* Posts by regadpellagru

527 posts • joined 31 Jul 2006


TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates


Re: You brought up an interesting point

I do as well. Cancelled my ISP service from Freetelecom (France) 8 years ago.

I know the account is still active because I use gmail to aggregate multiple active mailboxes via POP3, and still today, I receive emails relayed by it !

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours


the gaps in telemetry ...

In a Microsoft article, World has gone banana !

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


Re: C

"What we don't have though, is the clip on the pump handle that allows you to walk away whilst the fuel flows."

Same in France. This has been removed in the whole country some 25 years ago, I think. It was available back then, but not any longer, specifically to avoid the issue the OP pointed out.

Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say


Re: How does this work?

Another very good example is Switzerland. Surrounded by EU countries but NOT in the EU.

I've moved a DC from France to Switzerland (actually, 2).

It worked like this:

- you need the actual value and descr of all systems, on a proformat invoice sheet

- you hand over this to a export company

- your lorry with systems passes customs, is checked

- if cleared, it passes

- I think, not sure, there is also a re-invoicing of VAT difference (in case of Switzerland, WAAAY less than in France)

So, end of the day:

- more expensive post Brexit (export provider)

- a hell of a paperwork to do for people that never had to do that in the EU

- the country with the highest standards (Switzerland, here) needs to maintain a quite sizeable customs force. Switzerland does.

It's September 2018, and Windows VMs can pwn their host servers by launching an evil app


'"Open the wrong image – even through a web browser – and code executes, making this a browse-and-own scenario," explains Dustin Childs of Trend Micro's Zero Day initiative.'

Why ? Why is opening an image ever triggering an execution of downloaded code ??

WHY ? It's bloody insane !

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


"OpenBSD supremo Theo de Raadt today reiterated his plea to people to disable Intel's hyper-threading for security reasons. "DISABLE HYPERTHREADING ON ALL YOUR INTEL MACHINES IN THE BIOS," he carefully suggested in a mailing post post to OpenBSD developers and users."

I'm glad my latest build is based on an i5-4690K vs. an I7-4790K !

The only difference between both (apart from price) is ... HT :)

IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy – MPs


I knew it, M'lord, there was a cunning plan

"In a no-deal scenario, Defra is currently looking at introducing manual processes if IT systems are not ready."

The cunning plan was to hire brits to do manually all of what was automatised before !

Cameron was right, it will bring more jobs for brits !

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?


Re: Chocolate

"We just had a great one - a security company sent us a box of chocolates in a locked box and said we can get the key if we have a sales meeting with them. A colleague simply smashed the box to pieces :)"

Loot boxes ? Freaking cancer. I'm speaking for video gaming ... Didn't know it ever existed in IT sales !

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Fan ???? Oh no !

"Sadly, the module will need a tiny fan to keep things cool."

Oh no, not worth it vs. the previous completely passive model. This needs to be industrial stuff. I use it as a home automation POC ...

Also, for those worried with bluetooth, don't be. It never works correctly, any time I tried to use it ...

Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage


Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?

"Telnetted into various Unix machines, wanted to restart the one in the server room. Whoops - I forgot which machine I was logged into and typed 'reboot' to a machine on the other side of the planet. It did not come up, had to wait until teatime for the guys there to come in and push a button :-("

Who hasn't done this one, I wonder. Happened to me as well: wanted to reboot my SUN workstation, so typed "reboot", then I had "end connection" on that very window ...

Got me quite pale for a moment: I didn't know which system I so rebooted and I was logged to quite a lot !

Then colleagues told me every workstation had frozen: I was logged to the NIS server, which, fortunately came back 30 s after ...

Malware again checks into Hyatt's hotels, again checks out months later with victims' credit cards


Re: On-target messaging?

""Protecting customer information is critically important to Hyatt, and we take the security of customer data very seriously,"

I read that and realize, there are no commitments or promises in that statement. And that is their message, right?"

Where have you been in the last 5 years ? This is the usual blanket statement every company (IOT, router, hotels, what not) has been using at every security blunder that costed money to their customers.

And it's just here to hide the fact they don't get a fuck and won't spend a penny on it, even reusing previous web pages. Therefore no commitment. Sounds logical to me.

Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads


Re: This is nothing...

