* Posts by John G Imrie

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: "It also hired a high-priced lawyer to threaten the press"

They probably did hire real IT security experts.

However a demand that security is improved to his line manager, became a request to the middle manager which was talked over the water cooler with the senior manager and ended up as a request to mildly censure him to the Board.

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

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Re: have you thought about getting out more?

Out side, where the air con is crap, the ceiling is prone to leaking and the main light goes off at night when it would be really useful.

No thanks :-)

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

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A seven-foot drop is enough to snap the neck of an adult human

So about five foot then. Let the buggers choke.

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@Buzzword

Why?

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Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

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Re: last year ... profits plummeted by 90 per cent

How do companies like this even stay in business?

Easy, Profit is just the size of the pot the staff bonus / dividend / share options are measured against and is easily manipulated by the accounts department.

I'm not sure which figure you should be looking at to measure the health of a business, but the formula

( unpaid bills + interest paid on loans ) / turnover

might be a good starting point

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Re: Time to fix.

That said, like the other article about bricking a NAS device, don't update firmware without a reason.

You don't get the choice. The updates are rolled out automatically from Virgin.

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Wasn't the clip art part of the OOXML standard

And having just removed it have they now ensured that they can't follow the standard.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Mnay thanks to everyone posting

It's fucking well driving me insane, as I wade through distro after distro trying to find a working linux desktop that I can reliably recommend to my none computer literate students, who are either old, disabled, strapped for cash, or just really fucked off with the Microsoft and/or Apple softshit efforts available in the shops.

Take a look at http://www.eldy.eu/

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Software firms are over-valued, says Huawei

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Re: You can do...

I've seen the size of some of those coders, I'm not sure there's enough saffron to go around.

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

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There is no sutch thing as metadata

There is data and there is more data.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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It might make candidate selection a tad more interesting for constituencies

Not really,

You don't have to be an MP or a Lord to be a member of the Cabinet.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: Dunno the exact answer

The Witclif Bible Translators, tech link Larry Wall of Perl fame worked there, go out into those parts of the world where there is no written language with the express intent of creating one based on the local spoken tongue so the can create a translated version of the Bible for them.

Unsurprisingly they are heavily into Unicode and Fonts. Perhaps surprisingly they where supporters of the Open Document Standard.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

John G Imrie
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Re: "Just how or why the lander stopped bouncing..."

Not a tentacle, a couple of pink knitted hands.

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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XKCD live

http://xkcd.com/1446/

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

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Before they do that they send you an email saying they have noticed you are sending out a lot of data and would you like to check that your box isn't riddled with viruses.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: Don't go Windows, and if you do, keep your options open

I'm intrigued ..... What exactly does Red Hat or SuSE do, that Debian doesn't?

It has Enterprise in the name, which lets you get it past the PHB

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Two questions

What was that stuff about PE and Clara being a maths teacher and what did The Doctor see that made him flip out in the Tardis?

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Spyware-for-cops Hacking Team faces off against privacy critics

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allegations are conjecture

I always end up translating this as 'Yes what you are saying is true, but you can't prove it'

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New Euro digi chief says he WILL consider an EU-wide copyright law

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“to consider all possible options”

I bet that does not include reducing the time copyright exist for on a given work.

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Got a spare $600k? Then an ancient Apple-1 could be yours

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Pst.

Don't let the Russians know.

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Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?

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WG2 on Child protection ,,,

Might also be worth following, as we know that the UK Govt, likes to use 'Think of the Children' as an excuse for more draconian laws.

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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should be shot.

You are far to kind.

I'd send them to live out their final days helping the Ebola victims in Africa, without the aid of protective clothing. Then when they catch the disease we can use them to test their remedies on.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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"You are all individuals!"

Er...

I'm not

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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games tackling extreme violence, and humiliation

He's been to the local BDSM club, hasn't he?

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: All very well...

Laws aren't for doing, they are for making. Once you have made a law you can say you have solved the problem.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Well, unless you count prostitutes.

Prostitutes, like Beer, are never bought, merely rented.

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Re: Care.data opy out

That's all true, but apart from the government, you, me and the rest of the El Reg, comentards, who

a) knows this exists

b) knows you can opt out

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Dear Tim Kelsey

Please forward all your medical records from birth until the present day, please include

a) Any trips to STD clinics while you where a student

b) Records from any hospital, GP, Pharmacist while on holiday

c) Long-term illnesses

Please also include medical records for all your relatives, living and dead for that last 100 years.

