* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

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UK watchdog: You. Facebook. Get over here now. This WhatsApp privacy update. Explain

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I'm declining the new WhatsCrap T&C's for now - until I can see where things are heading to.

BUT should WhatsCrap start shoving adverts into world+dog's faces, I'll uninstall Whatsapp, and move over to Telegram or something else.

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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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Re: CROM

Take a pull on the hellhorn for me when you get to Gehenna first!

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Ooooh, don't get me started on 3-phase

Couple of weeks ago power started to fluctuate real bad at my company. Got a sparky out from the shitty council, he said all power is OK and walked away. He only tested between the three phases, but not between each phase and neutral (for 230V)

Cue a private sparky who was doing investigation for another company, commandeered said sparky to have a quick shufty at the power, and discover serious fluctuations between all three phases and neutral.

Transformer eventually popped, and the shitty council replaced it with a brand new unit. BUT they wired up the phases wrongly, so 3 phase electrical motors ran in reverse. Said a few choice words and they came out again to fix their futtup.

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Last weekend I replaced the batteries for all the UPS'es in the server room. 3x RCT UPS'es and one APC UPS. All of them take 6x 7Ah batteries.

The servers connected to the RCT UPS'es was shutted down before, and started up after battery replacement. No problems yet.

The APC UPS I bunged into bypass, replaced the batteries, and bunged it back into line mode, also without issues. This was our COMMS UPS.

So far so good, but I wouldve appreciated it even more to have a full CO2 fire extinguisher at the ready... still waiting for refills. Some d00fus have decided to use all of our CO2's for traning, and I'm still waiting for the CO2's to be refilled/replaced - have sent a strong letter off to manglement regarding this.

Would love to see what happens should we have to use a powder-based extinguisher instead of a CO2 on server kit...

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

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OTT services = death of traditional SP's who don't want to adapt.

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Ba-psssch, in South Africa Vodacom will rip you several new ones, should you dare to go out of bundle...

Vodacom = R2.00 per Mb OOB

And they all act as if they're above the law...

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Badges for Commentards

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Where can you see what your progess status is like on your badge?

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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"death spiral" of companies...

...should be interesting watching how a busload of old fart sysadmins take on a building full of sysadmin rookies... and pwn them utterly...

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Microsoft = bug factory

Windows = petri dish for bug multiplication

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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Re: @Alienrat and ASAC

Looks like an excellent suggestion. Then you'll have to only pay for your bandwidth usage and server maintenance instead of somebody else and their app.

Something like phpBB with a mobile theme may work, and where you can also upload stuff to.

This requires investigation.

On the down side, you will be responsible for security yourself, and if you get pwned and all your private+client data goes walkabouts on the WWW....

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Seriously thinking of dropping Evernote in favour of something that can span more than 2+ devices without any restrictions (except the amount of data you'll put in).

Still looking at free offerings, haven't decided yet...

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Rise.

Of the Machines.

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I got the power – over your IoT power-point

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Great security to be had with this and in combination with this SOHOpeless router : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/22/ioactive_turns_up_the_most_sohopeless_router_so_far/

Who's up to test a combination of these two great toys?

Bonus points for getting any IT security firm or IT security specialist to install these two on their network...

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IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

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Buy a bunch, rebrand 'em and give 'em as gifts to your ex-clients who used to be really difficult...

Or rebrand, hand a bunch of 'em out to IT security specialists as swag at a security conference...

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: Yellow 'sunglasses'

Eh? I must see if I can get a clip-on for my glasses - old age and night driving doesn't mix at all.

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...and another excellent Dabbsy article.

Keep them coming!

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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So if some girl (or wimminz) doesn't like you, or you pissed her off (or whatever) and she decide to cry rape in order to inconvenience you this way...

...sound good, right and proper.

NOT.

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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

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Should they think of implementing this here in South Africa, they better equip each bus with a Terminator as the taxi drivers will torch these buses...

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Backup tapes...

Back yonkers one of our clients did his usual backup, and locked the tapes up in his fireproof safe (onsite). This was in the heady days of Novell 3.12...

Came back the next day, PC's was gone. Server was gone. Safe (with tapes inside) was gone. No hard copies.

Oops.

And the taxman was busy with an audit on him...

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Google's brand new OS could replace Android

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Problem...

...will be with applications.

Will we be able to use our existing apps on the new OS, or will that require a major rewrite as well? Windows phone flopped because of poor app support, any OS lives and dies with its apps.

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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Still have a working 5230. But it looks so dinky when compared to a 7" phablet.

