* Posts by Zippy's Sausage Factory

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Sarahah anonymous feedback app told: 'You're riddled with web app flaws'

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Re: Flaws in the technology

Or that beer tends to pool stickily at the bottom of the bar at an Iron Maiden concert...

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

Logical conclusion - as soon as manufacturer is aware of a flaw that will require a safety-critical patch, they must order all affected vehicles off the road until the patch is available insurance companies can rub their hands with glee as they won't have to pay out.

FTFY.

But seriously, did anyone else immediately see a loophole there, or am I just paranoid?

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Re: Inivitably!

"Well the default setting is to pop up a notification to alert you that the system has downloaded and installed updates and that it's going to restart in X number of minutes. Usually 10 I believe. "

Nope. That's turned off by default these days and in the same dialog as the "active hours" nonsense.

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Re: Start menu

"tell us what win-10-nic means."

Pronounced "win-ten-nick", to rhyme with "Titanic".

At least, that's the impression I got from it.

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'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

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Re: Country Joe...

"You now you're never gonna stop the war if we can't hear you" or words to that effect? :)

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Re: Hand up...

I, do, however, remember how some "research house" (Gartner?) said Microsoft would be 20% of the world smartphone market within 2 years, ahead of the iPhone.

Yep, that prediction sooo came true...

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Ah yes, that reminds me. Must donate some more cash to Pale Moon.

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Online criminal records checks to take a punt on troubled Verify system

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Re: First intelligent statement I've seen, regarding Identity, from a Government Source

So essentially, Verify is really good for those attempting to get hold of vulnerable family members' assets, or for building your own fake identity using social media?

How could this possibly go wrong?

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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Re: Just like the Sun (News of the World) then

@Voyna i Mor

In the US by far the largest bad actor was the SCOTUS by its decision on Citizens United. $100000 dollars is a big ad campaign? The two major parties attract $billions in funding.

There's two issues here: one is Citizens United, which is a massive problem that neither side is ever going to want to fix.

The second is the Russian adverts. Is the $100K the total sum of it, or is it just the tip of the iceberg? Is there more, and if so, why don't we know about it yet? Is it because nobody found it yet? Or are the ad sellers simply not looking? Or maybe the ad sellers sold it to front companies who sold it on to another front company who sold it on to another front company, you know, masking the trail like a competent security service would do...

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The URL of sandwich: Microsoft Office blogs redirect snafu foils users

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Still down, since the 29th. That's what, nearly a week now? OK, it redirects back to the Office homepage which is... slightly better, I suppose?

Seriously, this isn't a technical site, it's basically information for the guy who knows how many pencil sharpeners the company ordered last year and knows a few formulas in Excel. Perhaps more worryingly for MS management, it's for the decision makers who buy office, or don't.

Is it me or are MS breakages getting more and more prevalent?

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Re: Flat surface sales

If high end hardware is considered "low margin" how is Apple so wealthy?

I have two theories about that:

1. Apple have been doing it longer.

2. MS aren't making sufficient units to benefit from economies of scale enough to make a profit.

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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Re: Porridge

Speaking of SOX, wonder whether that's another bit of "red tape" Trump wants to eliminate.

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Re: Is it just me?

The only issue with that is that if Davros was in charge, not only would there be an evil plan for world domination behind it, it would work really really well.

I think we can agree MS are only up to speed on one of those two.

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Re: "The real problem is that they need to identify things they can do well"

I'd be very hard pressed to think of anything else they actually do (or have ever done) that's anywhere near as good as that keyboard!

I really liked the "Mystify" screensaver from Windows 3.1

I miss Mystify...

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The difference is that whenever Google cancels a service, it offers three to five replacements.

Still waiting for those three to five replacements for Google Reader over here...

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

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OK... cue the "what about the second amendment" comments on Twitter, Reddit, 4Chan...

I would say they've been "triggered", but in this case it's actually the opposite...

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Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

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So, users have to click through a boatload of warnings to make it happen?

Hmm... I've known users who are worse.