Please also include all the above for your spouses/girlfriends/boyfriends/one night stands, current and previous.

Please note that although you can anonymise the data we will do our best to match it to publicly available records do work out exactly who's medical record is who's.

Yours,

The British Public.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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block websites deemed to “incite” or “glorify” terrorism.

That's the following web sites fucked then

and of cause those arch terrorists who made this propogander film

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Re: @rpb

Just as long as you don't blend them with Pontefract cakes they are horrible, and I like liquorice.

I'm sure that they are just some joke on the Southerners.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: Demographic

Comment on it. He proposed it when Satya Nadella came round for an afternoons relaxation in his sensory deprivation tank.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: There's one very important woman missing from that list.

Mine did too, are we related ?

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Snapchat 'hack' pics mostly clothed user snaps, odd bits of legacy pr0n – report

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"... no photos in the sample I examined featuring nudes of obviously under age subjects." -- So as long as someone isn't obviously underage, it's Ok?

No, but it does mean that the local Police Officer won't have to call round, what with having nude images of a minor being a strict liability offence.

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Re: Never trust in centralized services

Google has terminated other services at a whim.

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Three UK fined £250,000 for customer complaints COCKUP

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Ofcom also noted that, although the investigation identified certain shortcomings in Three’s complaints handling processes, the harm to consumers was mitigated due to the efforts of frontline customer service staff.

Once again the low paid staff on the front line keep the high paid bosses asses out of the fire.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

John G Imrie
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Re: "32-bit Windows-powered ATM"

Obviously the crooks aren't stealing enough to make it worthwhile for the banks to tighten their security.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: My solemn promise

Does that include the men?

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So there you have it. If, as seems very likely, a large number of attractive women are reading this article and yearning for a chance to break through the glass door of female-beauty stereotyping and join our core readership in the traditionally male dominated world of IT, you now know how to achieve your dream.

What med's is the author on. And can I have some?

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: Will the preaching hate law ...

Don't be silly.

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@Harry Stottle

Thank you.

Though I think I might have poked my head a bit higher above the parapet,

again :-)

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John G Imrie
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Re: At first they came for the Paedophiles

I looked for groups of people that all had had laws enacted against them in my life time to take on some threat, real or imagined, where application of the law could, or has been, used against the wider society.

Oh, and I have a weird imagination. :-)

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At first they came for the Paedophiles

and I did not object as I am not a Paedophile

Then they came for the Benefit Fraudsters

and I did not object because I'm not on benefits

Then they came for the Extreme Porn producers

and I did not object because I'm not into blood sports

Then they came for the Extremists

and I did not object because I am not an Extremist.

Who will they come for next,

and who's going to stand up for me?

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Howard Shiplee SHIPS OUT of top job

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To loose one MD is a tragady.

To loose 7 in 4 years looks like an incompetent hiring policy.

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

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Follow the money

Then sue Visa / Master card / Pay Pall / Other * for felicitating Child Porn.

*Delete as appropriate.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Mirror, Mirror

on the wall,

Who's the sleaziest f them all?

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: If you do not sanitize CGI input

The environment is set by the web server. If you give it a url like http://www.example.com/test.cgi?(){:;}; touch $DOCROOT/gotyou and test.cgi is a bash script then you are powned befor your script runs. if your script calls out to any other program that runs in a shell and you haven't explicitly tested for (){ in any of your environment variables then you are powned.

The reason is the the web server puts (){:;}; touch $DOCROOT/gotyou into the QURTY_STRING environment variable which then gets parsed by bash

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BMC Software flings patent sueball at ServiceNow

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I asked a wise man what was the greatest joy in fighting patent trolls

He replied that it was ..

To crush their patents -- See their objections driven from the court before you, and to hear the lamentation of their lawyers.

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Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff

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Ammeters

At least compared to The City of London

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

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Re: Well I'm still waiting for an appollogy

Haven't watched bought or used anything on that list. I guess others are doing the same, hence the loss.

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Well I'm still waiting for an appollogy

for the root kit fiasco and an apology to George Hotz the before I'll by any Sony kit.

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