* Posts by Kraggy

50 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

Kraggy

Re: Migrated from Google to it's own

The VM mail system was moved to Google some years ago, before that I have no idea where it was hosted, so these 'old' addresses could well have been migrated from the previous hoster to Google.

In any case, the Google data was migrated to the new system and all reports I'm seeing infer that the alleged breach occurred after that migration.

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WordPress under attack by whack-a-mole ad-scam malware

Kraggy

You know, while Adobe rightly gets lambasted for Flash, it seems to me WP is now enemy #1 on the Internet yet its developers are never pilloried like Adobe are.

How many scores of holes have been found in this abomination already?

Frankly if I were looking for a new site hoster I'd try to find one who won't allow their customers to use this crapware.

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Broadband-pushers expand user piggyback rides on private Wi-Fi

Kraggy

He said: "Given the current concerns around privacy and data security, the realisation that home routers can be accessed by complete strangers is unlikely to be viewed in a positive light.”

That's a pretty sizable understatement!

Given that most domestic routers are riddled with vulnerabilities in their firmware already, must of which is GPLed and open to being looked at, only a fool or someone not technically competent to know would trust the 'firewall' between the two channels.

I'd never use an ISP's provided router for this reason alone, I certainly wouldn't trust BT not to have back-doored their Infinity router to allow them to turn this 'feature' on even when I've disabled it.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

Kraggy
FAIL

Sorry, this piss-take of a 'stupid user' is a fail!

Yes, it's been fashionable in IT circles for the 4 decades I was in DP/IT/whateverthe millenialscallit to deride 'dumb users', but not knowing anything about the organisation this alleged episode happened in it's impossible to know what expectations the end-user being jeered at would have had when he placed the call, however the support person who supposedly took this call made a fundamental assumption which we cannot know if he was entitled to make.

We don't know the remit of the 'support' department, so don't know if he was entitled to presume the end-user had a 'computer' problem without checking, and even if he was so entitled then clearly he didn't ask sufficiently general enough question to have realised the end-user wasn't using a computer payment system.

In any case, sneering at the user in this article is simply fatuous, he was asked questions and answered them, dealing with 'tech support' people that's what I do.

I also love many of the user-jeering replies made here, so typical of 'IT' discussions everywhere.

Me? I was a programmer/systems programmer/ database designer and more for 42 years until retiring in December, so I know full well the attitude of many in the 'computer industry' who deride non-techies.

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One Ring to pwn them all: IoT doorbell can reveal your Wi-Fi key

Kraggy

Actually, no it isn't a defense at all, I suggest you research decided cases.

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Kraggy

If it's noticeable faster with encryption turned off you've got some pretty lame equipment, frankly.

Also, failing to secure your Wi-Fi is no defense when the police call tracking down someone using your network to download child porn or somesuch.

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Got a Nexus? Google has five critical Android security fixes for you

Kraggy

Just another example of why anyone who chooses to use an Android phone is bonkers if they don't use a Nexus .. I love my Samsung Note II but it's never been updated so I'm in the process of switching to an iPhone 6s.

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Lloyds Bank apologises for ClickSafe verification system snafu

Kraggy

Why is it with ALL these announcements only a 'small' number of customers were victims?

Do the PR bunnies that write this trash really think the people reading it are stupid?

Sadly I suspect the answer is undoubtedly a big YES they do.

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Day 2: UK research network Janet still being slapped by DDoS attack

Kraggy

"am in a law library and have to consult a hard copy of the law reports for the first time ever because of the DoS attack on UK Unis"

Ah, bless.

'Last century' skills, so useful at times. :)

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Dailymotion hit by malvertising attack as perpetrators ‘up their game'

Kraggy

Sadly another day, another malvertising attack .. simply one more reason to use AdBlock and NoScript in Firefox as the only sensible way to browse web sites these days.

And to those sites who demand I disable my blocker to use them .. I don't need you so I'll pass on the offer, thanks, until you stop using ad networks that don't protect me.

