* Posts by ecofeco

3908 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

After AT&T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back

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Is this a trick question?

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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"Taste aside, though, the Ubuntu desktop is very functional. It works quite well."

I missed that part. The Unity interface just adds a useless layer to workflow. "Works well" my ass.

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Re: Not one "web designer"

The webmaster died back in the 00s. It was replaced by the "developer" and arcane scripting languages for no real reason except to provide job security to "developers" and marketing took over the control of company websites and treated it just like any other media.

In another post to another article, I told a story about how marketing made an HTML email, coded it badly and wanted to blame Outlook for the problem and did not like it one bit when I showed them the code was the problem. Because as a tech support guy, I wasn't supposed to know the holy secrets of web design. What they didn't know is that I was building websites in the last century and I didn't flying a fuck if they looked bad when they were trying to blame the IT department. I found the problem in 5 minutes.

I got out of website design for the same reason I got out of DTP, pay was dropping and morons were the bosses.

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Re: These stupid vertical scrolling websites

Website designers now answer to marketing and marketing has always had their heads up their asses.

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Verizon techie sold people's call logs at $75 a head to private dick

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You get what you pay for

Having worked for Big American Telco, I can tell you that they are outright antagonistic to their employees and foster an environment in which they encourage and support employees to antagonize each other. They also do not pay very well.

I'm surprised there isn't more bad acting by employees.

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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That's actually brilliant JB.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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Re: Windows 10 is great!

Patience. You'll get your turn.

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FUD about Win 10? My bank account from fixing Win 10 bricks says you are a shill.

The part I like best? Not being able to fix some of them no matter what. Except to roll them back to Win 7. If the user has the install. Often they don't. Not the Win 10 install either as it was installed over the Internet.

Oops. Here's my bill.

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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

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Re: Step #1 Missing

Exactly Don Dumb.

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It's too late

IoT has already lost the war.

The patches will not come fast enough, nor will they be effective, as been proven over and over in our current environment and people will forget to update them or flat out, will not if there are too many hoops to jump through.

So it's game over. DOA.

Fuck the IoT fanbois. Fuck them to death. Morons. Because this will not stop them from doing their damnedest to sell them anyway and the average person will have no clue. One would almost think it was deliberate...

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New LITE working group takes up ARMs against the IoT

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Dire warnings?

The group claims that developing a secure platform for connected devices is its priority, no doubt driven by dire warnings coming from security experts about the dangers of connecting more and more things up to the internet and thus exposing them to a world full of evil hackers and malware.

How about, already happened? 2 articles right here on El Reg.

Good luck to them, but I won't hold my breath.

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Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

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That like saying they used a knife instead of gun so it's not murder.

The prevented users from using their own access. That is NOT allowed under federal law. Does NOT matter how it was denied. DOES NOT.

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Re: Hofstra University

They never blocked or disrupted their access. They simply told them to leave. Not the same thing.

Were you dropped on your head as a child? This is the very definition of denied access.

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Re: Like to see them try...

Private property still not give license to commit an illegal act, in this case, the blocking of users right to their own paid-for signal of their choice.

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Don't modern laptops / tablets etc. have their own SIM cards and cell hardware ?

Some do, some don't. Most don't.

Tablets, yes, mostly. Laptops, no. Mostly not.

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Re: Grandstanding and fear mongering

You are seriously... wrong.

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Here they were asking people not to use other WiFi. Private property and entry by agreement with T&Cs only. It is likely within their rights to do this.

Nope. The federal ruling addressed this. Is it NOT their right to block access of a legitimate alternative service that a customer has paid for. Just as it is against federal law to "jam" radio waves.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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What will it take? Is this a trick question?

Fix the security vulns first. IPv4 has enough headaches, let alone keeping track of 2 protocols.

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Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

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Or anywhere. It's the new fashion tech.

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Re: What's an IOT device owner to do?

Not buy one in the first place.

I and others here have been warning it was only a matter of time. The other warning is that it will not be fixed any time soon.

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US Labor Dept accuses CIA-backed Palantir of discriminating against Asian engineers

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Good ol boys?

Shocked I tell you.

Not.

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India releases Mars data

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Very cool

Despite the state of the world today it's great to see nations cooperating when it comes to all things space exploration related.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

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Re: Why even bother with Unity?

I'm not big on Unity either. Never liked it from day one, but as another commentard posted, it's still better than Win 8 or 10 and it is good that an alternative is available for people who do like that kind of interface.

