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37 posts • joined 25 Oct 2011

Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

pig

Re: > with no physical connection ... they won't be able to break in, and data can't get out.

The large 24 hour ASDA near me has 16 self service tills.

They leave them unlocked. If you push the handle with the lock on, it clicks and the screen of the machine lifts up, revealing the PC (yes, these are XP based too) and 4 usb slots.

The usb slots are enabled as this is how they reimage them if something goes wrong.

Sadly getting physical acces is nothing like as hard as it should be.

I was discussing this with a friend who fixes cash machines, and he reminded me that almost all the threats he deals with are physical.

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Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

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Re: Fine but whathappens when...

"> Some idiot with a JCB (backhoe) digs up your business critical network link and it is down for several days?

You would face a similar problem with on premise storage"

No, we wouldn't.

My organisation is going the full cloud.

At the moment we have our own onsite data centre. If the internet line to the building goes down than the only effect is a notable upswing in actual work being done.

In a year or so's time, once we have gone fully Desktop as a Service (I can't wait...) the effect of the internet line to the building going down will be that no work can be done.

And yes, we do have a backup. In fact we have 3 internet lines coming in to the building. Primary and 2 back ups.

Being Local Governemnt though the 3 lines are all Virgin cable and, most likely, anything to take out 1 would also take out the other 2.

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Stricken 2e2 sacks 627, winds down, retains a few data centre caretakers

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@Eagle One

>>The "S.S. 2e2" may not sail again, but she won't leave those who depend on her high and dry.<<

Really?

Out of interest which part of the 2 people who we relied upon not being paid, being laid off, and us being told we are going to get f'all from 2e2 is not being left high and dry?

We will be ok, but only because we promised to pay the staff ourselves if they rock up and complete their work from here.

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€1.5bn swiped from EU cards: Fraud mainly takes place in the US

pig

Banks will try and take the proverbial

I had £550 of Ryan Air flights go out of my account.

The bank told me as it was chip and pin they would not refund it.

I phoned them up and offered to send them instructions of how to commit fraud on a chip and pin card (I was just going to send links to 3 ro 4 Reg articles) and they instantly backed down and refunded me, without me even having to send the links.

The sad thing is they know they are liable, and tat in many/most cases the customer is not as fault but they will still try it on and although us geeks will know to not accept it I fear many other people will just accept it and end up paying for it themselves.

The banks should be forced to be more fair, and not just be allowed to take advantage of peoples ignorance in these matters.

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

pig

Re: 'Poll' position

Live subtitles are typed on a special type of keyboard which is phonetic.

This is why subtitles of live events will often have the correct word phonetically, but the incorrect spelling - like your Poll and Pole example.

In a live broadcast there is no time to double check these as they go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speech-to-text_reporter

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Use a Mac? For actual work? Evernote Business has arrived

pig

Re: ummmm

You have 1?

That's 1 more than I know of here (but then, we only have 2000 employees on this site......)

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NAND then something new came along: Nanotube men get $10m

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If reset buttons return can I also request Turbo buttons do likewise?

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Autonomy founder attacks HP fraud charges with new website

pig

Re: A bit more reading suggests . . .

"So HP actually paid $5M a head for a professional services firm. Very hard to scale"

Funny thing. I remember reading that, on these very comment pages, before the deal was concluded.

I find it hard to believe HP on this when a majority of articles and comments I read on the deal seemed to be saying "They are massively overpaying and won't be able to scale the business".

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

pig

Wii U Profit

"“As soon as we get the consumer to buy one piece of software, then that entire transaction becomes profit positive,” Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, told the San Jose Mercury News"

That's great for Nintendo if it is true, but the quote is conspicuous by it's absense from the interview you linked to.

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NASA SECRET DISCOVERY ON MARS: Meteor offers possible clue

pig

Re: It's life, we're not that special...

If you think finding life on mars would stop the religious types then you have a lot to learn.

To those people both finding and not finding life will prove the existance of whatever deity they want it to.

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British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

pig

If it helps

I know a black lady by the name of Ruby.

I'm sure she'd be happy to talk about anything, as long as she gets paid.

