* Posts by The Vociferous Time Waster

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

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Able Lincoln and his green friends

you don't need a big name to make this better, you just need a big budget. Hire a fair to middling CIO who wants to make a name for him/herself and give them a massive budget to hire competent techies and buy best of market security products. Nothing in this hack was clever, it was a failure of these basic systems. In addition if you hire good security people* and pay them well you will increase the mean salary and so attract more good people to the market.

*I mean people who install and manage security, not the box ticking fucktards in security compliance. Need good ones of those too but they are best recruited from technical teams rather than the snake oil stands that seem to be the source of all candidates at the moment.

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

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Re: Greasy

They should be two separate databases. When I stop being a customer I should go from the customer database and if I choose to be retained as an entry on the 'do not call' database that should not imply I was ever a customer.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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I vote yes

have your independence and with it your own taxes to spend on shite like this

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

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Huh?

shoes?

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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Backups

so they had a disparate selection of critical data from their internal network and also their public web presence - sounds like they might want to see if they can account for all their tapes.

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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Re: There does seem to be a problem with Cortana

The paper clip has a voice now

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Hillary Clinton kept top-secret SIGINT emails on her home email server

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DoD

DoD is the largest employer in the world, bigger even than the NHS.

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Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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Feck nominet

domains are like any ip and should be traded on the open market

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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Was it 2003?

Was it 2003 or 2004 where they recorded close to 40 degrees at Heathrow? A mate was working in London and they were doing 60 second rotations in the comms room to close down boxes that they couldn't remote on to. It was so hot that they went in for a minute then came out to cool off while someone else went in.

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Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview

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Share point

Often people get sharepoint out of the box and install it in a single server with a crap DB behind it and then bitch that it is crap. If you have a solid and properly scaled deployment then it's actually quite brilliant.

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Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

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FAIL

I wonder

I wonder if the spate of massive hacks which show how porous most big organisations are will finally show how much of a pile of crap our security approach is.

Big company security is all audit and compliance carried out by not very technical people so it becomes about process rather than protection. A bit like getting a girl to sign an STD waiver rather than just wearing a condom.

In the last two big organisation I have worked there have been big holes with easy and cheap fixes but the security folks won't look at it without a project code and without their approval you can't make the change to close the loop.

In another organisation the security team spent a huge amount on PCI DSS consultants but wouldn't spend the money to replace old Pix firewalls with something that was supportable. That organisation processes credit card info and holds it unencrypted on behalf of many clients you almost certainly use.

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Never mind the redundancies as Capita splashes cash on Barrachd

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Oh dear

my condolences to them on the impending borging

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Google's new view of the world takes two pics to make 'DeepStereo' 3D

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GTA just got better

Now it's just a matter of compute to get game worlds into real worlds.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: Is it just me ... ?

Yeah, in America they do the dates wrong so it would be... Oh wait.

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Also on a helpdesk

I was also on a Helpdesk and I recall the calls coming in thick and fast from people wanting backups kicked off immediately as they were evacuating the office and heading home by whatever means possible.

I also recall the stories of people helping each other out and the surge of pride in how Londoners refused to be intimidated. Ten years later everyone remembers he victims and thankfully everyone has forgotten the cowardly perpetrators. Whatever cause they hid behind is meaningless now but the way London rose up in the face of tragedy will be remembered for many years to come.

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David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

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He has an MBE

wears it on the wrong side though

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: France...

He would just claim it as a victory. He is best off contained on the Ecuadorean couch.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

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Gimp

Pepsi

remember when a million bucks bought your this sack of shit?

https://jimedwardsnrx.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/pepsi_gravitational_field.pdf

Bet Facebook paid more. Gimps

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Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again

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Best landing on a comet ever

we sent a probe a decade ago that was able to land on a comet and survive several mishaps and still be able to get in contact with our blue ball a long way away - that is the stuff of my childhood dreams

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Here it comes

2016 is going to be the year of Linux on the Desktop

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Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

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Re: Museum piece

My mother in law saw her vacuum cleaner in the science museum and promptly insisted on a new one.

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Re: Wow...

Sorry, mate, but CD-ROM virtual tours were 20 years ago.

