* Posts by Joe Harrison

503 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007

Page:

You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

What about the dump

I've never been in the position of needing to dispose of computers which were too old for the business but still new enough to sell used. More than once however I've been faced with a roomful of old PCs which need to be thrown away in a sensible manner and it's extremely tempting to just put them in a van and take them to the dump.

Destroying the data is tedious and time-consuming - even just bashing the hard disk with a hammer requires unassembling the case and taking the disk out. Software kill is just as bad as you have to plug it into keyboard and monitor, power it up, fiddle with the BIOS to get it to boot DBAN and so on. Don't even get me started on thermite laser chainsaws from orbit.

There's no excuse for failing to secure sensitive personal data. But in practice some guy's boss is nagging him "why haven't you cleared out that old crap yet like I told you" and he's going to take the easy option, especially if it "only" means exposing a bunch of old emails nobody cares about.

0
0

Body of evidence: Biometrics and YOU

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

I liked the way you slipped that one in

"getting a satisfying facial at home" haha

5
0

'I am not a lizard' Zuckerberg proclaims in public Q&A

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

I'm not worried by the lizards

What I'm worried about is the guy who thinks it's fine to get up in the morning, go to the lab, and terrorize some mice with electric shocks. Then terrorize some more mice. And he lives in a country where you can buy guns in the supermarket.

2
0

Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Ted Baker shoes are good for wide feet

as title

1
0
Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Do you have any tea?

My daughter also worked in (Waitrose) coffee shop and she assured me that although there was a menu of 15 "different" coffees they were all more or less the same stuff. Two of them contained literally identical ingredients but presented slightly differently.

I don't think asking for bread in a Bread Shoppe is unreasonable. I hate it when I ask for a coffee but they read out a list of Italian nouns (a language I don't speak) and ask which one I want.

21
0

One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

technicalities

...having inked a deal with Israeli startup Shine, which produces the network-level blocking tech Three will be using.

They could have inked a much cheaper deal with me (say, 4 pints) and I would have shown them how to use host files

1
3

Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Too late to market...

It can be handy to read incoming messages on your watch; I am often in meetings where it's frowned upon to have your laptop open or doing things with your phone. You can somehow get away with looking at your watch though. Also walking through an unfamiliar town in the rain - turn-by-turn navigation is a lot more convenient using your watch.

0
0

Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Let's blame the Italian bloke

The head of the European Central Bank is Mario Draghi. Although not for long if he continues to infuriate the increasingly cross and increasingly getting-voted-out-because-of-him German senior politicians.

"Mario's Bazooka" was supposed to fix all the problems of the Eurozone (apart maybe from Greece) but although he's been firing it for the last five years until its barrel is white hot the Euro economy is still looking sick. Quantitative easing and Mario's decision to keep interest rates at a bonkers zero percent (ZIRP) means the money supply has never been looser consequently people with unlimited access to almost-free mortgages have bid up housing to ridiculous price levels.

Oh and Mario's Canadian mate Mark Carney (Guvnor of the Bank of England) is doing exactly the same to us in the UK.

2
1

Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Watermark

Why can't Getty just heavily watermark the images visible to Google search? "Visit our site to get the one without the watermark".

5
1

Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

The trouble is they're endless

Novell NetWare 2 certified, yep, tick. Please upgrade to Netware 3, OK, tick. Now NetWare 4, phew more exams, tick. Oh, people don't want NetWare any more it's NT4 now. OK, even more exams, MCSE. Ta-daa Windows 2000 is so cool with AD! Please can you...

No I couldn't and that was the end of that.

3
0

El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse spared chickpea ordeal

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Don't want to sound smug but

This is more or less how I eat all the time anyway. People say "chickpeas" as though they're having to eat ball bearings, what's wrong with chickpeas they're lovely.

4
0

Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Translation

If you mentally block out the word "digitalising" and replace it with "computerising" then it all works so much better.

2
0

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Surely there is a simple easy and definitive test for being a genuine official religion or not?

Has it ever attempted to kill followers of another religion because they are unbelievers? Even more definitive if it has attempted to kill followers of a splinter sect of its own religion.

Sorry pastafari guys it's a big club and you're not in it.

6
3

Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Does not make sense

A new study has found that almost half the people who pick up a USB stick they happen across in a parking lot plug said drives into their PCs.

Isn't it more likely that almost half the USB sticks were picked up but the rest were eaten by magpies? Then all of the people who did pick up one of the USB sticks later plugged it into a PC (else why pick it up?)

2
0

New UK cyber security centre to work with Bank of England

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Is it only governments and military

Even worse than "cyber" - I still remember the incredible cringe during presentations declaring that "the information superhighway" was the thing of the future.

2
0

A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Karatand

My favourite John Brunner prediction was the "karatand", a soft and flexible plastic glove made of a material which became instantly rock-hard when subjected to impact. Remember this was 1960-something but such a material now actually exists and is incorporated in body armour.