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Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

Kraggy

The degree of cluelessness here on Dell's part is staggering, especially from a company whose origins are as storied as this one.

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Microsoft quietly slips out patched patch for Outlook – in camouflage

Kraggy

Why is The Register being a Microsoft apologist?

"The case highlighted the problems Microsoft can have with patching. With the plethora of operating systems and software run by its users, "

Um, Outlook is a Mickeysoft product running on a Mickeysoft O/S, how much simpler does it get to check it works?

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Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

Kraggy

Sorry, that's just totally untrue.

I have both VM cable (recently upped to 100mb 'free' *cough*) and BT infinity 2 and I see no difference in performance (clearly the BT is now slower but performs perfectly according to its spec) and would quite happily end my VM service and use only BT if I had to choose one or the other .. I likely wouldn't close my BT and keep only VM.

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Facebook CTO: Clear legal grounds needed for EU-US data exports

Kraggy

"Because even if you have have a data centre in Europe, most Europeans are sharing their data with people outside Europe, so we need to have clear legal grounds to make sure that your feed isn’t limited to only the people who are also in the EU, which destroys a lot of the value you want out of the product.”

The last part of the last sentence clearly is wrong, it should be:

"which destroys a lot of the value FACEBOOK wants out of the product."

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Apple killed our app say Chaos Computer Club

Kraggy

Re: Subtle mind control

Anyone with the remotest interest in this subject is under no illusions about what Apple's App Store is all about.

It's Apple's system and they have the perfect right to control it as they see fit, users can't fail to realise the 'mind control' Apple exerts, they agree to it when they purchase Apple's products.

No, I'm not an Apple 'fanboi', I think Apple is a far more 'evil' company than Microsoft ever was, but what they do is hardly a secret.

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Lancashire Police warn of malware email impersonation scam

Kraggy

Their switching off their e-mail seems to indicate their mail server techs don't understand the concept of spoofing.

Kind of worrying really.

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WordPress blogger patch foot-drag nag: You're tempting hackers

Kraggy

As I've commented before about this train-wreck called Wordpress, when are Mozilla and co. going to issue a death-penalty on it like they've done for Flash?

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

Kraggy

Re: Gendered abuse

Don't be absurd, "a gendered term of abuse", LMAO, that's the problem these days, lame attitudes like this.

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Kraggy

Just another example of someone wanting to be offended, so she was. I read the /. article and it's clear this was simply another example of feminism gone ridiculous.

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

Kraggy

Agreed, I only prefer to use Firefox for NoScript and AdBlock (and a couple of others like Ghostery), if Firefox ceases to support them then I'll have no reason to carry on using it.

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DDoS defences spiked by CloudPiercer tool - paper

Kraggy

Yet another example of 'researchers' who don't have real jobs publishing information that will damage those that do have real jobs.

And yes, 'security through obscurity' is a valid concept, some 'baddies' may know it but now everyone does!

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Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

Kraggy

"and keep up-to-date with the latest version of Android, if possible. "

Good luck with that given the utter indifference to their users' problems shown by nearly ALL Android phone manufacturers in their lack of any urgency to supply Android updates, if they ever do at all .. and Google is as bad in that they refuse to provide updates to older models.

Android is a great idea, hobbled to virtual uselessness by those providing phones using it.

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

Kraggy

"Might the mess of Windows 8.x's interface be deterring the rump of Windows 7 users from going anywhere near a tiled interface?"

For me, totally, a PC isn't a bloody phablet!

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

Kraggy

Re: A Journalist Who Just Happened To Find This Interesting

Have to say I'm appalled that El Reg gave this 'article' editorial space.

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

Kraggy

Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

Completely agree.

As someone (one of many) who worked alongside 'contractors' in the 80s exploiting umpteen tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of tax on the vastly higher salaries than those employees they worked alongside, I have no sympathy whatsoever if belatedly HMRC are catching up with such schemes; even if, sadly, those I saw abusing the system aren't likely those now getting hit.

