* Posts by Phil Kingston

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Bloke, 48, accused of whaling two US tech leviathans out of $100m

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Where's the money now?

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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"There doesn't seem to be any reason why [Nest] leaves Bluetooth on after setup unless they need it for future or current integrations"

Well, if they turn Bluetooth off, how will Google know when you've returned home with your phone etc within Bluetooth range? Wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to slurp up that location data would they?

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Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

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Re: And here we go again.

"The minimum spec for a FTTN line - 25Mbps down and 5Mbps up - is well above what any ADSL can provide."

The RSPs would disagree. Most (especially the big ones like Telstra) are offering the 12Mbps down/1Mbps up as their standard nbn offering. Sure, they'll sell you a "Speed Boost" to the next tier (25/5) but they'll also not mention/commit to any particular speed. Because they know they can't deliver due to backhaul congestion.

And that's why people going from decent speed, relatively uncontended ADSL2 connections are finding that their FTTN connection is actually a downgrade.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: A company

"I think it would rather fun to put Google Home, Siri and Alexa in a room"

Would the fact they didn't invite Cortana be considered cyber-bullying?

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Will they be sending out some sort of "So long and thanks for all the fish" gesture via the Vista Ultimate Extras add-ons?

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Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

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Re: 20 year old PHP implementation?

Gonna stick my neck out and suggest that there ain't nothing wrong with using 20 year old code. If it's sound.

What does show "stupidity" is running a web server as root. And to ignore bugs they're alerted to.

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3Par brought down Australian Tax Office with >REDACTED<

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So we can't be told how IBM broke the census and we can't be told how HPE* broke the ATO?

And we wonder why there's no confidence in gummint IT...

*Assuming it was them and not someone's slovenly shelf shifting stuffup

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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Re: Yes, you can

Being told to get out and being properly fired are different things.

The story says the staff were told to box up and get out. The actual termination could still be done by whatever proper ruled make it legit.

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nbn™ puts the acid on Australia's ISPs to speed up its NBN

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Hoping to deflect criticism of his organisation's woeful performance by attacking RSPs isn't very becoming.

But the RSPs do need a kicking from somewhere.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Maybe I'm having a sense of humour failure, but those quoted Tweets can't be serious? Someone complaining they couldn't change their mouse sensitivity? Or turn off their oven?

I fear for this generation.

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Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

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When I first read about the Moto mods concept and Hasselblad name was dropped in, I too was dead excited. But all the reviews I've seen come back to the device being annoyingly thin and the Hasselblad mod being just a licencing exercise largely irrelevant because the very good onboard snapper is pretty good. And all at a flagship price.

I hope it doesn't go the way of the G5 and they do second round of device and mods - I might revisit then.

Or, if they ditch it, I might pick myself up a bargain.

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Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

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Surely there's easier ways to get a grant for the drone they coveted?

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Competition and wholesale costs, not lack of fibre, crimp broadband in Australia

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Re: close, but no cigar

Don't forget, according to nbnco's CEO Bill Morrow, even if you offered people 1Gbps connections for free, they'd still not use them.

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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He's right.

But it's not for him to sue them, he needs whatever US Trading Standards folk are called to get that sorted.

Would love to hear what figure gets arrived at for his "damages".

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nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic

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I'll have a shiny new-style $10 note ready to handover to the first person who shows me an RSP that actually passes on these savings to a customer.

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Would it be wrong to suppose that once they've got stats on who actually turns up for work (rather than saying they "telecommute") that they'll be some nice performance comparisons between the teams and pretty swiftly after that, a realisation that having 6 separate marketing teams in one country is probably 5 too many?

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from old electronics

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"40kg of gold, 4,920kg of silver and 2,944kg of bronze"

I'm sure someone will put me right, but even accounting for different densities, doesn't that mean the gold medals will be tiny? Or the silver ones enormous?

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Ransomware killed 70% of Washington DC CCTV ahead of inauguration

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Re: No word on how it got in?

