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Feeling safe in your executive hotel suite, Mr CEO? Well, DON'T

Joe Drunk
Facepalm

Consider the target

High level execs are the most technologically handicapped people on this planet and therefore ripe targets for this kind of threat in spite of the rigorous security tools and policies on their laptops.

When I was a PC tech we repeatedly cleaned malware/bloatware from many senior officers' company provided laptop because most didn't want to be bothered and just gave it to their kids to play with.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

Joe Drunk

Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

I only know two opticians.

Both wear glasses.

Neither are planning on getting laser surgery until it 'gets better'.

My optician wears glasses too. Odd?

I'm very happy for those of you who've had this surgery and experienced both an improvement in your sight and quality of life. I'm also not too proud to admit that I am envious. My problem is this procedure is irreversible. You have to admit you did roll the dice by having this surgery and the odds were clearly in your favor. I gamble with my money, not my health. Glasses/contacts are a pain sometimes but not enough for me to make a decision I may regret for the rest of my life. As technology evolves maybe some day there will be a procedure that will offer a permanent solution with minimal risk. I suspect by that time I will be too old to care.

Anyway if there is one silver lining to my myopia it would be dispensing with reading glasses. I can see up close with razor sharpness simply by removing by glasses/contacts.

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Joe Drunk

Re: Another solution

@JDX: Agree 100%

Social networking sites give the false impression that everyone with an IP address is your trusted friend and have tricked humanity into thinking that sitting in front of a computer, unkempt and in your underwear is the same as going out and interacting with people face to face.

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Joe Drunk

Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

You hopefully have a doctor who has your best interests at heart (very rare these days) and will advise on all the risks and whether you are a good candidate for this surgery.

That said, my uncle who lives here in the US has been wearing contacts/glasses since he was a teen. He went for an evaluation and was given the green light. 24 months later he complains of constant discomfort in both eyes and has to use eye drops on a regular basis for his dry eye conditions. He tells me he has close to 20/20 vision but not as good as he had when he wore glasses. He went from being dependent on eyeglasses to being dependent on eye drops. Furthermore, this is considered elective surgery so no insurance here in the US will cover this. He regrets the decision but as it is irreversible he will have to deal with it or have more corrective surgery. He declines of course. He considers himself fortunate after reading some of the other eye surgery disasters.

At one point I too was considering this surgery but I think I will stick to my contacts/eyeglasses. My vanity will have to suck it.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

Joe Drunk

Netflix US already has every Star Trek episode ever made, one of the things making my Netflix subscription very appealing. Does this mean CBS will eventually be pulling ST from Netflix and making available on CBS OTT exclusively?

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Drupal SQL injection nasty leaves sites 'wide open' to attack

Joe Drunk
Pint

A Giant Toast

to all those of you who not only weathered the long night addressing this vulnerability but find that weathering long nights and weekends fixing/maintaining/upgrading systems to be a regular course of your job. All too often this sacrifice goes under appreciated and soon forgotten except by those of us with first-hand experience.

I am no longer a member of this club but have vivid memories of an era where a strong addiction to caffeine was a requirement while regular sleep cycles were grounds for termination.

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Monster banking Trojan botnet claims 500,000 victims

Joe Drunk
Holmes

Re: Hmm

I wasn't one of those commenters but that orgasm is largely due to the fanbois' insistence that their walled garden is immune to malware. If I had a shilling for every comment on the interwebs I've read that had the phrase "Macs don't get viruses" I would be incredibly wealthy.

If you are a Reg regular you will know that not even Linux is immune, Windows is simply a more lucrative target due to market saturation.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

Joe Drunk

Re: Blown Away.

At least some NFL players do invest wisely, Such as Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He purchased over 20 Papa John’s Pizza franchises in the state of Colorado just before the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in that state.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/peyton-manning-credits-legal-colorado-pot-booming-papa-john-pizza-business-article-1.1944951

Genius.

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Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach

Joe Drunk

Re: Sniffing

It's been about a decade for me too. 80K users? more like 2K actual humans and the rest bots.

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Joe Drunk
Windows

IRC Still around?

I though only malware writers used it as command & control centers for their crap.

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

Joe Drunk

These scams will never stop

As long as there are people gullible/greedy enough to be take the bait.

Free money from unknown/unexpected source should be an automatic red flag.

Prince Matumbo would be envious.

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

Joe Drunk

@AC

"Hardly anyone is going to be using any version of Firefox in a business situation anyway. 99% will be using IE."