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Gamers Steaming over dumb Valve password vuln

Kraggy

Re: Can't get on.

It seems a widespread domain outage, the forums are down as well as the Store, so it maybe more than just their account system under strain.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

Kraggy

Just another clueless user blaming others for his ignorance.

Seems perfectly reasonable to me that photos I've taken before uninstalling an app are still being backed-up if I'd set that option in the past.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

Kraggy
WTF?

Will someone please tell me just what the hell "using the cloud" actually MEANS?

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

Kraggy
FAIL

Okay, so I accept hardware/software fails but if that's been fixed why is it going to take FOUR DAYS to 'ingest' (love that word, so PR-speak) the missing data?

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F*cking DLL! Avast false positive trashes Windows code libraries

Kraggy
FAIL

" Even though testing procedures have been improved, mistakes still occur: mostly because the volume of signature definition updates has shot through the roof over the last decade in parallel with the boom in Windows malware."

Stop being an apologist for the A/V industry!

There is NO excuse for ANY signature update to flag STANDARD Operating System files, NO excuse at all. How many variations of Windows are there? Frankly, a handful, it can't take a significant amount of time for these people to TEST EVERY UPDATE on currently-supported O/Ses at the very least.

Sure, it's probably unreasonable for them to check their updates against every third-party driver but nearly all these kinds of reports are dealing with standard Windows DLLs etc..

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

Kraggy

I use AdBlock Plus mainly for the ability to hide elements of pages I don't want to see, such as the pleading banners that somehow defy NoScript to block, Privoxy is my main defense against ads.

I have to say I find the developer's idea to take money from websites to allow their ads through to be pretty damned hypocritical, unethical and having followed this case I think the web sites who sued had a good case if they'd tried to argue along those lines (and damage to business) rather than their arguing the legality (or otherwise) of blocking.

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Verizon FLICKS FINGER at Netflix with skinny à la carte-style TV package for fibre munchers

Kraggy

Re: fug ESPN

Seems like ESPN think differently:

http://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-fios-shift-to-skinny-bundles-runs-afoul-of-espn/

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

Kraggy

So tell me, in the aftermath of Snowden's revelations, why are you suggesting Putin's Russia is any less to be trusted that Obama's America or Cameron's Britain?

America's hubris over alleged Chinese government 'cybercrime' and Huawei is now apparent to all, the NSA and GCHQ are no better and likely far worse!

Fact is Snowden has proved what many probably knew, no government can be trusted and to suggest by inference the 'west' is any better than Russia is laughable: as for the 'east' (eg. Korea) I see no reason to think they're different either.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

Kraggy

Whatever happened to the quaint old custom we used to have of the "E&OE" caveat that meant such blatant errors as this weren't able to be claimed as legit by customers?

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Kraggy

I was using multiple desktops in Windows 3, albeit with a third-party tool. The fact M$ didn't implement it in the O/S doesn't mean this is a new feature.

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

Kraggy

This review is at odds with several I've read, linked on Slashdot and other places, those were uniformly bad/dreadful and gave the game few good words at all. At $500M Bungie had better hope El Reg's views are more right that Slashdot's.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

Kraggy

Re: Too late

But since we in Europe are doing our usual Ludd impressions, Uber is being banned left, right and centre so that argument is largely moot.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

Kraggy

Re: Data is born free but is everywhere in chains.

What is data?

In the case of this article it's actually someone's IDEAS, there's nothing 'free' about what I think, I am thankfully free to charge what I want for them and you are free not to pay me .. but please stop this '60s hippy notion that everything that exists is your by right, free of charge.

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Kraggy

Re: "The basis of this article is laughable"

So you'd be happier if they sold the 'base' model to which you had to apply upgrades (or send back to the manufacturer) that are 'sold separately'.

Would you?

