* Posts by K

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BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Perfect timing ... I'm just reworking our Workflow..

Now this looks like it will fit the bill...

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Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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You're born that way, you die that way...

The only thing that sexualises it, is the taboo...

It constantly amazes me how prudish a lot of people are, yet this is a problem of their own making!

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Deck the halls with ... oh, no. DXC tells staff they may not have a job in the New Year

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I swear to god, some HR teams take pleasure is misery... or they do this to discourage demands for pay rises!

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Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

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Re: Well it seems that fiber optics companies are going to make a killing in offshore revenue

@David Webb - "the internet speed of China doesn't matter to the US"

Me being silly - Sure it does, the US (or rather US government) absolutely cannot stand the idea of being beaten by any red-commie country! As a matter of fact, if I were a telepath, I'd say PoTUS is already thinking of tariffs and embargos on Cisco kit to prevent!

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Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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This thing looks slick.. give me, give me, give me

I'll admit, I'm a turn-coat, I brought my first MBP last year (refurb), as I was sick of the stagnant laptop market - But I think I'll be turning-coat once more in the new year for one of these :D

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It doesn't work with Docker, K8s right now, but everyone's going nuts anyway for AWS's Firecracker microVMs

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Serverless infrastructure....

My Ass!

On another note, I always wondered how it worked, so great article, also glad to see Amazon finally giving back to OSS, after pillaging it for few years! (Saying that, I have it on good authority individual Amazon employees have released quite a bit, but its not "official" Amazon contributions).

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OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to The Reg about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets

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"the guy ... who engineered machines to beat Gary Kasparov"

Here is how that makes me feel:

33.3% of me wants to jump for joy that engineers are getting their recognition

33.3% of me wants to face-palm, and ask you "trusted an engineer with commercial decisions?"

33.3% of me wants to point out to Mark Shuttleworth, it was a team who built them... not an individual (even if he managed the team)

0.01% of me, regrets wasting time typing this.. it's 17:33 and I should have left 3 minutes ago!

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OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

@JoshFen Yep spot-on.. Personally I use Android Pay every day for travelling around London. To be honest, 6 months ago, I'd never even thought of using, today though its a key requirement of any phone..

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Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

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Mr Cook, I will share a beer with you anytime...

Thanks to Apple for finally refreshing their products, and taking the opportunity to remind us, that whilst they are a luxury brand, they have philanthropy at their core, looking after the interests of new and existing customers - graciously raising their prices from high to ludicrous, they're indicating they want customers to explore and see what other manufacturers offer, encouraging them to realise they can save 50% and get 200% more value..

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Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: Really?

"China hardware encryption."

They may manufacture it, but most often it's designed by Western and Korean companies!

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Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Re: .com is for international companies

@Aitor 1, production costs have little bearing, by many standards $10 is cheap for a FQDN, last time I checked for a .io domain, it was $60 per year. As for markups, well welcome to capitalism -

An extra large McDonalds coke costs 2c to make, most people are willing to spent $1+

An Apple iPhone 10 costs about $240, yet people are willing to spend £1200 for one

The list is endless.. though admittedly I can't think of any more (it's 9am Sunday morning)

But the point is, by your argument, you will never buy anything - in addition, from my outsider perspective, is seems monopoly is how the US works, especially concerning everything ISP, Telecom and Internet.

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Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Re: Office 2003 All working fine, every single day. Thanks!

Sure Office 2003 should be classed as abandonware now....

Would love to see M$ try to bring a piracy case for it, then get laughed out of court..

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The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Re: If this was five years ago...

It may have the Chinese ROM, which basically just means it has a few apps targeted at a Chinese user-base. But you can ignore these or disable them, set the language to English and install the Play store app..and your off.

Also I'd highlight, Xiaomi are one of the only remaining manufacturers that support bootloader unlocking!

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Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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RE: Then came the Linux crowd where there were no such applications

CLI works for linux because every application is decoupled... With Windows its a peace of dogs meat, as all they've done is take the same monolithic products and stripped away the GUI - For analogies,

Linux is like a sleek F1 car, each part is self-contained and held together with screws. It can be hard to get the components working together at first, but they're easily swappable.