Case in point: a user calls me (DBA, at the time) directly, bypassing helpdesk, screaming because he can't print. Yes, he's logged in. Yes, he can open the print queue. It says "offline - error". What am I going to about it?

So I ask if he has checked to see if the printer is plugged in.

Well yes it is. But there's smoke coming out of it, would that cause a problem?

Since then, users have failed to surprise me.

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CBS's Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers' web browsers

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Re: An option for SETI@home?

That's a damn fine idea if ever I heard one. Have an upvote.

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That's why I clung to NCSA Mosaic as long as I could. And I browsed with JavaScript switched off pretty much until a couple of years ago.

Even though I use jQuery at work all the time, I still think it's lousy design if the site doesn't work without it.

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NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

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Re: Show me the trees...

The chances that there was life on Mars that did not leave obvious signs are zero.

But that's exactly what the Ice Warriors want you to think, isn't it?

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Re: Saussages!

I was always disappointed in the word "unobtainium". I was hoping it was going to turn out to be mining slang for something else actually properly scientific sounding, and it really annoyed me when that never happened.

And don't call me Shirley.

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How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

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Interesting Steven "let's make it all look like Windows 3.0 running on EGA again" Sinofsky feels MS caved.

Does make me more likely to buy another iOS device as my next phone though.

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Movie hacking is based on the idea that people are idiots.

Turns out that in the real world, people are idiots.

Who knew?

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Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

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Re: How

Give it time. About a month or two should do it I reckon.

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Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

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I question Google's strategy. They had Motorola - a superb brand name in phones. A nice clamshell RAZR type Android thing might have been enough to tempt me not to get an iPhone 6 back in the day. But there wasn't one.

Nest would have been a cool thing to keep happening. But they killed that.

Even Microsoft are better at hardware than Google. And they're still struggling to get as good at is as the average dodgy Shenzhen Arfur Daley...

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Re: Unethical Behavior

Apparently it happened the week before Avast bought them, so they say.

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Re: Avasts CC Cleaner

Avast became the owners of CC Cleaner when they bought over AVG mate.

Interesting. Their website makes no mention of that fact. Perhaps they'd rather people didn't know that...

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So not the original version, but the version distributed by Avast Antivirus?

By. Avast. Antivirus.

/me uninstalls Avast...

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Not sure how she thinks computers work?

Maybe she thinks it's just like Star Trek where the computer goes "would you like me to take down any terrorist content the moment it's created, with no false positives, ever?"

"No, computer, let's not."

"OK, how about child porn or anything else remotely illegal."

"No, computer, let's not. Let's pretend this is actually quite difficult to do and would require human intervention, careful judgement, an ability to read multiple languages, specialised local knowledge and that an omnipotent, perfect all-knowing system doesn't exist."

"Lol, OK. Shall I make Siri and Cortana terrible then?"

"Yes please, and Bing."

"Hahaha... Bing's already terrible, captain".

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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I notice

that Boris threatened to resign and the pound got markedly stronger straight away. As though the markets felt that however bad Brexit is, Boris is just going to make it worse.

Time to resign, Boris...

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Re: Ha

The EU will barely miss the UK as a trading partner - 4% of exports or something like that go to the EU? Whereas about a third or more of the UK's exports go to the EU (can't remember the exact figure and I can't be bothered to look it up).

So if there's no EU trade deal, or exports to the rest of the world don't increase - significantly - there's going to be a heck of a lot of British businesses going under and jobs lost, I reckon.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: What will she actually do?

Currently trying to work out what is creating a local administrator account in the "Credentials Manager".

What, you mean something other than IE actually supports the Credentials Manager?

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"The department can assure you that the fact that the CIO came from Microsoft has nothing whatever to do with the HMRC's choice of sole IT hardware and software supplier," said their new spokesman, Clippy.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Ah, the joys of the uptime on the "cloud".

Feels less like Office 365 and more like Office 3.1 every day...

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

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Re: "Cloud" is just marketing

The point is that it's lots and lots of somebody else's computers, hopefully connected together in a way that takes care of things like redundancy, backups, load balancing and scalability. Time sharing was none of those things.

