* Posts by Dan McIntyre

49 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012

Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

Dan McIntyre

This person is described as a social engineer. These people are experts at obtaining sensitive information about other people using just a few snippets of non-sensitive info (or what most would consider non-sensitive anyway).

Read The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick and then say that this guy didn't have access. In many cases sensitive info is there just for the asking, regardless of whether a person has a right to it or not.

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Dan McIntyre

Re: "to open and close his bank accounts"

He's described as a "social engineer" and presumably has the skills requisite of that label. Ever read Kevin Mitnick's book The Art of Deception? The details you mention are easy to get hold of for these types of people.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

Dan McIntyre

Re: To Cynical Observer...

Whoever you are sir - have an upvote.

My colleagues and I love this.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Dan McIntyre

Glad I don't keep all my eggs in one basket. I am an Office 365 subscriber with a Tb of OneDrive storage but, after losing some old and irreplaceable photos a couple of years ago, I am paranoid about storage now.

So I use my 1 Tb OneDrive but I also use my 1Tb of Amazon cloud storage and 1Tb of Dropbox storage to hold duplicates of photos and documents. Just for safety I also keep a 1Tb external HDD with me which also has a duplicate of this data.

If all that fails then I figure I've bigger things to worry about than a few lost photos.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

Dan McIntyre

Re: Plus ca change...

AS/400. That takes me back. Working at a large UK based insurance company that's only accessible directly and not through any price comparison sites, we had 3 AS/400s that the European breakdown system ran on (this insurance company also has as part of it's group a breakdown recovery company).

They were named after members of the 1980's royal family and doing the backups was a royal PITA as it meant everyone using the system had to log off or be forced to log off. The consoles were perched on top of the cabinets so we had to climb one of those kick stools to get to them. Wouldn't be able to do it now but it wouldn't surprise me if they were still in use.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

Dan McIntyre

So given that it's pretty pointless stealing a phone nowadays as it can be rendered useless, could it be that the thief did this purely to make a point and will courier the phones back to the relevant store in the next few days?

The point made being to pay attention to what is going on and get your face out of whatever screen it happened to be in when this stunt was pulled.

Just a thought.

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Skylab

Just reading the story of trying to bring Skylab back to life and it's fascinating - before my time as I was born in '77 and I was aware of the former existence of Skylab but not in any detail.

Thanks to whoever posted the links to the Google books and the PDF doc.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Dan McIntyre

Re: Meanwhile....

Would also make my fear of flying irrelevant. I would be able to see more of the world.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

Dan McIntyre

What a story! Loved it.

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

Dan McIntyre

But if you're Dom Joly and making a TV series it's ok....?

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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

Dan McIntyre

After almost 20 years in 1st line support, I'm way past the point of believing users...

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Dan McIntyre

I use Amazon Music to buy music and have uploaded all the CDs I ripped over the years to it as well. I also use One Drive for photos and documents.

But I also keep a backup of everything on a separate hard drive which I keep with me at all times in my backpack. This includes new music I buy from Amazon - I have my app on all my machines and devices set to automatically download new music and then this gets transferred to the hard drive at some point too.

Lesson learnt a year or so back when I lost some old photos which I thought had been uploaded to One Drive. Turned out that folder hadn't sync'ed and I deleted the originals on the machine thinking they were in the cloud.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

Dan McIntyre

Re: Another reason...

I've said to people for years "never piss off your IT people - they can make your life hell".

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Wait! Where did you get that USB? Super-stealthy trojan only drives stick

Dan McIntyre

The malware is able to steal data from air-gapped systems (which aren’t connected to the internet) by writing it to the device itself.

Peter Stancik, security evangelist at ESET, explained: “[Stolen] data is written to the device itself: Configuration data include information on what data should be gathered, how they should be encrypted, and where they should be stored. The output destination must always be on the same removable device.” ®

Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but doesn't this mean that any data stolen would be written back to the USB device? And so, if one keeps hold of the device (doesn't hand it back to the untrustworthy source) then the data isn't really stolen??

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

Dan McIntyre

Re: Who arrests the watchmen?

Malfeasance, not nulfeasance.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

Dan McIntyre

Warning - Reading SFtW is Bad for Your Health (and Possibly Your Job..)

So, I was in tears of laughter after reading the bit about logs. Then the phone rang and a user announced "I've logged a job".

Well I couldn't do anything but hang up and explode.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

Dan McIntyre

Similar story here from 15 years ago at Direct Line in Leeds:

PC had had some work done by desktop support. I'm on-call and get a call late that night asking why the PC won't turn on (in a very busy hot-desking call centre (breakdown control) where all others were in use). In the car, drives from home to the centre to find the cover hadn't been clicked properly back in place on the PC, thereby preventing the fake plastic power button on the cover from pressing the real power button inside the case.

Cover clicked back in place and presto, the PC lives.

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

Dan McIntyre

A blue badge allows the holder to park on double yellow lines AS LONG AS THEY AREN'T CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION for up to 3 hours.