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'The People's' cell operator to offer expensive data - but it's for cheridee

pig

Re: There aren't many charities I give to nowadays

"I haven't checked, but I suspect that if the DD is cancelled before the collectors made any commission off it (why do you think they do it) then they will be able to clawback a fee from the charity"

Last I looked, the fees per sign up were around £80-£150.

This is paid up front by the charity who hope, and statistically do, make it up from the donator over time.

It does mean though that if you sign up, and cancel the DD, you are effectively losing the charity money.

I really thing the chugging model is wrong, and would love to see it stop (I'm not sure how, or rather "why" we could ban it though).

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Cashless Comet to close 41 stores, axe 500 jobs

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Not much of a sale

"A closing down sale was initiated at the weekend across stores due to be shuttered and more aggressive discounts will be applied to the other remaining 195 outlets, the administrator said."

I suspect this means they will, at best, match Amazon prices.

And therin lies the problem. From my experience most of the time my friends or family have gone into a Comet recently is to look at a TV / Wahing Machine / Etc and choose which one they want. Then go home and order it online with a cheaper price, free delivery and no one hassling you for extended waranty or Monster (price) cables.

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Alan Sugar's YouView loses brand judgment in court

pig

Re: alan sugar huh?

Failed?

He made a lot of money with Amstrad, and also the eMailer.

By my reconing if you can turn a profit from a godawful product like the eMailer you can't be that "bad" at business.

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Assassin's Creed 3 game review

pig

Re: Still playing the last one

Take your time.

I have played all the (released on the PS3) Creed games and was pushed by the wife to buy this one on release day.

Verdict: I'm sure it is good, but the bugs are annoying the hell out of me.

They seem to have released this too early. It blatently has not been bug tested to anything like the level it should have.

The first 2 days loading times were horendous, and gameplay frequently crashed or didn't work properly (like a mission to fight 8 soldiers where the attack button would not work) Another time we walked around with a random sword sticking out of our chest and 80% of the ladies seemed to lose their skirts when we went close to them (I quite liked that one actually).

It has got better the last couple of days, due to the obligatory patches, but still remains very, very buggy.

Just because companies can fix bugs with patches should not mean they can also release games that are patently unfinished. Does Sony or Microsoft have no quality control measures in place to prevent such things? It seems not.

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

pig

I don't get the fuss

My Vacuum is a Bissell.

I'd never heard of them but it was £30 from Asda.

It was £150 cheaper then the Dyson.

It is a year old now and it still sucks up dirt.

It sounds like a jet engine, and it doesn't have typhoons or a ball or anything. But it works.

I'm not sure I need or want anything more in a Vacuum.

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Apple iPod Touch 5G review

pig

Re: "Recess the lens please!"

They could move it back a bit?

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Outfit which will save your Freeview TV from 4G interference stands up

pig

Re: What about areas where 4G rollout will be a long time coming?

It sounds to me like IPTV over a 4G data connection is your best bet for a reliable TV service.

So 4G is likely to be anything but a problem for you.

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Watchdog: Gov bods should rummage through BINS for FOI data

pig

Re: Far too much credit

I recently showed one of the FOI officers at the council I work at how to OCR in Adobe.

Previously, for the last 3 years, she had printed out PDF's and then re-typed them in word as a matter of course.

Seriously.

If an FOI turned up here asking about versioning none of that team would have the faintest what was being asked.

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Big Blue bigwig: Tiny processor knobs can't shrink forever

pig

Re: Meyerson predicted Intel's move away from speed to cores?

Hang on, where does it say that he said processors could not get to 4 or 5GHz?

I read this in the article:

"Back in 2003 he predicted that Intel would never deliver on its promises of 4 to 5GHz CPUs and would, in fact, be forced to shift to multi-core processors."

And from memory I note that Intel did not release 4 to 5GHz processors and indeed shifted to multi-core processors.

He sounds pretty on the money to me.

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ARM cranks up cache and memory designs for servers

pig

Re: The problem with ARM..

Definitely the car. There is a reason doctors call motorcyclists "donors".

