* Posts by Gordon Pryra

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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

Gordon Pryra
IT Angle

"as the son of poor immigrants"

And this is relevant how?

El Reg isn't the Daily Mail or Fox News, sort your act out.

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

Gordon Pryra

Whats the point to this story?

If Russia can annex a country in 2016, helped an Evil man get into a position of power in the States, are complicit in dumping Sarin on civilians in 2017 and get no more than a few "harsh words", what is the point in being bothered about them hacking a few European sites?

Its not like anyone is every going to do anything about it aside from bend over and take it.

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Gordon Pryra

"Mexico will simply slap tariffs on their exports to us"

Yeah, coke will go up to $120 a gram

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HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

Gordon Pryra

Mystery App?

It is obviously Crysis.

Which should answer the age old question once and for all!!

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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Gordon Pryra

Pie in the Sky

Cool story bro!

And in the real world, companies don't train staff and when they do, its offset by them paying utter crap.

There will be no people to fill the "skills gap" because companies look for the following points when trying to hire full time staff (in the order shown below)

1) Cheap

2) Already qualified

Until employees pay wages to full time staff that do not amount to taking the piss, those with the skills (or the ability to give themselves the skills) will continue to be contractors and generally pay for their own certifications. No way i am working for peanuts when I cover the cost of my own certification

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

Gordon Pryra

Re: "home defence"

Yeah, but then again he DID shoot the guy in the back as he was running away.

Hardly self defense :P

(not saying he didn't deserve it, he did, just the wrong defense was used in court)

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Gordon Pryra

Wish my brother worked for Government department

Who would advertise my product for free.......

"Who gave marketing agency access to super-sensitive address database?"

Put it this way, EVERY single one of my mates in the force have done searches on their daughters boyfriends.

So that is the general position of the police on using their data for personal use.

Hardly surprising that this Copper was given carte blanche to do whatever he wanted by the guys in IT who had the ability to pull the database for him.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

Gordon Pryra

Quite ironic

A few years ago there were all sorts of screams about our browsing habits being sold off to to the highest bidder. I believe BT did a trial but were busted. Westminster police let them off the hook because "BT did not realize they were breaking any laws"

Fast forward 5 years and people have been told that targeted advertising is a BONUS to them, the installation of various operating systems even ask how they want their Adds targeted.....

As if it is a good thing.

As someone who has spent a fair amount of time playing the SEO game since the beginning, by experience is that the only people to MAKE money from the adverts is Google, the actual websites get very little unless they are the big boys, and the big boys are not looking at their websites to make them their cash.

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Gordon Pryra

And the choice is ?

We are supposed to believe that without the massive barrage of advertising in our lives that society will collapse?

When we went from BBS to HTML the net was mostly free webpages with indexes that returned useful information.

Then the sales fcukers got involved

Now the net is a sales tool and little else, indexes are crap and pages often look less advanced than the old 80's animated GIF fests.

Where pages used to be "generally" info focused, now they are 90% sales tools and 90% of them carbon copies of multiple other sales tools.

I say screw them and let all the crap content die a death, leaving the good stuff out there.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

Gordon Pryra

Re: Grr.

Obviously he wont.

He is worth to much money to the States, enough that a Judge was ordered to pass such a lenient sentence.

Unless you believe a Judge stupid enough to pass such a judgement would be able to get into the position of being a judge by accident.

Cases like this show just how much "justice" is in the courts. (both in the States and the UK, where suspect decisions have been made in the favor of the state rather than the victim)

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Gordon Pryra

Re: arranged marriage

Nice bubble you live in where logic reigns supreme and people are not coerced by any means.

There are many factors that allow the control of one person by another person. And peoples parents have an amazing amount of power over them.

On a tangent but related, your entire political system is based on this idea, where the policy's have almost no bearing on the people being voted for and why

A good example is how the hell you got clever, educated people to vote for your current president over the other one in the election because the other one stood for capitalism....

(this taken from a Women on a sound byte talking about why she voted for Trump)

On the face of it she is talking drivel and seems brainwashed, but in reality she DOES seem to be able to tie her own shoelaces, so cant be THAT stupid. Something caused her to suspend her brain and accept this kind of nonsense.