As for the rest of your statement, it is pure nonsense. There are many people who don't have hands and feet, or missing legs or arms etc, who are perfectly capable of driving and are more than likely much better, safer drivers than people with no disabilities. Ever heard of adaptations?

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Dan McIntyre

Re: Safeguards? Pff, what an old-fashioned notion

Nope - that's not a legitimate use of the badge and this is specifically mentioned in the handbook that is issued with a badge.

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

Dan McIntyre

Obsolescence

"If the Destroyer is actually a new one off the assembly line, that means that ship has had the same design for at least 50 years, which again seems highly unlikely."

I wish to enter as evidence to the contrary the latest Porsche 911.....

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

Dan McIntyre

Washing hands - classic. I work for an NHS trust. It's a professional environment and staffed by professional people doing professional jobs.

And yet recently someone decided that what we really needed, what was absolutely essential training, was for us all to go into a little room one by one and be shown how to wash our hands.

I kid you not. It has been added to our mandatory training, completion of which determines our annual increment. If we don't wash our hands correctly we don't get a pay rise.

You couldn't make it up.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

Dan McIntyre

Colour blind

Another (severely) colour blind male here, who also can't distinguish between the orange and green light. Lost count of how many times I've had to tell people I can't tell what colour something is.

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Virgin Media whines about Sky's customer service claims, ad watchdog agrees

Dan McIntyre

Sky v Virgin Customer Service

Gotta say, having been a Sky customer for over 10 years who recently switched to Virgin - Sky customer service IS far superior to Virgin's abysmal offering.

Any time I ever had a problem with Sky I could call them and within 24 hours it was sorted, with a credit on my account for the inconvenience. Both times I had to do that it was a fault in the BT exchange.

Only reason I switched to Virgin is because I moved home and Sky/BT et al could only get me a max of 1.5mbps connection and had no plans to put fibre in my new area. With Virgin I get 161mbps, most of the time.

But for Virgin to complain about Sky's claims, well it's beyond belief as they have the worst customer service I've ever experienced.

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A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

Dan McIntyre

Re: lack of self cancelling indicators?

Just to put the cat among the pigeons - my 21st century Vauxhall GTC doesn't have self-cancelling indicators. They're on a toggle switch, attached to my throttle and brake control.

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Dan McIntyre

Thanks for the story, which I loved reading. I'm road tripping Europe for a fortnight in a fortnight and wildly excited about it. Must remember to pack duct tape.....

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Tiny Robot Smartphone: Invasion Earth 2016 – prepare to be facially recognised humans

Dan McIntyre

Want one.

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

Dan McIntyre

Another Dropped Case

I've also had a speeding case dropped by the prosecution in court after I appeared and provided evidence which contradicted their own, the details being:

Letter arrive announcing I'd been photographed travelling at 93mph in a 50mph zone. Bit strange I thought so I checked out the date and time and found I was still at work at the date and time given, some 40 miles away from the location where the photo was taken. My car was with me (I'm a wheelchair user and am the only person insured to drive the car so it stays with me).

Gathered evidence to prove this - shift rota, emails I'd sent to others around the time of the offence and most damningly an extract from the swipe card system used at work showing I was still in the building.

Turned up at court and presented this evidence. All the prosecution had was an extremely blurred photo of my car, showing the speed as 80mph and a different date and time. when this was pointed out (by the magistrate's adviser person) to the court the prosecution withdrew immediately and was given a talking to about wasting court time by the magistrate.

I was given a stern "you've been lucky this time" mention.

The point is, always challenge if you believe you're in the right. They are not all-powerful and are subject to errors, both human and technological.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Dan McIntyre

There were many things he *could* do. Obtaining a WiFi signal with his bare hand was not one of them.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

Dan McIntyre

Re: Diesel A3

Over a grand to clean an EGR valve? It takes little over half an hour (beng generous depending on where it is in your car) and is a doddle to do with some brake cleaner in a can.

Total cost maybe a fiver at most...

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

Dan McIntyre

Loving reading these. There's surely inspiration for several BOFH episodes in this comment thread alone...

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Dan McIntyre

"Why yes support, there is something on my keyboard as it happens. Remove it? I don't think I can do that..."

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Manchester fuzz 'truly sorry' for 'accidentally' hacking phone of whistleblower cop's girlf

Dan McIntyre

When Raising Grievances...

Seems to be a 'thing' that when raising grievances against large organisations they then launch an offensive against the aggrieved individual.

Some years back I worked at the now-defunct NHS Connecting for Health. While on long-term sickness I found out that various members of the management and HR team were snooping into my private family life, as in where my partner's kids went to school and whether I was allowed to drive or not, among other things.

Upon raising a grievance about some of these things I was then thrown into a disciplinary procedure and an investigation was carried out by a large law firm in Leeds. This led to a large folder of supposed "evidence" which was nothing more than conjecture being produced and mailed to me.

My response was to query how they planned to prove any of what they had written. The entire thing was dropped instantly.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Dan McIntyre

So I asked my manager about a salary increase...

