* Posts by Ian 62

216 posts • joined 17 Jul 2009


FBI may pillory Hillary with email spillery grillery

Ian 62

My boss would never allow it

I can imagine what would happen if I turned up in a new job and refused to use the company network or provided services. "Don't worry boss, I know what I'm doing, I'll run my own IT stuff"

A fairly short reply, which might not even have been polite enough to say something like, using the approved and provided IT services are a condition of employment.

Why would Her, or Her team ever think this was a) allowed, b) a good idea?


Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

Ian 62

Re: Plan of action

Its a 'festival'.

2450 instances of a tiger were reported.

120 clowns.

5230 cats.

In unrelated news, the face painting tent reported a 2000% increase in customers.


Scammers going after iOS as fake crash reports hit UK

Ian 62

If you're bored

Seeing as these guys are operating as a business, time is money. The more time you can waste, the less time they're making money out of people that dont know they're crooks.

Oh yes, hang on, it's really slow you'll have to be patient.

Oh someone at the door, back in a moment.

Oh I've forgotten my password hang on.

Oh its just crashed it'll need to reboot.

Oh my internet is really slow.

Oh my internet has stopped working.

You want me to install what?..... RICK ASTLEY!!


Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

Ian 62

I've always thought QR codes were an exploit waiting to happen.

Here's a box of random squres, do you want to go to whatever site it may be?

I'm amazed no one has started printing their own on sticky labels, and pasting them over the 'official' ones on adverts and posters. 'Oh look a QR code on a poster for new shiny product, click, Oh thats strange it took me to malware.r.us.'


MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

Ian 62

Better not say that too loudly or your budget for next year will get slashed!


Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

Ian 62

Parallel construction

I've heard talk of the US justice getting round having to reveal the help they get from the FBI etc by building a case on Parallel construction.

I assume its something like;

The info we got from the FBI stingray says they are selling drugs from this house. But we cant mention that so we'll say we got a tip off from nosey neighbor.


we're tracking his phone heading up the motor way. Lets fudge the DVLA database so local plod can pull him over for no record of insurance, then they can do a stop and search on the car.

Secret evidence? No need.


Fumbling Feds lose control of seized MegaUpload domains – to saucy vid slingers

Ian 62

Why think is a cock up?

Having such a high profile site (even if it is now defunct) as megaupload becoming associated with the likes of warez and pron is a good marketing strategy to get it into the minds of the massess that sites like it must just be full of nasties.



Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

Ian 62

Generally speaking, people want stuff that works. They want to walk into a shop, choose something, walk out with it. If it breaks take it back or ask someone for help.

Apple, since they opened their own stores you can now do this. Popularity in Apple stuff took off at the same rate as the retail store expansion.

Windows, was successfully at work so people are familiar with it so they buy one for home, and they can ask the helpful IT geek at work to fix their home PC for them.

Linux has neither of these. Which distribution do you choose? Where do I get a computer that comes with it? Someone with the money needs to step up and force a distribution into shape and sell computers in a shop with the support network to go with it. Until then the masses wont be interested.


DDoS attack downs University of London learning platform

Ian 62

DDoS ate my homework

Check the assessment timetable.

Which class had an assignment due, probably more likely to be tech related subject?

Cross reference with whomever couldnt get their assignment finished because it was offline?


UK data watchdog: Massive fines won't keep data safe

Ian 62

Fine is a contract employing someone

How about a fine that directly funds someone elses job.

Leaky data, Pays a contract for a security consultant?

Dirty hospital, pays a contract for a cleaner?

Corrupt bank, pays a contract for an auditor?

Corrupt copper, pays a contract for legal advisor?

Crap school, pays a contract for teacher training?

Keeps the money going round, maybe gives a few real people some real jobs, and gets the problem directly addressed?


South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

Ian 62

Signal to noise

All the kids need to do is just add the keywords to the end of every message.

Parents will soon get fed up filtering through all the messages to see which ones actually had something interesting in them.

2013 data i can see says something like 60 messages a day each, as the app monitors incoming and out going that can be multiplied up by the number of friends each. Add in a couple years of growth, and the reduced cost of the contracts (free?).

I could imagine 100+ messages a day, on top of app and web activity. If all of them have #uptheduff in them when is a parent going to have time to check them all


Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers

Ian 62

Re: Surely time for different security....

Doesn't necessarily need to be a dongle.

