* Posts by Phil Kingston

344 posts • joined 10 Jan 2008

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

Phil Kingston

Re: The Elephant in the room

Question is, will the potential fraudsters just happily sit on the information for 366 days before trying to use the information they've obtained?

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Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

Phil Kingston

Re: Replacements

depends of how secure you consider Windows XP to be...

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Microsoft, Apple cough up MEEELLIONS after Australian tax audits

Phil Kingston

AU$630 million agreed to be paid back with no penalties?

That's an obscsene amount to have (seemingly) intentionally adopted dodgy accounting practices to avoid paying.

And if they agreed to AU$630 million, you can bet the "real" figure they should have paid was substantially more.

And no penalties? Well, that's the cherry on top.

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

Phil Kingston

Aside from any technical reasons, asking a user to pay the same fee for a Windows licence used on a piddly netbook or IoT device as a corporation would for a hefty server would be a hard sell.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Phil Kingston

I used to be pro-ad, I understood that publishers needed to earn a coin. Then, of all sites, El Reg had a massive IBM auto-playing, auto-expanding video/audio ad that interrupted not only my reading, but also my choice of music that was playing at the time. I went full anti-ad. I'm luck enough to be technically literate enough to block ads on my work PC, my home network and my mobile.

I like learning about new products and services, but if advertisers want to interrupt my listening pleasure they can get lost.

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For fork's sake! Bitcoin Core braces for another cryptocurrency split

Phil Kingston

Re: Where does the money come from?

You'd not be splitting a tenner though. This would be the Bank of England (or those crazy Scots ones) giving <something additional> to everyone who could show them a tenner. And doing the whole "promise to pay the bearer on demand" thing. Which if I think about it, is as flimsy a foundation for the value of something as an algorithm-derived electronic token.

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

Phil Kingston

Re: Simple

Disappointed they didn't manage to get "disrupt" in there somewhere.

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nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing

Phil Kingston

"Internet Australia continues a long campaign in which it insists that copper has no future, other than in short runs as part of a fibre-to-the-distribution-point build that could see twisted pairs used for longer distances than is the case for fibre-to-the-node connections."

Longer? Surely, shorter?

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

Phil Kingston

99 little bugs in the code

99 little bugs in the code

Take one down, patch it around

117 little bugs in the code

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

Phil Kingston

Does Bruce Willis know?

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Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

Phil Kingston

Kinda sad to see the segment disappearing. But time waits for no man.

As a possible correction, I thought the mini had a 4GB Hitachi spinning disk.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

Phil Kingston

i tire of this government's "because terrorists" argument to every intrusion.

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Medicare data leaks, but who was breached?

Phil Kingston

Of the many issues that arise, I'm most surprised at the idea that someone would accept a Medicare card as proof of ID. That's almost asking to be defrauded.

For non-Aussies, a Medicare card is like a 40 year old credit card - no hologram, signature, chip or other anti-fraud measures. I just imagine credit card fraudsters have been literally dusting of the machines they used to make fake cards back in the day and trying a new trick.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Phil Kingston

I hope the talks are kept brief and there's an end in sight to squandering tax payer's money on that showboating joker.

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Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

Phil Kingston

Nice

Everyone needs a private redtube.

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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

Phil Kingston

Re: So why US only?

"So why US only?"

First thought - the bad guys behind the malware are targeting Americans either for political reasons or because the malware they're trying to get running specifically targets American banks and their account holders.

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

Phil Kingston

"many agencies – particularly in the defense sector – are taking heat for being slow to adopt their prescribed IT reforms"

To be fair, I can't see many IT managers and staff (especially in govt sector) falling over themselves to move the data and systems they manage into AWS and hence make themselves redundant.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

Phil Kingston

If you outsource all your IT folk to the point that your “associated governance was not robust and relied heavily on HPE recommendations” then there's only one place to ultimately point the finger...

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Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

Phil Kingston

" filed suit in 2009"

Just me, or 8 years seem about 7 years 3 weeks and 4 days too long to reach that conclusion?

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Phil Kingston

"the refunds won't wend their way back through the system for several days"

That's the bit that always galls me with mistakes like that - I'm firmly of the opinion that if money's instantly taken in error from my account, they can damn well put it back instantly. And don't get me started on those companies that think correcting their mistakes by sending a cheque is OK. In 2017.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

Phil Kingston

"The AILA expressed satisfaction that the US government was not seeking social media account passwords"

that'll be because the spooks don't need the passwords.

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Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

Phil Kingston

Re: Shelf failure?

The accidental unplugging due to manual shelf movement has been a rumour.

Coupled with the comments about FC cable management then I reckon we do have a winner - sounds very much like (aside from the other failures and poor data management) a shelf was moved. And I think I remember reading that remote hands were attempting to move kit from one rack to another. Oh dear.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

Phil Kingston

"So the suit is obviously about something else."

I'd wager the something else would be "lawyers lining their own pockets".

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Phil Kingston

If PP thinks their customers will be confused between a music streaming service and their own financial offerings, that says a lot about how stupid PP thinks their customers are.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Phil Kingston

Both users should take note.

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Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law

Phil Kingston

#WeToldYouSo #TipOfTheIceberg

Still, it's to stop terrorism, so mustn't dare question it.

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

Phil Kingston

Re: Must have been made by...

"Any buzzwords I missed?"

Their dude used "disrupt". A word which gets any vendor off my shopping list.

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

Phil Kingston

Is it really wrong to call people stupid or fat if they are indeed stupid or fat?

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

Phil Kingston

Interesting that MS way of storing data makes them less susceptible to US legal overreach crap. I'd bet G will be changing their algorithm to a similar arrangement.

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You just sent an on-prem app to the cloud and your data centre has empty racks. What now?

Phil Kingston

Secure? Away from prying eyes? Light? Powered? Cool? Level?

Anything other than sticking a sofa, a beer fridge and an awesome Scalextric track should be illegal.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

Phil Kingston

So the same functionality as Google's had for quite some time then?

Microsoft Authenticator joins Office and other MS apps/services that get updates/features on non-MS platforms first/only.

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Phil Kingston

Re: So how does this work..

you enter your password.

or move to a better phone network. And a better LAN.

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nbn™ trials 10 Gbps fibre tech most of you will never see

Phil Kingston

nbnco's CEO last month:

"Currently, there are no retail 1Gbps speed plans on offer from the retailers. This is, in our opinion, because there is still minimal consumer demand for these ultra-fast speeds -- especially at the prices retailers would have to charge for them."

Something doesn't add up.

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nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

Phil Kingston

I do have to wonder whether that would be a better option than the dog's dinner that is FTTN in many places.

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

Phil Kingston

Where's the money now?

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

Phil Kingston

"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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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<

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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

Phil Kingston

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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