* Posts by Velv

1496 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Health-snoop bangle vendor Fitbit hit with Jawbone sueball

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Tut tut tut. Should have had a no-poach agreement in place between the companies to prevent employees being poached.

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SME IT contracts? That's the last thing Whitehall wants – report

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Re: Wierd logic

Governments, and many other extremely large enterprises tend to prove that the economies of scale does actually break down once you get too big. We've seen plenty of projects be just so big that they self-implode before delivering anything useful. Service contracts can be similar.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: It would actually explain the dragons

Unicorns once roamed the Glens of Scotland hence its the national animal.

They must have roamed the Glens, the proof is on the coat of arms, something that's been handed through the Scottish Royal line since the 12th century.

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Re: In defense of the Americans

"You have to at least respect their honesty."

You put . (PERIOD) on the end when you should have put three ... (ellipsis).

Or perhaps a sarcastic smiley

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

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Re: Off topic: Need London again.

London? Didn't you see the Edinburgh Trams references?

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Daisy Group offers to gobble Phoenix IT Group for £133m

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Call me cynical, but I foresee the next e2e type business failure on the horizon. e2e got very acquisitive until the customers dried up...

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Hacker launches ransomware rescue kit

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Re: Amusingly...

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Amazingly how common so many businesses are open like this.

Lock it down and all the users do is complain how much it "stops them doing their job". Infection causes a service outage and all you hear from the users is how much it "stops them doing their job and why weren't we protected against this".

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Re: My theory on supporters...

"In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king"

Much as I can understand your cynicism, it's much simpler. The elected representatives will have very limited time to conduct their own research across every topic under discussion, and contact with a limited set of "advisors" on each subject. It's very easy for those advisors to spin the agenda in their favour, increasing the perception of threats and hence the perceived need for surveillance.

It's a bit like religion. When people can't read they rely on the preacher to tell them what the book says. Once they can read, it's much easier to question the content and challenge the preachers interpretation. Power is everything, so keeping the proletariat uneducated is one way to retain power.

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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

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Google Map edit moderation was useless. My house was tagged as the local University library. I submitted an edit pointing out it was clearly a house, and gave them the correct co-ordinates two miles away, an area which clearly looks like a campus of a university. Rejected.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport

"it's hoped she'll find a home at the proposed Vulcan Aviation Academy and Heritage Centre at Robin Hood Airport"

Nuclear bomber at Robin Hood airport? Hope nobody blows it up

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Reach for the popcorn: Obama opens personal presidential Twitter account

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D'oh!

I just realised why he's got an iPhone - it makes it easier for the Secret Service to keep a track of him.

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It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

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FAIL

Missed the entire point of the article - it's more cost effective to replace than to try and secure

If you're not prepared to read an article properly don't embarrass yourself by posting stupid comments on it.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Call me cynical, but a Republican candidate wants to place an electronic tagging device on every citizen?

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Re: Well, what a surprise!

This has been buried by ALL members of the previous parliament, so you can't blame any one party over another.

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Re: I can only hope

What Human Rights Act?

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Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers

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Re: And this is why the box always must remain unticked....

"I wonder if the asshat with the downvote would care to shed some light and enlighten me? I'm curious as to what I'm missing here....."

I'm guessing they are either:

A) a criminal who steals payment details

B) a top rate tit

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: What is lacking here are legal tests for what is meant by

What's even crazier is that there are existing laws which could be used to tackle these if the terms were defined more clearly (and if someone in the CPS/PF was brave enough to try a prosecution).

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Heartbleed, eat your heart out: VENOM vuln poisons countless VMs

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Yet for millions of ordinary users, the cloud provides more security than they have on their BUSINESS systems. Perspective is key.

Having consulted in a number of businesses I've seen vary degrees of quality and security of in house managed systems. I'm no lover of cloud, but in a lot of cases the externally provided service is more up to date, more quickly patched, and better managed. Perspective is key.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: The other way

Mythbusters proved this to be true (well, right turns, as it was San Francisco, and it was Kari et al, not Adam and Jamie). Mmmmmmmm, Kari

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@Terry Barnes

"You don't understand how the deaths are happening. A cyclist stops at a red light in the cycle lane. A lorry pulls alongside them. The lights change. The cyclist goes forward, the lorry turns left and the cyclist is crushed between the lorry and the railings."

As a daily cyclist in city centre traffic I can honestly say I have never witnessed this. I have seen the opposite where the truck was stationary at the red light and the cyclist came up the inside and was subsequently hit (and more than one near miss). Don't get me wrong, there are many other scenarios where the truck is at fault, but I've never seen a truck pull up next to a stationary cyclist then manage to hit said cyclist.