Seeing as we're talking about mobile app, starbucks could always plug the 2FA into the users phone. Which, they've probably got with them if theyre using it for paying in starbucks already.

***beepbeep*** It looks like you're try to top up, or moving credits, enter this following onetime code into the starbucks app to confirm you really are you and you really wanted to move your starbucks-money around.


The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

Ian 62

Re: Immersion ...

If you watch a couple of youtube vids of lads building immersion gaming rigs you'll see the issues with it demonstrated on a small scale pretty quickly.

1) its HEAVY. A cabinet full of kit needs a good strong floor, now imagine filling all the spaces around that kit with oil? Double? Triple? the weight.

2) its messy. Want to change a network card? Got to turn it off, lift everything out of the oil, try not to make a mess, then put it back again without contaminating the oil too much in the process, or spilling it across the floor.


Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

Ian 62


Are they all really only 1080 native screens?

With the power they're packing, and that they're 17" screens, would actually including a better panel increase the PRICEY price tags any much higher?


Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

Ian 62

Free mobiles for coppers, plus the snoopers charter? Nice way of finding out which reporters are talking to which policemen, without all that nasty bother asking judges to get the telecoms to hand over the data.


Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

Ian 62

What did they do before the internet?

I remember the days of terrorists blowing stuff up in the UK before we had email and twitter or Facebook.

What were the intelligence agencies doing then? They couldn't listen to everyones phone calls or open everyones snail mail, so they had to target the ACTUAL suspects.

They followed people, targeted surveillance, investigated clues and evidence.

Before the electronics I heard tales of agents hiding under the floorboards or in loft spaces to listen in to conversations.

Just because its 'easy' to hoover the 1s and 0s as they fly past doesn't mean the old fashioned ways of doing things aren't still available to you.

For the money they spend on 'cloudy things' they could afford to have someone actually walking around behind the top list of suspects 24/7.


Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Ian 62

Re: Obligatory comparison with non-Apple laptop

As close a Dell as I can find. And the price/spec isn't that far off a match in either direction.

5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-5200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz)

Windows 8.1 Pro (64Bit) English

13.3-inch UltraSharp™ QHD+ (3200 x 1800) infinity touch display

8GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz


Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500

1.26 kg.

939 Ex VAT (£1126)

Bigger SSD

Higher Rez Display

Older CPU (i think)

You win some you loose some, but the prices aren't as far apart as I might have expected.


BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

Ian 62

Re: Wow BT is getting faster at responding to user problems

To quote from btbusiness support page: Your line may well be getting 72Mbps as far as the green box at the end of the street, but you're sharing the national infrastructure with everyone else.

"Although BT Business Broadband is a contended service, it’s no longer contended at the exchange level by the previous 20:1 and 50:1 ratios. However, this doesn't mean that you'll receive a one-to-one contention. The contention now happens at the national level and only at busy periods.

BT plans the whole network to provide good performance and shares its national infrastructure between all users. This works well, as consumer use in the business day is low, which gives a very good performance for business customers. An analogy would be the roads near your house. There’s enough capacity to keep traffic moving well at most times and sometimes there’s a bit of a slow-down. If everyone used their car at the same time, there would not be enough capacity."


Burning Man hackers get burnt

Ian 62

Re: The burn

Whereas in the UK we have festivals such as:


70,000 + people in a muddy field in Scotland. You hope the mud is because of the rain and not the leaking urinal troughs. The port-loos are blocked with bottles of buckfast, so while you're at the stage having cups of 'hopefully' warm beer thrown at you, someone has decided to leave a cr@p in your sleeping bag.

or Glastonbury

175,000 + people in a muddy field in England. Where the mud is mixed with cow cr@p, yet diving in it for the press pack seems like a good idea at the time. The 10ft security fence is no help stopping the supply of drugs as the face painting tent is actually a secret tunnel.

Burning Man doesn't sound so bad.


After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

Ian 62

Cases thrown out due to mistrial

Maybe I've not drunk enough coffee yet, but I seem to remember something about this sort of thing causing a mistrial and cases/convictions getting thrown out.

Something about the irony of the spying that gets someone convicted is then used to overturn the conviction. How long before the appeals cases start popping up?


BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

Ian 62

Only if you watch the LIVE stream, any delayed stream from iPlayer does not require it. Am sure that'd be an interesting case if it came to court. "He said, She said"

Quote from the tv licensing page:

‘Live TV’ means any programmes you watch or record at the same time as they’re being shown on TV or an online TV service.

