* Posts by IT Hack

293 posts • joined 29 Nov 2011

Page:

Google to pump free gigabit Fiber into homes of hard-up families

IT Hack

Also only one l in spelt

3
0
IT Hack

@AC

Sadly el reg is no longer (and hasn't for a very long time) a totally UK staffed site.

5
0

UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

IT Hack

Credibility

Does May have any left?

26
0

30 years on from Challenger, NASA remembers the fallen

IT Hack

Re: If you want to truth..

Boils down to this -

Killed by management.

4
0

Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms

IT Hack

Re: Too Many Errors

@ ledswinger

Why this one? Coz she's the current Home Sec. If it had been under labour I'd be saying the same thing.

There is something about the office of Home Sec that really brings to the fore the utter disdain the post holder has for the citizenry.

7
0
IT Hack

Too Many Errors

She needs to resign. Preferably forced to resign. To highlight how utterly odious the Home Sec actually is.

9
0

RSA asks for plaintext Twitter passwords on conference reg page

IT Hack

Affirmation

Well...as I've often said. Too many cowboys in our profession.

I for one am glad RSA did this. I hope to see heads rolling soon. I don't expect it though.

Fuckwits.

0
0

GCHQ summer schools to pay teenage hackers £250 a week

IT Hack

Re: Facepalm

>>"what would be the point of tying up the vetting process with a bunch of teenagers who will have access to absolutely fAll in terms of sensitive data?"

Presumably to avoid GCHQ teaching a bunch of hacking skills or whatever to the latest subversive / terrorist / activist / whatever, I would presume.

If they're not vetting them, then what they're teaching can't be that awesome. Or if it is, they should be vetted. No?

---------------------

Yes. I fear this is yet more taxpayer money being spunked by some PFY in some obscure government dept in an attempt to follow some vague directive to make it cool for kids. This is not serious. If it were serious they'd be targeting the most promising maths prodigies and the like. The ones winning the appropriate academic accolades.

0
0
IT Hack

Facepalm

Reminds me of the ads I keep getting to learn how to become an ethical hacker.

I bet they don't even vet the entrants.

3
0

Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

IT Hack

Court

Am surprised this did not get rejected by the ECHR...what a waste of time and money.

When you join a company you sign a contract. The vast amount (if not all) of these contracts state the digital policy in terms of disciplinary action. Most will state that company kit is for company use as well as what would be deemed appropriate kinds of communication.

Unless the contract is illegal there is nothing for the company to answer to.

4
3

BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

IT Hack

I, Robot

Andriod rights activists...for a millisecond I thought my smartphone gained sentience.

Then I realised it was someone with too much time on their hands.

4
0

Microsoft kicks VMware right in its weakest, cloudiest spot

IT Hack

Azure

Is it reliable?

No.

3
5

Southend-on-Sea splashes £1.5m on hybrid cloud data centre

IT Hack

Cost

Of course it is difficult to speculate if you don't have a grasp of their project (how much data, networking etc) but 1.5m seems quite optimistic for a council the size of Southend.

0
0

Lights out! Newbie IT manager's dark basement trip

IT Hack

Murph

Murphy and his law, along with the associated engineering based corollaries, did not appear out of thin air.

3
0

Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

IT Hack

Nanny State

So I guess this means we can call both Labour and the Tories as 'Nanny Statists'?

Or just the Tories?

0
0

How hard can it be to kick terrorists off the web? Tech bosses, US govt bods thrash it out

IT Hack

Disaster

Authoritarian politically appointed security services managers hooking up with micro tripping libertarian technocrats.

This will not end well.

1
0

The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

IT Hack

Still have one somewhere. Have to say that I loved the stinkpad and its nipple. Quite liked the look at the time as well.

ummm...this is not what it seems!

1
1

ISPs: UK.gov should pay full costs of Snooper's Charter hardware

IT Hack

Re: Depressing.

@ Detective Emil

The linage of wankery in the role of Home Sec is long and eminently distinguished.

4
0
IT Hack

Re: Depressing.

@ Gordon 10 - unless of course you assume - given the apparent continuity between this and the Labour snoopers charter - that is those same civil servants in Whitehall or more likely Cheltenham driving this.

