* Posts by Gordon Pryra

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: And this is why Linux will NEVER be a useable desktop OS

@AJ MacLeod

Maybe

But still, 99% of the desktop user-base will scream in fear and run if confronted with actually having to read an error message rather than click next next next (then phone their son to do the final next click for them)

Bring back our hobbyist overlords I say (or at least one who understands what a UI should entail)

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And this is why Linux will NEVER be a useable desktop OS

Yeah there are bugs, but its how easily the user can get a machine that lets him send an email when he runs into a bug.

Can you imagine an actual user in the real world doing this? or even understanding what this is telling him to do? And this is already sanitized for general consumption.

"If you're affected by this DNS problem, rebuild Systemd without libidn2, stop using Systemd as your resolver if possible, apply this temporary patch – or better yet, wait for libidn2 to be fixed to cope with underscores."

Linux is becoming MORE like a hobbyist OS than ever before

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Office of Fair trading?

The key phrase here is "standards agreed by contract"

If BT can sell copper and call it fiber and ALL ISPs were able to sell "up to x MB" while giving you a fraction of the amount. Or the famous "fair use policy"

then I am sure that Virgin can give you any old pile of crap and be covered legally.

OffCom on the other hand are supposed to be covering these sort of rouge organisations with an aim to protecting the consumer from bad customer service which they all seem tomake their business model.

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Re: Can't say I've seen a problem with my SH3

Which shows you have no idea of what the actual issue is.

When the modem is stressed, control switches from hardware to software.

result is massive swings in latency and disconnection.

Ironic considering that this is on the top of the range router sold to gamers as the best they can get.

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Wheres offcom?

Virgin are constantly lying to their customers as a matter of company policy. This is almost beyond doubt.

When their support is spoken to about this issue, and its a BIG issue, we are fobbed off with the normal excuses and attempts to blame the customer.

last week I was told to let them reset my modem and the "PROBLEM WOULD GO AWAY" This was after the "support" remoted onto my machine and looked at my network card settings. Did a visual check of my network adapter which is called "wireless", then told me they had found a problem and fixed it.

No offense, but my actual network card is a wired connection, I renamed the second adapter "Wireless" when I was making a screen shot to explain something else in some documentation. "Wireless" is also a wired NIC

NB : For those without the problem, when the router goes over to software, its not always seamless, and can result in a total disconnect for 30 seconds.

So not only ping rates going through the roof (over 500 in games that bother to count that high) , but total disconnects.

All this from a £150 a month service.

Virgin customer Gordon Pryra totally fucked off with Offcom for allowing Virgin to act in this way

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UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

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it's thought the website was spammed out via email to these foreign students

Why is not made of the fact that somehow these people got a list of these foreign students details?

Or have I read this wrong?

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Yeah, WannaCry hit Windows, but what about the WannaCry of apps?

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As the author points out

It doesn't matter how long the support is for if none can be arsed to make use of it.

Easier to say "it was the Koreans" than say "we are managed so badly we sit around the table and laugh about it rather than patch anything"

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Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

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Re: Fucking children.

I BLAME IT ON THE PARENTS!!

They are only going by the example of their President, how can they be expected to behave when the bar is set so low for Americans?

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Re: A (not so Swiftian) modest proposal.

I was going to say that the Amazon is a geographical location, letting a company own it because they are rich is terrible precedent to make,

BUT

barbara.hudson made a fantastic point about the advertising and the ability to block spam. Not that any company would keep to that law for more than 30 seconds, but we can dream

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'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

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Is it possible to get a list of the IoT "Shower Heads" out there?

Just for research purposes obviously....

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

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"Al the bars have one band playing exactly the same tune over and over again"

That would be magaluf then

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Hope Disney is on the same page as me

We ARE talking naked, green alien space babe dancers here aren't we?

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Is this the ONLY benefit to Brexit that Gov.Uk can come up with?

Really?

All these ministers trying to think of a single benefit from Brexit that isn't "no more Wogs!" and this is all they could come up with?

Get behind Brexit and you can Vape at work!!1

Saddens me that this will work, maybe even the kids who voted for Labor and their "free magic unicorns for everyone" will get behind the Gov for this promise!!

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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"The potential downside of not getting this right is very serious,"

We are fucked then

I am still wondering why I am being called a "Re-moaner", I guess this is the adult equivalent of being laughed at for being in the A-Stream at school by the idiots in the lower streams.

It seems this country STILL laughs at people with more intelligence than them (I was going to say higher education).