Windows is like a big American RV, humongous and put together with rivets... it works and is very comfortable, but don't expect to swap anything without rebuilding the whole thing.

Troll, cause its Monday morning and I'm stuck on a train going out of my mind --->

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Reminds me of something I heard a long time ago...

Take 10 mins to fix a business crippling outage, then get shouted at for a) causing it and b) taking so long to fix it... But, take 5 hours to fix it, then you're a rockstar, praised for being a saviour!

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

@AC - Who said it was unique to Gmail? I certainly didn't... I merely know its a trick you can use with it, huge difference!

So get the bee-out-of-your-bonnet, Its Friday, so go have a pint!

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

Little tip if you use Gmail... you can add indicators to your email address by using a "+", such as if you address is JimBob@gmail.com -

JimBob+Pr0nhub@gmail.com

JimBob+H0tBears@gmail.com

JimBob+NaughtyMLFs@gmail.com

Google will effectively ignore the +<word>, so emails still arrive. But it will show in email details. So not only can you filter (make rules etc) on it, but by setting the <word> to the site name you entered it into, you know exactly where they sourced your email from (Little trick I learnt from the GApps team at work).

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Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

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It's the same story over and over again - Shock... Horror... Grimace.. ROFLMAO

Whilst manufacturers should take the heat.. at least some of it should be direct at the Idiots who keep exposing system's (unnecessarily) to the wider internet!

I see this time and time again where I work, so-called engineers forget the first rule of security - Whitelist!

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Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

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Re: Just no

I welcome our red-flag-waving overlords - At least they think logically.... don't believe in "creationism" and think that the hillbilly cousin of the Tango Man who wears a Merkin on his head, is fit to be President, whilst giving him access to nuclear weapons (that he brandishes around like a BB gun).

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Put a heater in the safe then ?

@Shred - "This feature / abuse provided Apple service centres with a regular income stream ..."

This must have formed the cornerstone for Apple's operating "Bible", its still an abuse that Apples practices to this very day (gluing in components, making devices impossibe to fix, going after non-authorised repairs shops).

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: You already know what happens next...

Doesn't work as you would expect - I use 8.8.8.8 and 1.1.1.1, but Virgin Media still redirect them!

I do wonder if DNSSec will help this? I'm not familiar with the underlying mechanism (is it DNS over TLS?)

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

Sorry, but I just don't buy it. Whilst I don't doubt Apple has the capacity to do this.

the software eco-system was significantly smaller last time they did this and their market share a fraction of what it is today. They would alienate a significant number of there customers and businesses who develop for their platform.

Saying that, given Apples recent actions on things such as right-to-repair, they might just have that level of arrogance to try it, and the temptation to finally have a walled in eco-system which they get a 30% cut from might be too much to resist.

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: Chinese phone models

I've been a follower for many year of Huawei and Xiaomi (And I have a Chinese sister-in-law), but I still find there modelling as confusing as hell. Part of the problem is many models are given different names / numbering depending on the market they are in..

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Re: Non-optional extras

I'll take one of these over a Samsung, laden with malware upsell-ware.

On a personal note.. I wish OnePlus would do a larger screen, as I'm drooling over the X, I'm torn on this, 6T, 20X or the 8X which is a lot cheaper. I use constantly payments constantly (and from what I can tell, 8X doesn't have this)

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Get your popcorn ready: IBM's Q3 financial scoreboard is out tonight

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News just in...

During their results announcement, IBM shares dipped 7.8%.

But on wrapping up, the CEO announcing a rebranding, changings its name IBcM, or Internal Blockchain and Macchiato. Which led to shares soaring by a whopping 10,000%

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Fine here...

Sutton, South London..

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: Please tell me how to do this!

@Tony W

I think your 50% right, this is exactly what happened to Dilbert, because RSS readers where simply hot-linking to the cartoon strip, they stopped it, I suspect it was due to the artist(s) was getting no traffic.

But where I think you're wrong, is where sites publish articles, they only provide a snippet in the RSS feed, which entices visitors to the page, such as El Reg does. Also, I subscribe to feed that aggregate information and articles on particular subjects from lots of smaller sites, without RSS these smaller sites probably wouldn't get very much traffic at all - So it does still have a lot of relevance.