An online TV service is a service that mainly aims to provide TV programmes over the internet, e.g. on a website or through an app or Smart TV.

If you only ever watch ‘on demand’ programmes, you don’t need a TV Licence. On demand includes catch-up TV, streaming or downloading programmes after they’ve been shown on live TV, or programmes available online before being shown on TV.


Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

Ian 62

Too many providers

The problem with OTT/streaming whatever content is that there are many providers with different distribution rights and content. Which are provided via different set top boxes or services.

I shouldn't need to care which service I need to subscribe to so that I can see last years episodes of Homeland or whatever, then a different service for last weeks episodes of 24.

I'd be happy for a single box, that gave me a single interface to all the providers, Amazon Prime, Apple, Sky+, Netflix, BBC, etc etc. So that when I search for a series I want it'll go and find which service its on, let me start watching it if I've already subscribed, or give me a 'Pay Now' option to start subscribing.

Its not re-inventing the wheel, its not some miracle technology, it just needs someone thats good at packaging everything into a nice interface that works. Which Apple are actually good at. They could handle the billing for me (as they already do with Netflix), and even stick a banner at the top to say something like 'This stream provided by XYZ'.

Time and again its been seen that people are happy to pay for content, IF its easy enough.


Now not even muggers want your iPhone

Ian 62

It'll be the headphones they mug you for now

Those big over ear cans you see them wearing, £160+ especially if they're a silly colour.

"Nah mate, keep the phone, I said headphones!"


Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

Ian 62

Having watched a few youtube vides of RepoMan, a US repossession agent, car security seems a bit of a waste of time. I realise he has spent some time and money customising a good recovery vehicle and he knows his business, but seeing how fast he can remove a parked vehicle is something of an education.

If you weren't concerned about doing it safely, or your business reputation anything on wheels is a moveable feast!


'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

Ian 62

Re: For the Nth time

Assuming the wreck in the picture is of the 'flying machine' in question, I'd argue that it does (at times) classify as a drone.

Wiki for what its worth defines a Drone as : An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone and also referred to as an unpiloted aerial vehicle and a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.

Oxford Dictionary: A remote-controlled pilotless aircraft or missile.

It's certainly not big enough to have a pilot on board, and when the model in the picture looses signal it attempts to fly home autonomously to its point of departure and land by itself.

Sounds like a drone to me.


UK.gov binds mobe operators to £5bn not-spot deal

Ian 62

Legally binding or not?

Not sure if its only me that spotted the disparity in the report on the BBC?

""I am pleased to have secured a legally binding deal with the four mobile networks," said Culture Secretary Sajid Javid."

One vote for legally binding.

A Vodafone spokes person said, ""The voluntary industry commitment we have agreed with the government today will deliver 90% of the UK's land mass with voice services and a major improvement in mobile internet coverage as well."

One vote for voluntary.

Am betting we'll see some spin on this in a couple of years time with some he said, she said, you said.


Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

Ian 62

Too subtle for me.

Maybe I've not had enough coffee yet, but the implication of the report seems to suggest that what this guy was doing is hardly worth mentioning.

Yes, ok, its just a website. But it appears he was trying to gain un-authorised access.

Would you brush off an incident where someone was outside your house for a few days trying all the door and windows, then sitting at the front door and trying 1000s of keys in the lock to see which one worked?

"I've not got in M'Lord, I was just checking"


Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

Ian 62


No mention of the NDA for reviewers that actually lasted beyond public release?



Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Ian 62

Re: W00h00

First time I encountered VbyV (many years ago) I called the card issuer and said "What is this?".

The call centre replied with, "We've never heard of it, so we've locked your card".

Frankly, its been downhill ever since.

Can't remember your password?

Re-set immediately just by using the details on the card and the date of birth.

Its not like my DOB is very secret.


UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

Ian 62

Its a waste of time even complaining

I'm listed on the Telephone Preference service, have been for years, yet I still get calls.

Usually I tell the caller immediately that I'm listed and they are breaking the law to call me, normally they hang up pretty quick. Some occasions I do get the details of who they are, when reporting this to Ofcom I'm told 'Theres nothing we can do'. So, whats the point again?


IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Ian 62

Re: Out the b*****ds

Hit them in the wallet.. Its one of the 'other' place that hurts.