""Crates" and other prize boxes drop in the game, given to players. But these need "keys" to unlock. To get the keys you spend real money, for one use. Boxes are "random" and thus you are entirely at the mercy of random results, presuming you trust the company to even be "fair" in that regard."

This is what I found the most annoying in Team Fortress 2 (which is free BTW). I once went into unlocking a couple of the (many) chests I had discovered, only to find out, after 10 bucks spent, I hadn't found anything worth it !

It's actually better to purchase objects directly ...

Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software


Re: Easily detected - monitor for DNS TXT record queries ...

Good luck anyway, in any 2000+ employees company, with detecting an 8 hours period DNS lookup, amongst all the shit going to DNS, due to wrong configurations/design of all products/OSes used by everyone ...

Dunno whether TXT loockups are common way, but this is actually quite stealth method of remote activation ...

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C


Re: In over 40 years of programming ...

"Surely these languages are popular for a reason?"

Eat shit. Billions of flies can't be wrong ...

Shadow Brokers hike prices for stolen NSA exploits, threaten to out ex-Uncle Sam hacker


Re: Just $130,000?

"They are almost certainly bugs in Windows, why wouldn't Microsoft want to buy them up and fix them ASAP. Isn't it a bug bounty worth paying (even secretly) to avoid the negative PR of another global ransomware attack."

Why would MS do that ? They want to sell more security products, so surely welcome any security issues with their bloat-everywhere OS ! The Shadows Brokers are doing marketing for MS, here ...

Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back


Re: Sadly you're right

"Allow me to help you. The last thee years have given us Watch Dogs 2 and Saints row 4 if you're into stupid but fun. On the lines of more serious games we have The last of us and Spec ops: the line. The indy scene is going from strength to strength with amazing stuff like The Sexy Brutale and Undertale. Even Doom made a resurgence into the PC shooter we've been waiting for since the turn of the century.

Gaming is doing just fine, thanks."

Yep, and depending on taste, there are many others like, Stellaris, Hitman (burnt so many hours in it, and I'm not even done), Tales from the Borderlands, Prey etc ...

I think this is the golden age of video gaming ...


Re: Sadly you're right

"Leave them in the past, along with your happy memories and move on."

I'm on the same page. Even though some games genres disappeared entirely (not entirely true as kickstarter revived some), the look and music feels very old now.

And there are such current immensely good games that it's pointless to loose on those for so old games ...

Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak


Booze will be necessary

"Davis will likely have no problem with the advice on attire and lights - the UK seems to be heading blindly into the negotiations anyway. But as for asking us to lay off the booze... ®"

That'll probably be too much asking for this poor guy, given what he has to go through ...

He's going alone, in a place where absolutely no-one has any sympathy for him or his country, facing shitloads of civil servants on so many treaties ...

Some people really deserve their wages ...

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers


Re: Quick solution

"While playing elaborate pranks on the scammers may be fun, you are wasting your own time as well as theirs -- and your time is probably much more valuable, to you at least.

So when I get a call from someone claiming to be from the Microsoft Tech Support Centre or some such, I just say "No, you're not" and hang up."

Well, yes, exactly that. I don't really have scammers' calls but a never ending stream of People calling "on behalf of " my electricity Company to sell me solar Panels ...

I'm doing this way:

- get the phone set open

- wait to make sure I detect a Sound detection algorythm

- say hello

- get the noise of phone set on from their side

- put the phone off

Done, quickly, without the usual bullshit.

OpenWRT and LEDE agree on Linux-for-routers peace plan


Re: Doesn't bother me

"Besides, I use Tomato on all my routers."

So, if you see no Need of anything above 802.11g, I can surely sell you my old WRTG54 ...

Make me an offer ! I think, for outrageously outdated Museum stuff, you could cough out 200 E/box ...

Intel scales Atom to 16 cores, updates Xeon SoCs


"Same here. While I'm quite a fan of virtualisation (the computer industry have been virtualising different layers for decades) when it come to life critical systems these should be physically separated from anything else. This is standard practice in industrial safety systems."

Agree, but it won't happen before many People have died due to security issue on the cars' Systems, and it has been proved, and some regulations has happened.

Cars manufacturors, those days, are after 10 E worth of costs cuts per car, which is incompatible with anything dedicated.

Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun


ransomware model

"Why is Oracle acting now, six years into owning Java through the Sun acquisition?

It is believed to have taken that long for LMS to devise audit methodologies and to build a detailed knowledge of customers’ Java estates on which to proceed."

This is called drug vendor business model: get your customer addicted for free, then force them to pay the bills ....

Everyone should have learnt to RMS rants about licences. He warned everyone about this ...

As for Java, sorry, but this has always been a retarded language, that never coud decide if it was compiled or interpreted, bearing the cons of both worlds ...

C and many other languages (Ada, yes !) have always been a lot better. I never could fathom the hype on Java ...

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers


Re: Games

"Lets hope that new generation of games engines are tied into something platform neutral like Vulkan, not chained to the dysfunctional bag of shite that is DirectX + Win10. "

There's a lot of hope, here, and I see it a future success. Doom with Vulkan runs like no other FPS has ever run on my gaming rig. It flat out beats DX11. So, I think the day of DX are counted. Devs are not stupid, and between good propriatory and good open, the choice is easy.

Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze


Re: Leaving Microsoft

"Why on earth did I abandon M$ all these years ago? What was I smoking back then? Think of all the fun I could have had sorting out borked machines..... Ah well, it is too late to go back now......."

Yes, you and me, both having done the same terrible mistake, I feel for ya. All the fun, the hours of fun missed at determining which of the sneaky updates would put you back in "W10 is coming" state, and excluding them, edit registry, all of that. All before, the next week, doing it again, just to stay in business, because Windows is clearly a rapidly decaying OS: bad but nonetheless mandatory patches, disk fragmentation etc ...

And then, the usual bugs, re-install fun, SP, patches, dozens of hours missed actually.


Now, we only use the same OS, which stays the same unless we choose to update it, and its behaviour is exactly the same as yesterday. Boring, really.

Only thing is: we are 2 times more productive.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update


different from my 8 years experience on a dozen of systems, then.

always worked like a charm

I think they were here only another victim of MS' always patch policy ...

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos


turning the screw, slowly

"Windows 10 has been a free upgrade for Home and Pro users, and it may be that accepting a modest amount of promotion is in this case the price of free."

Well, this was long ago predicted in those forums every time something was discovered in W10. It's just coming progressively as it should. More to come ...

Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks


Re: A bit puzzling

"To my, admittedly incomplete, knowledge, NVidia never made any claims about render outputs and other internal architecture details."

They lied by omission, stating speeds, 4 GB VRAM etc ...

And forgetting to state: "Oh by the way, any VRAM usage, past 3.5 GB is gonna see a performance hit of approx X20", therefore reducing the effective use of the car's VRAM to 3.5 GB vs. 4 GB.

Sure, not a big deal, but a lie anyway.

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


Re: Act of Allah

The " should still be under warranty" part is also very funny.

Which company covers gunfire under warranty ?

Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th



"Microsoft has announced that the free all-you-can-eat Windows 10 upgrade buffet will close forever on July 29, and that after that you'll have to pay for all the fun of its latest operating system."

So, now the malware vector has been quite effective (300 millions), we're now to see the payload this summer.

/get pop-corn ...


Re: I have to run Windows 7

"OS/X? Like Apple never jerked anyone around?"

This is something I never figured out, using OS X for now 6 years.

Where exactly has Apple screwed their customers ? Yes, they sell HW+SW in a single package, and it's a closed eco-system. And yes, it's 2X more expensive than a HW malware-riddled Lenovo laptop.

But other than this, where have they mis-behaved ? I wish someone explains this mystery to me.

Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network


the problem with password change policy:

is it dramatically weakens the ones of security aware people, and also weakens the ones of complete utter tools:

- security aware people will have a complete random string, special chars, numbers, upper and lower case, no dictionnary word etc .... Forcing them to change it periodically will just make them force a common prefix and an incremental number after it, like in PASS01, PASS02, etc ... All of those with a very strong PASS. This is adding 0 security to those users and in fact decreases it, due to common prefix ... Retarded.

- tools will generally try any dictionnary word they know + any number and largely write it down in order to retain it. Very low security, and largely lower security than if you allowed them their first/last girlfriend/boyfriend name. Retarded.

All of this because of the argument of someone could have spotted the password above their shoulder, which rarely happens.