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Feel guilty for scoffing Easter chocolate? Good news: Scientists have made NEGATIVE mass

Gordon Pryra

Would this mean that we can see black holes?

Unless there is also negative gravity pulling in all that pesky negative mass?

Maybe this means that my mates negative round is also a valid concept, he WAS in fact telling the truth when he insisted that the "round worked out even, and was fair by the end of the night", I should stop hassling him to buy when he has already done so, its my pint glass, being positive that its the issue?

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

Gordon Pryra

TBH nothing new here

This story probably mirrors the early days of the majority of support staff worldwide.

My version would be

1) open up edit on DOS 6

2) use it to edit system.dat

3) search for the windows installation key (ensuring the user/client/old person who thinks computers are "the future" is watching of course)

4) Suck my teeth and say to myself "hmmm" or "yes of course" or "ha! gotcha!"

5) Shut down the computer and restart

Surprisingly restarting is still going to fix 99.9% of all problems even 25 years later....

"Smoke and mirrors" or "IT For dummies" either name would be applicable for the same book.

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No more IP addresses for countries that shut down internet access

Gordon Pryra

So now new IP addresses for the UK?

Considering our legislators seem to be the recording industry and they seem to be the ones who both penned and enforced the 3 strikes fun

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Ofsted downplays site security concerns

Gordon Pryra

Nothing to validate here, move along please

They probably don't see themselves as needing any security, who cares if you can verify who sent feedback if that feedback is never going to be read by anyone?

Ofstead seems to be there purely as a "we can tell the electorate that we have this covered" for whatever government is in charge.

Its not like their reports can actually be trusted

Having seen Ofstead reports from multiple schools (in some depth) you can see the varying quality's of report and weird things they seem to pick on. (one report made a comment about a teacher wearing jeans....)

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

Gordon Pryra

"...What a n00b..."

"And there's an example, in a nutshell. Albeit a fairly tame one."

Kind of the point i am making.......

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Gordon Pryra

Re: Weird

Exactly, the topic on the forum is incidental to most posters. Its just a soapbox to them and one that gives them the invincibility of being anonymous.

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Gordon Pryra
Linux

Weird

Hes worked with computers for how long?

And he still believes that online forums form some kind of community and are in some way representative of the 90% of people who never post?

What a n00b

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Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

Gordon Pryra

Beware of scammers

HA! Catch 22 time

If these 300k people where able to spot a scammer they would not be on this database in the first place.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

Gordon Pryra

Yes but he HAS worked out a way to get his website plastered all over the place for very little cost.

El Reg wrote it down.

lots of news and links to his website + desperate people who are dying or have loved ones dying = cash in the bank

The only supernatural power that could be argued to exist is the ability for any human to be fucking evil

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

Gordon Pryra
Joke

We hold most of the cards in this.

"We hold most of the cards in this."!!!!!!!!1

I have added the correct Icon as you obviously forgot

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If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

Gordon Pryra

Hmmmm Cyborgs

What happens when the Cyborg feels more in common with the vending machine OS than the the "muggles"?

Where do I sign up to put myself on the list for test subjects?

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MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

Gordon Pryra

Re: Is discipline across government too weak?

Giving contracts to their friends allows them to siphon off their "fair share". I have personally seen SANs being purchased for 1.5 million where they should probably be 200k or so and hosted Email solution's for over £5 million (for less than 500 people) being signed off in little chunks to hide the cost (£5 a head back up separate from £10 a head extra storage separate to £ 15 a head for an extra alias) etc etc

Central Purchasing would not allow this kind of thing to exist, and it is the mainstay of every NHS, Police and local council deparment

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Gordon Pryra

Is discipline across government too weak?

No, there are a few big issues

1) The costs are higher than they should be, even compared to the purchasing by local government.

2) The Crown Commercial Service is still buying things as if the money wasn't theirs, so they are still a cash cow for the big boys.

3) Departments are NEVER going to give away this kind of power, various Directors etc use the public purse to line their own pockets, its part of the contract they believe they signed up to. Much like "Duck houses" for MPs

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Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

Gordon Pryra

GDS currently aims to train at least 3,000 people a year in digital skills in its academy

This should make the contractors worried for their futures.......

