* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

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Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

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Ne'er-do-wells sure think outside the box.

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Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

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Remember, cloud computing = somebody else's PC

What will happen during internet outages? Workers gonna sit around doing nothing while you have to pay their salaries/wages.

The same personnel will be still productive should you have the apps loaded on their PC's and the internet's gone to pot. I'll rather have this option than cloud "somebody else's PC" computing.

Because Mr Murphy.

Also, you don't need to have IT personnel 24x7 - you can always outsource if you really want to cut costs - but that comes with its own caveats. You will still need IT personnel even though you've gone with cloud computing.

Always.

There is no escaping that fact.

Because Mr Murphy. Yup. He's real.

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King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

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Seems like somebody gone the biggie best route, and got nothing but troubles for that.

Moral of the story - sometimes the most expensive backup system is not worth it, and you'll be better off with a cheaper system - which can be duplicated/replicated easily since you have more funds available to purchase backup units with.

Should one cheap unit fail, you'll be assured of data integrity on the other extra unit(s).

Not so with a top-of-the-range wallet-ripping backup unit, where you can only afford one, and when it dies, you have a battle with inn-sewer-ants to get them to actually pay out so that you can get another one...

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Rather give tax breaks to startups and small corps, big corps can pay their just dues, after all, they have bigger contracts and the such...

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Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

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So, what will this mean for Cyanogen?

Sinking or swimming?

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Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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Need to get one of these USB killing thingys and "forget" it at clients who don't want to upgrade their junk hardware...

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UCam247 tells El Reg most of its cams aren't vulnerable to GET vuln

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Re: @Mephistro Good...

Most Excellent. Maybe El Reg should make it their new description for all things IoT?

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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

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Bwahaha.

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

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Windows10? What is it?

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Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

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So, who got bitten by this "feature"?

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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

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In the past I used my ISP's email offerings.

But when Google came along with their Gmail offering, I waited for a couple of months extra, then migrated over to Gmail, told my contacts that my ISP's email address was terminated effectively and that they should use my new Gmail address rather.

Never looked back. I can change ISP's at the drop of a hat, but still have access to my emails.

There also was a couple of instances where an ISP (more than once) went TITSUP and all email was lost as a result. I don't want the trauma of that. The possibility that Google's gmail will also go TITSUP is there, but at least I have my emails downloaded on Thunderbird (laptop) as well, so it's sort of a "backup" should the worst happen.

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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For me the Huawei Mate 9 ticks many boxes.

Plus the fact that they did not add a lot of gadgetry to it. I'm just WTF at the infrared port, who uses IR comms in this day and age when Bluetooth or WIFI is much better (and faster) at transferring pr0... errr, movi... errr Linux distros. *ahem*.

I'm using a Mediapad T1-701u at the moment, very impressed with it. Big screen (means easy-to-read emails and other stuff, especially for old farts), long and excellent battery life and it's responsive enough for me to use it on a daily basis.

Only niggle for me is the "phone home" crapware they sneak into the phones. Hopefully some kind soul will release an app to disable said crapware from doing the ET thing permanently.

A shufty at GSMArena showed me that it is also slightly thicker than my current Huawei device (and also smaller too) but who cares about thickness? I don't want an ultrathin device...

So it is possible to get more life out of a battery - you just have to be clever, and design the phone properly than try and do sneaky tricks with the battery...

Should be interesting to see (and compare the two) as my current device uses a 4100mAh Li-Ion battery and the Mate 9 uses an 4000mAh Li-Po...

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Download Marvin (an 48k ZX Spectrum emulator) and you can play Halls of the Things all day long.

Wonder if somebody will push out a remake of HotT for Android... now *that* (and Sinistar) will frustrate a lot of people :)

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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Misleading title

Oh wait...

Good to hear, must have taken some good and serious planning there.

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What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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Asimov's 4 laws of robotics? (originally 3)

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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How large is the Internet Archive?

Methinks we all should just grab a SAN large enough and download *.* then keep it in a safe place away from all things Guavaminty.

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GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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Yay for more IoTurdThings...

...NOT

Maybe we should rename IoT to IoTT then? Seems it is never going to stop.

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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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Good save by Mr Teh-ah-tim-eh there then...

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Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

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Snowy fannies hanging from trees.

Right, what's next?

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Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Telkom is also doing this thing here in Sunny South Africa.

But only if you're using a capped account, and you're using an HTTP stream.

Which is both a good thing, and a bad thing... good to know when you're nearing your cap, and bad because of coitus interuptus things.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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I am in two minds about this.

1. Company was right in letting him go, because what guarantee do they have that he will not be (ab)using company resources for Bad Things(tm)?

2. He was right in asking pointed questions about criminal records, but when getting told about that it is not a prerequisite, left it at that - which was the correct thing to do. Seems like he was willing to let them know about his past - and maybe not do it again as a lesson was learnt.

So, TL;DR: we will never know, and can only speculate wildly.

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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SCO Unix and Informix DB

This image reminds me a lot of Informix on SCO Unix...

https://regmedia.co.uk/2016/11/24/sql-ubuntu.png?x=648&y=348&crop=1

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Re: Humph said it best (in 2006)

That should've been Dabbsy's opening line :)

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Superiority

A most excellent read. I've read it yonkers ago, but the lesson(s) it contained had not been forgotten.

Bigger is not always Best.

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Tech giants warn IoT vendors to get real about security

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"The industry is going to resist, because even implementing one of the report's many sets of recommendations – that the industry imitate enterprise IT's systems of vulnerability reporting, updates, life cycle management, secure updates and the like – falls entirely outside the economic model of a consumer gadget."