Mint Mate here when not using Win 7.

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Re: Have you tried . . . ?

I see what you did there.

Well played.

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Deeply sorry?

The only thing he's deeply sorry about is the impact this is having on future sales.

I'd bet good money him and Zuck had a come to Jesus talk.

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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No problem!

That'll buff out!

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Re: R2D2

"The Land of No Proportion"

I've just learned a new perfect phrase. Have an upvote.

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Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

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Some of us have been warning this would happen. I didn't think it would happen this soon.

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Here's the scary part...

According to other news sites, the DDoS used IoT devices.

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3123785/security/largest-ddos-attack-ever-delivered-by-botnet-of-hijacked-iot-devices.html

A giant botnet made up of hijacked internet-connected things like cameras, lightbulbs, and thermostats has launched the largest DDoS attack ever against a top security blogger, an attack so big Akamai had to cancel his account because defending it ate up too many resources.

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Sad reality: It's cheaper to get hacked than build strong IT defenses

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Re: Not a surprise

There's no shortage of infosec experts. I know several who have decades of experience and are out of work and have been for some time.

As for the 10k consultant, that's an outlier.

No the problem comes back to and will always come back to manglement. The infosec folks I know who ARE working, tell me horror stories all the time that C level is textbook clueless.

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Re: Actually in computing security doesn't cost much

Those website interfaces are not done by IT, but by marketing and their cadre of designers who really don't know fuck all about computers, networks, security or user interfaces, but know everything about buzzwords, "metrics" and the scripting language du-jour.

Quick story: I'm doing support for this billion dollar company and I get a deskside call from a director. Legal no less. Go there and they tell me there is an Outlook issue. An HTML email is not displaying correctly. Right away I know what the problem is but have do the whole Outlook diagnosis song and dance to cover my ass when I finally tell them.... the HTML code is fucked. (it was. I found the problem in the first five minutes then spent the next hour explaining how this wasn't and Outlook issue and doing the diagnostic dog and pony show)

This only got me into trouble with my boss and the director or marketing as marketing was sending the email to legal for final approval. Turns out the two directors didn't like each, but I sure as shit did not care and was sure as hell not going to lie to the legal department. My boss had the fucking gall to tell me I shouldn't have said anything for which I would still have been punished.

And that is just ONE of the reasons I have for my very deserved hate toward marketing.

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Re: Really?

You mean the the guy (or team), that's repeatedly brought up the issue with superiors, only to be brushed aside with "No, that's not in the budget.", or, "No, we see no problem here."? That guy?

Of course! After all, most employees only real worth is to be the scapegoat, isn't it? Just ask the new former employees at Wells Fargo and the CxO who got a $118 million payday for it.

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Re: Solution?

And don't do the bloody typical British thing by capping the fines at a level that could destroy small firms, but scarcely put a dent in the annual soirée budget for the large ones.

That's typically American as well.

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

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Re: US business

You just described everyday U.S. corporate business where customers are just an nuisance impediment to get to their bank accounts.

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Re: American company?

Just A number.

Can't edit on my phone.

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American company?

Yes, you are now just number.

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Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

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Dada?

That's surreal.

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Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

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Re: Exactly

Woz is quite wealthy.

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

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Re: Quotation without content...

Or the bit bucket.

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Wunderlist?

Never heard of it.

But it's down you say? How can this be? The cloud is perfectly safe, reliable and cheap!

Oh wait...

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Valid logins to your workplace are on the net, right now

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Pretty much all of them as the regular plebes don't get company phones.

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

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The stupid, it burns!

Literally.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Re: Lenovo also 'blocks' Windows 10 from my several laptops...

Naw, that's just Windows FAIL.

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Came to post this exact same thing. I've been running into this very problem lately.

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Goodbye Lenovo

It was nice while it lasted.

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Financial Conduct Authority: No need to look any closer at insurers’ use of Big Data

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What are they saying?

Are they saying there is no funny business in the money business?

Go on, pull the other one!

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US cities promise to crack down on police surveillance tech

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Re: I can see why they want to reduce Police surveilance

Don't forget the killing of unarmed people now being caught on camera as well.

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Re: I wish those cities luck....

Pretty much. After all, the police ARE the biggest gangs.

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Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream

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Re: The missing details

When I come across no-choice-that-fits-my-reality surveys, I drop them.

Which is to say, that would be most of the ones I come across these days.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Re: What is the value of a monopoly right to serve?

The real question is why is this even legal?

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