I wouldn't be surprised if it was more down to one/several of these NVR's being hooked up without changing default credentials and onto a network segment that allowed them to be publicly accessible. Easily done in an organisation that size.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

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For innovation there's companies sticking heat cameras and molecular scanners in handsets. We could do with some decent optical zoom and quality audio. Project Tango might be a thing. I'm a fan of any upcoming device that may offer a degree of ruggedness married to some decent specs (not achieved by sticking an iPhone in a rubber sleeve). Maybe we could do with a different shape that's not so razor-thin that if gives me cramp after holding for a while. Or build in one of those ring things on the back that are trending (yet ridiculous). What would be truly innovative would be some crazy new battery technology. Heck, even stick a solar panel in the back so those of us in sunnier climes can charge up on the windowsill sans cable. And that's all just hardware.

Software, specifically the raft of digital assistants, looks like being where the manufacturers see the fight being. Do I want my phone say, tracking how many times I've Google Pay'd a pint that evening then automatically ordering me an Uber before I make a tit of myself? Probably not. But I can see how stuff like that may be cool.

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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

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Re: So the fires were the result of...

Yep. Give me something that sits in my pocket with the satisfying girth of an HTC Wizard, with minimal risk of burnt ball bag and more than a day of battery life and I'll be a happy man.

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Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

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Who won?

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

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Imma go with them throwing some parts supplier under the bus. Or maybe the norks.

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Re: Don't Just Blame Users

Should site admins be happy with users deciding whether a complex password is required or not?

They are, after all, the ones that would have to deal with the mess of, say, a forum that got spammed to destruction if all user accounts had easily guessable passwords.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Re: Linux and DD-WRT

I'd guess the writers of the bill would say that it would be the vendor/supplier of the device to the end-user rather than the manufacturer that'll be responsible.

I'd like to say that it's moot as there's no chance of such a ridiculous bill passing any kind of legislative body not comprised of complete numpties. Then I remembered who they're about to inaugurate as their President.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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I'd guess at one of two things going on here. Either

a) the culture within the departments involved in the project means that individuals got so excited at the shiny-shiny of claiming some genuine debt back that they decided to overlook the gobsmackingly obvious issues that poorly-matching poor-quality data would inevitably bring.

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b) they're totally incompetent and neither understood nor cared.

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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Re: Exchange rate? Apple don' need no stinking exchange rate.

Might not be as bad as it looks - if the US price doesn't include sales tax they may be a bit closer in price.

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Telstra effectively barred from 700 MHz spectrum auction to boost rivals

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"if those carriers can be bothered erecting more cell towers"

there's the problem - any new entrant to the market can buy as much spectrum as they like, but they'll have to play catch-up to Helstra's decades of erections before they can actually use it. Gonna need some investors with an eye on the long game.

Or perhaps, they could just buy the spectrum, flog it on through a network of offshore shell companies and then flip it to big T for an obscene profit.

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Nice NBN rival you built there. What a shame if someone taxed it

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How about they just divert the cash that's going to be used for the metadata retention to subsidize the rurals? Everyone wins.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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I'd maybe see how badly the 2IC wants it done. Perhaps suggest it's the kind of change that can only really be done out of hours and hence at a nice overtime rate. Then script the bejesus out of it.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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"photos were swiped in January 2015"

Hmmm. Why wait nearly 2 years to sue for the immense damage and suffering caused?

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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The issue is that the ticketmasters of the world don't care there's a problem with automated ticket sales and scalping.

Rather than tackle the result, they should be legislating the cause. One option might be to make it illegal to sell tickets to people not providing, say, driver's licence number at the point of sale and make sure that person has to produce and have meaningful check of that same said driving licence when entering the venue.

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Re: However ...

The question isn't as black and white as that. It's more:

So, which is more trustworthy?

A phone with a known level of security applied OR

A rooted phone with who-knows-what done to it?