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

Gordon Pryra

Re: Quite ironic

@AC

It was just a joke, and I have provided support to the public in my early days so I know support staff don't deserve any bad press. No offense was intended to anyone who works in those shops,

Then again, this is a kind of joke story with the international criminals having grabbed the passwords for millions of devices asking for .......£75k

They could have sold those for a few hundred k in minutes if they were actually any for of real bad a334 HaXZ0rs

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Gordon Pryra

Quite ironic

They seem to be offering the same levels of support that the "Geniuses" in the Apple Shops do

ie, Wipe it and reinstall

Maybe Apple are playing with the idea that they can sack all their support staff and let the kiddies at "Turkish Crime Family" provide free support to their customers

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

Gordon Pryra

"in lieu of payments owed to customers whom it could not contact."

They managed to take it out of their accounts,

Which did not seem to cause any problems at the time.....

so they have the bank details,

fucking put it back in .........

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Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

Gordon Pryra

Logic?

Sadly, while Google can technically pretend to not know the content, the Daily Mail and the Express contributors know full well the drivel they post.

At least Google doesn't (seem) have a political agenda unlike the Daily Mail whose sole job is to push Brexit to allow the UK to continue as a banking piracy haven.

(ps I laughed out loud when I wrote "Google has no political agenda" but as we are talking about the Mail, I can ignore actual truth and just spout nonsense :)

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

Gordon Pryra

'elders of the internet'

Pfft what rubbish!!

If he was one of the "'elders of the internet'" he would have the same password for everything and also claim to have beaten Jet Set Willy because "the Specky was way better than the C64"

Also he would have dropped inot the conversation the fact that he remembers having to chose between 4 or 5 different disk controller technologies unlike these "kids today with their SATA"

grumble MFM grumble RLL grumble IDE? pfft "duck on your head"

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

Gordon Pryra

Re: Headline

Rubbish

Best headline in months!!!

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McDonald's India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

Gordon Pryra

Far easier to buy it

Slightly "tongue in cheek"

The data is not ordered and you would need to know the name of the person you are requesting data about. Its far easier to just buy the information from the company holding it. That way it would be nicely ordered and probably very cheap for the whole database.

More Seriously.

People REALLY need to look at what things mean when they accept the access requirements from an app they install.

McDonalds is NOT your friend, why the hell would you trust them with the very deep access that this app requires?

Ignoring the fact that they treat security much like they treat nutrition, a private company exists to make money, and asking for your data is .... to make them money.

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

Gordon Pryra

Re: Personal Advisor

@robertcirca

I don't think you realize just how much of the infrastructure of the web is controlled by the big players like "goofy" and "facebroken" Or how many large institutions make use of their services and therefore have information pertaining to you running over them.

Trite, "I am better than you because I don't use them" statements just shows your unknowledge of the bigger picture.

Your ISP will be selling your web-surfing habits to them anyway, and any financial information available to anyone will also be in their hands as will you medical records.

Laughing about these guys with funny names for their front ends believing they don't affect you is just dangerous, dumbing them down allows them to act with impunity as the average person (like you) thinks they don't affect them

PS hey, "unknowledge" is a real word

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

Gordon Pryra

Load of old toss

How could a company like Google being given huge amounts of personal data EVER be seen as a good thing for the patients of the NHS?

We don't need no stinking white paper, the Police however need just the off shore accounts of the people who signed off on it (or their Wife's Swiss/Caymen account or whatever)

I am guessing that the same people to ok this were the same ones who did that deal with the "anonymised" high definition eye scans from Moorfields which was handed over to the company who has a device which scans peoples eyes for their password........

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

Gordon Pryra

Dark Matter? WTF?

Next they will be saying that my ill humors are actually caused by little beasts that I can't see!

Unless Dark Matter is just a modern term for God!

In which case it makes perfect sense and I am willing to believe it!!

@Destroy All Monsters - "where grants drives physics" made me spit my coffee onto the keyboard

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

Gordon Pryra

The report only talks about the bad side of things....

Come Brexit, it looks like this could be a cottage industry for the English (sans Scots)!!

After all, outside of the (admittedly impressive) criminal empire that makes up our "finance industry" we don't have that much to offer, even our income from Scottish Shortbread could dry up in the near future.