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Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

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Re: Don't think it changes anything

It's not about where your data is hosted, it's about where your legal agreement with the company is hosted.

A legal agreement hosted in Ireland will need to meet different legal requirements and will answer to different courts than a legal agreement hosted in the USofA (according to International law at least, even if the Merkins disagree)

Within that legal agreement will be the terms that cover where your data is hosted and those should be in line with the regulations in force in the country where the legal agreement is hosted.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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Much as this is "good news" for the privacy of the Merkins, it says nothing about any spying they may wish to undertake on any citizen of any other country.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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"I'm quite amazed he has lasted this long.... Self appointed house arrest for years on end..."

You've answered your own statement. Without his self appointed house arrest he'd have disappeared into the mists of obscurity years ago. His continued "situation" merely keeps him in the (increasing diming) spotlight.

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Re: What?

The "dispropotionate response" Is by Assange to the issuance of an arrest warrant and it is nothing to do with Sweden or its courts. It was his choice to go to Ecuador to continue to evade arrest, and no matter how noble the cause, let's not forget that he has chosen to evade arrest.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: there is no means-tested element whatsoever

Is that like the anti-austerity protesters who can't can't afford food but can afford to film the protest at Downing Street on their iPhone6?

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Shy Tories"

Ashamed to admit it, or actually frightened for their lives? And your post just proves my point.

ALL parties now have an element of fundamentalist following that are not afraid to abuse anyone they think disagrees with their viewpoint. Being in Scotland I've noticed it most with SNP followers, from the purely shouty, through the vile to the utterly aggressive. Following canvassers for other parties around the street and shouting abuse when people answer their door. There's free speech and then there's intimidation. (And I repeat, it's across all parties)

I doubt anybody who voted Tory is ashamed of their belief in that being the right vote for country. But they are frightened of the potential backlash from everyone who doesn't think it's the right thing. It's the principal reason voting is anonymous, and the reason it must remain anonymous.

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What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

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Re: How things have moved on

Joking aside, things have moved on and it's not just about perversions, but pure and simple self preservation.

You've got to assume all but the smallest companies are logging all traffic, and that everything you do is tracked. So over the course of the day that hour you spend reading the BBC, The Register, etc is now available to your bosses in second by second detail (I employed Lakeside SysTrack as part of an XP replacement programme - what an eye opener!)

So I don't use any company resources for anything personal these days. I still read the websites during the day, but it's on my own tablet. And given the ancient browsers, lockdowns and slow connections on most company setups, it's more efficient for a lot of my Internet based work research as well.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

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Perhaps where a patent is declared FRAND the price should be published for all to see.

Somehow I suspect none of the businesses want to go down that road as they've as much to lose as gain.

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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"The NSA doesn't sell data, your grocery store does," he said. "But I don't hear anyone complaining about the grocery store's discount card, because you get a discount."

You also don't hear of too many Supermarkets "disappearing" their customers. Governments on the other hand...

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

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I suspect the laws on whistleblowing trump the DCMA, but I'm not a lawyer.

If something is unsafe or insecure then disclosure is in the public interest

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Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE

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Who's calling the shots...

Security is critical, you and I both know that. If it were within our power we'd have fixed these vulnerabilities within days of the fix being released.

Sadly (and I'm not defending it) it's not always IT who call the shots. Marketing and Customer Relations also have a say, and you cannot "upset the customers". Requiring a "modern browser" is not always as easy as it sounds, and having seen the browser usage statistics there are still substantial proportions of users who cannot use websites that we might consider as sufficiently secure.

Bring in a Regulator who measures service above security and suddenly your business decisions point to a less secure platform that supports a wider range of customers without introducing complex end user technical requirements.

Not saying I like it, but that is the reality of limited budgets and resources.

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Randomness

"What was intended to increase randomness is instead creating structure that statistical analysis can exploit"

Er, no. It increases the number of characters in the option set which increases the permutations required to brute force the password.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Re: I like Costa

Like you, I don't get this "contact us by social media".

If I had a company serving the public, would I really want my dirty laundry aired in the full view of social media?

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Belgian minister set to legalise Uber

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Re: Tech or transport co... what's there to decide?

Totally disagree, and you've made the arguements in your own words:

"connecting passengers to drivers"

Technology is only a means to an end. Uber does this as a software platform. It could equally be provided by placing a staff member on every street corner with semaphore flags to coordinate across a city for the engagement between passenger and driver. Clearly this isn't practical, but it could deliver the same service. And it is this service that Uber provides, a transport service, not a technology service. It just leverages technology to deliver the service. Uber takes a cut from the journey, not from licensing or selling the technology.