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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We are not numbers. I'm not a statistic

Actually, we are, and sadly, we prove it over and over again.

Anyway, he forgets the big issue he has when going up against Google, they got where they are by giving people good products in return for their private data.

McAffee is crap and expensive.

Good luck with Sentinel...

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2017: The FBI alerts parents to dangers of Internet of Sh*t toys

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Normally I say its the parents fault

But in this case the average parent has no idea how or what to look for.

Its the FBIs job to protect against this sort of thing, and unless one of Trumps businesses is selling them (or they come from Russia) then the FBI should be pretty safe in doing so

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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

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the company has already provided over 329,000 documents and 1.7 million-plus data points

Would it have not just been easier to give them the 8000 contracts?

or would these contracts say something different than the 329,000 documents and 1.7 million-plus data points........

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Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

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Ironic

UK.Gov has no problems the NHS flogging off patient identifiable data to Google for cash but they cry when the same (amount) of private information is handed over to someone without them getting a cut

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Overstated importance of fans

Well considering most of the "die hards" are the 2nd generation Dr Who fans, they can go cry in a dark room.

I doubt many fan or those who watched the original series are even alive to care all that much if the Doctor is a women or not.

I am currently re-watching the entire series 1-14 (not the older 1st series) with the wife and 9 year old daughter, we are getting through 3-4 episodes a night.

From the Wife belittling me for my choice in fiction to her being a staunch Dr Who fan. Scary

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SAP rips and replaces South African bosses amid corruption probe

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Dont they all do this?

Hardly news that contracts given out are down to bribes.

That is the Uk's ars trade modus operandi in Africa and I don't see people being too vocal about that.

Working for local government and councils and I see contracts being given to weird companies for twice the cost you would expect and you can only think this is down to the same reason of kick backs and presents..

Why single SAP out as being the bad lads when their product is actually not bad and doesn't kill kids in fields when they step on in

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: Instant space travel

Planet of the Trumps?

Would that not be called "New Moscow"?

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Re: 2 Wrongs make a right here I think

I had to chime in here

"Respect is a basic human right, and should only be withheld for good reason."

What a crock, 99% of decent god fearing secular people don't really care about religion (after all I don't spend all day thinking about the ginger bread man either)

But when pushed, the biggest issue they will talk about is the lack of respect for all other religions by ALL religions.

Next comes the lack of tolerance of all religions for anyone that has any belief that is slightly different from theirs. How many versions of Christianity are there for example? And how many times has this resulted in abuse of one kind or another?

In 2017 the Church is STILL debating whether "the gays" (tm) and the scary women can play in their gang

You guys.....

Put it this way, treat people as you would like to be treated yourselves, and maybe those who don't believe in a god may have some respect for you. In the mean time, you act like children and are viewed as such

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2 Wrongs make a right here I think

Its offensive to me that I must treat people who claim to believe in a sky fairy with respect and not ridicule.

its offensive to me that people who work in advertising also claim to have any rights to respect

In this case, mixing the two should actually make a right?

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Guess who doesn't have to pay $1.3bn in back taxes? Of course it's fscking Google

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Ok, so France can't claim the tax cash

But why is it not being paid to Ireland?

It is settled that the French aren't owed anything on sales in Ireland, but the cash is still owed to someone?

Or is the Irish corp tax/sales tax so low that it works out they get something like 30 quid?

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

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road signs and traffic signals

Who cares about road signs and traffic signals when they are sleeping off their hangover on the way to work down the M1

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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Should the GSA not have waited?

Surely they should have waited for Putin to tell Trump what he should be doing here....

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

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Re: Weird

Objection!!!

Most people who have a domain name use the rubbish mail that is given as a freebie as part of the hosting package.

Not secure and generally crappy.

I rest my case

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Gordon Pryra
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Weird

The cloud mail was probably just from his phone, easy mistake to make if you don't really understand how email works (or rather don't realize that you are not using a work mail rather than the crappy one which throws "sent from my iPhone" at the bottom.

I am making the assumption that the Judge is of the older generation and not good old Judge Rinder.

Sending an email using his sons crappy mail server is probably just a sign that the Judge is so used to applying laws differently for different groups of people that he forgets that he is also covered by them....

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Hard Rock hotels burgered up by Sabre breach

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Chip and Pin

While Chip and Pin is not actually a security system, more a "shift blame to customers whilst reducing security system" the mechanics means that the Pin number is not stored when you use it.

With contactless you are also pretty safe (from the Sabre story anyway) details of the card are not stored at the point of sale.