Have an upvote on me for stating reality.

@Hans 1

Have a downvote. Being a System Admin of your home network is not the same as a System Admin in a medium to large business. IE + MSOFFICE are the defaults on the desktop. It's a fact. You may see an alternate browser on a corporate desktop if permissions are relaxed enough that user can install their own apps. This isn't the case at the Fortune 50 companies I've contracted for in the past decade. Sorry to burst your bubble,

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

Joe Drunk

No jailtime or fines necessary

Probation on the condition that they are banned from using the internet for 24 months.

If this were a standard penalty it should deter the vast majority of future anon wannabees.

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

Joe Drunk

Re: Need similar laws in the UK..

Not sure about the UK but most of the firms I worked for here in the US didn't have hourly IT workers - we were classified as exempt (either salaried or more commonly, per diem). You worked your standard 10+ hour "professional" work day and were paid the same regardless of hours worked.

I wonder if the the steps they will be taking to ensure the same things doesn't happen again involves the conversion of these hourly workers to either salaried or per diem.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Joe Drunk
Pint

Re: I can't believe this started before the War on Terror

I wholeheartedly agree. I raise my glass today not only in honor of those who didn't make it but to those of us who worked even longer hours than our normal 80+ hour week on the grueling process of restoring the infrastructure in the aftermath.

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Lads from Lagos turn from 419 scams to basic malware slinging

Joe Drunk

Well this would certainly explain why Prince Matumbo stopped emailing me years ago.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Joe Drunk
Pint

No, Bill, no..

"You caught me at a bad time...I'm at at the pub having a good time helping a friend install a new sound system in his car, I'll have to call you back." "No, Bill, no, I can't help you right now I'm very busy I'll call you back as soon as I'm free." Hang up, ignore subsequent calls from Bill for the next few hours. Call Bill back hours later, "Hi Bill, so what's the problem? Oh, never mind, you figured out what the problem was, fix it yourself/called someone else and the fixed it for you? That's great, glad everything worked out for you."

Happens about 95% of the time.

Beer icon because I do get a lot of these types of calls when I'm at the pub trying to enjoy myself.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

Joe Drunk
Facepalm

Hey I started with True Image 2009 and was happy with it - until I found it wouldn't work with SATA. I upgraded to 2011 but then found that it was incompatible with images created with 2009!

facepalm!

Back to Ghost I go then - only to find that it too was incompatible with image files created by previous versions.

double facepalm!

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Joe Drunk

Re: Macrium Reflect

That's what I've heard and that has kept me from upgrading from True Image 2011. I heard that they started to go downhill at around the time they fired all their internal support in favor of outsourcing.

For me, a long-time Ghost user since DOS it wasn't easy to make the change but True Image 2011 has become the only drive imaging software I've ever needed for years. I have used it to backup and restore XP/7 and Ubuntu 12.04 partitions successfully. Being able to reliably backup to and restore from FTP is my favorite feature although I'm sure other imaging products have the feature as well.

Drive Image XML is free for personal use - does anyone have firsthand experience with it?

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Joe Drunk
Linux

For home users

that are still running XP and can't/won't upgrade to a more recent Windows version throw Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on there. I just did that for someone who used her XP laptop for facebook, Youtube, email, occasional word processing, solitaire (probably about 90% of home users with an XP PC) and she is happy that she hasn't lost anything in functionality AND will still be receiving system and security updates after April 8. She is also less prone to drive-by installs, trojans and the like because those mostly target Windows/MAC. Yes, she has grown to like Unity.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

Joe Drunk

Newsweek? That's still around?

See title.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Joe Drunk

Is this a UK thing?

Because here in the US you can't get medical test results of ANY kind over email or phone - you have to go directly to the physician that ordered the test(s) (and subsequently pay another consultation fee as this counts as a doctor's visit, grrrrr.) just to get results.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

Joe Drunk
Unhappy

I just saw the image of Windows 3.1 running in DOSBox and I thought...damn, I remember accessing the web in Windows 3.1 on a real PC with NCSA Mosaic and Trumpet Winsock just like that screenshot illustrates.

Damn I'm old.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

Joe Drunk

The reality is those who can will move to more lucrative contracts while the remaining staff will have to perform double the amount of work. The stack of CVs with desperate candidates who meet your qualifications is taller than you.