1
0

Alice, Bob and Verity, too. Yeah, everybody's got a story, pal

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Literary prize material

Reg's allegorical use of language paints an opulent image of a corroded steampunk landscape, bringing an irridescent yet simultaneously jejune perspective to the deceptively traditional denizens of stygian cryptographical mythos. Coyly concealed beneath an intentionally pellucid framework of the familiar "London Bus" we see the unfolding of a breathtaking panorama of quantum

[contd. p.94]

33
0

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: “The BBC works on the basis that all who watch it pay for it."

Does anyone who regularly watches broadcast TV not watch BBC?

Yes, me. I have a dish pointed at a satellite that the BBC isn't on. I still have to pay for a license.

1
0

Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

what you really need is two phones

One to experiment with, doing brickless (you hope) re-flash with later versions of Android and so on. The other which you do not mess with in any way, for actual daily use.

0
0

Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Both sides didnt help

If a random stranger films outside your house (assuming they are not in the front garden) then what makes you think it's OK to get angry with them? You are a random stranger to me and I'm sure you probably do something occasionally that I don't agree with, but doesn't mean you have to ask my permission in advance or risk my wrath.

5
0

Global crypto survey proves govt backdoors completely pointless

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Sorted!

I knew it must be possible to get unbackdoored crypto. No way they can defeat me now unless they put the backdoors in the chips before they even leave the factory! Which obviously couldn't hap...Oh wait...

11
0

Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Obviously unable to resist that lovely sub-headline. Damn it I can't get that tune out of my head now...

0
0

Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Don't like predictive keyboards

They keep making me say things I didn't Nintendo

16
0

El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Shredder rotors

I'm impressed by metal shredders. A large funnel into which you chuck metal scrap and at the bottom there are two slowly contra-rotating cylinders with sparse teeth. Just about anything goes in (old cars etc.) and metal shreds come out.

How about a wedge-shaped open-mouthed robot that did nothing but get close to any type of opponent and try to suck it into the mincer.

0
0

Evil OpenSSH servers can steal your private login keys to other systems – patch now

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Good advert for HSMs and smart cards ?

If any hot chicks are reading this... I have a smart card. Several in fact. Just sayin.

4
0

How long is your password? HTTPS Bicycle attack reveals that and more

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Down with 2FA

2FA is great and I'm not against it. What I AM against is every single 2FA site wanting me to install its own app with their own TOTP implementation. So far I have Google Authenticator, Symantec VIP, Steam's one, and one from my bank. There is another site on which I would like to enable 2FA but that would need yet another app. Where do you draw the line? And yes I know that with some work I might be able to hack them together a bit closer but life's too short.

0
0

Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Demos

On which planet? I bought CS-GO on Steam two days before they cut the price by half in their sale. I asked for a refund so I could re-buy it and they told me to get lost.

4
11

Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

My (grumpy) prediction for 2016

I will reaffirm my belief in the principle of Free Software and get all excited about the new GIMP tech preview. Unfortunately I won't initially get a clean compile but after a few hours work I will find out where the bugs are or what I did wrong in the compilation and build process. There may or may not also be some Dependency Hell. Finally GIMP will run in a very impressive manner.

Except for the bit I actually want to use, which will fail with an unintuitive error message when I try and do it. I will search the internet for a solution but the only hits will be other users saying "me too how do I fix this". I will mutter under my breath and go back to whatever I was using on Windows.

Sad but true, been there before on many other products.

23
6

IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: They provided me a very interesting security tool

It shows me a blank map of the world, so either it doesn't work or there are no attacks happening anywhere.

Maybe that's their business problem? That screen would look super-impressive in your defcon-6 control room but otherwise I can't see why customers would be interested. Surely your average PLC just wants to keep intruders out of their systems rather than feeling they have a handle on what's happening worldwide from minute to minute.

1
0

Half of UK financial institutions vulnerable to well-known crypto flaws

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Intent doesn't always mean very much. I was shocked several years ago when a bloke got found guilty purely for editing a URL in his browser address bar because he suspected there was a security problem and then reporting it to the site owner.

And surely by definition anyone capable of taking part in an SSL or security-related thread on El Reg is almost certainly qualified by experience? Not having a CISSP badge doesn't mean not qualified.

4
0

The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Don't listen to them

This thread seems to be full of idiots begging you to lower the editorial tone to a predictably dire schoolboy humour level.

However we're all business people here and I'm disappointed in any such move to incentivize your value add. Let's please see you roll out your effort to launch a new community-killer site which will taper the playing field vertically. Moving forward, it's time to act with game-changing ideation and close the loop with a robust and sustainable reporting of industry transformation and recontextualization. OK?

36
1

UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Might rebound on them

A lot of people genuinely have no idea about filters, routers, DNS, browser. I'm not calling them stupid it's merely that they are not interested, their expertise is not in tech, and they just want to "go on the internet". If they run up against a block they will scratch their heads and move on rather than call the helpdesk.

