* Posts by adnim

2032 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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another service

outsourced to the incompetent?

Azure thing at last: Windows Virtual Desktop takes to the cloudy stage

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If bean counters see a reduction of TCO... it will happen.


Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

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Nginx can be a bitch if ya miss a semicolon

Really need an IDNGAF icon

Don't be a WordPress RCE-hole and patch up this XSS vuln, pronto

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Security-aware folk are unlikely to be affected by this

a) the target site having comments enabled - check

b) the site admin being oblivious enough to click a dodgy link, however the attacker presents it to them. - uncheck.

I do a who is on source IP and based on the results block the IP or a subnet.

Anyone that admins a Wordpress site and does click on links within a spam comment shouldn't own a computer let alone admin a Wordpress install.

I updated anyway.

You've been dying to know. Here's the answer: The Milky Way tips the cosmic scales at '1.5tr' times mass of the Sun

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what is the mass of the Milky Way?

43g for the UK bar and 58.12 g for the US version all though they used to weigh more. Like all food products, especially chocolate bars they have been getting lighter for years. Brexit will increase the price AND make them lighter.

Iranian-backed hackers ransacked Citrix, swiped 6TB+ of emails, docs, secrets, claims cyber-biz

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They didn't know. A third party had to tell them?

Did I misread the article?

God DRAM, that's a big price drop: Memory down 30 per cent, claim industry watchers

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I guess it has nothing to do

with a cabal taking the piss and realising they pushed it too far

Schneier: Don't expect Uncle Sam to guard your web privacy – it's Europe riding to the rescue

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Don't expect anyone to to guard your web privacy.

Fujitsu eyes sales decline, decides to yank teams from 19 countries

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"Our evolving business model...

...ensures that we can continue to best serve our customers, wherever they operate."

Except... most of Eastern Europe and certain countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Western Europe

Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street

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has taught us that no one is responsible but the end user, or victim.

Joke icon, but I am serious.

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability

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Re: malicious JavaScript within a web browser tab


Chrome: "Can't have people be protected now can we."

Only from competitors, not from Google.

I ate some cynical with paranoia sprinkles once, I never did digest and pass it.

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malicious JavaScript within a web browser tab

Hardly requires an attacker to have a foothold on ones machine to proceed.

Mind you I have always considered websites the Internet to be a potential attacker.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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Re: Wow

What Facebook button at the bottom of every Reg page?

You have a hosts file and a router I presume... Perhaps your phone isn't rooted

YouTube's pedo problem is so bad, it just switched off comments on millions of vids of small kids to stem the tide of vileness

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– are fundamentally broken.

Not broken, just abused.

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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Re: Potentially Harmful? What does that even mean?

I agree, McUser.

Some laws banning parents from filling their children's heads with lies, bullshit and scripture would be more far more useful than this law.

Slow Ring Windows 10 fragged by anti-cheat software in the games you're playing at work, says Insiders supremo

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sell multi-player games for Windows 10.

It is probably cheaper and easier to integrate an anti-cheat system in the OS than every multi-player game they develop. I suspect this anti cheat code will not prevent cheating in third party games, only those available from the MS store. I don't associate Microsoft with altruism.

EPIC demand: It's time for Google to fly the Nest after 'forgetting' to mention home alarm hub has built-in mic

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If Google are forced to sell...

The new owners will keep the microphone but mention it in the ad blurb, then sell the data to Google.

A half joking icon might be useful.

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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I will miss having a chat

with my meter reader and will wonder what they do now to earn a crust.

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

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@ Big_D Re: The alternative being memorizing a bunch of really long unique passphrases

Yes of course. I don't think clearly sometimes. And occasionally the point goes so far over my head it may as well be part of the CMB.

At least I will always have access to my passwords even if someone else does too.

Have an up vote for making me realise how I should pay more attention and think after my first coffee of the morning and not before it.

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The alternative being memorizing a bunch of really long unique passphrases

or using a LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet encrypted with one really long passphase.

Backed up to an external device and a sometimes inaccessible cloud service of your choice.

Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble

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It isn't a good look for Microsoft.

Less make up more substance?

It all went downhill from Horace goes skiing

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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63 down votes


Point is, if it all goes tits up... I will know where I am, where I am going and how to get there.. Unless I am on a plane, or a boat or in some other place that requires GPS to know where it is at.

