* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Time to move away from Android to something else then?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Somewhere along the line M$ promised that PC's on a domain network won't be infected with Win10.

Guess again.

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Low disk space is the bane of Exchange servers. Or any email server for that matter.

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Just the thing to "forget" on your Boss' desk...

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Should look at employing Zuma as president, he will just say "heh heh heh", and whitepaint everything so all will be ok....

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Re: M-Web

He he he he, I can remember the outcry on http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/ when that happened!

Was not pretty!

Wonder how many clients jumped ship right there and then.

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A bit late as commentard, but better late than never, eh?

As sysadmin I hate running timed delete jobs, I prefer to do deletes manually.

Because boo-boos can happen.

Rather let the script do backups etc, and so on, that is needed, but when it comes to deleting (or dropping databases), rather do it manually.

Because Mr Murphy loves to do on-the-fly coding as well.

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All-Python malware nasty bites Windows victims in Poland

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Expect some nasty cryptolocking ransomware written in Python sooner or later... ne'er-do-wells just seems to keep themselves busy these days...

Solution would be to code a default-deny OS - where nothing will run without authorization from the user. Granted, it will be a major PITA (especially after application upgrades)...

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Sierra Wireless manager spaffs logs to World+Dog

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You can never win...

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Google cloud TITSUP

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One more reason to have both a NAS and cloud storage for your preciouses data

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

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Re: Worth it for:

Also had CryptoLocker on my network.

Luckily permissions to files and folders was heavily enforced, so the damage was constrained to only that user's departmental folders.

It was a simple procedure to rm -rf said department's data, copy fresh data from a backup, apply network permissions where needed, and everybody was back to work.

Laptop hard drive? Got binned as I could not get rid of cryptolocker - seems user's son "played" with it and it got installed so good and proper that I preferred to bin that hard drive rather than take the risk of a resurrection. It even start to encrypt USB drives inserted... nah, not good to mess with that. Bin it, get new HDD, reinstall windows, and all is well and good.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Re: Some of the IT guys can be just as silly

Jolly good idea! Then everybody can see who's been slacking off :)

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Use your own fondleslab if you want to look at rympypumpylicious pictures and movies... safer that way...

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Microsoft's bigoted teen bot flirts with illegali-Tay in brief comeback

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Re: Max? Is that you?

Wow... talk about a flashback to the good times!

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I found this juicy titbit in El Reg's archives when I searched for the history of Lotus Smartsuite and, from there, to Borland's Quattro Pro.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/03/santa_filth_outrage/

Seems the lessons learnt is forgotten every time, eh?

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Siegheil?

Hammerzeit?

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Neighbour sick of you parking in his driveway? You'd better hack-proof your car

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Caramba! Dude, where's my hacked car?

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Infosec miscreants are peddling malware that will KO your router

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And this kind of thing makes me wonder just how safe or secure some of the devices out there really are. Going to be interesting.

Bonus point for said malware if it kills off vast swathes of botnets and zombies.

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Re: "nasty surprise"?

Also want to know what's in store for you should you try and kill it... all I can guess is that it bricks the device solid, with no chance of recovery.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende, edited by SCO.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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We hateses those virtual keyboards, my presiouses, we hateses it.

Too easy to bang out your massage... err... message, then hit >Send< only to notice a glaring speling ore grammarr misteak somewhere in the message you've spent a painstackingl y 30 minutes to craft with passion.

Which deflates your passion as you're not willing to go back and correct your mistakes. Who knows what mistakes you will induce the second time round?

Naaah.

If they can bring out a phone like the LG Chatterbox http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_ks360-2467.php with slide-out QWERTY in landscape mode, then that will be the deal of the century. Let's face it, a phablet in landscape mode will have half the screen obscured by the dang virtual keyboard, making it not easy for you to craft that message you so desperately want to send out to world+dog... With a physical, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, you can have full screen real estate without resorting to underhanded tricks like a USB or Bluetooth keyboard.