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Joe Drunk
Unhappy

Re: Banks don't understand IT staff

You're correct on both counts - IT staff with banking experience are always in demand and banks either don't understand or are indifferent to IT staff. I am inclined to believe it's the latter based on treatment of IT workers. I disagree with your view that IT workers, especially contractors, are willing to sacrifice their livelihoods to prove a point or force senior management to recognize the value of their contributions to the company. It certainly doesn't work that way here in the US nor has it in the past decade. Aside from the few unionized IT shops I've worked with there's only two entitlements that have been recognized by myself and fellow contractors.

One is your paycheck and the other is that no matter how much your performance is lauded by the firm you work for you can still come to work one early Friday morning and find your ID badge doesn't let you in the building anymore.

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

Joe Drunk

$10 = only bottom feeding, lottery playing, monthly government check depending people will apply.

Even if I got hosed on 256MB DRAM 10 years ago it was too long ago for me to remember or care. I have moved on.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

Joe Drunk

OMG lolkatz

People who post funny cat pics have no idea what Mozilla/Firefox is.

Click on the 'E' for internets!

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

Joe Drunk
Pint

Re: Sounds about right

That's my rate as well although it could be double or more if I have to remove crapware that was inadvertently installed, the number of beers varying with the difficulty in removing the crapware. I'm looking at you Conduit Search!

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

Joe Drunk

Wait what?

"Chief Experience Officer of the My Life & Work Team"

In my many, many years in corporate I've seen job titles that left one scratching their head envisioning the true role of what is obviously a patronage position but this one wins the "Most Ambigious Job Title of The Year" award.

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

Joe Drunk

Re: re: I can convert it into an MP3

"If you are some sort of pirate terrorist you can."

"It's people like you insisting on buying only one copy of a record and listening to it in many places that is killing music - well that and home taping."

It's the labels that are killing music having turned it into talent manufacturing process and paying artists as little as possible for their efforts. That and the assumption that consumers would eagerly empty their wallets to pay for the same content multiple times to play on various audio equipment.

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Joe Drunk

Pros and cons

Every company I've worked at that had stringent controls regarding security and devices that could be used for work also had highest availability of their systems.

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Well done for flicking always-on crypto switch, Yahoo! Now here's what you SHOULD have done

Joe Drunk

Symbolic gesture

Since any US based hosting entity is required by law to make any data/traffic accessible to NSA. Now you can feel safe from script kiddies when using public wifi.

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

Joe Drunk
Windows

Having XP on one PC in a home environment for an IT pro isn't so bad. Some older games or apps may not work properly or at all with newer Windows.

I wouldn't keep it on an internet facing PC in a business environment once security updates are no longer available.

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Want to be a better CIO? Get a twenty-something to show you the ropes

Joe Drunk

Headhunters giving career advice...interesting..

So a 30-something rent-a-tech with a brand new in-vogue certification where the ink is still wet is going to teach me...nothing, If you are a CIO of a large company you don't get involved with the low level technical aspects, that's why you have the 30-something rent-a-techs that have to spend all their spare time studying for new certifications working for you. You are interested in the business aspect. You must also keep reminding them that although things are technically possible they may not be legally or financially possible as mentioned above.

I've had the fortune to have a few individuals working for me in the past who understood the technical and business aspects of IT - they were 40-somethings BTW.

Headhunters - stick to what you do best. Memorizing buzzwords and acronyms without understanding their meaning and making promises you can't keep.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

Joe Drunk

Re: You will only usually fail on the experience side .....

Yes, you are at the bottom of the pile. The bottom of a large, steaming pile.

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Joe Drunk

"Plum tech job"?!? - quit lying to these wide-eyed grads

Even with a bachelor's degree in computer science in the early 90's the best I could manage was entry level data entry. Took on more responsibilities and moved up into a proper, mind-numbing, soul-sucking corporate IT job years later but it has been experience that's been highlighted at every interview not education or my vintage 90's tech certifications.

The only thing that's keeping me from an IT tech job is me. I like having a life. I like being treated like a human being. I like having a glass of beer in my hand on a Friday afternoon, not a cup of strong coffee because it's going to be another long weekend at work with all the changes we've got lined up for our network infrastructure. I like not having to get a new certification du-jour every six months that I have to pay for just to keep my job as a consultant. I also like not having to train a new co-worker every month because the last one burned out or left for a supposedly better job.

Wide-eyed college graduates: Can't find an IT job? Count your blessings.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

Joe Drunk

Re: less appetising job

usually followed by:

Must be available for on call 24/7 support, rotating shifts and occasional (*COUGH COUGH*) after-hours/weekend work. Must be team player in a dynamic, fast-paced matrix environment. Must be available to travel on short notice.