Ironic since GCHQ already has most of this anyway - so its probably just an attempt to get the storage costs off their books and onto the ISP's.

----

Well...firstly the previous Labour gov was Blairite. This kind of thing was/is literally right up their ally, given the enjoyment they seemed to have with their fear mongering. So for there to have been a continuation was quite natural as the Tories also enjoy rule through fear. These things will have the hand of the civil service in the game of course. However the lead is always from the politicians.

Having said all that I do think you are spot on with your last sentence

4
1
IT Hack

Re: Depressing.

@ Voland's right hand

Despite my loathing of politicians I do think that there are some who are not batshit insane. My fear is that we eventually end up having a political milieu like that in the US where the insanity is quite evident.

This kind of thing (topic) tends to engender, or perhaps empower the insanity.

12
0
IT Hack

Depressing.

Sometimes I wonder if part of the political process should include screening for psychopathy.

23
0

Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

IT Hack

If its on the internet...

yeah...that

Not just a smart arse saying but very much a needed default setting. And even then I was duped several times this year with click bait.

Frankly the behaviour is no better than spammers. Who frankly have the morals of someone with no morals.

13
0

Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

IT Hack

@ unwarranted triumphalism

I bet JF is glad all these armchair statisticians / electrical supply / datacentre experts are here to give him the benefit of their wisdom after the fact and tell him what he did wrong.

I thought my post was quite clearly aimed at management, not the poster.

I am a manager. That his manager was not capable of dealing with this issue is not the fault of JF. If I were JF's manager I would be mortified to have taken the attitude of his manager.

1
0
IT Hack

Change Control

It's not just for programmers.

This is just a massive catalog of errors and really there should be some rolling of heads. Mainly management. As usual. I am speaking as a manager.

It has already been mentioned in the comments that there were a number of issues not dealt with, which are the responsibility of management. IT management that. One of the golden rules of IT is that any activity in the machine room must absolutely be regulated. To that end I removed our company President off the mag lock door ACL. The guy has no reason to be there. If he does then he'll be escorted.

Any power works within a DC is not minor. I have to ask where the work orders were from the sparkies. Had they been dry runned? Amazing what you remember when you go through each step.

No roll back scheme either?

I am pretty speechless but not at all surprised that this happened. Too many utterly incompetent people in IT these days.

6
1

IT salary not enough? Want to make £10,000 a DAY?

IT Hack

Checks

How many companies vet these 'cyber'* security professionals?

* Cyber - swear to fuck this use needs to end.

0
0

Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

IT Hack

Process

This here is a prime example why security not just something to do with encryption and access control lists.

One might wonder how this could be a security issue if it is a matter of someone leaving the organisation, willingly or unwillingly. If your company does not have a defined leavers policy then I would be hard pushed to say that it was a professional organisation. That leavers policy includes the process for immediate termination. In that process there has to be a section that ensures handover of work or an equitable agreement to provide a handover. That this was a redundancy means that this action was planned to happen. Why is it security? Well...the company just spunked its yearly budget on one item. A hundred grand loss can sink some companies, impact harshly on others. If that is not a security issue...(yes I am one of those that believes security cannot be segmented by operation. Security must cover any scenario that has a negative impact on the business).

If neither the IT Manager or Director (or deputy) did not ask for project or work updates, well that is inexcusable.

4
0

UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

IT Hack

Re: I personally have no problem with this at all

@Ivan 4

Irrelevant to my post which was in reply to a scenario stating that MP's would need to post all their emails etc. A massive and damaging intrusion on what is left of the democratic process. Whether or not an ISP is hacked is really not something covered by the Wilson Doctrine.

Not that this doctrine has prevented the security services from getting their hands dirty.

0
0
IT Hack

Re: I personally have no problem with this at all

Wilson Doctrine lol

3
0
IT Hack

Re: I haven't heared so much bull$h1t since the last time she stood up...

Better not try to access those dodgy pr0n sites either...

1
0
IT Hack

Re: Cautiously optimistic [Emergency provision]

@king_tut - Indeed they do...if the Home Sec is of the mind that these processes should be made public or kept secret 'due to the operational nature of these processes, giving details of operational matters has the capability of compromising our intelligence services'.