I've always found those policies very detrimental to security. And this multiplies with big corporations having multiple ID systems and varying pass change period.

Again, at the end, you end up putting them all in Excel.

Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable


Re: Veezels

"Was told by a German colleague that the nasty little critters also chew through brake pipes of your car in the time it takes you to get your shopping. Had actually seen one sneak under a car and emerge shortly afterwards (presumably laughing evilly to itself)."

This actually happens, with mice, and other critters, but only with car manufactured by utter morons that think it is a jolly good idea to have cable trays and other parts of the car, made out of cereals.

What can possibly go wrong ?

China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs


Obligatory Borderlands 2 reference

there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXD0Xi0JfEM

Sysadmin given Licence To Perve shows why you always get it in writing


"Sounds like the first manager was a good one - alert to an issue and back peddling with good grace when shown that everything was OK."

Yeah, and one that I never encoutered in 20 years ! Good luck to Logan and his mate.

Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff


About time !

"Adobe said that the long-term goal was to make all of its software just use native code ..."

About f***ing time ! Why did they ever think it was a good idea otherwise ?

Utah declares 'war on smut'


"he Mormon state had the highest proportion of grumble-flick subscribers in America"

"See what religion will do to you? Must think about creating one of my own, possibly with a pasta theme?"

It would be better to try to pass a bill in Utah to forbid the Mormon religion alltogether, to me.

Exploit kit writers turn away from Java, go all-in on Adobe Flash


Re: One type of malware infects another type of malware

"Remove the malware called Flash from your PCs and you are immune to the malware that uses Flash."

Problem is: many, far too many web sites require Flash as I'm writing this.

Removing Flash as I've done many moons ago means you're basically out of those sites.

That's ok, for me (IGN, man, why, fucking why ????), but could be more problematic for others ....

Thankfully, youtube made the wise move, months ago.

Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?


Re: "I found one in a mail loop between one or..."

"Is there an English version of your post, split into sentences and making sense?"

And, shall I add, with punctuation enabled ?

Like, you know, "Shall we eat Grandma ?" versus "Shall we eat, Grandma ?".

Punctuation saves life.

Lizard Squad back to blast Blizzard’s gaming hub


Re: Possibly this reason

"Blizzard closed the popular nostralius server for warcraft; basically it's a private server that runs the vanilla version of wow (or did) because Blizzard allowed private servers. Well they had over 20k people playing on there and bliss didn't like it . Could be this I reckon"

Of all the current theories, that's the most plausible. And even this one is a bit off, as those folks blatantly violated Blizzard's T&C.

Either that or they wanted to conceal something else, as the researcher pointed out.

Seriously, if you're an upset gamer, then f***ing DDOS EA for their toxic consumer practises, not Blizzard !

What exactly is it that infosec miscreants get up to? A quick overview


"If people adopted more modern methods of transacting cash (not specifically bitcoin, but anything that isnt a mag strip / number line / 4 digit pin protected plastic target there would be considerably less theft of this nature.

Credit cards and debit cards...now theres a cause of the problem. Anything that requires you to hand over more info than is necessary is a criminal construct in and of itself."

Totally agree. Every single person I know buys online with their real VISA number, which, in average, will only expire in 3 years ! Then, they're surprised at suspect activities on their account ...

And 100% reliable online paiements have been available for decades, like e-cards, that expire the next month, and only work for a given amount of money.

Oh, and the article could also mention, in the cybercriminal category, companies like sneaky bugger Amazon, who tried to charge 49 E on my account to renew, without asking or notification, my premium subscription. For weeks, I noticed one of my active cards was refusing this 49 E charge as it was exhausted on another transaction. Then, 4 weeks after, I received the only email on this matter: Amazon informed me premium was disabled, which was all good and well since I never wanted to renew.

How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...


Re: "MS are closing in on more vulns quicker"

"Seriously, I have the impression that I've been reading more or less the same patch notes since Y2K. A "remote execution vulnerability" in IE and Edge, wow, what a surprise. The exact same wording in two different patches on the same day for both Microsoft browsers - thank goodness Edge does not support ActiveX, I might have been made to think that Edge is just a rebadge of IE.

It's nice that MS is patching obviously, but it would be nicer if I didn't have the impression that, whatever the version, they're always patching the same issues from last decade."