Well, yes, but I was actually thinking more from a conceptual point of view rather than how it's implemented.

Surely, under time sharing, as with the cloud, you get what you pay for. Pay for backups, get backups. Pay for more speed, get more speed. Pay for more concurrent users, get more concurrent users.

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"Cloud" is just marketing

There's no such thing as the cloud, it's just someone else's computer.

In the 60s, they used to call it "time sharing"...

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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in practical terms, the [defences set out in the legislation] should prevent anyone being unfairly prosecuted for public interest security research

Should, yes, but will it? Somehow, given the Home Office's record on the subject, I very much doubt it.

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Nobody's answering the important question.

Was the coffee any good? Was it? Was it? Well, was it?

I'm not being grouchy. I'm just trying to cut down and have only had one coffee today and I NEED TO KNOW THIS! Aarrgghh!

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: September 13, 2017

But UTC was adopted on the grounds that the UK might decide to implement double summer time, and move the winter time an hour forward, or adopt BST all year round. At that point, GMT would then be different from UTC.

Currently only Morocco uses UTC, as they don't bother with the summer/winter time stuff.

And before you ask, I live in WET, which is currently the same as GMT...

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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The answer is simple

We basically need to write to our banks, credit card providers, and so on, and ask whether they use Equifax, stating that if they do, we wish them to exclude Equifax from their business as soon as possible, or we'll change banks.

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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Re: So since Microsoft are not concerned about the security of windows,

There is no warranty that it is "fit for any purpose"....

From the EULA:

The key phrase is "limited as much as your local law allows". If that flaw is used in malware, someone's banking is compromised because of said malware, and money is stolen, then where would the responsibility be?

Or let's try another example, shall we? What if said malware is used by Russian or Chinese hackers against the American security services? Do we think Microsoft might suddenly care about the flaw then?

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So you're already in the cloud but need to come back down to Earth

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deja poo

This phrase is genius and I intend to steal it forthwith.

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Counterfeiting isn't cloning though. They can't clone the money in my pocket and spend what's in my bank account that way, not in the same way that they could do with my bank card. Or authorise contactless microtransactions as they walk along with a little skimming device.

Anyway, I must go now as I need to make a new tinfoil hat and hide under the table for a couple of hours...

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Re: So...

Are we equating the Shop with Zune-like failure here?

That thought hadn't even crossed my mind. Now I will never be able to unthink it. Windows Store is the Zune to Windows 10's ME v2...

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I use StartPage. Google results without the "personalisation" or other snooping.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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As a developer of long standing, who's never really had to do much sales, can I just say the sales I had to do - that's hard stuff, man. Kudos to sales people because there's a lot of pressure. Clients think they can dictate everything - they're paying of course, and "the customer is always right" and all that - but dude. Some of the sales conferences I've been in when you've had to grin and bear when they bring a different consultancy in and keep playing you off against each other...

And I have to say, Oracle sales people always had that air of defeat about them when I spoke to them on the other side of the fence. Now I know why.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Is AROS still going? And can it be installed on x86 hardware yet? If so I might try it out in a VM.

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Re: Well don't I feel smug...

Last time I tried kubuntu I just hated it. Had been a KDE fan years ago but it's all the new terrible not-quite-as-nice-as-Windows-3-running-on-EGA flat look that all the idiots in charge of software design departments seem to like these days.

Incidentally, they're trying to ruin iOS even further, I'm awaiting the screaming when 11 finally gets released.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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This makes me want to build an OS/2 VM just for the fun of letting them loose in it. I'd be amazed if they even knew what it was. I could pretend to be working for MSFT and pretend it was a preview build of Windows 11...

Except I'm not on BT and haven't ever had a call like this, so that's spoiled my fun. :(

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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Facebook seems to be becoming everything AOL ever tried to be.

Because that seems to be working really well for AOL.

(Example of how well AOL does business: anyone remember xDrive? It was basically Dropbox, but about three or four years before Dropbox ever started. AOL killed it, as per everything they ever touch that has potential.)

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