That is if the $10 reader you put your card in is actually legit and not made by the guy who is stealing your details (whilst smiling at you)

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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Its all pretty obvious

Its Trumps way of doing what his Russian masters ask but hiding the fact from the Americans in the street.

Namely giving the USSR the keys to the USA.

I wonder what the total cost of being made President is and when will Russia collect

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Breached Bitcoin Bithumb bosses blame bod's BYOD

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Bithumb insisted its internal systems were not compromised.

People still playing the "its not in the office so its not internal" card then......

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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it's a not a critical security issue

"To exploit the issue, an attacker would have to convince an administrator – someone who already has root access – to install a unit file with an invalid user name"

Would this not make it MORE of an issue?

Surly this allows me to chuck a sysadmin £20 and lets him do something that doesn't have his account details all over it to trace back to him

Actual hacking rather than the "kid in the hoodie in front of a green screen" image the daily mail has

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SBU claims Russia was behind NotPetya

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Ignore all the Crimea crap on this thread

Does anyone actually believe any of this finger pointing?

It smells like the "Koreans Pwned the NHS" bullshit that came out the other day as a cover for basic IT mismanagement on a massive scale.

Viruses have no flag, they follow any route of attack available. The only real occasion of targeted viruses that actually targeted the target ( :) ) was Stuxnet.

And I am sure that was the Yanks and the Israelis.

Considering the links between the two countries, its likely Russian business got hit by NotPetya just as hard.

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Re: Most Wanted

"Under that designation, the leaders are held to account."

Considering that prior to this Russia just walked over the border and took over, I doubt a little hacking is going to make the UN and through them, the Hague stand up and hold anyone to account for anything .....

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Lego?

What sort of childlike exercise was this?

Get me someone who can do it properly

In play-mobile.......

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DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal

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Today’s generation is closer to technology than ever before.

No, just young enough to be stupid enough to think they wont get caught.

Add stupid enough to take things way to personally in a game/forum and its a disaster waiting to happen.

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Android 'forensic' app pulled from Google Play after vulnerability report

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vulnerability?

Its not a "vulnerability" if its intentional.

The App does what its supposed to do, this exposes vulnerabilities within the App Store rather than a vulnerability within the App

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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I wouldn't get out of bed for that sort of cash

Oh, hang on....

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China pollutes ocean with bloody big rocket

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China pollutes ocean with American manufacturing

There, fixed it

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Good

If any part of IT worked as expected then none of the people reading this forum would have jobs.

I for one LOVE it when CSC or Capita get involved, this means that at some point down the line I will get some employment helping to either fix or try to extend the time between massive loss in service

Luckily Gov.Uk tend not to want to spend the time to actually fix things, just spend to cash to not let it die on their watch.

Thank god for idiots with their princes and for a general lack of decent oversight in the industry

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Humidity control

We are talking about old mainframes here, even 10 years ago data centers were generally just "rooms with computers", 20 years ago and i can remember being able to smoke whilst fixing issues with NT4 webservers,

Further back in time, things get even less controlled

(Pirate icon cos there is no icon for unregulated cowboy controls)

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US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

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Re: retaliatory measures?

"Like blocking imports of US operating systems?"

Reckon FAST has a strong presence in Russia?

Putin would laugh at the Western lady boys looking asking Rus.Co to pay for Windows

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Big question: Who gets the blame if a cyborg drops a kid on its head?

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Re: STOP

Actually

given enough babies, I am sure that your machine will eventually learn....

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Hmmm, from past experience its either

1) N00b!

2) Opps im a newbie :)

3) It wasn't me, it was my brother on my account

4) I was afk

5) LAAAAAG!!

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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" leaving consumers baffled"

Which is the point, no?

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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The cuts are impacting morale

Well, no offense, but you have a choice.

As a contractor myself, I constantly get annoyed by listening to other contractors complain about pay/working conditions etc

In this case it seems that the IBM contractors see themselves as IBM staff, just on more cash than the full timers, tough go full time or deal with it.

We are NOT talking about the poor sods on zero hours contracts that are forced to become "self employed" but the upper levels where they don't seem to want to take the negatives along with the cash

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Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away

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Ignoring the legalities

I find it amusing that its the recruitment agencies who didn't get paid overtime rather than the poor contractors they put in to do the actual work for once

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Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

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Re: Odd

"Why isn't he being extradited to India?"

That only works in reverse

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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No need for any of this

In fact these sorts of models are BAD ideas for the Human race.

All we will gain (once we understand what dark matter is) is the knowledge that WE are just a simulation.

At which point they will shut us down........

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