It wouldn't suprise me if somebody come up with a slight twist to RSS and tried to commercialise it (Like Slack did with IRC!)

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Re: Goodnight, Firefox

I tend to use RSS on my phone... light toilet entertainment, so to speak! Yes, I do wash my hands, Yes I do wash the phone screen!

But my go apps are:

Inoreader - for list management and online reading (Avoid the mess of managing multiple locations)

News+ On Android - Works with Inoreader

Reeder On Mac - This is recent for me

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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

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keep pace with what the private sector is offering...

Can't see this having much success, talented IT security geeks (whether whitehat or blackhat) go where they feel most appreciated, or to work on the really juicy stuff..

That's why, I'm off to area 51!

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Here you go, cloudy admins: Google emits NATty odds 'n' sods

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Re: Still amazes me how oblivious/stupid some companies are

I wasn't clear on my point - NAT gateways a thing of yesteryear when it comes to security, by providing, it encourages companies to be lazy as it "speeds up delivery"! Where If they were forced to use proper Firewalls, then they have no excuse for adopting best practise security hygiene.

Also, I'd beg to differ on hit makes no difference. If they get entry via a malware, then make a lateral movement to a server, they suddenly find their ability to operate is impaired. It's about building enough obstacles and complexity to make it not worth the effort...

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Still amazes me how oblivious/stupid some companies are

They believing NAT provides security and allow unfettered outbound routing. It's a standard practise in a lot of "Tech" companies that should know better! A lot of breaches occur because an intruder manages to open a reverse shell, rummage around, then exfiltrate the juicy data.

Security Recipe 101 - Don't route 0.0.0.0/0, Mix in some whitelists for IP and Ports, apply a dash of whitelisting to both inbound and outbound traffic, it makes that breach/exfiltration 100x more difficult. slap in a pinch of IPS and with a drop of Deep Packet Inspection, then it gets 1000x more potent!

It's not rocket science.. but it gets ignored, especially by companies that promote "Cloud" first - I can name at least 2 FTSE 100 companies that do this!

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Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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Re: Abandonware

"typically only supports their 'S' range"

They're not too bad with the A series, my work one has received a lot of updates this year.

Though, to be honest I personally would not own any Sangshite phone, I tend to go with OnePlus, Xioami (and Honor for family)... but this phone was supplied by the company.

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Re: It's not April 1st, is it?

lol .. I'll admit I read the Title, grabbed my popcorn, then jumped direct to the comments page... expecting to find all-out-war with the fanbois!

But your comment indicated something funny, so I did go back and actually read it..

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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Must admit I'm not that familiar with Bellingcat - But I call BS on your theory, what they ousted about the 2 "possible" GRU agents that went to Salisbury, even the BBC has gotten involved and found associated evidence: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45694123

I understand there is a movement in the UK and abroad that doesn't believe the mainstream story surrounding this. Ironically my next door neighbor is one of them, in his word "Do you really think the russians would come here to do that? when they could have just assassinated him when he was in russia, or made it look like an accident with a hit and run".

Usually, I'm the first person to call BS on politicians, but in all honesty, I believe this. The Russians have had a lot of success, where the West turned a blind eye, because it was too focused on "terrorism" and distracted by the US's new Boogeyman (China) - So I can easily see the GRU has started to see it self as untouchable - By going public with type of information, it removes the GRU's anonymity and their ability to operate (eventually, then'll run out of agents!)

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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To prove that the Jiggle animation in games is completely incorrect, I introduce the following evidence:

https://youtu.be/bxajnypzxh0?t=217

(Tame, but probably NSFW)

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Re: Maybe the internet has jaded me

Wow, apparently there was a new version released in 2013...

https://www.gog.com/game/leisure_suit_larry_reloaded

But think I may grab it for my Android phone, it'll be a lot safer than the wife finding me playing it..

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Cloudflare ties Workers to distributed data storage

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Re: It's not the sort of thing you'd want handling millions of rapid-fire financial transactions

Nice one for mentioning Heimdall.. I'll add that into my "if needed..." list for the future!