Narf, they will continue with business as usual. Was about to say "So what? Increase your pricing to ensure a budget for testing etc" but that have the same chances of an ice cube in hell.

Just an interesting thought - what if IoThings start to bombard Chinese IP's with everything they've got for a whole month? Or will they specifically avoid Chinese IP's and target world+dog that's not Chinese?

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Snail mail thieves feed international identity theft rings say Oz cops

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I don't get any physical bank statements via snail-mail anymore, nowadays it is all electronic.

Oh wait...

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Blimey!

Had the unfortunate experience to deal with a pit toilet sans paperwork. Fortunately it was only a long tinkle and no No2's that was delivered.

The smell was something like an Indian sewerage works on a hot summer's night.

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When will those "smart" toilets be IoT enabled?

Should be fun blasting ice-cold water at random backsides during payload delivery...

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Outlook outage outrage

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And this is why I don't trust anything cloudy... it may have borkage in it...

Sure, on paper it looks great - no physical server or hardware to worry about, no email admin to pay, no licence fees to worry about...

...until cloud services bork horribly, and you cannot send/receive any emails...

...and lose a multimilliondollar contract.

Now suddenly a dedicated server with email software and a dedicated email admin looks cheaper compared to the money you've lost...

Face it, you don't need somebody to be present 24x7x365 at the email server. The server itself can sit on your premises, but you can contract somebody to come and check its health once every week or so. Same with the hardware, there are many options out there. Purchasing a server outright may not be in your best interest, you can perhaps lease a server (and get a new server every 2 years this way).

But if your business aren't reliant on emails (small home office etc) then cloud is the best bet, although keep in mind it will be wibbly and wobbly.

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Telegram API ransomware wrecked three weeks after launch

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Good news. But it's bad.

Let me explain why :

Going forward the ne'er-do-wells who write such encryption programs will learn from their mistakes, and start patching their programs so that no loophones to decrypt files will be possible.

Expect decrypting files to be much harder, if not impossible with future versions of any encryption-type malware/ransomware.

Time to get out of IT... and let somebody deal with the problem. I've had enough.

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Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

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Plusnet?

Minusnet!!

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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

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Pity CM is no longer a viable option.

Would've been great if you could get any "pre-loved" (bollocks speak for 2nd hand) phone and drop CM onto it to make it lean and mean again...

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Nope, all you guys stop moaning. Here in SA we still have quaint ADSL (10Mb) in many areas, most suffer from rinkydink slow speeds (10Mb if you're next to the exchange, 2Mb if you're lucky), although a fiber rollout is on its way.

And sky-high mobile (3G/4G) pricing, which is not coming down quick enough.

Most of us still is reliant on copper which is blagged frequently. And, yup, so does fiber.

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Re: Why does an ISP need access to your hardware

A couple of good points made - and I also prefer a Smoothwall/pfSense between my network and the WWW.

However, your average home user doesn't understand what all this tech talk means, and is just satisfied with plunking his laptops/desktops/IoT things into his router, After all, it works, so why should he/she/it make things com-pli-cerated by adding a firewall and other stuff?

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Derp durr.

Backdoors are bad ideas.

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Surprise! Another insecure web-connected CCTV cam needs fixing

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Repeated percussion testing with the proper tool will sort out any IoS**t frippery. Properly.

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More Androids carry phone-home firmware

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Pity CM is no longer an option ever since they got bought out :(

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The solution to security breaches? Kill the human middleware

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why not just implement default-deny on all things operating systems? So that the user will have to approve the installer, approve the Mirco$oft Word application etc etc... it will be a real PITA but at least you won't get any nasties trying to sneak in past you...

...but it is impractical though. Most people will just blithely do the clickety click routine in order to get their favourite Java game/app to work...

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Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

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iSheeple..

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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And that's 70 seconds of my time wasted as well...

Ah well.

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Article is sorely lacking on details... :(

jacket --> pub time

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Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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FB = fake balls?

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Microsoft, Slack et al will 'laugh their asses off' at IBM's biz messaging tool

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It'll go the same way as OS/2...

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Samsung flings $8bn at buyout of connected car biz Harman

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Too early to sing "crash and burn, baby"?

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Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

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Looked at my fingers.

Looked at my ring.

Looked at my todger.

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Firewalls snuffed by 'BlackNurse' Ping of Death attack

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Pity Windows firewalls aren't susceptible to this fun... would've loved to kill some windows boxen...

Brings back memories of Teardrop and the such...

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Tried to install Symantec Endpoint Protection on Windows 10 - it sulked majorly.

Asked the supplier to assist, never got it to work.

Not impressed, really.

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Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks

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Re: Leaving security to the end user = no security

"Maybe someone could write a scanner which finds these open IoT devices and changes their password?"

Naaaah, I'll settle for bricking it properly.

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Who ever had an user with two email accounts on two different system (mailbox A and mailbox B), with forwarding enabled from mailbox A to mailbox B, and from mailbox B to mailbox A?

And one of the mailboxes got an out of office message enabled...

Moar fun. Yay.

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And who loves the autocomplete function on Outlook when it corrupts the email addresses on the sly? Had this happen more than once, with the user insisting the email address was correct (by using the autocomplete feature)...

Simply by deleting the offending email address (or the nuclear option, delete the autocomplete database) fixed things until the next corruption occur...

Also had my share of users typing in incorrect email addresses, then sending the bounce message to me asking what is ger-wrong...

And you get systems where users doesn't clean out their mailboxes (POP3 accounts), it get full and you get bounce messages to attest to that fact, which necessitates an email to somebody else to kindly ask the person concerned to empty their mailbox.

Fun times for sure...

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