Maybe that's just me, I hate virtual keyboards with a passion. Having the device vibrate with each keypress does not always help as you will hit the wrong key once in a while.

I had a look at the Crackberry Priv... looks good, but I want a landscape keyboard as it will be larger and easier to bang out on than a portrait keyboard where you have to peck like a hen at the keyboard....

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Backup bods at Microsoft lose CA audit data after server crash

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Does not inspire confidence at all... what if they lost a couple of VLK licences and you have to stump out some $$$ to get new VLK's?

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IBM slices heavy axe through staff in the US

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This from Schlock Mercenary http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-10-02

Historical Note: 21st-century readers may be confused by what appears to be an IBM logo on what appears to be a conventional toilet. This depiction is neither an attempt to slight the fine business machines made by IBM, nor to malign toilets.

In the late 28th century, the old Earth corporation, International Business Machines lost its trademark to a much larger, more powerful, intragalactic corporation. After all, by that time Earth's "IBM" was making outmoded processors that were still huge by galactic standards (nearly the size of an eyelash!), while the mighty galactic IBM, "Intragalactic Bowel Movements," was making top-of-the-line toilets for spacecraft.

Intragalactic BM put up with Earth's little computer manufacturer for centuries before initiating the suit. They tried for over 130 years to resolve the trademark dispute out of court, but finally the Bowel Movement company decided not to take any more of IBM's crap.

The tide of public opinion was in favor of Intragalactic Bowel Movements. After all, Earth's "IBM" made cold, impersonal machines, but IBM had form-fitting, self-sterilizing, heated toilet seats going for it. With successful media blitzes ("Gotta B.M.? Think IBM!" and "Where do you want to go today?") and the help of a few hundred Partnership Collective attorneys, Intragalactic Bowel Movements sued the relatively tiny Earth company, and took the trademark.

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A Clockwork Orange?

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VMware's GPL violation case rolls into German court

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SCO/Caldera would've given both kidneys, nuts, and legs for a case like this...

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SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

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Atomic wedgie?

http://www.userfriendly.org/cartoons/archives/05aug/uf008214.gif

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

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reminds me of this Giles cartoon :

Published caption: "Stand by for tidings of good cheer from the neighbours - Dad's just blown every fuse in the road."

https://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/GA5253

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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But can you play Doomdark's Revenge on it?

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Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem

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Two things :

1. Got a call from a shebeen in Soshanguve - the PC in the damager's office was not connecting to the network. Took a shufty at it, and found rats have gnawed the network cable going to the damager's office. Replaced said patch cable, and all was well - but advised the client to get the terminator in to get rid of said pests.

2. Whilst doing contract work at Tsitsikamma toll plaza, a huge baboon wandered around outside the toll plaza offices, and overturned the trash cans outside in search of something edible. I decided that somebody else can go and bother said baboon since I was not in the mood.

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

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I had the (un)fortunate chance of meeting the Fumble, twelve tricks and burger virus.

Not to mention the favourite - the Stoned virus.

And also the cascade one.

NATAS and Exebug joined the fun as well. Exebug was a bugger though

Was fun in those days.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Programming in x86 assembler without the virtue of a virtual machine was very nice, especially if your buggy code caused the PC to go titsup :)

Or locking up the PC solid was also easy to do :)

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Lawyers cast fishing nets in class-action Seagate seas

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Pfft, hard drives != reliable

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

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What I've been saying all along - outsourcing is NOT always the answer.

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Give me POWER! Under resourced, overloaded - a moving story

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Hindsight is the best teaching tool.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Yeah.

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

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What's this supposed to mean?

From the article :

News of the layoffs made it onto Twitter, of course, and has also reached a blog by former VMware team member Christian Hammond. a target="_blank" href="https://www.thelayoff.com/t/FDYpcKY">Thelayoff.com also features where former and current employees lamenting the decision on the grounds of having been fired or feeling VMware has made a silly decision.

Silly formatting got borked by the chef.

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Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

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Did they retrench a couple of their permanent IT employees and outsourced their IT operations recently?