If you've been offended, insulted, harassed by someone wearing their company shirt.

Go right up to that sales booth and tell them.

"I would have been interested in your product but one of your sales men was a total ass, so I won't be buying from you ever again"

Word WILL get around the company in question, even if its not in official channels, the talk over the water cooler will cause embarrassment.


ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

Ian 62

Re: There's probably more to it than that

And then we end up in the situation where...

"We attack place X, at Y time, on Z day"

That gets 'leaked' to some media or intelligence agency, the government of the day 'Has to act to protect the citizens' and we end up with closed airports, roads, rail, stop and search in the streets, and shut down telecoms.

Then the terrorist pee themselves laughing because for every one attack that they do actually perform they can terrify us into doing what they want another 10 times for free.

I'm more likely to catch a double decker bus in the face than be victim of a terror attack, but I don't see the government protecting me with a 'bus stop and search' every time I cross the street.


Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Ian 62

Aren't there a number of exemptions to copyright

And I give you two quick examples.

1) News reporting

Using material for the purpose of reporting current events is permitted provided that:

The work is not a photograph.

The source of the material is acknowledged.

The amount of the material quoted is no more than is necessary for the purpose.

2) Criticism or review

Quoting parts of a work for the purpose of criticism or review is permitted provided that:

The work has been made available to the public.

The source of the material is acknowledged.

The material quoted must be accompanied by some actual discussion or assessment (to warrant the criticism or review classification).

The amount of the material quoted is no more than is necessary for the purpose of the review.

So if you set up your twit/vine/facebook/youtube account as either:

Red top style news outlet.

Giving appropriate acknowledgements and only to show 'appropriate' amount.

Football Pundit.

Review or criticise the goal and again quote your sources.

But then.. Since when has copyright been for the 'little guy'?


Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

Ian 62

Re: wait, what?

Its like twitter and Facebook.

"We have xyz millions of accounts! Invest in us now."

But % are fake, bots, spammers, duplicates, aren't they?

"But look! we have xyz millions of accounts!"

But fake?

"Invest in us now!"


"Invest in us now!"

Or rather, it'd be something like. "Our disruptive exponential growth of accounts in our new cloud based initiative presents a unique investment channel to realise multi percent point growth on your initial outlay of under utilised traditional economic funds."


Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

Ian 62

Remember it's not just Synology

It shouldn't have happened. No argument.

But why the laser like targeting on Synology? Which appears to be far more aggressive than previous reporting for:














You could at least slap all of them equally for their incompetence over the years.


Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials

Ian 62

Re: I did not know there *were* that many cloud providers. Or are they

Obligatory XKCD



It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

Ian 62

Re: Why never any employees


I see what you did there :)

+1 subtle internet points to you!


Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

Ian 62

Re: *dum de dum de da*

[citation needed]

I'd imagine/assume it works on the same principle as the Cineworld quiz app and those damn furby-ipad app combinations, lets the kids chat to the furby via an iPad app.

They encode a high frequency audio that you can't 'hear', but must annoy the hell out of dogs. So its just broadcast out of a mini speaker and picked up by the microphone. The fury iPad combination was particularly painful for me at least. No one else in the house could hear it, and I only stopped twitching once the furby was 'humanely' put down.


You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

Ian 62

Re: Blind eye

I'm not saying you're wrong, I've seen some real mess when users with a little bit of excel knowledge are set free to develop their own solutions. But the correct process would have required (in no particular order)... By which time they probably would have started the drawdown to bring them all home again.

A business case (written and reviewed)

A budget

An analyst team to review the scope

Some form of development lifecycle (more than likely swapping back and forth between waterfall and agile)

A team of coders

A team of testers

A deployment team

A development environment

A test environment

A training environment

Outages to deploy to production

Formal sign off

Change review board when it needs reworked to actually meet requirements

Test environment to be updated


Further training

Outage to production environment

Handover to support team

Support team training

Am I missing anything?


How practical is an electric car in London?

Ian 62

What happens when we reach "peak electric car"?

If electric cars keep getting all this stuff for free, are we going to go broke when enough people have electric cars?

The subsidy on the purchase price

Congestion charge exemption

Free electric charging

Free parking

Bus lane/HOV use

Reserved spaces

Or... Will the government of the day suddenly change the rules when they realise how much cash they're missing out on compared to the days of the 'evil ICE'?


LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

Ian 62

Submitting flight plan...

For flight number :

' OR '1'='1'; Drop table TSA_no_fly_list; Select next_destination where call_sign = 'air force 1';


Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

Ian 62

citation needed?



EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

Ian 62

Free asda wifi

Filtered by mumsnet.

So while it might let you visit competitors to check prices, is sure as hell doesnt let you run a VPN to make sure your connection is secure.

Wont someone think of the 'my data is my data, dont you dare spy on me'


Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

Ian 62

Great.. More people fannying around a the front of the queue

For a quick transaction it sounds like a PITA.

'Oh hang on, I know I left my phone in my handbag SOMEWHERE'

'Oh here it is'

Unlock code.

Find and launch the app.

No 3G. Error

Wait for 3G to lock.

Still Error

Quit and Re-launch App

User ID

Secret code (8 characters long, but characters 4, 3, 7 please)

Wrong Try Again

Wrong Try Again

'So sorry, I get flustered when I'm in a rush'

Correct code

'How much was it again?'

QR code generated, trying to get it in frame and photographed.

Insufficient Funds

'Oh, wrong bank account, hang on, I need to launch my current account App'


Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

Ian 62

Filtering sites about proxies

As the reg previously reported, BT filters sites that provide information about bypassing the filter... So how long before the linked chromestore becomes filtered?


Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

Ian 62

VPN already blocked by NetMums

The 'Free Family Friendly WiFi' available at ASDA is filtered by NetMums.

And guess what...Your super secret VPN pron source is already blocked.

Yes, yes, only right that Free WiFi available to general public and kiddies should block porn. But blocking a VPN isn't blocking porn.

And as its NetMums that are driving the filtering, you can bet that the scope will creep to include VPN and proxies in your own home.


iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

Ian 62

Re: Video/Movie Industry still needs a

Maybe didnt explain myself correctly.

Rather than having to know to search in Netflix, or Hulu, or Catchup TV, or iPlayer, or 4OD, or LoveFilm or..or.. or..

I have one front end app, call it AppleFLIXodPlayer or whatever. So I have one bill to pay (to Apple) and when I log into that I can search without knowing or caring what service ACTUALLY has the broadcast rights.

Apple gathers the metric on what I watch, then automatically pay through a fee to whichever service was actually hosting it (invsibily to me).

Ian 62

Video/Movie Industry still needs a


Regional distribution models, regional pricing, format/quality variations, streaming/buffering.

All the things that drive people to torrents, because quite frankly the quality of the product on a torrent site is often quicker/better than trying to do it legally.

An iTV has been talked about for sometime, it's probably in a lab somewere, but likely its tied up in Hollywood negotiations.

At the very least I could see a market for a device that wraps all the various online video services behind one front end/account. So the user doesnt have to care which service has licenced which series of the show, or which sequal to the movie franchise.

Connect, search, select, play. All the billing etc handled invisibly.

Now THAT I could see being an apple product. Its nothing new or clever, but the integration would be where they succeed.


MPs blocked from ogling 'web smut' 300,000 times – WHILE IN PARLIAMENT

Ian 62

She said: "We do not consider the data to provide an accurate representation of the number of purposeful requests made by network users. [There are a] variety of ways in which websites can be designed to act, react and interact and due to the potential operation of third party software."

So they admit that their own statistics for their own filtering software are probably junk, and yet theyre happy to propose filtering and blocking on ALL of us because of some statistics about protecting children and the harm of pron.

"Some parliamentary staffers also hit back at the claims, blaming overzealous smut filters for mis-classifying innocent websites: The problem with the Porn Story Parliament Computers thing is that sometimes PICTs filter blocks news stories as pornographic"

Our elected representatives are researching news of the day on a filtered connection that may or may not be providing them with the full range of results. Then they decide if theyre going to be bothered to vote on a motion that they may or may not be fully informed about?

And they wonder why those of us with a least a passing interest and knowledge of how the series of connected tubes works, are telling them that the proposed new laws are a disaster?


Nokia drives cars into the clouds: Hear HERE, you're here, hear?

Ian 62

You should be so lucky

It will still likely require a visit to the main dealer so that an 'approved' rubber stamp can go in the service book. At the cost of £150 per hour plus vat and parts (ink).

Car Manufacturers arent going to let Nokia take a revenue stream off them. Updating/servicing onboard tech is likely to be a nice little earner for them.