I'm thankfull I'm apparently not the only one feeling this !

Apparently, this time, it's only IE 9,10,11 & 12 (Edge). Most of the other weeks, it's IE 6-12, like if, IE 12 code was IE 6 minus AcriveX ...

Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked


this is telling

"Microsoft will disable Flash ads by default in new versions of its Edge browser."

Geez, MS in 2016 disabling ads because of Flash ... The situation of Flash seems largely beyond fixable !

Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things


Re: Ubiquitous Father Ted quote

"Mrs. Doyle: "Father Crilly, Pat wants to know if he can put his massive tool in my box.""

Was about to make the same comment. This Father Ted scene was awesome. The dude's wrench was absolutely massive. I don't think I've seen anything like this before.

Congressman called out for $1,300 video game binge


Re: What a tool

Yes, indeed.

Meantime, his son doesn't seem any better:

"Staffers told the home-town San Diego Union Tribune that Hunter's son had mistakenly borrowed the credit card to make a charge on the Steam service, and that subsequent payments were the result of "unauthorized" charges that Hunter has challenged in hopes of having reversed."

As a Steam user, I cannot even imagine spending 1.3 kUSD in Steam, in a 5 years period. AAA games are 50 $ at launch and so many promotion can you good games under 20 $ !

You can't dust-proof a PC with kitchen-grade plastic food wrap


On the subject of filters, I recently stumbled across this company, which apparently does only dust filters for computers:


I've ordered 2 for my gaming machine, and they're absolutely top-notch ! Only problem is they ship from South-Africa which cost arms and legs.

Confused by crypto? Here's what that password hashing stuff means in English


good article

Maybe for the sake of completeness, you may add certs can optionnally also be used to authenticate client users.

I know, almost nobody has ever used it, the only web site I've seen use it was the french online tax declaration web site, 10 years ago. But they removed it 3-4 years ago, probably because no-one was able to install a client cert on their browser :-)

Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!


Even Windows 7 has sometimes weird UI behaviour

"It’s like a car designer creating a feature that ejects all the wheels for maintenance, and then installing the button directly next to the on-off switch for the radio. Or designing a jet liner cockpit to include a big red button helpfully labelled Do Not Press – that’ll keep the Father Dougals away, won’t it?"

Ah ah ! Brilliant.

This actually reminded me of the day I discovered my Dell W7 work laptop had a keys combination, which would rotate the desktop by 90 degrees. This was when my cat triggered it by walking on the keyboard. Of course I never recorded the combination, and it took me a good 20 mins to recover the situation, since the darn rotation was persistent across reboots !

There are probably only 2 W7 users across the planet that have needed this a couple of times, yet someone thought it would a good idea to have a shortcut ! Mad.

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage


Re: Where are the facts no one likes Win 10?

"I'm not seeing it, and where are the facts to back up the claims in the article?"

Well, I certainly see it when I come to my farmer neighbour to troubleshoot his laptop, do the routine inoculation of "remember, I don't do W8 or W10, in case you buy a new laptop" and the other person, his provider in various farmer's good, exclaims "Ah, yes, I've heard W10 is awfull".

Neither of them have been in those column (or speak any english by the way), yet, they've heard of this. That is reputation: you know it's bad, even if you can't exactly say why.

MS, as this articile says, need really to do something. Word is spreading fast ...

Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10


"iPhone, Macbook, iPad & Work Desktop and sometimes a Home PC. Its not really that excessive. Its more a case of they don't make it easy to log out completely."

Yes, and add my 2015 model of Samsung TV which had skype, which I've been happy to use, on the previous model. Now, it's telling me Skype will no longer work ! Also add Android. That multiplatform aspect was really a neat functionality.

Now, that's all Windows 10 exclusive, which I really think is totally retarded. They really lost the plot at Redmond. Skype on multiple platforms was a good thing tm.

Restricting Skype to UWP is gonna kill this app.

Microsoft beefs up defences against Office macros menace


Re: Not really a fix. .

"Lastly, was there EVER a good reason to embed macro functionality into documents ? I've been doing IT for 25+ years, and I have yet to see one . . ."

Well, you have a point. I can quite see why one may need macros in an complex XLS sheet, but Word and PPoint, seriously ? Why in $DEITY's name ?


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