If thats the best you can do, Apple's in good shape.

Its an allegation and even then its not even an allegation that that PII is sold, merely demographic info.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

Joe 35

Re: "The basis of this article is laughable"

Not so funny when you have paid for seriously expensive test hardware only to find it is not going to do things you expected

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That is nothing at all to do with this practice, and everything to do with being inept at purchasing. IF there are things you "expect" then write a list of them down and ask the vendor if they are included or to price them in

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

Joe 35

Re: Oh no

Ye standard Aston Martin retort: nobody has to make petrol specifically for Aston Martins. They just work on the same petrol as the £10k cars. Somebody has to make apps specifically for iOS. iPhones/etc don't just work on the same apps as sub-£100 mobile phones.

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Except to stretch that analogy (but not break it) due to Androids fragmentation, stranding of old OS's on models not much more than a year or so old, and their users reluctance to spend money, you can make petrol for any Aston Martin model and rake in about 4-5x compared to any other, because you would have to make different petrol for each Ford Fiesta, Ford Escort, Ford Mondeo etc and the same for every other Vauxhaull, Citroen etc model, any one of which individually has a tinier market share than AM's range overall, *and* and whose users spend less.

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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

Joe 35

Re: Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless

Interesting. It works if I cut and paste the link, but not if I select it and right click "open in a new tab"

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Joe 35

Its somewhat disingenuous to state that you "saved £1,000 a year on you home electricity bill" when it turns out that what you actually mean is that you saved £1,000 a year on the bill of a small ISP with a shed load of computing equipment. Hardly what the average or even keen hobbyist might have, how many have Air Conditioning fitted in their homes to cool their PCs down?

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Joe 35

Re: Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless

File not found, try again?

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Obama's healthcare.gov savior says: 'No suits please, we're techies'

Joe 35

Re: Hey!

What do you mean "Even if we can't compete on scale." ?

Surely $1.2bn, even in Oz dollars, is not at all shabby and something to be proud of, indeed starting with a project at a mere $6m that "will ultimately cost Queensland taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion" puts you right up there with the big boys.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/queensland-payroll-debacle-to-cost-taxpayers-12-billion/story-e6frgczx-1226691935660?nk=5ce11439bf242c904644471944cdbaa5

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TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company

Joe 35

"Ignoring that issue"

Errrrmmm..... why would you ignore the issue of producing 200kg of hydrogen when you started with 18 and in total only have a mass of 159kg?"

Why indeed would you even read on past that point?

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Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

Joe 35

Re: just go to your bank and send a wire transfer to our account below

As mentioned in the article, it seems unlikely booking.com are the source of the details here, otherwise there'd be a lot more noise about it

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The noise is happening. Three or four more reports now on Trip Advisor.

All different hotels, all booked via booking dot com.

I'd say its pretty clearly a breach at booking dot com

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Joe 35

I am fast becoming a devoted follower of the IBAN transaction method. Seems much safer to send the money via bank transfer than to use credit card details that can be scammed.

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I wonder what definition of "safer" you are using when you think:

1. pay by bank transfer, money is irrevocably gone, and if actual fraud rather than rubbish service is happening, is transferred between several accounts and becomes untraceable and you have no comeback in either case.

is safer than

2. pay by credit card. If its a scam, you get your money back.

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Joe 35

There is a report in Trip Advisor today same scam entirely different hotel (The Rockwell in London).

Booking dot com initiated booking again though.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

Joe 35

Re: Self service checkouts

"You don't have to wait for an older staff member to come over and allow the person actually serving you to sell you alcohol because the spotty oik on the checkout isn't 18 themselves yet."

Yes you do. If there is an 18-plus item in there then the flashing lights will come on and sirens will sound and they will send someone over. Otherwise all the 14 year olds would be buying their cider via this route.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

Joe 35

By getting the spelling different to how your parents wanted it, that became the right (aka "official") spelling of your middle name. Like it or lump it.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

Joe 35

Re: @Steve Evans

If a UAV takes a hit from a firework and goes down, odds are it crashes harmlessly, but those odds are far from 100%

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It could crash anyway, irrespective of fireworks.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Joe 35

Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

LOL. "draw their request". Hilarious.

"what were you doing at the office today dear"?

"I was playing bloody Pictionary with the computer again"

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

Joe 35

Re: @Terry

"Unless I'm about to set off on a long journey, I don't generally fill the tank until the fuel warning comes on. Why would you? But I suppose battery power might lead you to want to 'top up' more frequently."

Not only that, unlike with petrol, you can top your car up every night at home so in the morning its *always* got a "full tank". If that was the situation now with petrol cars, how many petrol stations would you need? 5 or 10% of what we currently have?

Once electric cars get to say 200-250 miles on a full charge (about double what it is now?), what percentage of cars would need to recharge mid day / journey ? And if the ones generally being driven on those long journeys had standby petrol generation, like the BMW i3, even that need goes away.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

Joe 35

Re: Electric cars work fine for me

"There's no additional battery lease cost."

There is with a Renault Zoe, which is the post i was responding to.

Good for you with the Leaf, sounds like you have hit a sweet spot there, though to be fair a 70 mile round trip is in fact two, 35 mile drives, which I think most would classify as "a short trip". DO you top up at work?

Whilst my "normal" commute is only about 15 miles each way, once or twice a week I need to do anywhere from 50 to 100 mile drives. Each way :-( An electric car (unfortunately) cant match this kind of useage and owning two cars makes no sense at all.

Once they have around double the range we see now, lets say 250 being easily attainable, I think the use will really take off

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Joe 35

Re: Electric cars work fine for me

"but the £25/month 'fuel' cost (used to be £180) "

I think you forgot the **at least** £70 a month battery lease cost ?

So you are saving £90 a month at best, and since the car, from what I recall is about double the cost of a petrol equivalent, the time to pay back is far longer than you'd keep the car.

There are other reasons to get an electric car but money saving isn't one. Yet. Unfortunately.

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Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

Joe 35

Re: it must be good, its been in development for twenty years

So what have they done for all those "legacy" oracle apps that rely on ROWID?

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its not addressing that.

I bet you'd complain that a cure for cancer doesnt fix malaria.

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Joe 35

watch the videos or read the writeups, its completely different.

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