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Re: However ...

Sounds sensible

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Netflix and spill: Web vid giant kills password masking in tests

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Wouldn't a checkbox (off by default) before the password entry box indicating whether the password should be displayed satisfies all requirements?

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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

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So a complete titsup and everyone's still in their jobs and we'll never know what recompense IBM had to make?

It's not the culture leading up to the failure that's the issue - it's the fact it's clearly still in place.

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Telecoms Ombudsman praises nbn™ for growing connections faster than complaints

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Re: Be warned

What's a fax?

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Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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Re: I don't understand

Looking at the picture with the article, his aim may be "to exploit the ignorance of the masses".

What a nice chap.

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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

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On the plus side, at least if was some bod's test-in-prod mail that brought it down in a (hopefully) partially-expected/monitored fashion and not just some external party making a typo at some random point in the future.

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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

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Re: It would be interesting...

I'm not sure the quoted text is the best way of expressing the point. To me, those bits are open to quite a lot of interpretation.

I'm all for equal access, but if it's a choice between, for example, a static on-screen keyboard providing less secure access for all, or a randomized on-screen keyboard that adds additional security for 99% of customers but requires the setup/running of a telephone service (thereby meeting those Act quotes) then I'm not sure which side I'd fall.

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Adobe Australia drops SaaS tax dodge

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Re: Laughing all the way to the Bank

"So good to see they're not yet passing the ten percent on directly yet"

Yep, that's the bit that's going to hurt. Will be interesting to see how they describe the (inevitable) next price rise - I expect phrases like "to cover increased administration costs associated with GST collection" will get a lot of use this year.

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

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Bearing in mind the fed's name, the judge should have bought a couple of slabs of Miller Lite and claimed he was just returning them to their owner, surely?

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Three million debit cards at risk after hackers raid Indian payment systems

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"will be issuing new cards against all blocked cards at no extra cost". my, how generous of them not to levy a charge for new cards needed as a result of their security breach.

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Australia's IBM-assisted Census fail burned AU$30 MEEELLION

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but what were these "additional costs" that mean they've burned through another $20million?

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US government wants Microsoft 'Irish email' case reopened

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is it not more about setting a precedent whereby feds can just slap one warrant on a US company and force it to hand over data wherever that company has placed it, without having to deal with legal treaties for other countries?

same overreach though.

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Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

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Re: Losing 100m/quarter

It's easy to lose money when it's not theirs.

If it's just cash pumped into them by vulture capitalists, they may not care too much.

But yes, whatever the source, the cheques will eventually start bouncing.

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Google: We look forward to running non-Intel processors in our cloud

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Re: Blast from the past

VGA's death will come. But not just yet. At the moment there's still the question of why *wouldn't* you put VGA in a chassis? Space isn't too much of an issue and you get a ubiquitous output that may only be used a couple of times on one out ten machines built, but that sysadmin using it will be very glad it was there that day.

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Bloke gets six years in slammer after fessing up to £4.75m tax scam

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Re: Another Example...

When I worked for a bank, I seem to remember one manager telling us a few times that if we're going to try something "do it once, do it big, and get out". Advice I took on board.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Re: Yep - this is the phone to convert iOS users

"And their conversion strategy was to make something that looks the same but is "slightly better" in every way."

Not just looks the same, but is priced the same. Matched to the dollar for the 128GB variants (in Oz anyway).

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

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All the devices in my house I'd want to use an IR blaster for have network remote control apps. Which I'd take over IR any day.

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Re: Dual-SIM ?

Support, yes. But very very few models do dual active 3G.

Which is the issue as 2G networks start to get turned off.

SIP for 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc lines is a great alternative. But the issue for me is that I can't get a SIP number that has a mobile dialing code (so callers easily know there calling a mobile) and there's no (easy) way to get SMS to/from a SIP client. And until one of the many IM options becomes as ubiquitous as SMS, that's an issue.

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