I'm guessing that this particular ISP will just acquire a reputation as "that one where half the sights [sic] don't work".

3
0

EU reforms could pave way for smells and noises to be trade-mark protected – expert

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Only on el Reg

Where else could a discussion of trademark law effortlessly decay into a fart-fest?

Here is the antidote to all the sprouts and cabbage if anyone's interested

http://www.ergo-log.com/poo-smells-less-with-grape-seed-extract-supplement.html

0
0

GCHQ Christmas Card asks YOU the questions

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

NSPCC

Why am I not surprised that this is their favourite charity...

My wife used to get loads of mail from NSPCC and half of it was trying to get her to support various campaigns to lock down the internet "to make children safer".

4
1

Dailymotion hit by malvertising attack as perpetrators ‘up their game'

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

French video site eh

The one time when a rouge ad would have been more appropriate and somebody has to spell it correctly :(

2
0

Russia's blanket phone spying busted Europe's human rights laws

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: How will it be enforced?

Not our experience - I worked for an application vendor where we outsourced development to Russia (Java coding.) Everything came back near perfect and just needed minor cosmetic cleanup from a UK senior developer. A+++ wud buy again

0
0

Mr Grey, the Russian hacker who helped haul in 1.2 billion logins

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Thief.

Does make me wonder why we need Internet connections to <xyz>

You're right the internet would work a lot better if we pruned off all the unnecessary bits. As it happens I don't know anyone in Birmingham and I never go there so I propose we disconnect it.

11
1

Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Simple way to kill it

It's been said before in the other thread but just move it to the "untrusted certificates" bit of certmgr.msc.

Yes it will come back again into the list of root CAs but will also remain in the untrusted list therefore will not actually work.

Then at your leisure you can do the DLL hacking if you still want it completely gone.

1
0

Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Whatever happened to WORM drives?

In my day WORM drives for logs were called Oki 9-pin printers

3
0

Love your IoT gadget but could you keep the noise down?

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: TGIF

"Dalek morse code" exactly describes the Orchestration Registration ringtone by Ali Spagnola, shipped with the original Nexus 5. Really sounds odd when your phone rings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbRSZyOLW5E

1
0

Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: That's a thoughtful take on current affairs...

Really unfortunate thing to say in the article. I also tried to point out the same thing and The Register actually rejected my comment which has never happened to me before.

8
1

How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: "require Microphone permission"

OK I shall call my new game "Crispy Cakes!". Hours of fun collect them all!!1! (whilst your stuff is being uploaded to the mothership)

1
0

Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Most post moar!

Posting irrelevance just for the sake of getting the badge? Very reprehensible and not in the spirit.

Did I ever tell you the story of when my grandad was on night duty in Sidi Barani?

25
0

Let's Encrypt gets automation

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

same old

I don't see the point. Let's Encrypt seem to be the latest in a series of other free CAs. For example www.cacert.org have been around for years and I never see sites using their certs. You can get a "real" SSL certificate in the free to 10 dollar range so why Let's Encrypt?

0
2

Here's how TalkTalk ducked and dived over THAT gigantic hack

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

I am not joining in the hating until I have all the facts

Nobody knows what actually happened, apart from speculation that they might have got SQL-injected. What if they were actually running a tight ship but got clobbered by a 0-day could you still call them idiots?

As an aside, the only time I ever had a problem with a Talk Talk connection I bypassed their official customer support entirely and went straight to their user forums. Some excellent people on there who helped me wireshark my way to success.

0
0

Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Re: Respect

There probably really are that number of operating systems (at least) but only if you're allowed to get seriously historical, NetWare, Plan9, VME/B, TOSD, George3, CP/M, DOS keep counting and be at the 45 mark in no time.

2
0

You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

But you do own the phone

I don't have any Apple kit but probably the EULA can only say "you don't own this software"? I mean you do own the phone hardware. I'm guessing that Apple cannot do a remote unlock and would need actually do hardware things to the phone, connect something to it at least. Why can't they say "OK it's our software but not our phone".

0
0

New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Autocarrot is a menace, keeps making me say things I didn't Nintendo

1
0
Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

Serious question

What are you supposed to do with no SD card? For example I like to watch video on the boring train, but even in populated area like SE you could not hold a signal long enough to watch a film or episode which was streaming from gdrive or other cloud. In fact I doubt could even listen to one complete music track without it dropping out.

If I didn't have the 64GB card I would be reduced to carefully managing local copies on what's left of my 16GB, needing to keep on top of loading and deleting things all the time.

0
0

O2 joins Virgin Media as member of weak crypto software club

Joe Harrison
Bronze badge

But in real life...

Not defending poor security practice but let's be fair, cracking RC4 is still "hard enough" to deter blackhats from snaffling that ten quid you just paid to O2.

0
1

Page:

Forums