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Spaniards trouser DARPA robotics cash

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Rise of the Machines(tm)

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Gotcha: Symantec fires reseller nabbed in tech support scam

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Excellent, one down, one less to go.

Made my day.

But another one will just spring up in its place...

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

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And just one offtopic question : why is the i8190 more popular than the i8200? Both are S3 minis, but different... :(

I have the i8200, and it is a battle to get a good, working ROM...

bleh

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This attitude from Samsung forced me to try and upgrade my two Samsung phones to something better.

My original S-GTi9000 is now running Cyanogenmod 11, which is way better than the stock Android, and also does not have the **** applications Samsung pushes off on its customers, whether they want it or not.

My S3 mini (S-GTi8200) took a while to upgrade as ROM's are very scarce, but I managed to pull it off. It also runs much better without all the bloat Samsung pushes out on their phones.

I also have a Nexus 2012 (wifi) which also is running CM11 ~ tried upgrading to CM12, but it was a disaster. CM11 works quite nice too.

And also a Huawei MediaPad T1-701u, still waiting for upgrades... at least the urge to upgrade it is not so strong as Huawei installed a lean stock Android on it, which works fine. If they can push out a CM12 ROM then I'll be happy...

Wife's upgraded to a Galaxy Neo (against my wishes, but it was her choice) and there's one or two niggling issues with it... but what the hey, that's her problem and not mine...

I will never purchase any Samsung phones.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

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Oh and... we have to assume that this commentard section won't get locked after the usual time so us commentards can throw our ideas around...

...fun times! :)

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Robots must have some sort of clearance underneath them?

A balloon sandwiched between two thin aluminum slabs, slipped underneath the offending robot, and then air is pumped into the balloon, thus lifting said robot off from the floor for leisurely demolition/wrecking/inspection/disablement, and as soon as that is done, the air is let out from the balloon, the robot is let down on the floor in a disabled state, and the process is repeated on the next robot.

Not sure about that pussycat robot though... it have a high floor clearance though, if tipped the wrong way...

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Draw inspiration from the BOFH...

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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In the heady days of Novell 3.12, DOS 5.xx and POS software that ran on DOS...

...client of mine got a new server with a VLB IDE controller card (ooh, fancy, fancy), dual IDE HDD's and, of course, Novell 3.12

VLB was supposed to be faster with SFTII setups (disk mirroring).

Set up Novell, restore data successfully from a backup of their old server, configure all, and ship it off to the client on a Friday afternoon.

Saturday I got woken rudely by my pager doing its beepery stuff. Phoned the client, heard server shitted itself. Went there, rebooted, and got the dreaded Non-system disk or disk error message.

Took it to the office with their backup. Reinstall Novell, throw all their shit back on the server and took it back.

30 minutes later the client rang again. Same story. Took it back to the office, ripped out the fancy VLB IDE card, punched in a standard IDE controller card, reinstall all the shit, and everybody was happy thereafter.

Chucked said VLB IDE controller card into a common heap for somebody else's delight...

(Luckily for me there was no internet or internet access at that time, access being with archie, telnet and FTP... )

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My motto is never to push out anything on a Thursday or Friday, especially patches or the such to servers. Or do last-minute "adjusting" at COB... that will come back to haunt you big-time!

That can wait for a Monday. Not in the mood to have my weekend ruined by some arb service going down just because a patch did something naughty and kicked Windows in the ganoonies when it should not have.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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WTF?

Who looks at wobbly bits on animal photographs?

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Beware the terrorist drones! For they are coming! Pass new laws!

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Cat is out of the bag anyway.

Wonder how long will it be before we hear of the first mass attack by drone. Any shopping centre or sports event will be a ripe target.

Scary.

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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I hate micromanagement and all that comes with it. Just a waste of time, really.

I prefer to give underlings their work, a deadline and expect them to stick to that.

Monitoring users just to get better performance out of them just is not on... it will never work the way you want it to work.

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