I did not say GPS was useless nor am I denying GPS has many uses. I think it is pretty awesome. However, I don't need or use it. It is another thinking bypass for most people. I prefer my thinking NOT to be bypassed.

It seems 63 people missed my point. I am not a sailor. I do not provide location services to others. I don't need GPS.

For a site that is for IT professionals, I am surprised that my post was so misinterpreted by so many.


My faith in the future of IT and the people that will provide services based on IT is now at an all time low.

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I use a map. Was a mobile service engineer in a previous life... have A-Z of most UK cities. I don't own a satnav. My 17 year old car don't have one either. If ya can't do it yourself you is someone's bitch.

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

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Re: So, basically, no change there

Not if ya root it. I never seen an ad on my phone, more than once.

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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hacked account indicator

Normally, although not always, if ones email address becomes publicly available it will be spammed.

Now if one uses a different email address for any accounts one wishes to remain secure for example mypaypal@xxxx.xxx for paypal or myamazon@xxxx.xxx for amazon etc. if any spam hits those email addresses, it is a good indicator of that email address being in the public domain.

QNAP NAS user? You'd better check your hosts file for mystery anti-antivirus entries

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Need to upgrade

My 9-10 year old Iomega IX2 Storcenter to something quicker and newer. I worry about a hardware fail. Not disks.

I replaced 1 drive in that time.. I guess I is lucky.

The thing has never really been switched off since I bought it. I have powered it down to move it a few times. It is isolated from the Internet.

The new thing I get would also be isolated from the Internet.

I can understand the average home user leaving default settings in place on a NAS and not configuring their router to block all WAN ingress to anything but a specified IP address or DMZ (I have a web/mail server under my desk) and actually needing an anti-virus solution because of the silly things they do though.

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits

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Such API's should not exist. At least those that parse the email content.

How many people using gmail think that their emails are private? Those that do not read the T&C's and privacy policy?

Almost everyone with a gmail account then.

Those users who are not smart enough to tag an email as spam or open, read and click on links in emails from unknown sources, well what can I say?

Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities

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Do not track

is partly enforced by blocking third party cookies, deleting cookies on browser closure, denying Javascript, especially third party scripts. And having a fskn huge hosts file.

Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers

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Same password everywhere

different user name

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: suggest improvement to DB

Yes AC, I thought is was obvious because it fskn is!

I am self taught, I have no qualifications except a C&G in 'C' applications programming from the early 90's. I am not even sure what I am doing most of the time. And when my code works I am sometimes surprised.

I expect someone with a university degree who is a database admin to have a clue, and teaching them to 'suck eggs' so to speak seems patronising if not insulting.

You are right though... I will just add "sorry if this is obvious but make sure that ...." to any future request for change. :-)

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suggest improvement to DB


The SQL queries that produce KPI reports for the CEO, CFO and other top management use the content of the kpiName column to find data. This means we cannot change names of these KPI's. If there is a typo or we wish to rename them for a more accurate description to those entering data we can't. Perhaps a kpiID column with a lookup table for the kpiName would be the way to go. Then we can change kpi names at any time. A new column called kpiID is all that is needed. I will change the Insert query to send the kpiID as well as the origninal kpiName.

Business Analyst and dbAdmin:

That make sense good idea

A day later

IT Manager:

WTF is going on? why do these reports not work?

CEO is going to tear me a new one.

I write the code that that presents a web interface for users to enter KPI's

It is obviously my fault.


I will find out why, will update you soon

I look at the column names. They have been changed... kpiName to kpiID and a new empty kpiName column added.

An email to the Analyst requesting they revert the changes to column names and bit of SQL jiggery pokery later and it all works again


It is sorted now, some column names were changed.

IT manager:

Thanks for the quick fix, make sure is doesn't happen again.

I didn't have access rights to alter the table but I kept my mouth shut.

IT manager still thinks it my fault. Perhaps it was, I over estimated the ability of the analyst. Unfortunately I had no rights to change the queries generating the reports.

Perhaps I should have suggested that the queries that produced the reports needed updating too.

Was fskn obvious to me. Not so to the Analyst.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Does gov.uk

employ IT professionals?

I expect so.

Does gov.uk listen to them?

I expect so

Does gov.uk understand what said IT professionals say?

I expect so, at least partially.

All all can conclude is that this law is not about protecting children. It is about appearing to care about children and winning votes from an IT illiterate public, with the added bonus of more data collection.

Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption

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An alternative approach would be just to assume IoT security is generally terrible



A safer approach would be just to assume IoT security is generally non existent.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Proof of ownership?

@tiggity, you are right, I must learn to be more devious :-)

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Re: Proof of ownership?

The DNA from a crime scene is that of suspects John, not necessarily the perpetrator. A very clever criminal may not leave any DNA traces at all. A crime scene in a public place will certainly contain the DNA of innocent people... Where is the warrant?

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Proof of ownership?

"We came to the conclusion that if law enforcement created accounts, with the same level of access to the database as the standard FamilyTreeDNA user, they would not be violating user privacy and confidentiality,"

So anyone not just the FBI can submit a third parties DNA and not violate their privacy?

Terribly Sorry Bank reports 165% drop in profits to a pre-tax loss of £105.4m

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I presume..

The shareholders care.

Hopefully the customers have not lost anything of value.


Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target

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cheap parts

yet expensive.

Perhaps someone was pissed at the invoice

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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Re: Moto G first Gen

I didn't down vote you JDX...

You are right I don't want or need anything the latest Iphone does.

I just wonder how many people buy an Iphone because of the hype and actually use all of the functions it provides that a 5 year old phone doesn't.

My car is 17 years old. It doesn't do a lot of the things a new motor will either. I dread buying a new car, I will have to root that as well.

My reasons are more about ownership and control than saving money. If what I write makes people think twice before purchasing Apple, my point will have been made.

I hope you enjoy the sense of self esteem owning an Ithing gives you.

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Moto G first Gen

still works and does what I want after 5 years.... It cost a tenth the price of an Apple flagship Iphone

LineageOS - Android 9 fast enough. Battery still lasts a couple of days with my usage.

I have always been a function over form kind of person.

Regardless of manufacturer if I can't root it, I don't want it.

Irish data watchdog to Facebook: Hang about, what's all this about a WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger merger now?

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Re: Creepy

"Does anyone seriously think that they're doing this just to make the user experience better?"

The average Facebook user who does not realise that the Apps they install do far more than they see on the surface.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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Business Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

Bring production back to the UK, pay a decent wage and stop being a greedy cunt.

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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Re: Yo Waseem

I won't down vote you. As I presume (rightly or wrongly) you did I

You presume a lot about me from one word.

I believe the Universe emerged because 'nothing' is unstable, it has to do with quantum mechanics. And yes this is just another creation myth without proof, although the evidence for this is far stronger than that for any god. And yes when we die only a memory in the minds of others will remain.

We don't live in a jungle, some of us have evolved intellectually, emotionally and spiritually beyond blind belief and indoctrination. What's that you say, an atheist cannot be spiritual? If you believe that I think you have much to learn. Just look at the wonderful complexity that has emerged from nothing... I find that spiritually and emotionally moving and an intellectual challenge to understand.

Yes we are animals or do you think we are a gods image? The lack of capitalisation of the word god is because we humans have created so many gods it is just a word.

Some of us are critical thinkers and we even question ourselves. Note the word thinkers, we have choice to act beyond instinct.

Some follow blindly believing what we are told in ignorance and spout quotes from others that fit our needs.

"It's an irrational act, if we only consider reason alone"


Imho, it is a rational act to question everything and only consider reason.

I can't help feeling that you're confused and that your words are not your own but words you have read from a book or the words of those that have filled your head with their own agenda. They don't seem to be the words of life experience.

I don't have to prove anything, like you I am a product of my life experiences and I am certain of very little. I like it that way, there is still stuff to learn. Empathy stops me doing what I would consider bad and nasty things to others when I am angry or thinking irrationally. What guides you? A book of rules written to control the weak?

Take care Waseem, I wish you well and hope you get to see beyond the box.

I say no more, If you feel the need to reply, I won't be reading it.

I learned not to piss into the wind a long time ago.

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Re: Wrong App?

"I'm sure there's a missionary joke here somewhere."

Possibly, there are quite a few positions to take.

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Yo Waseem

"... What's to prevent somebody from raping his mother and molesting his children? What's to prevent them from robbing the world clean?"


Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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Dictionary definition doesn't mention greed

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

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Christians enjoy reminding...

the heathens, atheists and sinners who share this world that they're all going to Hell.

And I like to remind them that I am having an awful lot of fun trying to get there.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Debugging sites on LAN

Blocked from accessing the Internet.

Chrome has its uses.

I place exactly the same level of trust in Chrome as I do in IE.


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