A good solid foundation in identity theft could support many low income towns through the hard times.

Maybe the English will be looking to take the scammers "Crown" from the Boys in Lagos or even take on the Eastern European hackers at the own game?

Just pointing out that there are always two sides to any story

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

Gordon Pryra

Re: This is a bit like the Crap over Googles Tax

Hmm, having not been questioned by the Police before, I take this as a learning experience.

Thanks for the tutorial.

My point still stands, this has nothing to do with Politicians and everything to do with laws that are already in the statute books.

Feel free to correct my English if you have nothing else to add.

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Gordon Pryra

This is a bit like the Crap over Googles Tax

Meaningless words by a Government unwilling to take action but wants to be seen as if it is.

There are already laws in place covering this.

A very basic example,

You Tube shows a video of Isis cutting off heads.

it is illegal to show this in the UK and it is being hosted on You Tubes infrastructure.

It is ILLEGAL to show this and there are fines and jail terms for those found guilty of these types of crimes already laid out in our laws.

Rather than politicians doing the yearly "public wrist slap" our police should enforce the laws of the land.

Private company's should NOT be wasting Politicians time. They are PRIVATE COMPANY'S, the police should be holding these talks in little underground cells with the representatives of Google/Twitter etc under oath.

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Qualcomm faces $853m fine for alleged antitrust violation

Gordon Pryra

Slap on the wrist again

They made roughly 7 billion on the patients, and were fined under a billion.

Considering its unlikely much tax was paid, I doubt the bean counters at Qualcomm will loose much sleep over this and force any changes in their business practices.

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IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed

Gordon Pryra

Around eight in 10 services staff will be based in these areas

Ha!1

And I STILL work with full time staff who have some kind of company loyalty. I really don't understand how people can still have any attachment to big company.

In fact, as a contractor, generally my role is far more secure than a full time member of staff.

And the fcukers wont outsource me over Christmas and tell me the 1st of January :)

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Naming computers endangers privacy, say 'Net standards boffins

Gordon Pryra

IAB actually recommending security by obfuscation

Or one Internet Architecture Board (IAB) member trying to make it look like they are worth their day rate by getting their name on a paper.......

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Gordon Pryra

Trump May be a Dick

But throwing words like "draconian" around when talking about your employees wish for you not to rock the boat is a bit pathetic.

You have a choice of working for them or not. If you are willing to take the cash from an organisation that supports the start of this century's coming of Hitler then fine, don't then pretend to cry about lost "civil liberties" And if the extent of your civil engagement is social media then......

I hear the same crap when I work with people who are on peanuts filling the same role as myself, either cry about it and look foolish or man up and get a new job.

People bitch about not having choices, people HAVE choices, but generally those choices mean having to actually do more than a strongly worded 140 word character assassination.

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Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

Gordon Pryra

Sharing space with drop bears

And finally, just before I head off home, the weekly mention of "drop bear"

My thanks sir!!

Now I can rest easily this weekend safe in the knowledge that all is right in the world

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

Gordon Pryra

“A lot of people could have been hurt,”

Ummmmm, how?

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WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

Gordon Pryra

Re: Thank you to Assange?

As if you didn't know that the CIA spy on people......

Whats more dangerous is someone claiming to speak for the people using his pulpit to push a political agenda.

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Gordon Pryra

Thank you to Assange?

Hes hardly the good guy in this, releasing data for purely altruistic reasons.

The timing of his release of this information gives Trump a "get out of jail" card regarding the accusations of Russia getting him into power.

The "Vendors" can tell what the exploits were just by look at the already released data.

Assange seems to have done a deal with the new administration to get off the hook, and this is his half arsed way of trying to save face. Pity he never included Manning in his deal....

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Repentant priest from Cuntis sorry he dressed as Hugh Hefner

Gordon Pryra
Gimp

Galician town of Cuntis

This whole story seems like some kind of forum troll honey-pot run by the FBI

No comment

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Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked

Gordon Pryra
Terminator

I for one

welcome our firm (but not too hard) gripped overlords

(Edit- was going to use the Paris icon, but explaining it would take this post from joke to a ... different place, fast)

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