I want a good and proper phone like the Nokia 6210 - with oodles and oodles of storage space though, and some seri-ass battery life of a week (or better).

Won't mind if the screen is LCD or paper, it will be used mainly for calls/texting/whatsapping.

But what the hey, I'm probably dreaming.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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A case for Adam and Jamie to take on!

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Happy

Only found this article now - and I must applaud The Register for it... the wicked sense of humour makes it one of the best IT sites...

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Networking wonks say lousy planning, not DDOS, caused #Censusfail

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Nah, the server went walkabouts

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Patch your vBulletin forum – or get popped

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And another vBulletin get popped : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/11/dota2_breach/

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How secure is phpBB?

Agreed with the daft captain - SQL Injection is an old trick - surely in this age and time they can protect against this kind of attack!

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OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?

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And so the old stalwarts all die out - to be replaced by the young and foolish...

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Operated by Barny?

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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So glad I have two vehicles sans keyfobs - you need to physically unlock the door to gain entry.

But the half-brick entry will still work here, though.

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Instagram hackers add porn links and snaps to pwned accounts

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Re: Time

Make sure to use a really weak password!

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NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

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Not for me thanks, I love it here on Terra Firma...

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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And this is why outsourcing is not always a good idea...

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Azure wobbles

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It wibbles, it wobbles, & it is the Wibbly Wobbly Web

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Your colleagues will lie to you: An enterprise architect's life

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Even without good communications between the various departments and IT it is not possible for IT to chart a route ahead.

4 years ago I installed a brand-new server with 6Tb of hard drive space at $current_company. Everybody was happy.

Then all of a sudden the one department decided that it is a good idea to start dumping allsorts of data taken from various sites onto said server for safekeeping without notifying IT.

And another department also followed suit with storing databases from site "just in case", also without notifying IT.

The end result? A clogged file server. And a struggle to get manglement to upgrade it.

Had both departments informed IT what they planned to do, a, upgrade/expansion path could have been planned for and the nastiness associated with a full file server could have been avoided.

Communications is also a crucial factor without which any IT department is doomed to fail.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Only safe thing to do... nuke it from orbit.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Aw shame, now that the c*t is out of the bag... expect people to be more inquisitive and start extracting allsorts of keys etc...

Suppose they'll need to think of "Secure Boot v2.00" so the whole race will start all over again.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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So glad I dodged that nasty bullet. Installed Classic Shell for a client last Sunday.

Otherwise it would've been a case of Classic Hell for me....

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Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

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Black box then? Should get Boeing and Airbus interested...

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Nah, am highly skeptical myself.

Maybe El Reg can get hold of a demo unit or two and see if any attempt can be made at accessing encrypted data?

It should be really simple... one of the staff members should turn on encryption, and dump a shedload of Dabbsy/Simon/whatever articles onto the phone. Once that is done and finished, another staff member should "blag" the phone, and try to access the data contained thereon...

While that is done, the same should be done to other smartphones that boasts encryption and all that kind of bells and whistles... should be good to have a handy comparison between the various contenders on the market.

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US state sues Comcast for $100m in row over 'worthless' repair plans

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Is the BOFH at the head of this organization?

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123-Reg goes TITSUP – again

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Outsourced techies or in-house techies?

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

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Meh

Time for another OS... or a fork of Android...

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Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

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Well said.

I was doing some work for a gentleman over the weekend, and he had Win8.1 installed on his laptop. He told me he hated the UI as it is totally nonintuitive for him.

Installed Classic Shell, and he was happy to get rid of the tiles.

Will ping said gentleman tonight and see how things goes with him.

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No need to panic, says SwiftKey, as email addresses, phone numbers appear on strangers' screens

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...funny it should happen after I installed the german language... :innercent:

Any good alternatives?

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Mickey Mouse Club had Mickey Mouse security: Disney's Playdom forum pours out passwords

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Mickey Mouse need a new dominatrix to secure them thar purdy passwords!

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How secure is phpBB? Never heard of any haxx0r activities targeting phpBB - seems they all love to single out vBulletin...

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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What is not shown (or told of) is the ladies showing loads of cleavage and hints at something extra while you try to fix their craptop, then they skedaddle off once all is fixed, never to be hear of again... (until the next time something else borks...)

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Brainwave - send the Boss over to the UAE and have his laptop connect to beeg.com via VPN every hour for 20 minutes per session, downloading *.* during each session...

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Happy Sysadmin Day!

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My day was uneventful so far... banged up some documentation, goofed off a fair while and enjoyed the day in a most relaxing manner.

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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Cry me a river?

How apt - and ironic.

Poor sods, may they find other work.

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