It's been 2-3 years since I've had serious interaction with MySQL or MariaDB.. back then I'd been an IT Manager for an SME for about 10 years, I frequently spent weeks researching and testing, trying to find a low-cost and low-maintenance solution for implementing MySQL/MariaDB load balancing (of course, low-cost and low-overhead rarely go together).

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

If they gaurantee privacy (from their perspective), I'd pay £5-10... it a couple of cups of coffee, thats a deal in my books, considering its the one tool I use for several hours every day (For management interfaces etc)

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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"Pixel sales have been unimpressive"

Its simple really, Google's success with devices was down to us Nexus Fanbois / Geeks, and we were used to paying mid-range prices, in return we were happy to be guinea pigs for the new versions of Android..

By dropping the Nexus brand, they alienated their loyal users, and are having to rebuild their user bases from scratch - but news flash, most people don't want to spend £600-800 on a handset!

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Looking after the corporate Apple mobile fleet? Beware: MDM onboarding is 'insecure'

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Re: Feature not a bug

Nope... Just poor judgement in choosing a method for identification!

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NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

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Nobody else see the elephant in the room?

Not meaning to be ageist...

I wonder if there is some kind of assessment these older employees have to go through to evaluate mental-fitness? in the same spirit that certain professions have to go through Physical fitness evaluations.

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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"Why do people still use Chrome?"

Because people would prefer to believe that Google is benevolent and a charity... rather than commercial business, also there was a time, when Google was the up-start underdog and could do no wrong. They've managed to continue playing this role quite well, but it's gradually wearing away!

The only thing that has kept me using Chrome was the convenience of Chrome Remote Desktop, but Google have now released a HTML5 interface for that, so now I'm tossing up between Firefox and Vivaldi - But i do wonder if they are secretly recording my sessions!

If I'm honest, with all the Cambridge Analytics fiasco and Android's Location tracking fiasco - Things are starting to creep the sh*t out of me! Won't be long before I do buy a tin-foil hat..

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Re: does not compute

What do you mean? He's got a grin like a p0rn-star expecting a facial (frowned eyes, with a fake teeth-grin, just waiting for the impact!)

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ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

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Re: NoSQL upstart MariaDB?

Have an upvote...

I have great respect for most El-Reg reporting, but this was clearly written by somebody who was either trying to be funny (as missed the punchline), or the person has absolutely no understanding of SQL and noSQL databases!

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NUUO, do not want! CCTV webcams can be hacked to spy on you

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Re: CCTV?

My thoughts exactly...

I'm still trying to determine how so many of these devices are accessible.. typically they are put on a WIFI network, which 99.999% has a NAT Firewall/Router in front of it!

So are there really so many morons that are using IP or Port forwarding to these devices? Or am I being a moron and not realising there is another avenue of attack!

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Simply hate it.. there structure and layout is all over the place!

Obviously, this is personal taste, but as a loyal El-Reg reader for over 15 years, I'd urge you to fix this!

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Hats off to 'em...

Diagnosing, openly admitting and replacing.... basically treating their customer's as mature adults!

There are very few organisations that would do this... most would deny the issue, take months to admit the cause and liability, then put in place a complex bureaucratic process that causes people to say "f*ck it!"

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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IBM... robbers in tweed suits.. (or at least the salesmen are)

Dixons Carephone did exactly this, got stung for a princely sum, along with a contract that favouritises IBM for everything, including limiting Dixon's ability to bring in new suppliers (IBM get first dibs on everything!).

The driver behind this was Dixon's assumed (and this is direct from the signatory of the contract) that by outsourcing and offloading responsibility, it would shield them from reputational damage if a breach occurred and allow them to refute accusations that they don't invest in security.

Fat lot of good it did them.. now, with GDPR, companies can no longer hide behind outsourcing (Though, some will still try)..

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Thousands of misconfigured 3D printers on interwebz run risk of sabotage

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Thousands of misconfigured 3D printers on interwebz

Finally, I can print the stuff I want,,,

WIFE: WTF is this?

ME: The printer, it must have been hacked! Why would I print a replica of Tori Black's marvellous bosoms?

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Re: "Now all Intel can do is watch from the sidelines"

Possibly, but it does not stop them trying!

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