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Spaniard trousers €60,000 bank error, proceeds directly to jail

Dan McIntyre

Windfalls

I was once paid double by my employer, at that time a local council where I was working in the housing benefit office.

They wrote to me asking for the money to be returned, but stating that I wasn't legally obliged to as it had been their mistake. I returned the money. Wasn't worth the hassle as I had to work there at the end of the day - didn't want grief from them.

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Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

Dan McIntyre

Erm...

I upgraded my Vaio Fit15E last week and it runs just fine. It was a bit slow and the update to OneDrive soon started filling up the HDD but a reset of the laptop has cured both issues. Even the touchscreen still works.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

Dan McIntyre

They're all the same

Audis/VWs/Skodas

They're all the same. Every single car from each of the manufacturers. Same interiors, same bland boringness and same numbskull "driving" them, usually 5mm from the rear of the car in front or, as last Friday, at high speed on the wrong side of the road after running a red light.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

Dan McIntyre

I've been a Prime member now for about 3-4 years and can't fault it at all. Deliveries are always on time and I can stream videos, stream music and read kindle books at no extra cost, I also share my Prime membership with my partner and mother.

I've always used Amazon a lot so it makes sense for me I guess, but I do recognise that it's not for everyone.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

Dan McIntyre

My Mother has a Juke and while it's fine for her, I can't stand it. Too large outside for the space you get inside, which is pathetic. It's all overblown bodywork but is a Nissan Micra underneath.

My disclosure - I drive a 2013 Vauxhall GTC. Originally part of the Astra family though built on the chassis and suspension of the Insignia VXR and is now a car in it's own right having been divorced from the Astra.

It looks pretty on the outside and has plenty of space on the inside. Come October mine is hauling me and luggage for 7 people, plus my medical supplies and spare fuel cans, to Portugal and back.

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Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

Dan McIntyre

Well I knew POTUS was Pres of US but I had to look up FLOTUS as well.

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Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

Dan McIntyre

Nice

Best article ever posted on El Reg.

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Latest phish trawl: Your Twitter friend may not really be your friend

Dan McIntyre

Me too. It's not really news...

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Big Beardie is watching you: Lord Sugar gets into facial recognition

Dan McIntyre

Re: It's alright folks....

"...don't panic; it's from what was once Amstrad. Can anyone name *any* tech from this first rate twat that has *ever* worked or been adopted broadly by the market?" Bernard M. Orwell

Sky boxes. Sky + boxes. Sky + HD boxes.....

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1,000 O2 staff chose redundancy over Capita

Dan McIntyre
Happy

Re: disabled workers

"http://www.guardian.co.uk/healthcare-network/2013/jun/04/how-to-get-ahead-pip-disability-assessment

maybe you we should wait to judge until thay have started..."

Interesting reading. It sounds like they may be well intentioned, let's just hope things stay that way, rather than the ATOS version.

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Devil

Capita are also one of the companies (the other being ATOS) who will be assessing claimants for PIP.

They're already facing a lot of hatred, and it's only set to increase...

I wouldn't want to work there either as a disabled person myself but then as an NHS contractor I don't have to, thankfully.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

Dan McIntyre

Re: More than half?

"Is there anyone out there who isn't paid to do so singing the virtues of Win 8? Or are people just using what comes with their machines because if they had a choice even those with a small amount of knowledge will be avoiding Win 8?"

Yup, me. I've been using Win8 since the first preview version on my laptop and main desktop at home and love it. Once the final release version was out I upgraded all our machines at home to it and have had no problems other than my Mrs moaning a bit about not knowing how to use it on her laptop.

And to address the point about just using what comes with a machine, none of our machines were Win8 machines previously, I made a conscious decision to install it on them all. Our teenage boys love it as they say it is just like their X boxes.

And as for me, I'm an IT professional of 13 years, as well as a freelance writer on disability and employment issues.

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

Dan McIntyre

Re: Honestly

"but when I need to work, all the programs I use run in desktop mode, so the extra step of bouncing out into a full-screen start menu to load up each one is somewhat off-putting and certainle does nothing for the 'flow'."

How about pinning those programs to the task bar....?

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Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs

Dan McIntyre

Re: Not surprising, but nice to see some stats

Ole Juul wrote: "I also notice that disabled people are often hooked on drugs".

Can you expand on that statement at all? As in what type of drugs and how many disabled people you know who are "hooked"?

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Titsup Windows 8 PayPal payments snare upgraders

Dan McIntyre

Microsoft is still offering Paypal as a payment option for apps and subscriptions via the Windows 8 Store - I bought a 6 month sub to Win 8 magazine yesterday and one of the options was Paypal. I do have a Paypal account but having read this now I am glad I chose the credit card option.

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Sex offenders need internet access, judge rules

Dan McIntyre
FAIL

And what of the human rights of the victim(s)?

These kind of perverts are sick individuals preying on innocent children. Let's not forget that. When they do so they lose all "human" rights and are not fit to be classified as human.

So why should they be allowed internet access? Or anything else for that matter?

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