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Kaspersky says air-gap industrial systems: why not baby monitors, too?

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It is not for the user to do

part of the process of selling to the great uneducated is to dumb down the tech to the level where they can take it out of the box, plug it in and use it - if you don't make it secure for the idiots you shouldn't be selling it to the idiots

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Haha

using science to prove or disprove religion is like using maths to explain cats

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Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

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Wait?

didnt this happen and get patched last year? Is this another string of text or just a hopelessly out of date article?

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Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

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Re: Didn't know they still existed

They went out of fashion?

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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.sucks

.sucks is a good old fashioned shake down.

Pure and simple.

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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1F926

1F926 (Facepalm) will get a lot of use in our office.

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Oh no!

Now the world will know I am tall, dark, handsome and hung like a lion.

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

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cool

Anything which makes it easier to manage legacy Linux kit is a good thing

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Damn Lawyers.

I'm off to watch an episode of Suits via Netflix on my Apple TV.

See what I did there?

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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Quad play

it's hard enough to get broadband without a TV package and two types of phone so picking your channels is a pipe dream

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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So he's white right?

a black man wouldn't have even got the first tasering before being shot in the face with a .38

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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How do they manage this?

how do they manage the temptation to turn it off when they are beating up a minority? Also who backs the cards up at the end of the shift? 8 hours of plod is a fair chunk of data to store each day and they should be time stamped and indexed to the officer with full meta data search

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

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Re: Yeah, it's great but...

Shhhh. Grown ups are talking.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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And...

cue channel IT admins with ponytails and an MCSA telling us how they would do it better if only anyone listened

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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Re:

Yeah but you built it so now we need people who can use it.

Who are also cheap.

I don't need a Sony engineer to program my VCR.

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Self preservation is AWS security's biggest worry, says gros fromage

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Wrong priority

There is no point staying up at night worrying about a problem you didn't cause and you can't do anything about

Make sure your platform is secured in a way that accepts that these vulnerabilities happen and protects the wider infrastructure and your other customers.

If customer A does something dumb and causes a problem to customer A then it's not your problem; if customer A does something dumb and that can impact customer B then I don't want to do business with you because your platform is full of holes

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Heist

beats doing your heists on GTAV

I heard that locals were warned ahead of time to expect underground drilling noises due to some crossrail work that didn't exist

Given that telecoms and power was out for a wide area it is entirely plausible that it was designed to take out either security systems or remote monitoring of those security systems

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Iridium sat comms module comp goes completely TITSUP

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remember her?

Assisted Stage Up-goer System Generically Issued Rubric LOHAN

https://xkcd.com/1133/ for reference

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we know how it ends

Fully Interactive Recovery Ensures Brilliant And Lovely Landing

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hmmm

Sun Emitting Xray Radiation On Micro Processor Doesn't Alter Yaw

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ha

Altitude

Measurement

And

Near-orbit

Flight,

Revealing

Orbital

Machine

Management

And

Re entry

Suitability

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Flap

Flight,

Landing

And

Party

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: I went to buy charcoal

While that may be the case in the colonies things here under the watchful eye of her Madge are a little stricter

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I went to buy charcoal

I went to buy some charcoal on Amazon. At the bottom of the page it said "People who bought this also bought..." and had listings for potassium nitrate and sulphur.

I have an aquire and keep certificate which means I can buy it ready made and keep up to 15kg. You can make up to 200g for personal and educational use so long as you do not cause any explosion meant to harm or cause damage to property.

My school science teacher used to make black powder during class and it inspired a life long interest in science. Having said that he was put away for 8 years for raping pre teen boys so he was hardly a role model teacher.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Lawsuit

Lawyers must be queueing up to take this one. Probably also publicising it to get enough others for a class action.

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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Re: How can people log in to El Reg forums if their internet is down, eh?

"Ever heard of browsing using your phone? Wifi?"

Ah, the pseudo techie.

I suppose you think those technologies work through magic and done have wired backhaul over the very same wired infrastrucure.

Go back to your html 'coding', mate.

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Rocket Kittens target defence and IT bods from Europe & Israel

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Almost word for word

do you guys at EL Reg wear out your CTRL, C and V keys quickly?

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: To the miserable git

Ditto

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