See a lot of that in IT job postings lately.

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

Joe Drunk

On the other hand

After reading the complaint on my phone (PDFs from external sources are blocked at work) it seems that her case centers around MATCH.COM knowingly approving fake profiles with her likeness (and several others) on its website and other sites owned and operated by MATCH.COM and using those fake profiles in adverts, thus profiting.

If these are the facts she may have a case. I smell settlement from MATCH.COM.

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Joe Drunk

Doubt she'll win

Unless she has evidence MATCH.COM were complicit in the scammers' actions. Most websites in the US are not liable for damages caused by posters' actions unless they are proven to be grossly negligent in taking action against such posters. The article doesn't indicate whether MATCH.COM ignored requests to remove fake profiles in those 6 years.

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Migrating from Windows XP – Time to move on...

Joe Drunk

Re: Serial issue

These are your poster childs for XP holdouts. Apps/systems written that are OS-dependant which don't function properly or not at all in newer OS versions. Many of these have to be completely re-written because of such dependencies.

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Joe Drunk

Much as I like XP for certain things

I certainly wouldn't use or trust it for business due to its age and impending lack of support.

Other than myself on a vintage 2005 laptop I don't know anyone personally running XP. Most businesses I'm familiar with have migrated to Win7, some to Win8 in the past year.

It's been my experience that no home user or small business will ever upgrade the OS on their PC no matter what end of life MS disctates. They simply use whatever came on the PC. They'll upgrade to a newer OS when they upgrade their PCs. Period.

The XP holdouts are probably SMEs that can't afford the short term expense of upgrading or the home user who is oblivious to Windows upgrades and will remain that way until they can no longer access E-mail and Facebook.

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From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

Joe Drunk

Re: Wow

Not so much evolution of English language slowing down as Oxford Dictionary's desperation for mainstream acceptance into pop culture.

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

Joe Drunk
Facepalm

Nothing new

This has happened before although incidents haven't been reported as frequently as they used to. The last time I had any AV on my XP machine was when a certain nameless suite deemed WINLOGON.EXE to be malicious and quarantined it. Couldn't un-quarantine it since I was locked out of Windows as a result but was able to manually restore it from Windows install CD - not something a noob would be able to do. I now run naked with no AV or firewall and my Windows 7 system boots in 15 seconds.

I know many of you here do tech support for friends and family like I do. Notice how much a dead weight any AV is against garbage toolbars, search re-directors (CONDUIT et al) and pop-ups? I clean this crap on a regular basis, being paid in dinner/beer. Would hate to do this for a living.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Joe Drunk
Pint

Treat the printer as you would a faulty mouse. Just throw the printer away and get a new one. That should last you 2-3 years before print quality starts to degrade and it refuses to print followed by incessant notifications to replace ink cartridges that you know have plenty of ink left in them.

Inkjet printers are made to be disposable and non-serviceable regardless of the manufacturer.

Beer icon because I just saved you hours of pointless troubleshooting that would prevent you from nipping off early to the pub on a Friday.

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Silicon Valley 'no-hire pact' lawsuit gets class action status for tech workers

Joe Drunk

Class-Action status is actually bad news for the plaintiffs.

"The lawsuit against big tech firms like Google and Apple over their hiring practices has been given class action status, making it easier for the workers attorneys to lever greater wads of cash out of the companies while the workers are awarded a token percentage if they win."

There, fixed that for you.

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

Joe Drunk

Yea bunch of geek toys and gadgets. That's going to make long days at work more tolerable. No, not really.

The only cubicle comfort I require is a nice ergonomic chair with lumbar support and all kinds of armrest/height/angle adjustments and my PC standing vertically under my desk to double as a foot rest.

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Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

Joe Drunk
Windows

There aren't any actual keygens to download from those sites

They are there to test the effectiveness of whatever AV suite is installed on your PC.

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This weekend: Watch HOT STARS shower! Moon won't interfere

Joe Drunk
Pint

I had practically written this yearly event off of my calendar because much as many of you, it's always cloudy/rainy/overcast for this event. I haven't viewed them in more than a decade but this weekend's forecast here calls for clear skies! Woohoo!

That calls for several drinks!

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

Joe Drunk
Big Brother

What a strange new world we live in - one where the tin foil nutters are starting to sound credible.

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CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

Joe Drunk

You must be the CIO of a start-up

or some other insignificant business entity If you bother to fill out surveys.

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