Uber is a transport company.

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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Are any of these services going to offer a conference facility?

Groups are a useful feature for exchanging messages between more than a pair of people, so the next logical step is voice between them

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Unified communications is coming...

... But I can't help getting the feeling we're having a proliferation of diverse services that don't interconnect again before we get back to make them unified.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Re: Slap me silly...

Well, duh!

Which assumes you can get to Airplane mode quickly enough after it crashes and before it crashes again.

Unless you permanently live in airplane mode, which kinda defeats the point of a phone or smart CONNECTED device.

I hope everyone is aware that Apple have hard coded wifi networks that their devices will automatically connect to when in range, for example when in an Apple Store, and this has also been expanded to Bluetooth to further refine your store journey. (Look up iBeacon if you don't believe me)

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NASA guy to White House: Be really careful with that HTTPS stuff

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While I get where he's coming from, through his own arguements he's shot himself in the foot.

"Due to many institutions having policies against FTP and peer-to-peer protocols, HTTP has become the de facto standard in sharing scientific data."

So, the arguements is that some organisations need a waiver policy to permit FTP and peer-to-peer (and any other traffic type) depending on the requirements of the application (and I mean proper requirements like time critical delivery and minimal packet size, not just lazy coders who can't be arsed to learn about security when it's actually important). p.s. Those protocols may be secured on dedicated networks or in many other ways

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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Re: Refuted?

There is the infamous Airplane Engineering logbook that does the rounds...

Pilot: "evidence of excessive oil seepage on #3 prop"

Maintenance: "evidence removed"

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Re: Have Royal Mail learnt nothing?

@AC

"Royal Mail ≠ Post Office"

While technically correct, I think the lack of joke icon may have caused you to miss the satire

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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"The Register has contacted Apple and and is awaiting a response. ®"

You just add that to the bottom of every article these days, don't you. Apple related or not :)

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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Re: Really?

Don't care WHAT the picture is, they are (to me) a pain in the arse.

Please El Reg, introduce something to turn the images off. We've all consented to your cookies, there must be something smart you can do to remove the images for those readers who don't want them. It's meant to be responsive after all...

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Learn yourself hireable: Top tips for improving your tech appeal

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Keep an eye on Grouon, LivingSocial and the other similar sites. There's regular offers on online courses dirt cheap. I got a years access to the entire set of Cisco courses for £99, and I saw one recently that had access to 4-5 different vendor related sets (which included the Cisco and Microsoft courses) for about £300

Doesn't get you the exams, but if you can find the time and can't afford to pay for the classroom courses it might be a viable alternative.

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Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

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Question authority, and the Authorities will question you!

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Re: Seperation alert tags

10 out of 10 for the concept.

But given most server rooms have restrictions on the use of mobile phones and other radio transmitters, I'm going to suggest these will be useless in many IT scenarios.

Occam's razor, a bit of string, or the slightly more sophisticated retractable keyring (http://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-RECOIL-RETRACTABLE-CHAIN-RING/dp/B00569W0EO)

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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"but actual IT people trying to justify their lack of modern skill sets"

Remember the old motto... "If you're not part of the solution, there's money to be made prolonging the problem"

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

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Re: "Facebook’s opt-out system for advertising...

"Illegal terms are unenforceable..."

Not only that, but terms which may strictly be legal but are unfair are also unenforceable, although the test of unfair is subjective and would more than likely need to go through a court (oh wait, this case is...)

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Data centre doesn't like your face? That's a good thing

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Critical Business

"Check out the Goods Inwards area too. If you purchase equipment for the data centre it's likely to be bulky, so you'll have it delivered straight to the data centre"

Depending on how critical your business is, you might want to consider the delivery arrangements. All deliveries should be pre-registered, and unexpected deliveries should be rejected by the data centre. Because who knows what else could be delivered if they'll just accept anything. Some may even only permit deliveries in the presence of one of your named people and the packages must be unpacked immediately.

And while there may be confidentiality agreements preventing you, try to find out who the other tenants are. You might not be a target for terrorists, anarchists, animal rights groups, etc, but are your co-tenants?

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Re: Sounds like a script for a "die hard" movie...

I was just wondering if Hans and Simon have any other brothers who might be a bit upset by their family losses...

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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Re: An appointment to buy a watch !

The first thing you learn when you retail quality and high value products is that nobody is unworthy. You treat all comers well from the outset, and those not worthy will soon leave of their own accord. True customers will stay and buy.

And remember, just because someone might not be able to afford it today doesn't mean they won't be able to afford it tomorrow, and you want them to come back. And not like the shop scene from Pretty Woman.

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