It totally makes sense for the manufacturers whose products are software-defined to build umpteen variations of the hardware simply so that they can contain various software versions depending on the price being paid.

I say again, this is a silly argument from those who seem to want everything at a basement bargain price and clearly don't agree with the idea you get what you pay for.

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And this differs from, say, what Microsoft have done for years .. how?

For years, Microsoft has shipped one DVD with all flavours of Windows on it which are selected by the activation code you enter.

I don't recall anyone complaining about that method of distribution, so why is this any different in principle? Same argument could apply, why should I pay more for Windows 7 Ultimate when it's already on the DVD I used to install Windows 7 Home?

The basis of this article is laughable, it's simply an example of today's entitlement culture.

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

Kraggy
FAIL

This means mail has been lost

Notice the 'permanent error' nature of the response a sending SMTP server will have been getting, these e-mails are more likely than not lost permanently and there is no record on VM's system, of their ever having been sent.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

Kraggy

Your final question is wrong, it isn't what Snowden has wrought, but what the NSA has,.

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

Kraggy
FAIL

To be honest the real crime here is their storing passwords at all, the 'over the shoulder' issue pales by comparison IMO.

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

Kraggy
FAIL

Re: Single HD !

Because this device is in the same league as a Synology box.

Chalk and cheese comparisons are rarely useful.

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

Kraggy

"Crowing from the rooftop"

Er, no, not while it's clearly 'work in progress'.

Once they'd destroyed the entire TOR network then yes, pull out all the stops to help justify PRISM (yes, I know it's not really related but 'saving the children' is a great carrion cry excuse for anything like this) and anti-freedom actions in general.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Kraggy

Re: Doubling? Did I miss something? Yes you did.

Er, please explain to a non-Glaswegian how I would only need one journey per working day 'cos where I live I make two journeys every working day, so 5 x 2 = 10 per week.

/confused

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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

Kraggy
FAIL

Shame UK getting an already obsolete device as 'new'

As the first poster noted via his link, this device is already obsolete as far as ASUS is concerned, they're palming off yesterday's tech. as 'new' to UK punters.

Not good ASUS, not good.

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Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

Kraggy

No way

Given what Garriot did to the Ultima series with the abomination that was U9 no way will he get another penny of my cash.

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Visa to devs: Please take contents of our wallet

Kraggy
WTF?

Er, it's complex because the damned CC companies made it so!

Do the PR bunnies who write this sort of thing actually use the products they're writing about?

Fact is, using a CC online was made HUGELY more of a pain when Verified By Visa and the Access equivalent came into being.

Do those parts of the banking system that foisted that horror upon us know what those propounding this simplified system are doing?

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Opera Software reinvents complete irrelevance

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Andy10 got it right

I'm not an Opera 'fanboi', I've used it on and off since version 3 (back in the days when people actually PAID for it!) and think there's a lot to like about it.

However, in the modern world of the Internet most of my browsing is done in Firefox+NoScript+AdBock, if only Opera provided the functionality of NoScript I'd probably switch over to that far more.

As Andy pointed out, Opera pioneered, if not the concept then certainly the implementation of several features of 'modern' browsers, some still not available elsewhere: I like how I can sync. my bookmarks etc. across multiple systems within the browser and not have to use a third-party site which I probably don't trust.

This 'review' is atrocious; loved the way Andy pointed out the writer's credentials! A bit of sarcasm is perfectly okay, I enjoy the odd snide remark when appropriate, but the entire piece was one long rant.

The bit about Yet Another Template Language I agree with, it's so typical of the Internet world that developers always know better than those that went and solved the problem before, and while obviously some innovation happens sometimes, mostly this effort is copying for copying's sake; I think Markup is probably that.

However, the whole 'Unite' thing has potential for the audience it's intended for, something that Ted Dziuba clearly doesn't see.

So to you Ted I throw your snappy little sub-head back at you: "Fail and You"

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