Of course if this was indeed a piece of legislation intended to protect 'us' there would not be a need for any political input. I do not see any circumstance where there is any need of a political decision. Either a request meets the criteria for intercept or it does not.

The Home Sec handled something like 1400 requests last year. How is that good for democracy when there is no oversight of the politician?

30
1
IT Hack

Re: Cautiously optimistic

You see the thing is that there is a provision for 'emergency action' where a judge is not required to ok the intercept. Emergency action seems to be defined as "where life is at immediate risk". Well...we all know how these provisions are used...

56
2

PM wheels out snoop overseer minutes before latest snoops' charter bid lands

IT Hack

Technobabble

So who are the experts advising him? CESG?

0
0

Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

IT Hack

Macca

The Prince was not a realistic proposal.

0
0

The UN made privacy a human right – but that's not good enough for Team Snowden

IT Hack

Article 12

So you are advocating that Article 12 is enough? Have to applaud your optimism.

7
0

Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

IT Hack

Indeed Facebook seems to be having issues...

on edit (and cheers for the down vote...totally deserved) seems it was a blip at dear old facebook.

As for the IP addressing issue...I'd probably look at external IPv6 and internally stick with v4.

2
1

Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

IT Hack

Re: New MBA textbook case coming...

Crapita....synergising value through nutritional delivery systems for all individual contributors, ensuring exceptional customer experiences

I will now kill myself.

13
0
IT Hack

There is a reason!

They are known as Crapita.

4
0

Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

IT Hack

Scrapyards

Reckon there are....

http://www.douglasvalley.co.uk/results.asp?pgid=2&spg=68

2
0

BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

IT Hack

Newky

The local venacular is Dog, which only a Geordi can tell you the reason why....

9
0

Rocket Kittens target defence and IT bods from Europe & Israel

IT Hack

Re: "Operation Woollen-GoldFish"

Is it called WOPR?

1
0
IT Hack

Quick!

Someone call th3j35t3r!

Oh wait!

Shit.

1
0

Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

IT Hack

Re: @ IT Hack

@ Tim Worstall

Up vote for the Jetsons. Dammit.

0
0
IT Hack

GOP

So all those wonderful Talibaptist types in the US who want to legislate the level of control a woman has regarding her body are...?

4
5
IT Hack

Re: @ IT Hack

@ codejunkey

In this there is no maybe. Either he did or he did not.

To me it is a rebuttal. Direct or otherwise. It is still a rebuttal. If Mr Worstall has given Mr Morozov a link to his article (and stating in the article that he had given Morozov a link) so Morozov has an opportunity to reply fair enough. But that is also not the case.

The point is not a discussion with a "2 right wing people and the entirety of the green party support/a few labour" but rather with Morozov.

As for the level of intelligence of people who read the Guardian I have no idea as I don't read that paper/comments section on even an irregular basis.

In terms of an intro, well at least we agree on something! ;)

In terms of other opinion I would point out that if that was the case then this article would be an embarrassment to any real journalist. Because what has been written is in essence a hatchet job.

Really the reg ought to stay away from surious op-eds and concentrate on the stuff that the Reg is good at.

11
8
IT Hack

Re: @ IT Hack

@ codejunkey

Given that this is an attempt at a rebutal the logical place to put that rebuttal would be...? Yes. The original article where the person being rebutted has an opportunity to reply to the rebuttal.

It really is that simple.

8
6
IT Hack

Isn't this better suited in the comments section of the Guardian article?

18
10

Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

IT Hack

Interesting. Any links to reputable sources?

10
5

David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

IT Hack

A request

Please can we keep politicians away from talking about technology please? All they end up doing is embarrassing themselves, panic the moronics in our society and generally fuck things up.

38
1

So, does anyone in UK.gov actually know what G-Cloud is for? Apparently not

IT Hack

Liam Maxwell - recruitment agent.

Jesus wept.

0
0

DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

IT Hack

Same old same old

Neighbourhood tough guy oversteps boundaries…again.

This is getting very tiresome.

15
0

Page:

Forums