Sorry, not sure how relevant that is to the analogy.

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Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

pig

Re: Banks are fibbers....

Sounds about right.

My uncle fixes cash machines and refused to use them until about 15 years ago, before that he fixed them but withdrew his money from the counter.

Security at that time was a joke, so much so that the emergency legislation - to block reporting of issues - was used (twice I think?) in the 80's for cash machine security issues. From memory once it was for the 'everyone has the same default pin' issue and the other for being able to access any account if you created a card withh the mag strip set a certin way.

Security now is much, much better, but banks are still bastards.

The last time I had money stolen (£600 of Ryanir flights appearing from nowhere) they tried to say that since the card was chip and pin they wouldn't refund it. I laughed down the phone and said I would send them articles on how to get around chip and pin and they relented straight away and refunded me. My worry is how many people just take them at face value and don't get refunded, for what is in reality the banks liability.

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TalkTalk pitches cut-price mobes to own customers

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I'd never heard of them, but I think I might get one for the iPad now.

The iPad was a gift and I never planned on putting a sim in it, but at those prices I could well be tempted.

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Norwich City FC Web CMS exposes privates. Club respond by calling police.

pig

I bet Norwich are getting a free pen test this morning.

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Game Group shares halted, 'no value left' admits board

pig

Legs left in the business.

I think whoever picks up the business, from the ashes, will have a chance of doing very well.

If they rationalise, down to 1 shop in each town, their costs will be slashed yet their physical reach will remain similar (as they currently have multiple shops in each location. At one point Croydon had 5 - 4 Game and a Gamestation).

A lot of people, myself included, prefer to buy physical games then downloads (and not only because my 40gb PS3 can only hold about 2 games, or 1 d/l game and a few saves, before decalring itself full). Even when games are released digital only there will be a market for shop downloads - to thoise people who don't have the speed or allowance to download a 50gb game at home. Add to this other shop based sales of digital items, such as X-Box points for cash to people without a credit card, and the future for physical shops doesn't look so bleak.

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Somerset buses bin paper tickets, sniff journey-logging chips

pig

Yup.

London, Oyster card.

And on the bus, at least here in London, you only check in, you don't have to check out again.

I quite like it, but that said it hasn't had a noticable impact on speed of boarding. In fact if anything it is now worse as when someone gets on without an oyster card it takes 5 minutes of the bus driver huffing and looking through their pockets for change before the bus can move. That's right, pockets. They have no cash float anymore it seems.

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Whitehall: Govt-related private email, texts will be uncloaked

pig

Information Admin: Minister, do you have anything in your private email accounts, or any text messages, which relate to this request?

Minister: No

Information Admin: Thank you Minister.

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Brits turned off by Smart TVs

pig

Want dumber, not smarter

I would like a new TV. I want it to be HD and 3D and have a few HDMI sockets.

That is about it.

I don't need any tuner, any internet connection or anything labelled "smart"

(Is such a TV even on the market?)

We can currently access iPlayer (etc...) through the cable box, and also through the PS3 if we wanted. And of course we can also access such service on our pc, or the laptop, or our smartphones if we wanted to.

Adding access to such services on the TV itself is probably the worst place to put them. If standards change then it is easier to change a box then the entire TV. I get the feeling TV companies are trying to push "smart" TV's as adding the pas is very cheap and they feel they can use it to puff up the product and make better margins.

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OnLive Game System cloud gaming console

pig
Meh

I don't see how that is an advantage, given that just about every game seems to have a playable demo available on the PS3 store (and I asume on xbox live too?)

The system looks ok to me, but expensive. I think it would work better if the hardware came free and they made their money purely on subs.

Plus the full games need to be cheaper. I recently bought Uncharted for £39 and traded it in a week later for Assassins Creed Revelations. With the trade in Assassins Creed was £5.

With onLive I presume you can't trade in the games you buy, and can't sell or lend them to friends either.

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Cops bust den of text-spam spewers

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I've been getting loads recently, after never recieving a single one for the 10 years I've had my private number. Of course I was always careful never to use my number on web forms and to give my other number to anything I don't trust.

The only place I have given my number in the last year is Dell customer support. And that was a week before I started recieving the messages.

I had a disagreement with them, and argued with the Indian call centre staff (it does get annoying when they don't have the technical knowledge to understand your complaint and then repeatedly call you during work hours despite telling them not to call me again...)

I strongly suspect their call centre staff of registering me for spam texts, but trying to find out where companies got your number is harder then winning the euro lottery.

I'm glad of the advice at the bottom of the article though. I have been replying stop to each text. It's good to know that I shouldn't bother, indeed that texting stop makes things worse.

I will be very angry if I have to change my number though.

I understand that dodgy companies wont take notice of the TPS but surely there is some way for the phone company (in my case vodafone) to filter out obvious spam texts?

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ICO smacks Welsh council with record £130k fine

pig

A solution implemented where I work is that all staff need their ID card to print.

You send a print job then go to any printer and log into the printer via nfc "wave". You can then print out the jobs.

This solves the issue of people sending print jobs, then forgetting them and reprinting them multiple times. You can literally only print if you are physically at the printer.

It also cut down paper usage by nearly a half!

“There is clearly an underlying problem with data protection in social services departments and we will be meeting with stakeholders from across the UK’s local government sector to discuss how we can support them in addressing these problems,”

The underlying problem is that most staff, and more importantly managers, in the sector still think saying "I'm not very good at computers" and then chuckling is acceptable.

In my previous contract (which was in that sector), I was regularly asked by senior managers to remove the "annoying encryption" on their usb drives. They were unable to operate a basic encrypted drive and so thought it perfectly acceptable therefore to remove that encryption so they could easier access that data on their home pcs, which were more then likely jam packed with crapware and spyware anyway.

The head of the department also inststed that someone forward all her GSX emails to her non GSX email account as she "couldn't access it properly". This according to her was I.T's fault and she saw no problem in both giving an admin temp access to her gsx account and thaving the emails forwarded (copy and pasted and then sent) to a non gsx accoutn.

When this is the attiude of those who run the departments is it any wonder that such cock ups occur?

Sadly it is exactly these people who are meeting to discuss how to fix the issues.....

Forgive me if I don't expect them to be fixed in a hurry.

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Crack GCHQ's code and become the next James Bond

pig
Facepalm

The quickest way to solve this is a quick google.

I wonder how far admitting that would get me in the process?

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Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks

pig

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8417205.stm

Note, it's not that the top 1% pay 25% tax, it is that they pay 25% of the total income tax collected by the government.

And for good measure the top 10% of earners pay over 50% of the total tax revenue.

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pig

fraud

Sounds like a good old fashined bit of cover for fraud to me.

I bet some of the anonymous memebers decide they are part of the 99% and "dontate" to themselves.

Also, it's always fun to ask these people how much of a % of the annual tax revenues to the government the top 1% should contribute. Almost exclusively the figure they suggest is less then the % currently paid (about 25% in the UK)

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Irish woman doesn't go down after scrotum ripping assault

pig

Equality?

I'm wondering if men did the equivalent if they would avoid prison too.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/9335905.Breast_scratched_in_row_over_split/

This is an example of someone who scratched a breat (not burst it open note) will be interesting to see if he is shown the same leniency as these women.

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

pig

Control

It looks beautiful but controls like a pig and is seriously "on rails"

Still a great game, but nowhere near 95%+

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Union enraged by secret driverless Tube plan

pig
Happy

About time.

Bob Crow is funamentaly unable to understand reality and has probably sped up the move to this technology.

Trains will still be staffed, its just they will have a steward rather then a driver. And the Steward wont be on £50k+ (which is an amazing salary for 4 days a week in an unskilled job) and wont be able blackmail the people they are meant to serve.

The union seem to think any job loss is unacceptable, but doesn't count new jobs in their analysis.

Take the ticket offices for example. They rage at "job losses" but are they counting all the people who work for Oyster, from techies to call centres operatives, as new jobs? I think not.

It is natural progression. In the 60's you had ticket officers at each station and drivers. In this century we have / will have / should have train stewards and electronic ticketing.

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